Beginning in 1947, the Clinical Program at SMU Dedman School of Law was among the country’s first to sponsor a community legal clinic. Today, it remains a national model of excellence. Dedman Law’s clinical program has evolved to reflect changing perspectives in legal education and innovation in legal practice. All the while, Dedman Law remains committed to the ideals that have shaped it from the beginning: public service, professional responsibility, and outstanding skills training.  

The program encompasses 10 specialized clinics and projects where, under the supervision of clinic directors, our students serve as advocates on behalf of the community in many areas of the law. Dedman Law’s clinical education program is central to our mission of providing outstanding legal education and public service, along with developing professional responsibility.

Civil/Consumer Clinic
Criminal Clinic
Family Immigration Detention Clinic
Federal Taxpayers Clinic
Judge Elmo B. Hunter Legal Center for Victims of Crimes Against Women 
Innocence Clinic
Patent Law Clinic
Small Business and Trademark Clinic
VanSickle Family Law Clinic 
W. W. Caruth, Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic

For more information about Clinic services please call 214-768-2562 or email  We will not be taking online applications until further notice.  


Student News

Clinic Pre-Registration Packet - Fall and Summer 2018
Clinic Application - Fall and Summer 2018
Patent Clinic Application - Fall and Summer 2018


In The News

Announcing The Rowling Center (May 2018) Learn More
Deason Center works to seek prisoner release (May 2018) Learn More
DEASON CENTER LAUNCHES NEW PROJECT SMU Dedman Law (April 6, 2018) Learn More
SMU Law #28 on the NLJ list of Top 50 Go-To Law Schools Texas Lawyer (March 2018) Learn More
Dedman Law #28 in NLJ Go To Law Schools National Law Journal (March 2018) Learn More
Support Dedman School of Law: Message from Dean Collins SMU (January 31, 2018) Learn More
Asst. Dean Steve Yeager on relieving stress of exams Texas Lawyer (December 2017) Learn More
SMU Launches Multi-Disciplinary Certificate Program in ... SMU (November 2017) Learn More
Announcing the Dedman Law Emerging Leader Board November 16, 2017 Learn More
Dedman Law receives ABA Gambrell Professionalism Award (June 2017) Learn More
Dean Collins on Dedman Law Transition to Practice Texas Bar Journal (May 2017)   Learn More
Crayons as Contraband: Karnes Detention Center Hunter Legal Center (April 2017) Learn More
Law students spend spring break helping immigrant women ... SMU News (March 7, 2017) Learn More
Congratulations Law Students Joshua Smith and Kevin Pierce Student News (March 2017)   Learn More
Moot Court Competition renamed Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst Moot ... SMU Dedman Law (January 27, 2017)   Learn More
Dedman Law Salutes our Veterans Overheard @ SMU (November 11, 2016)   Learn More
3Ls Jake and Laura Torres assist West Dallas community ... DALLAS MORNING NEWS (October 14, 2016) Learn More
Good Job 3Ls Nicole Herminghaus and Ashlyn Scott Criminal Justice Clinic (September 2016) Learn More
Congratulations to Diane Sumoski, Director Child Advocacy Clinic W.W. Caruth, Jr. Institute for Children’s Rights (August 2016) Learn More
Business Insider ranks SMU Dedman Law Number 32 BUSINESS INSIDER (July 25, 2016) Learn More
The National Jurist: Dallas #2 Best City for Young Attorneys Higher salaries, better buying power and robust legal communities are just a few reasons why...   Learn More


SMU Dedman School of Law has long been a leader amongst law
schools in its genuine and unwavering commitment to public service.


Saturday, May 19, 2018
2018 SMU Dedman School of Law Hooding Ceremony 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Law Quad
SMU Dedman School of Law
3315 Daniel Avenue
Dallas, Texas

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Tuesday, Apr 24, 2018
Education Advocacy for Foster Children Lunch and Learn Sessions Noon - 1:00 p.m. Henry Wade Justice Center
2600 Lone Star Drive
1st Floor, Room 2A-B
Dallas, TX
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Education Advocacy for Foster Children Lunch and Learn Sessions Noon - 1:00 p.m. SMU Dedman School of Law
3315 Daniel Avenue
Dallas, TX

Carr-Collins Hall
Lawyers Inn
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