Have To's

1. Watch the Two Video Assignments Before Orientation

Be sure to watch the two video assignments located on the "Ready, Set, Law School" page, under the section "Preparing for Orientation and Law School," "Orientation," Numbers 3. and 4., before orientation begins.

2. Prepare for your Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy Course

You will need to complete the Legal Writing Classes and Diagnostic Writing Assignment and Grammar Test, and bring both completed assignments with you to the August 16 orientation session that your legal writing professor will lead. 

These two assignments are in addition to the books you were assigned to read in the SUMMER PACKET

3. Rights and Responsibilities - Task Requirement

In order to receive your class information from the Registrar’s Office via your My.SMU, you must log in to your My.SMU account, click on the “Tasks” tile, and complete the Rights and Responsibilities requirement. This task was due on July 20, 2018; so, it is now past due. If you have not completed this task, please do so immediately. You will not registered until you have completed this task.
If you have other holds on your account, please call our office at 214-768-2550 with information about your specific hold.

4. Summer Packet

You should have received the Summer Packet via email. Make sure to read it in its entirety. Click here to access the Summer Packet, if you did not receive it via email. 

5. Final Undergraduate Transcript (J.D. Students Only)

The American Bar Association (ABA) requires that your official transcript from the undergraduate school where you obtained your Bachelor's degree be included in your law school file. This must be an official transcript stating that your undergraduate degree was conferred and the date of your graduationThe initial transcript that was sent to LSAC's CAS before admission to law school does not suffice.  The transcript should be mailed to the Admissions Office at P.O. Box 750110, Dallas, TX 75275-0110. You will not be registered for classes if we do not receive your transcript. The deadline was June 30, 2018.

If you have missed this deadline, you need to send your transcript in IMMEDIATELY. If you have any questions regarding this requirement, please call the Admissions Office at 214-768-2550.

6. Character and Fitness Updates (All students) 

All SMU law students are under a continuing obligation to notify the school (via an email to lawadmit@smu.edu with your LSAC number in the email) of any criminal or disciplinary matters that occur before or after admission and during their enrollment. This includes any citations or charges other than Class C misdemeanor traffic violations. If you have been cited or charged with any violation of the law (regardless of disposition) or you have received any scholastic disciplinary action, you must email the Admissions Office to amend your application. Failure to amend your application as described above could result in the revocation of your admission. 

7. SMU Health History Form (All students)

To comply with state law, all students are required to complete the Health History form (form and instructions available HERE) and submit it to the DR. BOB SMITH HEALTH CENTER AT SMU before enrolling at SMU. As soon as you have your SMU ID number, you can submit this form. The earlier you do so, the better. To verify receipt of the form, log-in to your account at MY.SMU.EDU, and from your student homepage, click Health Center, then Health History.

8. Meningitis Immunization (All students under 22 years old)

Texas state law requires any student entering a Texas college or university under the age of 22 to be immunized for bacterial meningitis before attending classes. If you are under the age of 22, please make sure you have been immunized or get immunized as soon as possible. The university will place a hold on your account and you will not be allowed to register for classes if you are under 22 years old and have not had your meningitis vaccine. If you have any questions or need additional information, please click HEREor contact the DR. BOB SMITH HEALTH CENTER AT SMU at 214-768-2141. 

9. SMU Health Insurance (All students)

SMU requires all domestic students, taking nine or more credit hours, to have health insurance through either an individual/family plan or the University-offered plan. All international students taking one or more credit hours must enroll in the University-offered plan unless they have a special waiver personally granted by the Health Center staff. Students with an enrollment status mentioned above must waive (provide documentation of current insurance coverage) or elect the Student Health Insurance Policy (SHIP) after you are enrolled in classes and before the drop/add date each term. The deadline to waive out of SHIP for the 2018 fall semester is September 7, 2018; you will need to update your decision each term pursuant to the relevant deadline. For directions on making this election or waiver, please click here or contact the DR. BOB SMITH HEALTH CENTER AT SMU at 214-768-2141 or studenthealthinsurance@smu.edu.

10.  Extra Note for International Students

All new international students are required to complete an online International Student Compliance Course and attend a government check-in session with the SMU INTERNATIONAL STUDENT & SCHOLAR SERVICES (ISSS). The mandatory government check-in session is to inform the U.S. government that you are in the United States and plan to attend SMU. The ISSO office will need to ensure that you are informed of all regulatory information so you can maintain a good immigration status while in the U.S. As an international student, you will be asked to sign a compliance form acknowledging you have received this information.

Before your government check-in session, you must successfully complete the International Student Compliance Course. Once you receive your I-20, you will receive an email from the ISSS at your SMU email address that will link you to the International Student Compliance Course. After you have completed the International Student Compliance Course, please go to a check-in session at the ISSS. More information about the Student Compliance Course and mandatory government check-in can be found in the Summer Packet.