Southern Methodist University

Rank 52 (USNWR 2021)

Applicants for the class of 2025 , matriculating 2022

149 applicants for the 2021 - 2022  cycle
0/18 , 0 rejected, 1 waitlisted, 3 withdrawn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 3.42 3.61 3.86
LSData Averages Rejected All Accepted
LSAT - 162 168
GPA - 3.57 3.74
Softs - Tier 3.41 Tier 3.38
Scholarship - - $0
Miscellaneous
Days from sent to decision 30
Days from UR to decision 1
Interview invite rate -
Interview conversion rate -
URM LSAT differential -3.14
URM GPA differential 0.01

School finances

SMU Dedman School of LawFinances & employment
Elle Woods went here, 'nuff said.
$57,566.00
Tuition
67th percentile
$86,936.00
CoA
87th 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
SMU Dedman School of LawBudgeting

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Total CoA
Annually
Default for Southern Methodist University is $86,936
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Scholarships & grants
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Savings
Total
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Post-grad income
Annually
Default for Southern Methodist University is $80,000
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Post-grad living expenses
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Est. loan interest rate

[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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General
Big mad
Advice
Help us make LSD better!
Tell us what's important to you
is that insane? yes or yes
@HoagieRoll: is it an antitrust suit? lmao
DidacticUnderstoodCivet
16:52
tired: paying LSAC to apply to law schools
@StandUnderNone: Yes
DidacticUnderstoodCivet
16:52
wired: antitrust suit against LSAC with your new law degree
Every day I get emails that are like "consider our law school" and I'm like no
OneRampantFrigatebird
16:53
It's always like the same two law schools that spam me each day
i get lots of charleston, ole miss, and penn state
DidacticUnderstoodCivet
16:53
if there was an LSAC for undergrad I feel like it def wouldn't fly
Richmond is in my inbox all day
VivianKensington
16:54
@DidacticUnderstoodCivet: college board is also a scam
DidacticUnderstoodCivet
16:54
@VivianKensington: so true but I feel like you don't have to rely on them nearly as much for undergrad admissions
do people's berkeley addresses go long before acceptances?
DidacticUnderstoodCivet
16:55
I can just imagine the meeting where someone at LSAC was like "I know! We should charge them to process their own records!" and everyone cheered
16:56
holy I just figured out how to use the automated status checkers
16:56
whole new world
VivianKensington
16:57
@rkolawadmit: i wish i hadn't figured out automated status checkers
DidacticUnderstoodCivet
16:57
^^
VivianKensington
16:57
i feel like a rat in a psych experiment
16:57
is there something bad about them haha
DidacticUnderstoodCivet
16:57
literally since I figured mine out I've had zero updates
DidacticUnderstoodCivet
16:57
just addictive
VivianKensington
16:57
@rkolawadmit: i think it has made me more neurotic than i otherwise would have been
VivianKensington
16:57
but also it's my own fault and i should just show restraint
16:57
ooooh okay yeah, i can see this quickly becoming not stellar lol
I don't use the automated status checkers
16:58
@VivianKensington: sick name btw, justice for vivian kensington
VivianKensington
16:58
@rkolawadmit: <3
DidacticUnderstoodCivet
16:58
I'd be less neurotic if it sent me an email every time I had an update but instead I'm physically refreshing every 20 min
2pm in the west. 5pm in the east. It's time for west coast waves!
16:58
@VivianKensington: you made committee review you'll be fine! def still have a shot at YLS
VivianKensington
16:59
@TroutLawyer: quaking in my boots
16:59
I'm quaking knowing I'm messaging a future Yale student rn
