SMU Dedman School of Law

Rank 45 (USNWR 2023)
Median LSAT
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Also known as

  • SMU Dedman School of Law
  • Southern Methodist University
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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 320 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.

Click on a data point to see that user's profile.

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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I went complete 10/23, but missed this last wave. Hopefully there's another one soon. Did anyone else go complete around the same time?
@VersedImperfectMouse: I went complete on the 21st. Based on last year' cycle, we probably have a wave before our wave but who knows, SMU is way different so far than last year.
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Anyone's date update today? This is my third one.
Mine was last updated on the 29th
my status date has never updated and the admissions office told me it won't so it's weird to see people saying their dates have changed.
@VersedImperfectMouse: I'm not sure why your date wouldn't have changed, mine updated again to december 1st
@VersedImperfectMouse: I have never gotten a date change either. Turned in app 11/02. Strange some people get changes and some don’t
@VersedImperfectMouse: I have not gotten a date change either, still 10/31 app complete
Went complete 9/25 and havent been in any of the waves. Not looking good for me
I was admitted right at the end of the day yesterday, not this morning when I'm updating!!!!
It is sad that SMU has absolutely zero merch
anybody gotten their smu email address/id number information? if so, how long did it take?
I did yesterday
Took about a week
Also just received a personal letter from them today which was cool
Scholarship Interviews give me discrimination vibes... from SMU
wowza looks like they’re really reaching for that 165 median
@Disengaged3: how so
For those who got accepted already, when did yall submit applications?
2 weeks ago
people who applied way after me alr got decisions
Has anybody gotten the link for the scholarship interview?
@Morgymorgs: it looks like they are just securing their median and 75th% as of right now! If you are leaning more on your GPA, looks like they are going to accept that later in the cycle.
@Morgymorgs: median and 75th% LSAT^^^^^^
submitted and SMU received on the 19th and had a date change on the 29th but silence since then
@ProductiveRedundantCoral i didnt even know SMU offered interviews dang
@AbeyRoad: it says it is new this year. In their acceptance email, they say you'll receive a link with information about interviewing just for scholarship info.
On a phone call yesterday they said original offers will come in February, with the option to interview after that offer.
ah, that was unclear in the email
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