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4.2 of 5 stars (21 Ratings)

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SMU

5.0 of 5 stars

September 2018 | CURRENT STUDENT

Uppers

The people are great, career services office is incredible and everyone in the administration seems to care a lot about the students

Downers

Some of the professors are sub par and the chairs in the classrooms are old

Comments

overall would recommend. Wouldnt recommend at full price unless your parents are paying

Would You Recommend

Yes

SMU Law

5.0 of 5 stars

July 2018 | CURRENT STUDENT

Uppers

Great people; prepares you extremely well; great connections with all the top dallas firms

Downers

hard to find something to complain about; there's an occasional bad professor

Comments

if you want to work in Dallas this is the place to go

Would You Recommend

Yes

SMU Dedman 1L Review

5.0 of 5 stars

July 2018 | CURRENT STUDENT

Uppers

Excellent teachers and staff who really want what is best for the students. The Dean is incredible and really promotes a friendly environment. All the students I have met are great people who are not overly competitive and the academic environment feels like all the students are in it together as opposed to being in direct competition.

Downers

Nothing, I have loved every part of my time at SMU so far.

Comments

Make the most out of all of the events put on by the law school and reach out to all of your mentors and upper classmen that you can.

Would You Recommend

Yes

1L

4.0 of 5 stars

July 2018 | CURRENT STUDENT

Uppers

Endless support from Career Services, professors are always willing to help students

Downers

1L course load was very heavy and not manageable if you want to do well in grades

Comments

Being located in Dallas is a huge advantage, the legal market is great right now and firms recruit straight from SMU.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Former Law Student

5.0 of 5 stars

June 2018 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

Quality of academics, class size, true law school campus, three law journals and a number of clinic opportunities

Downers

Career placement needs work - was geared only toward Big Law for a long time and is working to change that

Comments

Dallas is the strongest legal market in Texas. If you want to practice here - SMU is a good place to get your degree.

Would You Recommend

Yes

before ya go

3.0 of 5 stars

November 2017 | CURRENT STUDENT

Uppers

professors are nice and care about students. They are almost always extremely approachable.

Downers

only cares about top students. tough job market, dallas snobbiness for biglaw

Comments

youll be fine if you are in the top ten percent. otehrwise, make sue its what you want

Would You Recommend

No

Former law student

5.0 of 5 stars

October 2015 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

The Teachers were invested
Not too taxing
Connections with dallas culture

Downers

Not everyone got good jobs.
Law school is not fun.

Comments

It is a great school for those who want to work in dallas, but be careful as you must do well to get a good job.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Highly Recommend SMU Dedman School of Law

4.0 of 5 stars

March 2015 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

SMU Dedman School of Law is a great school! The professors are very distinguished and the legal clinics are second to none!

Downers

Without scholarships, an education from SMU Dedman School of Law comes with a hefty price tag.

Comments

SMU is a great school! A lot of doors are opened by attending the SMU Dedman School of Law due to strong alumni connections dedicated to seeing students succeed.

Would You Recommend

Yes

4.8 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

The academic curriculum at SMU is extremely rigorous. Students have the opportunity to chose a large majority of their coursework in their second and third year. This allows students the flexibility to pursue areas of law they are genuinely interested in while at the same time experiencing other coursework that may be the subject of bar examination question. The well-esteemed faculty is very accesible and they want students to succeed. Many of the junior faculty challenge students by exposing them to alternative ways of logical thinking. Students are competitive in the sense that we all want to do well, but that being said, a large majority of students also want their peers to succeed as well. SMU's study abroad program is in conjunction with University College at Oxford, and it is a six-week summer program. Students can also chose to participate in other study-abroad programs with other ABA accredited law schools.

Quality of Life

One thing is for sure, the students at SMU are happy. While law school is tough and there are many ups and downs, students are there for one another. The family-type environment breeds good will and comradarie among our peers, which we are able to carry with us out into the workplace. Many of us stay in the DFW area so we are all very well connected to one another.

Admissions

The Admissions process is extremely competitive and selective. It is the so-called weed out process. Once a student is admitted, SMU wants that student to stay. The Admissions Committee is extremely confident when making an offer of admission that the student is a good fit with the law school. The Admissions Committe takes a holistic approach to reading application files. While LSAT scores and undergrad GPAs are very important, the Committee takes great pride in throroughly reading personal statements, optional essays and addendums. Prospective students should not take the application process lightly and should be open and honest when submitting personal statements, optional essays and addendums.

Graduation Year

2009

4.3 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Smaller class sizes combined with very prestigious professors. The more central law courses tend to be more theoretical, while procedural and smaller electives are more practical

Quality of Life

Great resources, accessibility, and location but expensive tuition

Admissions

Standard: LSAT, Cumulative undergraduate GPA, Personal statement, optional letters of recommendation

Level

3L

Graduation Year

2011

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