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“SMU”
September 2018CURRENT 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”
July 2018CURRENT 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”
July 2018CURRENT 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

“Former Law Student”
June 2018FORMER 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

“Former law student”
October 2015FORMER 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

2011VERIFIED 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

2010VERIFIED 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

2010VERIFIED 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

2010VERIFIED 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

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

The caliber of faculty at the Dedman School of Law makes the academic environment extremely rigourous and challenging. The professors are constantly pushing students to dig deeper and think like a lawyer. We also have an intensive legal writing program (smaller class sizes) designed to develop students' research and writing skills. Students are constantly challenging and motivating one another to work harder. This makes for an inviting discussion-filled classroom environment.

Quality of Life

Dedman School of Law is located north of downtown in the Highland Park area of Dallas. It is a beautiful campus with updated facilities.

Admissions

The Admissions Committee takes a very holistic approach when reviewing applications. The admissions process is highly selective because it is the so-called "weeding out" process.

Graduation Year

2009

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