shaking quaking trembling
16:59
vomiting crying
i'm kind of shook to know a future darrow recipient personally @troutlawyer
VivianKensington
16:59
^
VivianKensington
17:00
the thought of faculty reading my application makes me nauseous lmao
17:00
@JoyousCeruleanHummingbird: pls no jinx
17:00
@VivianKensington: you already made it thru pal <3
you're already in review vivian ur GOOD
bearbearbear
17:02
How do u know abt committee review
wdym bearx3
bearbearbear
17:03
Lhow would u know if you made it to committee rebiew in yale do they say on the checker
17:03
maybe duke is staying late to admit
@FRML: wishful thinking 🥲
17:03
well yeah
17:04
@bearbearbear: usually if you survive a r-wave but don't get an A at Yale its committee review
17:04
from what I've heard
17:04
no guarantee
bearbearbear
17:04
Ooooo ⛅️ Ok
Who is due for a wave tmrw?
brunettelegally
17:05
NDLSSSS
VivianKensington
17:05
Dook
LawSchoolAble
17:06
just got an update from Cornell saying they got my KIRA interview
17:06
I think friday UIUC and NDLS
LawSchoolAble
17:06
anyone know how long for a decision?
17:06
yes hoping for ndls!
VivianKensington
17:06
@LawSchoolAble: it seems variable - mine was less than a week but others wait longer
DonnieDarko
17:06
im still waiting its been over a month
Does anyone know when SLS could start?
bearbearbear
17:06
Sls aboutta wake up tmrw and say As for the whole lsd chat
brunettelegally
17:06
@FRML: whats ur thought process on that
LawSchoolAble
17:06
@VivianKensington: thanks. did you get accepted?
brunettelegally
17:06
like what makes u think that?
VivianKensington
17:07
@LawSchoolAble: yes
17:07
@brunettelegally: both had waves on 12/11 last year
LawSchoolAble
17:07
congrats!
brunettelegally
17:07
oh thatd be awesome
@bearbearbear: I had a dream sls made calls today lol
bearbearbear
17:07
Is die
bearbearbear
17:07
Id
17:08
@TennisNerd1331: pls
17:08
WHEN is alabama going to release decisions for applicants in their lsat range??? this slow cycle is killing me
VivianKensington
17:09
looks like the earliest SLS decision last year was 1/14
@VivianKensington: In the past they've had some around this time I think
17:09
Stanford say hi to me pls
17:09
does anyone know when NUSL sends scholarship info?
VivianKensington
17:09
@TennisNerd1331: oh really? maybe last year was anomalous or people didn't record their A's on LSD
I think me being gre only kills my chances at sls. they dont even report their gre medians :(
bearbearbear
17:10
Idk if im imagining this but i swear i saw somewhere sls said they were gna start this month
17:11
hope you're right
17:11
I mean I surely won't be in wave 1
@bearbearbear: I don't think I saw that but I really hope you're right!
17:11
but like would be so cool
17:11
to see some T3 A's
duke u are hurting my feelings
is the reason sls doesn't report gre medians because they didn't accept any gre applicants
CapriciousPresentParrot
17:12
ucla is hurting my feelings
CapriciousPresentParrot
17:12
i know youre calling other people
17:12
@TennisNerd1331: they haven't even said LSAT medians yet
@TroutLawyer: Oh yeah I mean in the previous years
@TroutLawyer: We can cancel each other out for the medians :) if only we could tag team this cycle! lol
17:14
did anyone get into brooklyn today
17:15
@TennisNerd1331: we'd be unstoppable
17:16
Lots of As today
First world problem but whyyyyyyy are UCLA and NYU and Michigan letting in people with worse stats than me who applied later but not me :(
@TroutLawyer: CONGRATS ON THE DARROW INVITE OMG
Literally such an awesome opportunity and I’m sure you’re going to crush it
17:17
@UniqueSuccotash: aww thanks pal 🥺👉👈🥺👉👈 <3
17:18
@MiniatureNonchalantPlatypus: holy frijoles a 177?
17:18
omg trout congrats!!!
17:18
Confuckingradulations dude, that's incredible
17:18
@lilsebastian: once you get your Darrow we can go together, deal?
@Smokepipe: Thank you and also this is why I want them to judge me solely on my numbers
