Southern Methodist University (Dedman)

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PO Box 750116
Dallas, TX 75275

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The Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University has an application deadline of February 15. The full-time program application fee at the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University is $75. The part-time program application fee at the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University is $75. Its tuition is full-time: $46,519 per year and part-time: $34,889 per year. The student-faculty ratio is 14.2:1. The Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University has 79 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

At the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas, students can complete a full-time J.D. in three years or a part-time evening J.D. in four years. Students also have the option to complete one of two dual degree programs in four years: a J.D./M.B.A. through the Cox School of Business and a J.D./M.A. in Economics through the Department of Economics.  

Through more than five clinics, J.D. candidates can get hands-on experience in legal areas including criminal defense and consumer law. There are several legal publications, including the SMU Law Review and the Journal of Air Law & Commerce. Students can also check out more than 30 organizations, including the Hispanic Law Students Association and the Older Wiser Law Students (OWLS) group. All J.D. students must complete at least 30 hours of pro bono work before graduation.

Notable alumni include Robert Dedman, founder of private club network ClubCorp, Inc. and the law school’s co-benefactor; Edward Rust, chairman and chief executive officer of State Farm Insurance; and Angela Braly, chief executive officer of healthcare company WellPoint, Inc.

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Year founded 1911
Public/private Private
Law school designation National


Application deadline February 15
Full-time program application fee $75
Part-time program application fee $75
Admissions phone (214) 768-2540
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 79
Student-faculty ratio 14.2:1
Total faculty 97

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 524
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 293


Tuition and fees

full-time: $46,519 per year
part-time: $34,889 per year

Room and board $15,500


Employed at graduation2 50.2%
Median private sector starting salary $85,000
Median public service starting salary $60,500


Total volumes and volume equivalents 656,972

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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