The Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University

By | March 2, 2019

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Jill Nikirk
Application deadline February 15
Full-time program application fee $75
Part-time program application fee $75
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 24.4% – Low
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.67
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 163

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 21.6%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 158-166
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.34-3.84
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.72
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 165

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 17.3%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 152-162
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.16-3.74
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 3.57
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 160

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Criminal, Consumer Law, Civil, Child Advocacy, Taxpayers Clinics. Criminal Clinic is joint with the Dallas County DA to provide legal service to indigent individuals. Students choose faculty-approved externship in state and federal courts; local, state, and federal agencies; and various legal departments. There is a 7-week summer session and the Summer Program in Oxford.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 120
Seminars 23
Positions available in seminars 445
Positions available in simulation courses 894
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 141
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Law Review; Journal of Air Law and Commerce; The International Lawyer (published by the ABA Section of International Law); Law and Business Review of the Americas; and SMU Science and Technology Law Review (published by the State Bar of Texas). Students may participate in the SBA, approximately 20 student organizations, and a wide variety of regional and national skills competition.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 90
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Typical size of first-year “small section” N/A
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 240
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 508
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 91
Full-time students involved in field placements 42
Full-time students involved in law journals 191
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 51
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 41

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 75
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars 103
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 108
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 45
Part-time students involved in field placements 33
Part-time students involved in law journals 61
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 7
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 12

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 16.5:1 – High
Full- and part-time faculty 76
Full-time minority faculty 18.2%
Part-time minority faculty 3.7%
Total faculty 99
Total faculty (men) 74.7%
Total faculty (women) 25.3%
Total faculty (minorities) 10.1%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#51 Best Law Schools

(2) Ranking by Specialties

#41 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#19 in Part-time Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score 55
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.6
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 3.5
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.31-3.81
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.67
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 157-165
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 163
Acceptance rate 24.4% – Low
Student-faculty ratio 16.5:1 – High
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 59.8% – Medium
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 86.9% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 82.7% – Medium
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar TX
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 82.5%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 866

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 540

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 326

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Second-year students discontinuing law school 0.7%
Third-year students discontinuing law school 0.4%
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school 1.2%
Male students discontinuing law school 0.8%
Female students discontinuing law school N/A

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Marc Peterson
Financial aid phone (214) 768-4119
Financial aid application deadline April 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $42,057 per year
Part-time: $31,543 per year
Room and board $15,500
Books $2,000
Miscellaneous expenses $2,738
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? No

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 37.8%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 33.9%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 1.7%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 3.5%
Median grant amount $20,200
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $10,600–$25,300
Full-time students receiving grants 76.9%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 49.1%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 2.8%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount $7,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $5,000–$10,000
Part-time students receiving grants 51.8%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $99,084
Proportion who borrowed 74.3%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? No

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 132,191
Microform titles 100,466
Electronic titles 501,280
Other non-book titles 712
Total titles 734,649
Volumes (excluding microforms) 505,304
Volume equivalent microforms 142,092
Total volumes and volume equivalents 647,396
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 104
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 65
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 36
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 7
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 65
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 18
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 82
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 50
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 37
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 5

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school library, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 5
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 0
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 100,000
Total seats available for library users 787
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) The second largest law collection in Texas. Library has 219,391 titles and 600,000 volumes with international, comparative law, and selective foreign law collection. Specialized collections include significant rare books collection with an emphasis on early American imprints, English treatises and case reports, and Continental case reports, statutes, and treatises.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar TX
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 82.7% – Medium
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 82.5%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 259
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 59.8%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 86.9%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 15.8%
Graduates whose employment status is known 84.2%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 59.8%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 20.8%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.8%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown N/A
Graduates whose employment status is known 100.0%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 86.9%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 4.2%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 6.2%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $60,000
Median private sector starting salary $85,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $150,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 86%
Median public service starting salary $55,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 1.3%
Percent employed in business and industry 20.4%
Percent employed in government 6.2%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 4.4%
Percent employed in law firms N/A
Percent employed in public interest 2.7%
Percent employed in an unknown field N/A

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 90%
Graduates employed out-of-state 10.0%
Graduates employed in foreign countries N/A
Number of states where graduates are employed 14
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) N/A
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 0.9%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 0.9%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.9%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 1.8%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.4%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 92.4%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 2.2%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 0.5%
Employment location unknown N/A

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations Career counseling and access to alumni for J.D; tax, general and international LL.M students’ fall recruiting program with on-campus interviews and a resume collection component for employers who cannot visit the campus. Employers include large, Texas firms for summer clerkships, courts seeking second and third year students and smaller firms and government agencies.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 75.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 97.9%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 4.0%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 7.0%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 8.0%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 50.0%