@TroutLawyer: That's massive!!! Congrats!!!!!
17:19
Lol
17:19
@TroutLawyer: LMFAO i would diiiiiie
17:20
Cant believe i have to say this but, please dont be entitled.
17:20
Not trout
17:20
@MiniatureNonchalantPlatypus: thank you pal your #'s are great!!
but.. I am entitled
17:21
@lilsebastian: they can't say no to us Hoosiers 🥺🥺
17:21
@CEOofShotShooting: ill show you what youre entitled to baby ;)
Hag is creating a hostile chat environment for entitled persons.
😐
17:22
But genuinely remember the lesson of willie wonka, thinking you deserve something is the exact reason you wouldnt deserve it
17:22
-5 chat vibes
We are all entitled to $$$$+ As everywhere
when is GMU going to start releasing decisions omg
17:23
@DailyFullFlamingo: me_irl
@TheOldHag: You're right. It's hard to be chill sometimes but I'm trying
17:24
Good boy/ good girl
Haha girl. Thank you <3
17:24
Clear your head and your heart and celebrate others success
17:24
And when you succeed i promise to cheer louder than anyone else
VivianKensington
17:25
crying in the club
You have cheered both my A's so far and I appreciate it <3
Jeez all I wanted aws GULC and NYU As this week and looks like it happened but sure not for me lol. I'm here to commiserate with anybody in the same boat
yeah, what she said
who will be the first t3 to give some A's
yls already did
Yale already did
@legallysandyblonde: You are now subscribed to our circle of people who are doing our best to remain chill
17:25
@TheOldHag: "thinking you deserve something is the exact reason you wouldnt deserve it" @me with a MN $$$$
oh yeah I forgot about that
17:25
@MiniatureNonchalantPlatypus: I’m really feeling penn for you
17:26
yeah Yale gives blessings and curses
@TheOldHag: I'd be ecstatic!
17:26
@FRML: while im normally just the resident jokester queer, I am actually somewhat useful
Every chat needs a resident jokester queet
someone should do a new years eve wave. imagine a call as nye ball drops
@TennisNerd1331: I would kiss everyone for the new year
17:28
Oh? Wheres that line start?
17:29
I want to make sure im first in line not last lmao
You're always first in my line!
please tell me to stop refreshing my UVA checker every hour
17:33
stop
okay
17:33
keep doing it
17:33
my job is done here
17:33
you never know
17:34
oh wait
17:34
a challenger
17:34
Hoagie is my spirit animal
mixed messages??
17:34
Pure chaos
better check it again
jus t6 more times
BigTeeth
17:34
I deleted that YLS email like it never even happened
BigTeeth
17:34
GTFO my inbox yale
which email?
17:35
dong
BigTeeth
17:35
my dong
17:35
beat ya
ah sorry to hear
BigTeeth
17:35
Sorry to hear what? I SAID IT NEVER HAPPENED
maybe Yale was intimidated by you guys
BigTeeth
17:35
ITS DELETED
17:35
i aint hear no dong
BigTeeth
17:35
They can't deny me if I deleted it from my inbox
17:36
you should have just replied to the email. "no"
17:36
yale has rejected you
17:36
No
17:36
"shoot, they got us, have to let him in now"
17:36
they havent
17:36
Didn't someone email Yale after a rejection and they got an appeal or whatever
17:36
reject yale back
17:36
@BigTeeth: lmao oh no
17:37
be like: u sure about that?
17:37
"sorry I've decided to reject your rejection"
searching spam for my dong
17:37
Reply, "Sweet, I'm glad to see you guys ae honoring 'opposite day' screw you, I would never want to go to your school!"
17:37
yale? more like
17:37
Man i wish i could delete my dong
17:37
Thatd save me a bunch of money on surgeey
17:37
Surgery*
they rejected A 177 4.26???
17:38
Just fucking “click click boom boom” poggers
17:38
^allegedly
HopefulHarry
17:38
Got a Texas KIRA invite last Thursday that said I had one week to get it done. Will I be able to do it tomorrow, or is today the last day you guys think?
17:38
I take some of these outliers with a grain of salt especially when it's all self reported
17:38
Oh hey NateSa
17:39
You excited about w&l ed coming due!
17:39
yo TOH