Dedman School of Law: Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid - Southern Methodist University (2023)

  • Refunds for Withdrawal from the University
  • Payment Plan Options
  • Graduate and Professional Student Aid

Tuition, Fees and Living Expenses

A catalog supplement, the Financial Information Bulletin, is issued each academic year. It provides the general authority and reference for SMU financial regulations and obligations, as well as detailed information concerning tuition, fees and living expenses. The supplement can be accessed at (“Policies and Forms” link).

Continuing students registering must ensure that payment for the full amount of charges is posted to their account by the payment due date showing on their bill. The due dates are also published on the Bursar website.

Billing notifications are sent to the student’s SMU email address and to the designated authorized payer(s) email address when a bill is generated. The billing notification will provide instructions on how to view the bill online through SMUpay. If notification is not received two weeks prior to the due date, the student and/or designated authorized payer(s) should contact the Office of the University Bursar.

Payments made in person or mailed must be received by the Office of the University Bursar, located on the first floor of the Laura Lee Blanton Student Services Building, no later than 4 p.m. on the payment due date. Payments made online via electronic check or credit card must be posted no later than 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time on the payment due date. Students and/or those paying on behalf of students who pay online automatically receive an electronic confirmation of payment; students and/or designated authorized payer(s) paying through other methods can also verify receipt of payment online.

Students enrolling after the payment due date must pay at the time of enrollment. Students whose accounts are not cleared by the payment due date or at the time of enrollment are subject to a late payment fee of $50 for balances between $250 and $999.99, and $150 for balances between $1,000 and $5,000. Balances more than $5,000 are charged 3 percent of the outstanding balance, not to exceed $750. Also, after the monthly payment due date has passed, a 1.5 percent past due fee will be assessed on the unpaid student and/or miscellaneous account each month until the balance is paid. The enrollment of students whose accounts remain unpaid after the payment due date may be canceled at the discretion of the University. Students are individually responsible for their financial obligations to the University.

All refunds except federal parent PLUS loans, prepayment accounts, the SMU Monthly TuitionPay Payment Plan and international wires will be made payable to the student. A credit card payment will only be refunded to the student if federal student loans have been applied to their account. International wires will be refunded by wire to the originating wire account less a $35 wire-processing fee. The PLUS loan borrower can request the refund to be processed to the student by submitting a Parent PLUS Release form, located on the Bursar website. If the refund is issued by check, the student may request, in writing, that the refund be sent to another party.

Any outstanding debts to the University will be deducted from the credit balance prior to issuing a refund. Any outstanding debts to the University that include Title IV funds must have an Authorization to Credit Account form and/or an Authorization to Credit Account Parent form on file in order to transfer funds to cover current award year debts. Students need to sign the ACA form and the federal parent PLUS loan borrower needs to sign the ACAP form.

Any outstanding debts to the University that do not include Title IV funds will be deducted from the credit balance prior to issuing a refund. All other debts should be paid directly by the student.

A student whose University account is overdue or who in any other manner has an unpaid financial obligation to the University will be denied the recording and certification services of the Office of the Registrar, including the issuance of a transcript or diploma, and may be denied readmission until all obligations are fulfilled. The Division of Enrollment Services may stop the registration, or may cancel the completed registration, of a student who has a delinquent account or debt, and may assess all attorney’s fees and other reasonable collection costs (up to 50 percent) and charges necessary for the collection of any amount not paid when due. Matriculation in the University constitutes an agreement by the student to comply with all University rules, regulations and policies.

Arrangements for financial assistance from SMU must be made in advance of registration and in accordance with the application schedule of the Division of Enrollment Services, Financial Aid. A student should not expect such assistance to settle delinquent accounts.

During the registration process, students will be prompted to read and agree to the Student Rights and Responsibilities, which provides information regarding financial rights and obligations, SMU’s Honor Code, the Code of Conduct, and the student appeals and complaints process.

Students who elect to register for courses outside of their school of record will pay the tuition rate of their school of record.

Refunds for Withdrawal from the University

Reduction of tuition and fees is determined by the effective date of the withdrawal and is based on the schedule listed in the Financial Information Bulletin, which can be accessed online at (“Policies and Forms” link).

