Other University Services and Resources

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. 

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 students’ 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.

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.

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

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

Dining Options On Campus

Lawyers Inn - This café is conveniently located on the first floor of Carr Collins, Jr. Hall in the law quad.  It features Tex-Mex favorites like quesadillas and breakfast tacos, grab 'n go options for breakfast, lunch, or any time of day including: wraps, sushi and salads, and even Starbucks coffee selections and traditional essentials found in a convenience store!

Starbucks at Fondren Library - Stop by this full-service Starbucks and watch the four big-screen TVs in the adjacent Collaborative Commons area. Or bring your laptop and do a little work while you sip on a refreshing beverage.

Hughes-Trigg Student Center - The Hughes-Trigg Student Center is the hub of campus, and the dining options inside are no different. The Market has snacks and drinks to keep you full and focused while on the run, and the retail dining options features delicious and convenience for you and your friends.

  • Chick-fil-A - Peruse our sandwiches, salads, Cool Wraps, and nuggets made with tender 100% chicken breast. Side items with a delicious Chick-fil-A twist (Waffle Potato Fries, anyone?). Rich desserts. Even Lemonade - the real deal, freshly squeezed. Before you know it, you've got the makings of a serious craving.
  • Cinco TacoLocated in the lower level of Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Cinco Taco features upscale “from scratch” tacos, fresh salsas and sides! Cinco Taco is a local taco restaurant to Dallas created by and for taco lovers!
  • Steel City Pops - Steel City Pops are made in small batches from the freshest all-natural or certified organic ingredients, locally-harvested where possible. We only sweeten our pops with raw, organic cane sugar and never use artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. Our menu features vegan-friendly fruity choices, and all of our pops are gluten-free and vegetarian. We are always creating new seasonal flavors and ideas, so check back often! Our location on campus is located within The Market in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.
  • Sushic - With over 40 menu options and an on-site sushi chef to fulfill special requests, your options are limitless for the best tasting sushi! Sushic items are also available throughout campus for your convenience when you are on-the-go. Party trays also available with 72 hours advanced notice from the sushi bar.
  • The Market - The Market, located on the main level of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, features a wide selection of your favorite convenience store items including natural and organic products. Drop by to grab a drink or snack on the way to class or stock-up on beauty or cleaning supplies - The Market is truly your one-stop-shop for all your convenience store needs! The Market also proudly features Steel City Pops, Sushic, Snap Kitchen and Starbucks coffee.

Einstein Bros Bagels - Located on the bottom floor of the Fincher Building at the Cox School of Business, Einstein Bros Bagels offers a wide variety of fresh baked bagels, breakfast paninis, sandwiches, salads, homemade desserts and gourmet coffee.

Umphrey Lee Cafeteria - Lee features a comfortable atmosphere, great food selections and service friendly attendants. Located in the lower level of the Umphrey Lee Center, this Residential Restaurant offers a lavish all-you-care-to-eat menu with bountiful variety.

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

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 adn 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.  

SMU 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.

SMU Child Care Center

The SMU Child Care Center is afully 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.

SMU 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.

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.

Diversity and Inclusion