Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning
Legal education at SMU Dedman School of Law goes beyond the classroom and gives students opportunities to gain real-world experience. Our ten legal clinics put students in a wide range of practice settings in which they represent real clients. Our dozens of pre-approved externships, such as the Corporate Counsel Externship program and the Federal Judicial Clerkship program, allow students to experience the work of non-profits, courts, prosecutors, government agencies, and corporate counsel’s offices. Our simulation courses, such as trial advocacy, contract drafting, real estate practice, small business representation, patent prosecution, and patent litigation, provide opportunities to hone students’ litigation and transactional skills. In these rigorous and engaging practical courses, Dedman School of Law students learn inside and outside the classroom in ways that help them succeed in law school, in the job market, and in their careers.



The Program encompasses ten specialized clinics 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.

SMU’s Externship Program provides students with the opportunity to gain
practical experience by working in legal settings under the supervision of a
mentor-attorney and a member of the law faculty.  

In The News

Announcing The Rowling Center (May 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
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
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
Business Insider ranks SMU Dedman Law Number 32 BUSINESS INSIDER (July 25, 2016) Learn More
Dallas Business Journal: Focus on Corporate Counsel SMU Dedman Law's Steve Yeager talks about the changing face of General Counsel. 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


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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