Resources for the Public
Thank you for inquiring about legal representation at the SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Clinics. The Clinics provides legal services to individuals who cannot otherwise afford to retain private counsel. The Civil/Consumer Clinic participates in a help desk for self-represented litigants. CLICK HERE for the Spring 2020 dates. The VanSickle Family Law Clinic also participates several times a semester in a Self-Help Desk. Click here for the dates of the VanSickle Family Law Pro Se Clinic.
Each Clinic has its own application procedures and application. Please see information below for the Clinics that have specific application procedures or visit the Clinic links to the right.
Free Helpline to Assist with Covid-19 Related Legal Issues: Beginning June 1, SMU Law's legal clinic will launch an emergency helpline that offers North Texas residents the opportunity to secure free legal assistance with matters related to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as housing, immigration and consumer protection. The COVID-19 Legal Helpline may be reached by dialing 214-SMU-COVD (214-768-2683).
Civil/Consumer Clinic: The Civil/Consumer Clinic is at capacity for Spring Term 2020 and is no longer accepting application requests for legal assistance.
Federal Taxpayers Clinic: Taxpayers and other individuals interested in obtaining information about the Tax Clinic’s services or in scheduling an initial consultation with student attorneys should call 214-768-8299. The Tax Clinic is open from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, and is located in the lower level of Storey Hall on the SMU campus at 3315 Daniel, Dallas, Texas.
Small Business Clinic and Trademark Clinic: Prospective clients should apply for representation by completing an initial application. This is the first step in the Clinic’s consideration of whether or not to accept the client. The completed application should be scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 214-768-1760 or mailed to SMU Dedman School of Law, Small Business and Trademark Clinic, P.O. Box 750116, Dallas, TX 75275-0116.