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#32 in Employment Rate at Graduation
#43 in Employment Rate at 10 MonthsSMU Law ranks #32 in terms of graduates employed at the time of graduation (61.9%) and #43 in terms of graduates employed ten months after graduation (83.5%).
#36 in Median Undergraduate GPA
SMU Law ranks #36 in terms of highest median undergraduate GPA (3.68) among those applicants granted admission who enrolled as full-time students.
#37 in Private Sector Salary
SMU Law is tied for #37 in terms of the median starting salary among graduates working in private practice as law firm associates ($100,000).
#37 in Library Size
SMU Law ranks #37 in terms of library size with 666,576 volumes or equivalents.
#39 in Highest Tuition
SMU Law ranks #39 in terms of highest tuition among full-time law students ($54,094). We rank from a total of 283 tuition rates from 194 law schools, ranking twice those law schools that have different in-state and out-of-state tuition rates.
#43 in Median LSAT
SMU Law is tied for #43 in terms of the median LSAT score (161) among those applicants granted admission who enrolled as full-time students. The LSAT measures reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, and logical reasoning.
#62 in Public Sector Salary
SMU Law is tied for #62 in terms of median starting salary among graduates working in government jobs or judicial clerkships at the federal or state level ($57,000).
#66 in Bar Passage Rate
SMU Law ranks #66 in terms of bar passage rate among first-time test takers (85.0%), and it outperforms by +10.5% the state of Texas’s overall bar passage rate of 74.5%. (A national comparison on this metric should be taken in a qualified sense and with caution, because every state has a different bar passage rate.)
#82 in Presence of Minority Students
SMU Law ranks #82 in terms of the highest percentage of students who are racial or ethnic minority (34.2%).
#88 in Acceptance Rate
SMU Law ranks #88 in terms of student selectivity with an acceptance rate of 47.2% among those who applied for admission.
#89 in Student to Faculty Ratio
SMU Law is tied for #89 in terms of lowest student to faculty ratio (6.9:1).
#144 in Presence of Minority Faculty
SMU Law ranks #144 in terms of the highest percentage of faculty who are racial or ethnic minority (9.7%).
#166 in Presence of Female Faculty
SMU Law is tied for #166 in terms of the highest percentage of faculty who are female (31.9%).
Fall 2020 Application Information
|Application Deadline:||February 15|
|LSAT Score (Median)||161||160|
|LSAT Score (25th-75th percentile)||155-163||156-163|
|GPA Range (25th-75th percentile)||3.43-3.80||3.27-3.75|
Bar Exam Statistics
|State in which most graduates took bar exam:||TX||TX|
|School's bar passage rate:||85.0%||84.1%|
|State overall bar passage rate:||74.5%||77.1%|
|School bar pass rate vs. state bar pass rate:||+10.5%||+7.0%|
|Graduates employed at graduation:||61.9%||55.1%|
|Graduates employed 10 months after graduation:||83.5%||82.7%|
Tuition and Expenses
|Room and Board:||$19,800||$19,800|
|Proportion of full-time students receiving grants:||87.1%||89.1%|
|Median grant amount among full-time students:||$18,000||$23,000|
|Average indebtedness of those who incurred debt:||$132,600||$124,723|
|Proportion of graduates who incurred debt:||64.7%||81.5%|
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Students & Faculty
|Student Racial Demographics:||
|Student-to-Faculty Ratio:||6.9 : 1||N/A|
Full-Time Starting Salaries
|Private Sector (Median):||$100,000||$90,000|
|Public Sector (Median):||$57,000||$56,900|
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|Volumes and equivalents:||666,576||666,019|