Courses & Experiential Learning


Our Rich Business Law Tradition

Dedman Law offers a rich business law curriculum that allows our students to acquire in-depth substantive knowledge of business law and essential practical business skills. We offer a broad array of business law courses taught by nationally and internationally recognized faculty, including seasoned practitioners from leading international law firms and corporations. Law students may take up to 6 credit hours of graduate-level courses at other SMU schools (including the Cox School of Business) and receive credit toward their law degrees.

Business Law & Practical Skills Courses

Dedman Law offers a wide array of business law courses to provide specialized knowledge within a number of practice areas. The law school also offers courses geared toward practical business skills development, where students learn essential knowledge required of business lawyers. Students may choose to personalize their course selections within a carefully chosen field while others acquire broad knowledge of multiple areas of business law.

  • Advanced Contracts Workshop 
  • Advanced Contracts: Drafting 
  • Advanced Legal Research 
  • Advanced Legal Writing 
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution 
  • Commercial Real Estate Seminar 
  • Corporate and Transactional Legal Research 
  • Forming and Operating a Closely Held Business
  • Due Diligence in Business Transactions 
  • Franchising and Distribution Law 
  • International and Foreign Legal Research 
  • Legal Accounting
  • Negotiations 
  • Principles of Accounting and Finance for Lawyers
  • Representing the Entrepreneurial Client

Business Experiential Learning

Business Clinical Programs

Our outstanding clinical business law programs turn the DFW area into a living laboratory for our students and provide them with many opportunities for a hands-on lesson of law in the real world. Our Small Business and Trademark Clinic provides students with training and experience in how to be a transactional lawyer by working with new and existing small businesses and non-profit organizations. The Patent Clinic offers students the opportunity to gain essential experience in counseling clients, drafting patent applications, and communicating with patent examiners through work with growing start-up and entrepreneurial clients. Students in the Federal Taxpayers Clinic handle all aspects of controversies with the IRS, including representing taxpayers before the United States Tax Court.

Corporate Counsel Externship Program

SMU Dedman Law is on the cutting edge when it comes to educating students about the in-house practice of Law. Our Corporate Counsel Externship Program is an innovative academic program that integrates a corporate counsel class with externships in corporate legal departments in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Click here for photos of our 2022 Corporate Counsel Externs.

In-house Counsel Fellowship Program

Our new graduates represent the best in academic excellence, leadership, and professional presence. SMU Dedman Law’s In-House Counsel Fellowship Program provides them with the opportunity to gain additional business training and experience in corporations through a one-year, post-graduate fellowship.

Business Law Concentration 

JD students can qualify for a Concentration in Business Law by completing at least 25 credits in key business law topics, writing an academic paper on a business law topic, and completing a business law work experience. Students are expected to take these courses over the duration of their last two years.