Applications are processed on a continuous basis beginning in early November. It is in your best interest to submit your application as early as possible.
|Early Decision*||Regular Decision||Late Decision|
|LSAT Exam||June or October||December or February**||Any|
|Application and Supporting Materials Due||November 15||February 15||After February 15|
|Decision Notification||End of January||End of April||After file completion, on a rolling basis|
**We will accept a February LSAT score for regular decision, even if the scores are not posted by February 15.
Dedman School of Law holds top local and national rankings in job placement.
All rankings based on statistics provided to the American Bar Association (ABA) by the 194 ABA accredited law schools for the class of 2017. Visit the CAREER SERVICES website and view all of our employment statistics.
- #20 “Go-To Law Schools” for the most alumni promoted to partners during 2017; The National Law Journal, March 2018
- #28 “Go-To Law Schools” for the highest percentage of 2018 graduates into associate jobs at the nation’s 100 largest law firms; The National Law Journal, March 2018
Banking and finance, consulting, education, engineering, government, information technology, judicial clerkships, insurance, law, law enforcement, marketing & sales, medicine, real estate, and social work.
In addition, there are several scholarships funded by private foundations. Two of the private scholarships for entering law students– the Hatton W. Sumners Scholarship and the Sarah T. Hughes Scholarship - require a separate application.
Review our full offering of scholarships.
- Bankruptcy law
- Business / corporate law
- Constitutional law
- Criminal law
- Dispute resolution
- Employment/labor law
- Environmental law
- Estate planning
- Family law
- Health care law
- Immigration law
- Intellectual property law
- Internet and e-commerce law
- International law
- Litigation and trial advocacy
- Oil and gas law
- Real estate law
- Tax law
- Child Advocacy Clinic
- Civil Clinic
- Criminal Justice Clinic
- Federal Taxpayers Clinic
- Consumer Advocacy Project
- Small Business Clinic and Trademark Clinic
- Judge Elmo B. Hunter Legal Center for Victims of Crimes Against Women
- Innocence Clinic
- Patent Law Clinic
- Vansickle Family Law Clinic
Graduates are located in every state in the United States and in more than 80 countries around the world.
Recent CEOs, Chairmen, Presidents and Executive Directors
7-Eleven; Allegiance Title Company; Austin Industries; Building Materials Holding Corporation; Cathay Life Insurance; ClubCorp; Communities Foundation; Dallas Cowboys; DuPont Chile; Fogo de Chao; The Hart Group; Hexter-Fair Title Company; Kroger; Omni Hotels; Potter's House of Dallas; Six Holding; State Farm Insurance Companies; Stewart Title Company; Texas Oil and Gas; TXU; Tupperware; WellPoint; Worldwide Shipping; Matador Resources; TRT Holdings; Human Rights Initiative; HBK Capital
Recent General Counsel
7-Eleven; Affiliated Computer Services; Archon Group; AT&T; Belo Corporation; BJ Services Group; Blockbuster; Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas; Brinker International; Commercial Metals; CompUSA; Cuban Enterprises; Dallas Mavericks; Dr Pepper Snapple; EDS; Fossil; FedEx Kinko’s; Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; Frito-Lay; Fujitsu; Hicks Muse; Hunt Oil; La Madeleine; MADD; Neiman Marcus; Papa Johns; Rosewood Hotels & Resorts; Triad Hospitals; TXU; Interstate Batteries; Dallas Stars
Over the years, the Dedman School of Law has counted among its alumni six Justices of the Supreme Court of Texas, a Justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri, three Justices of the Supreme Court of Japan, as well as justices on the highest courts of the Philippines and Taiwan. In addition, alumni currently serve as Judges on Courts of Appeal and as trial judges in Texas, throughout the United States and around the world.
During the fall semester, you can also visit with an SMU Dedman Law representative at one of the many recruiting events we attend. We also offer an annual Minority Pre-Law Symposium. We invite you to apply and become part of the distinguished group of individuals who have obtained a law degree from SMU Dedman School of Law.