Note: For students receiving financial aid (scholarships, grants or loans), when the withdrawal date qualifies for reduction of tuition and fees charges, the refund typically will be used to repay the student aid programs first and go to the student/family last. Further, government regulations may require that SMU return aid funds whether or not the University must reduce its tuition and fees (based on the Financial Information Bulletin); hence, a student whose account was paid in full prior to withdrawal may owe a significant amount at withdrawal due to the required return of student aid. Therefore, students who receive any financial aid should discuss, prior to withdrawal, the financial implications of the withdrawal with the Financial Aid Advising Office.

Medical withdrawals and mandatory administrative withdrawals allow a prorated refund of tuition and fees.

Payment Plan Options

SMU Monthly Payment Plan

The SMU TuitionPay Payment Plan administered by Higher One allows term charges to be paid in monthly installments. Students can enroll in a payment plan at Higher One consultants are available at 877-279-6092 to answer questions or help with the online enrollment process.

Annual payment plans are available in 12-month, 10-month and eight-month formats. Term payment plans are available in four-month, five-month and six-month formats. The summer payment plan is three months. Payment plan options are not available for intersession terms including JanTerm, MayTerm and August terms.

SMU Prepayment Plan

The SMU Prepayment Plan (a single payment up front for all terms) allows families to avoid the effects of tuition and fee increases by paying for two, three or four years in one single payment at the current rate of tuition and fees. Questions should be addressed to the Division of Enrollment Services, Southern Methodist University, PO Box 750181, Dallas TX 75275-0181; phone 214-768-2799.

Graduate and Professional Student Aid

University grants, scholarships, fellowships and assistantships are awarded in the school or department in which the graduate student will enroll. Schools and departments that offer master’s or Ph.D. degrees offer a significant number of tuition scholarships and teaching or research assistantships each year. For more information, students should contact the appropriate school or department.

Grants and loans for Texas residents, private and federal loans, and employment programs may be available by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA may be completed online at The SMU Title IV school code number is 003613.

More information is available online at


A limited number of awards of full and partial tuition and fees are made annually to entering first-year students. The Law School endeavors to use the available funds to attract students who will enhance the Dedman School of Law with their academic achievement and potential (relying primarily on undergraduate grade point averages and Law School Admission Test scores) and life experiences. Unless otherwise specified in the award letter, these grants are renewed for subsequent years provided the student remains in good standing. Scholarships are applied to courses taken during fall and spring terms at Dedman School of Law.

James Elliot Bower Memorial Scholarship

Selection of James Elliot Bower Memorial scholars is made on the basis of academic proficiency, extracurricular achievement and financial need.

The Charles and Peggy Galvin Endowment Fund

This fund was established in 1979 by multiple donors in honor of Charles and Peggy Galvin. The endowment provides support for a full-tuition scholarship based on merit.

The Sarah T. Hughes Diversity Law Fellowship

The Dallas Bar Foundation funds several full-tuition scholarships annually to enable men and women from minority groups to obtain a legal education at Dedman School of Law and subsequently enter the legal profession. The fellowship is awarded initially to entering full-time students for one year and is renewable for the second and third years of study as long as the student remains in good standing. Applicants must complete a separate scholarship application and be accepted for admission to Dedman School of Law by the regular decision deadline.

The Hutchison Endowed Scholarship Program Fund

In 1984, Mr. and Mrs. William L. Hutchison, Sr., created this endowment with the following objectives: 1) to foster and encourage excellence in legal study so that students selected by the school for an award from the endowment income may become competent, able and respected members of the legal profession and/or the business community and 2) to develop in such students the highest sense of duty to community and nation in accordance with the Constitution of the United States. To accomplish these objectives, the school shall employ the following criteria in making scholarship awards: 1) Entering students selected as Hutchison Scholars shall have a superior undergraduate academic record and shall have a high sense of duty and commitment to the community and the nation. 2) A Hutchison Scholar must be a full-time student of the Dedman School of Law each term and must maintain a cumulative average in the upper third of his or her Dedman School of Law class. 3) A Hutchison Scholar shall attend classes regularly, abide by the rules and procedures of the school and maintain a cooperative, friendly attitude and relationship with school administrators, professors and other students.

