Dedman School of Law

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Coordinates: 32°50′47″N 96°47′10″W / 32.8464°N 96.7861°W / 32.8464; -96.7861

SMU Dedman School of Law
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Motto Veritas Liberabit Vos
Motto in English
The Truth Shall Set You Free
Established 1925
Type Private
Parent institution
Southern Methodist University
Dean Jennifer M. Collins
Academic staff
Students 900
Location Dallas, Texas, United States
Campus Urban

SMU Dedman School of Law, commonly referred to as SMU Law School or Dedman School of Law is a prominent professional graduate law school located in Dallas, Texas. It was founded in February 1925. SMU Law School is located on the picturesque campus of Southern Methodist University, renowned for its classic Collegiate Georgian architecture. The school was renamed Dedman School of Law in February 2001 in honor of its benefactors, the late Robert H. Dedman, Sr. and his wife, Nancy.

According to SMU Dedman's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 69.6% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[1]

Academic profile[edit]

SMU Dedman School of Law offers Juris Doctor, Master of Laws, and Doctor of Juridical Science degrees.[2] In addition to the full-time, three-year J.D. program, the law school also offers a part-time, four-year evening J.D. program.[3] The school offers two joint degree programs, a J.D./M.A. in Economics and a J.D./M.B.A. The J.D./M.A. in Economics is offered in connection with the SMU Department of Economics in Dedman College and the J.D./M.B.A. is offered in connection with the Cox School of Business.

The SMU Dedman School of Law was one of the more selective law schools in the United States in 2008.[4]

Programs and resources[edit]

Dedman Law publishes five law journals: The SMU Law Review, The International Lawyer, Journal of Air Law and Commerce, Law and Business Review of the Americas, and the SMU Science & Technology Law Review. Dedman Law offers a summer program at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England, five legal clinics, numerous international programs, and Underwood Law Library.


In 2015, SMU Dedman School of Law was ranked 46th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.[5]


According to SMU's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 69.6% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[6] SMU's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 14.2%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[7]


The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at SMU for the 2014-2015 academic year is $66,757.[8] The average amount borrowed for law school by members of the 2014 graduating class was $124,617.38. The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $259,552.[9]

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