On-Campus Recruiting

The Office of Career Services offers employers several options for hiring our students and recruiting. Employers have the ability to interview students during our formal on-campus interview (OCI) programs. Our office also offers employers who are not able to travel to our campus during OCI the option of collecting resumes or posting on our Symplicity job bank. Employers are also welcome to interview on campus in the Office of Career Services at any time during the year for positions they have posted in the Symplicity job bank. Additionally, we can assist in arranging virtual interviews for employers who cannot come to campus.

The Office of Career Services at SMU Dedman School of Law strives to help you meet your legal employment needs. If you would like to participate in any of our programs, please contact Mary Beth Nielsen, Associate Director of Recruiting and Events, at mnielsen@smu.edu or 214-768-4049.

Join us for our 2020-2021 Recruiting Programs

2020-2021 Recruiting Programs

SMU Dedman Law is ready to welcome you for recruiting! Although recruiting may look different, the superior quality of our students and their readiness to work remains unchanged. Join us to recruit 2L JD students for spring and summer 2021 positions and 3L JD, Tax LLM, General LLM, and International LLM students for spring 2021 and post-graduate positions during one of our 2020-2021 Recruiting Programs. 

Employers may engage with 1L JD students after November 1, 2020. The ideal time to recruit 1Ls will be in January after fall semester grades are released. Further information about 1L recruiting opportunities will be available by November 1.  


There is no fee to participate in any of our recruiting programs. Interview dates are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 


Overview and Timelines

October Interview Program and Resume Collection (October 5-9, 2020):
  • Registration is open through September 11 in Symplicity for interviews held on-campus or virtually from October 5-9 or a resume collection. 

    Interviews held on campus, as conditions allow, will adhere to state and local guidelines for operating among COVID-19. To conduct interviews virtually, please select the virtual option and choose a date on your registration form. We will still handle all scheduling on your behalf. Additionally, if you prefer to only collect resumes and interview on your own timeframe, you may select a resume collection during your registration.  

  • Employers receive student materials at noon on September 17 and employer candidate selections are due by noon on September 24. Final schedules available to employers at noon on October 1. 
January 2021 Interview Program (January 22 - 29, 2021): 
  • Registration is open through January 5, 2021, in Symplicity. Interviews will be held on-campus from Friday, January 22 - Friday, January 29, 2021 - including all day Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Dates will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • Employers receive student materials at noon on January 11 and employer candidate selections are due by noon on January 15. Final schedules available to employers at noon on January 19.
 January 2021 Resume Collection Program:
  • Registration is open through January 5 in Symplicity. Employers receive application materials at noon on January 11. 
Houston Virtual Interview Program and Austin Virtual Interview Program (January 25, 2021):
  • Registration is open through January 5, 2021, for virtual interviews held on January 25. 
  • Employers receive student materials at noon on January 11 and employer candidate selections are due by noon on January 15. Final schedules are available to employers at noon on January 19. The Office of Career Services will schedule all virtual interviews on your behalf. 
 Corporate Interview Days (February 5-12, 2021):
  • Registration is open through January 5, 2021, for interviews held on-campus February 5-12, 2021.
  • Employers receive student materials at noon on January 25 and employer candidate selections are due by noon on January 28. Final schedules are available to employers at noon on February 1. 

SMU Dedman Law invites all employers to recruit anytime during the school year, and our office remains prepared to assist you with posting your positions, collecting and forwarding resumes, and setting up virtual or in-person interviews. 


For more information about any of our recruiting programs, please contact Mary Beth Nielsen, Associate Director of Recruiting and Events at 214.768.4049 or mnielsen@smu.edu.