The Thomas W. Luce, III Centennial Dedman Law Scholars Program Fund

Thomas W. Luce, III Centennial Dedman Law Scholars was established in 2015 by Sarah and Ross Perot, Jr. Recipients will be selected based upon academic excellence, demonstrated leadership ability and financial need.

Cary Maguire Ethics Scholarship

Cary M. Maguire created this endowment in 2001 for entering first-year law students who have demonstrated concern and interest in ethical behavior in law. The Cary Maguire Ethics Scholar selection process is based on the law school application and the recipient must write a paper on a topic related to ethical issues in the legal profession during his or her second year.

Rupert and Lillian Radford Scholarship Fund

The Rupert Radford Estate endowed this scholarship fund to aid worthy full-time students at the Dedman School of Law who have high financial need.

The Robert Hickman Smellage, Sr. Memorial Fund

In 1984, the estate of Oda Elizabeth Smellage created this endowment for worthy students at the Dedman School of Law or for students who have graduated from a law school and are enrolled in a postgraduate law program or course of study at the Dedman School of Law.

The Sohmen Endowed Scholarship Fund and The Sohmen Chinese Scholars Program Endowment

These scholarships were endowed by the Sohmen Foundation and Dr. Helmut Sohmen to provide awards for not fewer than four students from mainland China or Hong Kong who are in the one-year LL.M. program and have demonstrated high academic achievement. The scholarships include full tuition, fees and a supplemental living stipend. Students must evidence their commitment to return to China immediately (within seven months) following graduation from the program.

The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation Scholarship Program

Endowed in 1979 by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation, the scholarships, which cover the cost of full tuition, fees, books and a living stipend, are awarded each year to qualified entering students who are residents of or who attended colleges or universities in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri. Applicants must complete a separate scholarship application and be accepted for admission to the Dedman School of Law by the regular decision deadline (to be admitted by February 15, an applicant must have a complete application on file no later than January 15.).

The James Cleo Thompson, Sr. Endowed Scholarship Fund

Mr. and Mrs. James Cleo Thompson, Jr., and Mrs. James Cleo Thompson, Sr., created this endowment in 1984. James Cleo Thompson, Sr. Scholars are students who show high academic performance in their undergraduate education and demonstrate valuable traits as community citizens, including service in leadership positions, experience in the workplace, and volunteer commitment to the community.

Endowed Scholarships

The Dedman School of Law awards varying amounts of tuition and fee support from the following endowments that are established through gifts or bequests from graduates and other supporters.

