Law school… gives you a level of discipline, of insight, of confidence. 

Edward Rust ’75, JD/MBA, former Chairman of the Board and ceo, State Farm Insurance

Law school is both challenging and rewarding.  At SMU Dedman School of Law there are so many exciting opportunities available to enrich your experience.  Studying law at SMU gives students direct, personal access to an award-winning faculty. There is an innovative and fun way to connect law students with alumni and friends through our mentorship program, the Mustang Exchange.  

Studying in Dallas, gives our students a perspective like no other – a living laboratory with amazing opportunities for hands-on lessons of law in the real world through the 10 clinics, programs such as The Corporate Counsel Externship and Judicial Externship programs, and the nationally recognized Moot Court/Mock trial program.   

The law school offers a wealth of student activities  - opportunities for scholarship, service, leadership, recreation, and community interaction.


Dallas has one of the nation's fastest growing economies, and is a true center of global commerce. Throughout the city are amazing restaurants, shopping centers, and entertainment and arts districts. With moderate weather, low cost of living, and year-round sports, it is a richly diverse city with true Southern hospitality.

Dallas has one of the nation's fastest growing economies, and is a true center of global commerce. 

Dallas is the ninth-largest city and the DFW Metroplex make up the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the nation
Dallas #2 - "Best Cities for Young Attorneys", The National Jurist, 2016;
Texas #4 - "Best State to Make a Living", Forbes, 2017 
Beyond the Classroom.

Legal education at SMU Dedman School of Law goes beyond the classroom
and gives students opportunities to gain real-world experience through
our legal clinics, academic externships, internship programs, and
moot court and mock trial competitions.
Mentor. Make a Difference.

One of the first mentorship programs of its kind, SMU Dedman School of Law’s
Mustang Exchange is an innovative “flash” mentorship program that connects current
law students with alumni and friends through multiple, one-on-one mentoring meetings.