SMU Dedman School of Law

Rank 58 (USNWR 2022)
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  • SMU Dedman School of Law
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SMU Dedman School of Law is a law school located in Dallas, Texas. The school was ranked 58 in 2022 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 158 163 164
GPA 3.43 3.76 3.89
Miscellaneous Count Percentile
# Applications 2334 69
# Admissions offers 780 -
Class size 226 68
% Accepted 33.4% 64
% Yield 28.7% 40

During the 2022 application cycle, 2,334 people applied and 780 were offered admission.

Southern Methodist University has a 1L class size of 226, and yield of 28.72%. 224 out of 780 applicants who were offered admission accepted, meaning that 28.72% of the people who were offered admission ended up attending the school.

The 1L class at Southern Methodist University has a median LSAT of 163. The 25th percentile LSAT is 158 and the 75th percentile LSAT is 164.

The median GPA is 3.76. The 25th percentile GPA is 3.43 and the 75th percentile GPA is 3.89.

SMU Dedman School of Law LSAT & GPA graph for 2021-2022

LSD has stats for 331 applicants for the 2021-2022 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

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Cost of attending SMU Dedman School of Law

In 2022, tuition was $59,286 and the annual cost of attending was $88,656 (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 $100,000 (median) upon graduation if they work in the private sector. If they go into the private sector, a grad can expect to make $64,246.

75.0% of law graduates from Southern Methodist University go directly to work for law firms, while 3.2% clerk for a judge. 3.7% of graduates go into public interest.

85.2% 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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end of the month huh, next Tuesday cannot come soon enough
still waiting for the call lol. did y'all get call?
just got the call! scholly to come out by end of month. fingers crossed!
they're taking long to review
In case anyone has not already checked, scholarship information should be posted on the application status.
@AnneTheJellyMan: thank you!! Did not know that was there
scholarship just posted everyone
go check on status checker
Deans scholarship- is that one that will be applied each year?
how do we feel?
feeling good till i checked the sheet that said estimated coa is almost $200,000
It seems that very few people are well above 100,000$ in total. Wonder if its worth it to submit a reconsideration form
im at the 100,000 mark and have a suspicion that they won't do any more than that
Last cycle, someone noted they negotiated up from 34k a year to 40k a year. Not a huge increase, but you have little to lose by trying
Is there anyone else who hasn't received an answer yet? App was complete in Dec
I have not and I also went complete in early dec. seems like they’ve answered people with at least one data point above their median so far
@AnnoyingEndurableHyena: yeah, it seems like A LOT of schools are really pushing the envelope as far as stats go. Many are hitting 1-4 points above last years medians. It is a tough cycle, for sure
@CantonQueen mine has been complete since November
@ImportedGabagool: let's just hope that no news is good news!
anyone else been waiting for a decision since December?
still waiting
I got in!!!
@TenderDeadpanTermite: congrats!!!!
anything lately, anyone?
still nothing 🫠
do they ever reduced scholarship if you request?
Praying for this. My top school!