SMU Dedman School of Law

Rank 45 (USNWR 2023)
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Also known as

  • SMU Dedman School of Law
  • Southern Methodist University
  • SMU

SMU Dedman School of Law is a law school located in Dallas, Texas. The school was ranked 45 in 2023 by USNWR. Annual enrollment for SMU Dedman School of Law is approximately 226.

Admissions website: https://www.smu.edu/Law/Admissions

Admissions email: lawadmit@smu.edu

Admissions phone: 214-768-2550

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SMU Dedman School of Law Key Statistics

Previous year ABA 509 data
Percentiles 25 50 75
LSAT 160 164 165
GPA 3.35 3.71 3.87
Miscellaneous Count Percentile
# Applications 2253 71
# Admissions offers 764 -
Class size 226 74
% Accepted 33.9% 66
% Yield 28.9% 47

During the 2023 application cycle, 2,253 people applied and 764 were offered admission.

Southern Methodist University has a 1L class size of 226, and yield of 28.93%. 221 out of 764 applicants who were offered admission accepted, meaning that 28.93% of the people who were offered admission ended up attending the school.

The 1L class at Southern Methodist University has a median LSAT of 164. The 25th percentile LSAT is 160 and the 75th percentile LSAT is 165.

The median GPA is 3.71. The 25th percentile GPA is 3.35 and the 75th percentile GPA is 3.87.

SMU Dedman School of Law LSAT & GPA graph for 2022-2023

LSD has stats for 318 applicants for the 2022-2023 application cycle.

The graphs show applicant results plotted against GPA and LSAT. The dotted lines on the graphs represent the 25/50/75th percentiles reported by the school in their ABA 509 report from the previous year.

Each data point represents an LSD user that shared their application results for the benefit of future applicants.

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25th, 50th, 75th refer to percentiles from last year's admitted class

How much does SMU Dedman School of Law cost per year?

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Cost of attending SMU Dedman School of Law

In 2023, tuition was $61,058 and the annual cost of attending was $89,565 (tuition plus living expenses).

Cost of Attendance (CoA) is the estimated total amount you will have to spend every year to go to school. Unlike tuition, CoA includes expenses like rent, food, and insurance.

SMU Dedman School of Law employment outcomes

JD graduates from Southern Methodist University make $125,000 (median) upon graduation if they work in the private sector. If they go into the public sector, a grad can expect to make $69,684.

70.5% of law graduates from Southern Methodist University go directly to work for law firms, while 7.7% clerk for a judge. 2.9% of graduates go into public interest.

87.0% of Southern Methodist University graduates pass the bar on their first try.

Some interesting facts about SMU Dedman School of Law

Founded in 1925, SMU Dedman School of Law is located on a magnificent tree-lined campus in a beautiful residential neighborhood just five miles north of downtown Dallas. SMU offers an intimate learning community within a vibrant urban center.

With a relatively small entering class size, an outstanding teaching faculty, and distinguished guest lecturers, SMU offers a scholarly community with fantastic opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. SMU also has a well-rounded, diverse student body from approximately 200 colleges and universities, 35 states, and over 20 countries.

Law School Campus

SMU offers a beautiful setting in which to pursue legal studies. The Law School Quadrangle, a six-acre, self-contained corner of the campus, offers students convenient access to all law school facilities. The larger SMU campus offers students a variety of housing options, a childcare facility, a health center, and a fitness/wellness center.

The law school has its own dining hall and a four-story parking garage with 500 spaces.

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@nopain18: just date changes. then an email with your decision randomly hits you
Just the dates they don’t have a “Under review”
Got it thank you guys!
Is there any waitlist movement for SMU?
I'm sure they won't start going through the waitlist until post deposits
is it only a WL or R wave right now?
Thats what it looks like…
just saw two people post A's to SMU
Here? Maybe they’re updating retroactively
I just got a “ Your FAFSA Application Has Been Received“ 🤦‍♀️
Submitted like in Dec lol
Just had a date change in my status tracker today :o 🚨🚨
Got WL'd. Anyone know if people have had success getting accepted off the wL in the past?
Yes they have but it was over the summer which can be really scary because of the uncertainty
Oh for sure. I'm registered for the June LSAT and sent a formal LOCI this morning so hopefully it will bode well.
would sending an additional LOR help? I already sent in the max number of letters when I first applied
No they only accept 3!
Deposit deadline was April 1st?
The next on is April 15th
Then I would assumed for applicants admitted later it's June 1.
I still haven’t heard back yet…. Applied 1/17. At this point , just reject me. I already signed up for the June LSAT LOL
I mean what are your stats?
way below median for LSAT and GPA and I know they’re median hunting so, why can’t they just send the email out so I can have closure LOL
did anyone else submit their seat deposit?
waitlist people - any new info or what are we thinking for movement on the list?
I was wondering the same thing, Mouse. I hope there will be WL movement soon :/
I was on the waitlist last year- Dean of admissions said they took 1 person off the list on the first day of classes, so realistically, I wouldn’t hold out hope. They also provide no emails on wait-list updates during the summer :/
@Lilabeans12: if you don't mind me asking, did you get into SMU this year? Or were you waitlisted last year and this year?
I was waitlisted this year and am debating a gap year to retake LSAT and reapply ^
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