The SMU Dedman School of Law enjoys a national and international reputation, with its graduates practicing in every State of the Union and in many foreign countries. The faculty is well- recognized for its outstanding teaching and scholarly leadership in various areas such as dispute resolution (including litigation), international and comparative law, intellectual property, corporate, commercial and Tax Law. The Law School has an active student government, five respected law journals, six specialized legal clinics and two related projects, numerous Moot Court and Mock trial competitions, and one of the finest Career Services Offices in the country.
SMU Dedman School of Law offers both a full-time, three-year J.D. program and a four-year part-time evening J.D. program.
The law school offers two joint degree programs, a J.D. /M.B.A. and a J.D./M.A. in Economics.
J.D. /M.B.A. Program
The combined J.D./M.B.A. program is offered jointly by the Dedman School of Law and the Cox School of Business. The program is designed for law practice with a strong business background and for business careers with a strong legal background.
J.D. /M.A. in Economics Program
The combined J.D/M.A. in Economics - Law and Economics Track program is offered jointly by the Dedman School of Law and the SMU Department of Economics in Dedman College. The program is designed for law students with some prior background in economics who wish to develop further their abilities to deal with complex economic issues.
The Law School offers graduate degree programs for both U.S. and foreign trained lawyers. Applicants for admission to the LL.M. in Taxation Program or the LL.M. (General) Program must have earned a J.D. degree from an ABA-approved law school. The LL.M. degree for Foreign Law School Graduates Program is a one- year, full-time program for students who hold a basic law degree from a recognized foreign law school.
The S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science) is the highest post-graduate degree offered by the Dedman School of Law and is intended for highly qualified candidates seeking a legal academic career or a high level, policy-oriented governmental or inter-governmental position.
The Underwood Law Library contains more than 600,000 volumes and access to numerous legal databases, and is one of the major legal information resources in the United States- American legal materials, federal and state, include Constitutions, legislative compilations, administrative regulations, and the reported court decisions of all jurisdictions. The treatise holdings cover all areas of the law with special strength in corporate, securities, and tax matters. The Library also houses a student computer lab and classroom with access to word processing, the Internet, electronic mail, and programmed legal exercises. The Library has a wireless network throughout the building.
Beginning in 1947, the Clinical Program at the Dedman School of Law was among the country's first to sponsor a community legal clinic. Today, it remains a national model of excellence.
This clinic represents low-income clients in matters ranging from housing disputes to elder advocacy to civil rights litigation.
Criminal Prosecution Clinic
It works in partnership with the Dallas County District Attorney's Office in the prosecution of misdemeanor offences.
Criminal Defense Clinic
Represents Dallas county citizens charged with offences and facing the possibility of imprisonment. It works with the Dallas Public Defender's Office and provides students with felony trial experience.
Federal Taxpayers Clinic
It was the first tax clinic in the country with the authority to represent clients before the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Tax Court.
Small Business Clinic
Introduces student attorneys to practical applications of business formation and provides needed representation for small start-up companies and individuals developing private non-profit entities.
W. W. Caruth, Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic
Represents children who have been abused and neglected in Dallas County. The Clinic is appointed by Juvenile District Court Judges to serve as guardian/attorney ad litem .
The International Lawyer and Law & Business Review of the America are published by the International Law Review Association of SMU. The law reviews select their editorial staffs on the basis of academic performance and a writing competition.
Southwestern Law Journal is published four times each year and reaches law schools, attorneys, and judges throughout the United States and abroad.
Journal of Air Law and Commerce sponsors an annual symposium on selected problems in aviation law and publishes selected papers from that symposium in one of its issues.
The SMU Science and Technology Law Review , Computer Law Review and Technology Journal is SMU's newest scholarly publication. This journal is published three times a year. The journal is also published on the Internet, allowing worldwide access to its articles.
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Dallas, Texas 75275-0110
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