Southern Methodist University

Rank 52 (USNWR 2021)

Applicants for the class of 2025 , matriculating 2022

347 applicants for the 2021 - 2022  cycle
17/110 , 35 rejected, 55 waitlisted, 74 withdrawn
25th, 50th, 75th refer to percentiles from last year's admitted class
25th, 50th, 75th refer to percentiles from last year's admitted class
25th, 50th, 75th refer to percentiles from last year's admitted class
25th, 50th, 75th refer to percentiles from last year's admitted class
25th, 50th, 75th refer to percentiles from last year's admitted class
25th, 50th, 75th refer to percentiles from last year's admitted class
25th, 50th, 75th refer to percentiles from last year's admitted class
25th, 50th, 75th refer to percentiles from last year's admitted class
Previous year ABA 509 data
Percentiles 25 50 75
LSAT 156 162 164
GPA 3.44 3.73 3.84
Miscellaneous Count Percentile
# Applications 1847 66
# Admissions offers 753 -
Class size 207 67
% Accepted 40.8% 62
% Yield 27.0% 35
LSData Percentiles 25 50 75
LSAT 159 162 166
GPA 3.34 3.63 3.85
LSData Averages Rejected All Accepted
LSAT 157 162 165
GPA 3.34 3.56 3.64
Softs Tier 3.3 Tier 3.34 Tier 3.31
Scholarship - - $79,328
Miscellaneous
Days from sent to decision 47
Days from UR to decision 43
Interview invite rate 3.75%
Interview conversion rate 38.46%
URM LSAT differential -1.16
URM GPA differential -0.12

School finances

SMU Dedman School of LawFinances & employment
Elle Woods went here, 'nuff said.
$57,566.00
Tuition
68th percentile
$86,936.00
CoA
85th percentile
56.40%
Grads with debt
1st percentile
$140,241.00
Average debt
80th percentile
$80,000.00
Salary, 25th %
82nd percentile
$105,000.00
Salary
74th percentile
$62,218.00
PI Salary
77th percentile
68.40%
Employment rate
78th percentile
86.20%
Bar pass rate
64th percentile
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[IMPORTANT] These estimates are for high level planning only. Things like summer jobs, when you spend your savings, and other financial decisions will impact exactly how much you pay.

Calculations assume a 10-year fixed rate loan.

Southern Methodist University Breakdown

In-school

Total cost of attendance$315,000
$105,000 x 3
Total scholarships$75,000
$25,000 x 3
Savings$10,000
Debt after three years$230,000
Assuming 10-year fixed rate loan
Total repaid@5.0%$11,500
Interest paid$11,500

After graduation

Annual breakdown
Post-grad income$180,000
Income taxes$60,000
Living expenses$60,000
Loan repayment$2,000
Annual disposable income$60,000

Monthly breakdown
Post-grad income$180,000
Income taxes$60,000
Living expenses$60,000
Loan repayment$2,000
Monthly disposable income$60,000

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Data is sourced from ABA 509 disclosures and USNWR.

School applicants

Name Result Last seen GPA LSAT GRE URM WE Scholarship Sent Received Complete UR UR2 Interview invite Decision
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Name Result Last seen GPA LSAT GRE URM WE $$$$ Sent Received Complete UR UR2 II Decision
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turkeysandwich
11:27
yeah im on the normal WL
turkeysandwich
11:28
ok thank u was just curiosu
UntidyWearyGiraffe
11:28
ofc! good luck!!
TheNeuroticSimsTrait
11:28
did anyone get that email from Minnesota last week?
11:29
Did everyone get the UMich WL update email?
It's great that ND showed some movement today
11:31
anyone get an email from northeastern?
ThisIsTheEnd
11:32
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ThisIsTheEnd
11:41
i wish gmu would break my heart alreafy
forgot the gym shoes at home today too its rough
Wow! Finally ND people are getting some relief! Nice to see those 3 As :-)
CLemiecLuW
11:50
Oh my gosh, that email from GMU scared me
11:57
Decision Rendered Lettered Mailed, Decision Status is still blank lol I am tweaking. why take so long to say no
CLemiecLuW
11:58
For which school?
ThisIsTheEnd
12:00
clemmie :)))))
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12:10
R off the Penn WL just now. Oh well.
ThisIsTheEnd
12:12
:(
ThisIsTheEnd
12:12
im sorry friend
PuzzledImportedTetra
12:13
Yep me too.
ThisIsTheEnd
12:13
im sorry :(
PuzzledImportedTetra
12:14
Thank you buddy!
ThisIsTheEnd
12:17
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12:19
hey no problem. I'm honestly feeling really excited about UCLA this fall.
12:19
It wasn't my first choice going in... and I wanted "T14" so badly.
12:19
But it's a great school on the west coast where I live... I want to do public defense work and they have a ton of support for that. I think it's all going to be okay.
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ThisIsTheEnd
13:20
for upenn?
ThisIsTheEnd
13:23
bertie do you got any plans for this weekend