  • The Nelda Sánchez Adamson Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • The Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld Council for Excellence Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • The Elizabeth and Louis Altman Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Anonymous Law School Endowment
  • The Webster Atwell Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • Baker & Botts Council for Excellence Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • Dennis Barger Memorial Scholarship
  • The Michael C. Barrett Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • The Bennett Scholarship for International Studies
  • The Nancy L. Benoit Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • James Elliot Bower Memorial Scholarship
  • The James Bozzell Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • The Eugene and Juanita Brady Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • The Frank and Debbie Branson Trial Advocacy Scholarship
  • Dan Burney Law Students Scholarship
  • The Cain Denius Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • The R.W. Calloway Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • The Class of 1986 Teresa Jenkins Carson Memorial Scholarship Endowment
  • Clovis G. Chappell Endowment
  • Citigroup Foundation Law Scholarship
  • The Tom C. Clark Scholarship Fund
  • The Frances Spears Cloyd Endowed
  • Rosser J. Coke Scholarship
  • Dallas Lawyers’ Auxiliary Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • The J. Carlisle DeHay, Jr. Endowed Scholarship in Law
  • Israel Dreeben Scholarship
  • The Easterwood Foundation
  • The Ray and Kay Bailey Hutchison Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • The Hutchison Endowed Scholarship Program Fund
  • The Jackson Walker, L.L.P. Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Jackson & Walker Council for Excellence Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • Johnson & Swanson Council for Excellence Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • The Jones Day Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue Council for Excellence Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • The John Leddy Jones Memorial Scholarships
  • Journal of Air Law and Commerce Fund
  • K&L Gates Council for Excellence Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • The K&L Gates Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • The Locke Liddell & Sapp Endowment Fund
  • The Thomas W. Luce, III Centennial Dedman Law Scholars Program Fund
  • Cary Maguire Ethics Scholarship
  • E. Eugene Mason Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Joseph P. McKnight Memorial Scholarship
  • The Alfred E. McLane Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Tom and Rosemary Medders Law Scholarship Fund
  • Marvin and Mollyann R. Menaker Endowment Fund
  • The Britton D. Monts Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Annie Morris Law Scholarship
  • Alfred P. Murrah Memorial Scholarship
  • The James L. Noel, Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • The Dean Charles Shirley Potts Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • Maurice E. Purnell Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Rupert and Lillian Radford Scholarship Fund
  • The Rain, Harrell, Emery, Young & Doke Council for Excellence Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • Joy and Ralph Ellis Scholarship
  • The Bess and Ted Enloe Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • The Armine C. Ernst Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • The Favrot and Hartwell Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • The Henry R. and Rose S. Feld and Morton H. and Hortense Sanger Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Donald C. Fitch, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
  • The Charles and Peggy Galvin Endowment Fund
  • The Judge Dean Gandy Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Gardere & Wynne Council for Excellence Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • The Larry D. George Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Gibbs Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Arthur I. and Jeannette M. Ginsburg Scholarship
  • Hawkins Golden Law Scholarship
  • The J. Roscoe Golden Memorial Endowed Law Scholarship
  • The Hall Family Endowed Scholarship in Law
  • W. R. Harris, Sr. Memorial Scholarship
  • The Linda Wertheimer Hart and Milledge A. Hart III Endowment for the School of Law
  • James Hartnett Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • Haynes and Boone Council for Excellence Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • Will T. Henry Endowment
  • Wilson W. Herndon Memorial Fund
  • Justice John and Lena Hickman Scholarship Fund
  • The John Howie Family Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • The Richard M. Hull Endowed Service Scholarship
  • The William A. Hunter Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • The Homer B. Reynolds III Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • The Dean John W. Riehm Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • William J. Rochelle, Jr. Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • Professor Roy R. Ray Scholarship
  • The Martin Samuelsohn Endowed Scholarship
  • The Richard L. Scott Family Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • The John T. Sharpe Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • The Robert Hickman Smellage, Sr. Memorial Fund
  • The Edward R. & Jo Anne M. Smith Endowment Fund
  • Wm. Elliott and Mildred Smith Scholarship
  • The Sohmen Chinese Scholars Program Endowment
  • The Sohmen Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Fred S. Stradley Memorial Scholarship
  • Strasburger & Price Council for Excellence Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • Carl W. Summers, Jr., Endowment Fund
  • The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation Scholarship Program
  • The Louis Szep Endowed Memorial Fund
  • Thompson & Knight Council for Excellence Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • The Thompson & Knight Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • The James Cleo Thompson, Sr. Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • The John J. Tigert VI Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Vial, Hamilton, Koch & Knox Council for Excellence Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • The Vinson & Elkins Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • The Vinson & Elkins Endowed Scholarship Fund – 2002
  • W.A. Rhea Scholarship Fund
  • James L. and Catherine Nolan Walsh Scholarship Fund
  • James L. Walsh, Jr. for the Support of the Law School
  • Meade Whitaker Law Scholarship
  • Winstead PC Council for Excellence Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • The Robert A. Wooldridge Endowed Scholarship Fund


How much is the Dedman School of Law? ›

SMU (Dedman) Law School Overview

The full-time program application fee at the Dedman School of Law at SMU (Dedman) is $0. Its tuition is full-time: $59,286. The student-faculty ratio is 8.7:1. At SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas, students can complete a full-time J.D. in three years.

What is the dedman school of law impact scholarship? ›

The Dedman School of Law Impact Scholarship, established by multiple donors, funds a full-tuition, three-year scholarship for an incoming law student with demonstrated leadership abilities from an economically or educationally underserved community with a preference for a first-generation college student.

