Campus Resources

Bookstore

The SMU Barnes and Noble Bookstore is located at 3060 Mockingbird Lane, on the southeast corner of campus. A wide selection of products and services are offered at this Barnes & Noble location, including the ability to purchase textbooks on-line and to sell used textbooks.  The Bookstore price matches with Amazon and BN.com.  To qualify for price matching, the title must be sold in the same condition and shipped and sold from amazon.com.

Career Services

Carr Collins,Suite 300

Karen Sargent, Assistant Dean and Executive Director: 214-768-3893 or kcsargent@smu.edu
Dana Minissale, Director: 214-768-1469 or dminissale@smu.edu 
Erika Fadel, Director: 214-768-2850 or efadel@smu.edu
Linda Hale, Adviser, LL.M. Program for Foreign Law Graduates: 214-768-2622 or lhale@smu.edu
Beth Lee, Senior Associate Director: 214-768-4065 or beth@smu.edu
Mary Beth Nielsen, Associate Director: 214-768-4049 or mnielsen@smu.edu

  • Assessing Your Strengths and Practice Area Interests
  • Gaining Experience
  • Job Search Counseling
  • Resume Review and Cover Letters

Child Care Center

The SMU Child Care Center is a fully-licensed center open throughout the year to students, faculty, and staff. Children ages six weeks through five years are accepted, subject to space availability. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The center is located at 3000 Daniel Avenue, Dallas, TX 75205.  For more information, email childcare@smu.edu.

Counseling Services

Dr. Bob Smith Health Center

The Counseling Services team at SMU includes licensed professional counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists as well as interns and post-doctoral fellows from programs accredited by the American Psychological Association. The team offers a comprehensive array of psychological services, including counseling, assessment, crisis intervention, outreach, and consultation.  Some commonly-treated conditions include stress, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, relational issues, substance abuse, and eating concerns.  Your student fee covers all counseling services (which are confidential).

In addition, the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program helps law students who are concerned they may be experiencing substance abuse, mental illness, or chronic stress: (800) 343-8527.  All communication with TLAP is confidential pursuant to Texas Health & Safety Code § 467.

LawLifeline is a new mental health resource specifically for law school students. 

Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports 

Law students have access to one of the premier fitness facilities in Dallas at the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports.  The facility is designed for recreational sports, wellness, and intramural activities. Recreational facilities include a state-of-the-art weight room/fitness facility featuring individual flat screen televisions; racquetball, basketball, badminton, volleyball and sand volleyball courts; exercise studios; indoor soccer area; 25-meter indoor pool; outdoor fountain pool; indoor jogging track; and climbing center with rock-climbing wall.  Your student fees cover access to the facility; student ID required for entry.

 

Disability Accommodations and Success Strategies

Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center, 5800 Ownby, Suite 202
214-768-1470

The mission of the office of Disability Accommodations & Success Strategies (DASS) is to support the educational, career, social, and recreational choices of SMU students with documented disabilities through coordination of services and reasonable accommodations.  In keeping with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, individuals with disabilities may not be subjected to discrimination. The purpose of reasonable accommodations is to assure that these students have access to SMU programs and services and to the opportunity to succeed academically equal to that of students without disabilities.  Academic accommodations do not guarantee that students will be academically successful, and they are not provided simply because a person has a disability.  Rather, they are provided only if not having the accommodations would result in discrimination.

It is the responsibility of the students themselves to establish eligibility for services or accommodations through the DASS office.  Students who would like to be considered for services through this office (1) must submit appropriate, current documentation, and (2) must request services themselves, ideally by completing the online request form. Documentation will not be reviewed without the student's making such a request.

Documentation of a disability needs time to be reviewed to determine eligibility, so it is important to submit documentation early.  

Note: Since submitting documentation to admissions is not considered a request for services and does not ensure that the documentation is forwarded to this office, be sure to submit documentation directly to this office.  Please allow two weeks for review of documentation before inquiring about eligibility for services.

