Diversity and Inclusion

SMU Dedman School of Law is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment at the law school in which every Mustang is valued.

Law School programs that support respect for diversity begin at student orientation when every incoming student is introduced to the SMU Campus Cultural Intelligence Initiative. The mission of CIQ@SMU is to make cultural intelligence part of the DNA of our SMU community by touching every aspect of our institutional life, whether in the classroom, the office, or in extracurricular activities. CIQ@SMU is designed to ensure that every member of our campus is equipped to create, collaborate and implement innovative solutions to change the world, regardless of the background of those with whom they work. Other programs include the dean’s diversity council, which gives students an opportunity to provide the administration with their feedback and ideas; Diversity Week, a full week of student-driven programming; and many other opportunities for learning, conversations and collaborations with attorneys throughout our community.



Erika Fadel

Erika S. Fadel '98

Director, Corporate Development and Emerging Legal Careers
Director, Diversity and Inclusion
(214) 768-2850



Law Student Organizations and Resources

We encourage students to become involved in our Student Bar Association and our 40+ student organizations. Some of our diverse student organizations and resources include:

  • Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)
  • Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Hispanic Law Students Association (HLSA)
  • J. Reuben Clark Society
  • Jewish Law Students Association
  • Lactation Room
  • Muslim Law Students Association
  • OUTlaw
  • South Asian Law Student Association
  • SMU Veterans Law Association
  • Women in Law
  • On-Campus Prayer/Reflection Room: (Storey Hall, Suite 29)


University Resources 


Career Opportunities

We encourage students to take advantage of a variety of diversity-related career opportunities:


Dallas Resources 


Upcoming Programs

Diversity Orientation: August 12, 2019


Professional Development Series

  • The Total Package: August 12, 2019
  • Building Your Professional Brand: Date TBD
  • Diversity on the Bench: Date TBD


 Diversity Week - Flyer 

Diversity Week: September 23-27, 2019 


U.S. Courts

Roadways To The Federal Bench: Who, Me?  A Bankruptcy Judge?: October 24, 2019

Presented by the Judicial Conference of the United States Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System as part of its efforts to foster diversity in the bankruptcy bench and bar. Interested lawyers and law students will be invited to participate in roundtable discussions with local federal bankruptcy, magistrate, district, and appellate judges about pathways to the federal bench for candidates with diverse backgrounds. 

  • 3:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Live Broadcast from Washington, D.C.
  • Local Roundtable Discussions Among Federal Bench, Bar, and Law Students
  • Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX 75201
  • More details to follow