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4.1 of 5 stars (15 Ratings)

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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

3.8 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Admissions

Median lsat score is a 164. Most applications are processed through LSAC, and each student is automatically considered for scholarship.

Level

2L

Graduation Year

2013

3.8 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Almost all of the professors are excellent - great teachers, very knowledgeable, and accessible. The Socratic method is definitely a bigger focus 1L year, with some of the upperclass courses being more lecture style. The 1L legal research and writing course is very demanding, but it seems to prepare us well for clerkships. Academic advising is lacking - I'm not really sure that there's any point person to go to to talk about planning your course work. The registrar can help you make sure you are meeting your degree requirements, but that's about it. The school is competitive because of the quality of the students, but almost everyone is competitive with himself, and not openly competitive with other students. Most students are very willing to share notes and outlines, and help each other out. It's a very collegial environment.

Quality of Life

The campus is pretty. The facilities are older, but nice aesthetically. The cost of living is higher than most places in Texas, but lower than most large cities elsewhere in the US.

Admissions

The applications process is pretty standard. They ask for all the usual information, as well as an essay. There seem to be quite a few scholarship opportunities, from both the school and private groups. However, this is probably necessary since the tuition is on the expensive side.

Level

3L

Graduation Year

2011

3.5 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Quality of Life

The facilities are a bit old, but the neighborhood is fantastic.

Level

Other

Graduation Year

2011

5.0 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

At SMU there is a great mix of theory and practical study. Classes are not solely taught to prepare a student for the bar exam. Although that is a factor, the goal is to graduate as a leader in the legal community.
The professors all have amazing resumes and most are available to meet with when needed. There are a few, as there would be at any good school, that have an ego. Socratic method is not used in the strict sense. Most teachers will give students warning on a period time in which they will be called on. Most teachers are not there to embarrass their student.
Students are not competitive even though, like most law schools, everyone is graded on a curve. There is no hiding of the books, etc. Most everyone is friendly.
SMU offers a study abroad program at Oxford, and it is supposed to be a great experience.

Quality of Life

You cannot beat the quality of life at SMU; I don't care where you go. School is expensive and Dallas is not cheap either, but the quality of life is as good as it gets. SMU is right in the middle of the nicest area in the state, and every restaurant, etc. is within a mile. With that being said, safety is not as issue at SMU.

Admissions

The only thing unique about the application process is the additional essay on "why you want to attend SMU." Other than that the application is the standard form most schools use.
SMU gives scholarships to most students, and the admissions staff is the most friendly group of people an applicant could hope to talk with.
Overall, the admissions process at SMU is enjoyable.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2011

4.8 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Admissions

Other than the typical application, personal statement, and letters of recommendation, SMU asks for a statement as to why you want to attend SMU law and a statement about your diversity.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2010

4.7 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Great professors, small to medium sized classes. Good balance of practical and theoretical. Many opportunties to gain real world experience due to location in Dallas (only law school there).

Quality of Life

Warm, helpful student body. Great quality of life!

Admissions

Very standard. Requires undergrad degree, LSAT score, personal statement, resume, optional essay.

Graduation Year

2004 or earlier

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