Diversity and Inclusion

Carr Collins, Suite 309
Erika S. Fadel, Director, Diversity and Inclusion: (214) 768-2850 or efadel@smu.edu

Local Affinity Bar Associations:

Other Resources:

Food Items and Basic Essentials At No Cost 

Fondren Library, Main Desk

The Shop provides non-perishable food items and basic essentials at no cost to current SMU students who are experiencing food insecurity.  For questions, as well as information on how to donate items, email deanofstudents@smu.edu

Externship Programs

  • Corporate Counsel Externship Program:
    Stephen B. Yeager: 214-768-4178 or syeager@smu.edu
  • Government & Public Interest Externship Program:
    Laura Burstein: 214-768-2567 or lburstein@smu.edu

International Students

Carr Collins, Suite 328

Martin C. Camp, Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs: 214-768-2839 or mlcamp@smu.edu
Linda Hale, Career Services Adviser, LL.M. Program for Foreign Law Graduates: 214-768-2622 or lhale@smu.edu
Bobbye Heine – 214-768-2108 or bheine@smu.edu

Intramural Sports

  • Registration and Team Management
  • Fall Sports: 3v3 Basketball, Billiards, Dodgeball, Flag Football, Floor Hockey, Sand Volleyball, Soccer, Table Tennis, Ultimate Volleyball
  • Spring Sports: 4v4 Flag Football, Basketball, Cricket, Indoor Soccer, Racquetball, Sand Volleyball, Softball, Tennis, Ultimate Volleyball

Judicial Clerkships

Carr Collins, Suite 305

Linda Hale Adviser, Judicial Opportunities, and Liaison to the Judiciary: 214-768-2622 or lahale@smu.edu
 

Lactation Room

Storey, Inside Women’s Restroom in basement

  • Private room in which female students, faculty, and staff can pump and feed their children; refrigerator available
  • Pass code required – obtain from Betty Alexander: 214-768-2620 or bettya@smu.edu

LGBTQ+

  • SMU OUTLaw- diverse group of SMU Dedman Law students, faculty, staff, and their significant others and friends who all support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons and initiatives. 
  • SMU Women and LGBT Center(located on 3rdfloor of Hughes-Trigg Student Center; 214-768-4792;https://www.smu.edu/studentaffairs/womenandlgbtcenter
  • Allies- formed by faculty, staff, and students with the intention of providing visible, tangible support for lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, and questioning members of the SMU community; to join email:join-allies@list.smu.edu
  • Dallas LGBT Bar Association- sister bar association to the Dallas Bar Association; composed of lawyers, law students, para-professionals, and related professional allies who share an interest in the laws that affect and protect the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community  http://www.dglba.orgorhttps://www.facebook.com/DallasLGBTBar/

Medical Care 

The University’s health facilities are located in the Dr Bob Smith Health Center. The medical clinic is staffed by physicians and experienced health care providers who provide a wide range of medical services, allowing students to receive quality outpatient care on campus.  Services provided include treatment of acute illnesses, care of injuries, minor medical procedures, physical exams, STD testing, immunizations, allergy shots, laboratory testing, and X-rays.  Specialty services include dermatology, women's health, and sports medicine.

Your student fee covers primary care, physician visits at no charge, as well as all counseling services. Charge for specialized physician care, laboratory tests, x-rays, pharmaceuticals, and supplies

Mustang Exchange

Storey, Suite 130A

One of the first mentorship programs of its kind, SMU Dedman School of Law's Mustang Exchange is an innovative "flash" mentorship program that connects each law student with multiple alumni and friends for one-on-one mentoring meetings. Instead of a traditional mentorship program that pairs one student with only one mentor for the year in hopes that a beneficial relationship will develop naturally, the Mustang Exchange offers an SMU Law student the chance to build his or her legal network from Day One by connecting with multiple alums and friends.  Students meet with mentors throughout the school year for career conversations, law school guidance, cover letter review, mock interviewing, and job shadowing experiences. For more information, contact lawmentor@smu.edu.

Office of Information Technology

The Office of Information Technology provides computing, information processing, and communications resources to satisfy the needs of faculty, students, and staff, and offers comprehensive support services to help them use technology effectively and creatively.

