SMU Dedman School of Law graduates build careers in every sector of the legal profession—private practice, business, government, judiciary, public service and academia—as well as in non-legal professions where a law degree is substantially valued. The Office of Career Services strives to collect, analyze and report complete and accurate employment and salary information of our graduates. We are proud to present the following employment information for the Classes of 2017, 2016 and 2015 as a testament to our steadfast commitment to not only turning out talented young attorneys, but also to successfully placing that talent within the market.
The Office of Career Services provides students and recent graduates with one-on-one guidance from attorney-counselors, whose professional experience ranges from working with prominent international and regional law firms to serving a corporation as general counsel. These dedicated attorney-counselors bring numerous law firm, corporate, government and public interest employers to recruit our law students throughout the year, and they facilitate employment in even the most challenging economic times by operating innovative programs such as Test Drive, an incentive hiring program for third-year students and recent graduates.
Employment statistics for the graduating class of 2017 were reported to the American Bar Association on April 13, 2018. We are excited about the success of our graduates. Become educated and fully-informed about your employment prospects. Please view the more detailed employment statistics:
- ABA Employment Summary for the Class of 2018 (PDF)
- ABA Employment Summary for the Class of 2017
- ABA Employment Summary for the Class of 2016
- ABA Employment Status of Definitions
- Employment and Salary Data for Classes of 2017, 2016, and 2015