What LSAT score do I need for SMU? ›

Admissions Statistics
Admissions Statistics20212017
Median LSAT Score161160
25th-75th percentile LSAT Score155-163156-163
Median GPA3.683.51
25th-75th percentile GPA Range3.43-3.803.27-3.75
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What is the cheapest accredited law school? ›

Top 13 Cheapest Law Schools at a Glance
SchoolIn-State FeesOut-of-State Fees
CUNY – Queens College$21,802$13,802
Southern University Law Center$10,990$18,590
University of Alabama School of Law$15,760$28,070
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville$6,835$14,060
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How do you pay for law school if you are poor? ›

Financial aid is available. The primary funding options are Scholarships and grants—the “free” money this is either funded by your law school or funded by private organizations, civic groups, etc.; Loans which can be federal loans or private/alternative/institutional loans.

How much does fafsa give you for law school? ›

Law students may borrow up to a total of $20,500 in the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan program each academic year from the US Department of Education. Interest starts accruing as “simple” interest (it is not compounding while you are in school) once the loan is disbursed.

Does the Fafsa help with law school? ›

If you plan on attending law school on or after July 1, you can apply for federal financial aid through the FAFSA form after January 1 of the same calendar year. Your financial need is the difference between your resources and the total cost of attendance.

What LSAT score do I need for scholarship? ›

You can also improve your LSAT scores to increase your odds of getting a scholarship. Students with an LSAT score close to 170 have a great chance of earning a scholarship for law school. Some other ways to increase the odds of getting a scholarship for law school are listed below.

What are the top 3 law schools in the country? ›

Click here to read our letter about the upcoming 2023-2024 Best Law School Rankings.
Here are the 2023 Best Law Schools
  • Yale University.
  • Stanford University.
  • University of Chicago.
  • Columbia University.
  • Harvard University.
  • University of Pennsylvania (Carey)
  • New York University.
  • University of Virginia.

What is the average LSAT score for SMU Law 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.

What is a Tier 3 law school? ›

Tier 3 Law schools are generally all of the other law schools that USNews takes the effort to individually rank. These tend to change year over year quite a bit. The best way to determine an actual list is to look at the USNews rankings for any law school that is ranked better than the bottom mass grouping.

What is a respectable LSAT score? ›

According to U.S. News, law school admissions experts recommend striving for at least a 150; however, for a top-ranking law school, you should aim for a 160 or better. For a Top 10 law school, a 170 or more is desired.

What is the lowest LSAT score accepted by law schools? ›

How low is too low? Quite frankly, if your LSAT score is below 147, it will be difficult to be admitted to an accredited law school, not impossible but very difficult. Your GPA will have to do some heavy lifting. If your LSAT score is 150 or above, your chances increase if you choose prospective law schools wisely.

What LSAT score do I need for Minnesota? ›

UMN accepts applicants with an average GPA of 3.79. Even if your GPA is below the accepted average, you can still make it in if your LSAT score is high, and your application letter is convincing enough. The average LSAT score that UMN accepts is 164.

Is a low ranked law school worth it? ›

It is far from true that all graduates of lower-ranked law schools are doomed to scratch out a living. Earning a law degree from any reputable program is an impressive achievement. A glance at the bios for any major law firm will reveal many successful lawyers who attended low-ranked schools.

Can you get a full scholarship to law school? ›

Do law schools offer a full-ride scholarship? Some law schools offer a “full-ride,” although this can mean a lot of different things. In law school, full-ride programs usually cover the full cost of tuition — not living expenses, books, etc. These full-ride scholarships are highly competitive.

What kind of lawyer is it the easiest to become? ›

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How do people afford to live while in law school? ›

Loans and scholarships are the only way to get money while you're in law school. Lots of law students will hold a job of some kind while they are in school. The key to having a job while in law school is to find one that is high-pay/low-hour. Working for your school is often a great option.

How do people afford law school without loans? ›

Take full advantage of scholarships and grants before resorting to loans. Scholarships and grants rarely need to be repaid, whereas loans must be paid back with interest. To minimize your student loans for law school, apply for as many scholarships as possible.