Parking

The Parking and ID Card Services Office provides SMU identification cards and a comprehensive array of parking services for the campus community, as well as visitors. The office is located in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, 3140 Dyer Street, Suite 216, Dallas, TX 75275 and is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. including the lunch hour. They can be reached at 214-768-7275 or by parking@smu.edu.  SMU uses License Plate Recognition technology to validate parking permits by the license plate registered to the permit.  It is very important that students register the license plate accurately to their permit and keep the information current on their parking account.

We are fortunate to have a parking garage directly across the street from the law school.   The Daniel Parking Center accommodates 500 cars, which is a huge improvement over the surface lot that used to occupy the space.  Nevertheless, at certain times the garage may be full.   

  • Maximizing Available Spaces:  To maximize parking spots in the garage, please do not park across lines or in spots too small for your vehicle.  SMU is increasing its enforcement efforts in the garage.  This includes ticketing cars parked in more than one spot and vehicles without the appropriate parking sticker.   So please make sure you park in only one spot and display your parking decal.
  • Large/Small Cars – The spaces on the interior of the garage are narrower than ones along the exterior walls.  The interior spots are for compact cars.  If you have a larger car, please park in the exterior spots.  
  • Overflow Parking:  Overflow parking for the Daniel Parking Center is available in the Airline Garage (levels 2-5).  We realize this garage is not right across the street; however, it is only a short walk down Daniel.
  • Dings and Accidents:  Please be very careful not to “ding” the car next to you when you open your door.  If you accidently hit, scratch, or ding another student’s car, please try to locate the owner of the vehicle and provide your contact information.  If you cannot locate the owner, leave a note in a conspicuous place providing your contact information and the circumstances of the property damage.  If you witness an accident in an SMU garage, please report the accident to the SMU Police Department non-emergency number: (214) 768-3388.  An SMU police officer will make a report.    
  • Exiting the Garage:  Do not assume cars will automatically stop just because you are in the crosswalk between the garage and the law school.  Please look both ways and make sure cars stop before you step out.  This advice also applies to crossing Hillcrest.  

Public Service Hours

Carr Collins, Suite 320

Laura Burstein, Public Service Director: 214-768-2567 or lburstein@smu.edu
Lynn Moubry, Administrative Assistant: 214-768-2761 or lmoubry@smu.edu
  • Completing Your Public Service Graduation Requirement• Pre-Approved Placements
  • Public Service Internships/Externships/Fellowships
  • Planning a Public Interest Career

Student Affairs

Storey, Suite 130B

Stephen B. Yeager, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs:
214-768-4178 or syeager@smu.edu

SMU Dedman Law Students: Dean Yeager has an open-door policy, or you may schedule time with him Online 
Moira Cary, Administrative Assistant: 214-768-2098 or mcary@smu.edu  (125 Storey – Registrar’s Office)
  • Student Performance and Well-Being
  • Any Form that Requires A/The “Dean’s” Signature
  • SBA and Student Organizations
  • Student Wellness Initiatives
  • Board of Law Examiners - Character and Fitness Issues
  • Reports of Alleged Violations Under Honor Code

Student Directory

This is a password-protected law student photo directory.  Use your SMU ID and password to log in.

Student Housing

Residence Life and Student Housing offers a wide variety of University owned and managed housing. Graduate dormitories, off-campus apartments, duplexes and houses are all available. For more information, call 214-768-2407 or email housing@smu.edu.

Student Lounge

The law student lounge is located on the first floor of Carr Collins, Jr. Hall. It contains a television, sofas and study desks as well as a full refrigerator and microwave for students who bring lunch or dinner to campus.

Webcasts

Videos of law school programs and speakers are available at this password-protected site. Use your SMU ID and password to log in.

Women & LGBT Center

313 Hughes-Trigg Student Center

The Women & LGBT Center of Southern Methodist University empowers students to increase awareness and understanding of gender equality issues. The Women & LGBT Center gives voice for women and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, with purpose to eliminate barriers, diminish prejudices, and create a supportive climate.