Rising Scholars Program

SMU Dedman School of Law’s 4th annual Rising Scholars Program was held June 3-7, 2024. The law school developed the program for rising high school seniors interested in a career in law.


The program seeks to introduce high school students to the law school experience and the practice of law by offering mini-classes, professional development workshops, and panel discussions with practicing attorneys from a variety of legal sectors.


During the week-long residential program, the students learned about the fundamentals of the law, law firms, judicial careers, and in-house corporate work. They were also a part of public speaking exercises, learned how to network and interview, and participated in a wellness session. The program ended with a moot court competition where students developed and displayed their critical thinking and communication skills.


The sponsors are American Airlines and AT&T. AT&T was the first sponsor when the program began in 2021. American Airlines joined as a sponsor and major contributor in 2023. At the awards luncheon on Friday, June 7, Cole Brown '97, Chief People Officer at American Airlines, surprised the Rising Scholars with a gift of 60,000 American Airlines miles to help with travel for college visits.




2024 Rising Scholars

This year there are 22 students from high schools across the DFW area and elsewhere – 1 from Florida and 1 from California.

A gift from American Airlines

Cole Brown, Chief People Officer at American Airlines and SMU Dedman Law alumna, surprised the Rising Scholars with a gift of American Airlines miles to help with their travel for family or college visits.