How to afford law school with a family? ›

How to raise money for law school
  1. Ask family for financial help. This can be a touchy subject as your family may or may not be in a position to help. ...
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  5. Take out student loans.
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What law school gives the most financial aid? ›

Private Law Schools with the Most Financial Aid
School NameMedian grant amount (full-time)
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO$42,000
Yeshiva University (Cardozo) New York, NY$40,000
New England Law Boston Boston, MA$40,000
Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA$40,000
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Does FAFSA ever cover full tuition? ›

The financial aid awarded based on the FAFSA can be used to pay for the college's full cost of attendance, which includes tuition and fees. While it is possible for student financial aid to cover full tuition, in practice it will fall short.

How much of my tuition will FAFSA cover? ›

Federal student aid programs generally cover 40–50% of tuition. Many GIA on-campus students borrow additional funds through either the Parent Loan Program (PLUS) if they are dependents, or through private alternative loans if they are not dependents.

Can you negotiate scholarships for law school? ›

For better or worse, negotiating law school scholarships is a reality of today's admissions process. Some schools openly negotiate with students and even expect it when they make you an initial offer. Other schools have a strict policy of no negotiations.

Will student loans pay for law school? ›

Today, a large majority of law school students rely on federal education loans as their primary, but not exclusive, source of financial aid for law school. These loans must be paid back with your future income, and the more you borrow, the longer the debt may have an impact on your life after graduation.

Is a degree in law worth it? ›

Just 48% of all J.D. holders strongly agreed that their degree was worth the cost, a Gallup and AccessLex Institute study found. A law degree's value depends on several factors, including your career goals and location.

What is the lowest passing LSAT score? ›

Understanding Your LSAT Scores. The LSAT scores range from 120-180, with 120 being the lowest possible score. If you are wondering what a good LSAT Score is, there is no failing or passing score on the LSAT.

How many times can you take the LSAT? ›

How many times may I take the LSAT? Three times in a single testing year (the next testing cycle begins with the August 2022 test). Five times within the current and five past testing years (the period in which LSAC reports scores to law schools). A total of seven times over a lifetime.

What is the minimum LSAT score to get into Harvard? ›

As you can see from these numbers, an LSAT score of 170 or higher and a GPA above 3.75 will give you a chance of gaining admission to Harvard Law School. If you have a GPA of 3.94 or higher and above a 175, you are pretty much a lock for admission, particularly given the class size of ~560.

Where is the easiest law school? ›

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Is 3 law school too low? ›

Can I get into law school with a 3.0 GPA? The major universities, including Yale, Harvard, Stanford, University of Chicago, and Columbia, require a grade point average of at least 3.7 or higher. However, many other law schools will accept students with a 3.0 GPA acquired during their undergraduate studies.

Do law school rankings really matter? ›

Law schools rankings certainly matter, though they are not the only factor that should be considered when choosing a school. In some circumstances, attending a highly ranked school may not be the best decision.

Can I get into law school with a 149 LSAT? ›

The LSAT is the best predictor before law school as to whether a student will pass or fail the bar exam.
Law School Enrollment.
Risk BandLSAT
Modest Risk150-15244.3 - 52.5
High Risk147-14933 - 40.3
Very High Risk145-14626.1 - 29.5
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Is SMU Law School prestigious? ›

The moot court program is nationally ranked. Located on a beautiful campus in vibrant, exciting Dallas, the 9th largest city in the U.S. A top-tier law school with a national and international reputation for training prominent lawyers in both law and business.

What GPA do you need to get into SMU law? ›

To gain automatic admission into the SMU Dedman School of Law, Pre-Law Scholars must either: Earn at least a 3.80 cumulative undergraduate GPA* and score at least 153 on the LSAT; or. Earn at least a 3.20 cumulative undergraduate GPA* and score at least 165 on the LSAT.

What is a respectable law school GPA? ›

Only a very few law schools and colleges accept potential student candidates with an undergraduate GPA of 3.49 or lower. Most prestigious law schools require a GPA of 3.85 or higher.

What is Tier 2 vs Tier 3 law schools? ›

tier II law schools (51-100) must have graduated in the top 25%; tier III school must have graduated in the top 10%; and a tier IV school must have graduated in the top 5%.

Does it matter which law school I go to? ›

Does Law School Ranking Matter? Choosing which law school to attend is probably the most important decision you will make regarding your legal career. And this matters a lot. As a recent law school grad looking for your first job, it is commonly accepted that the school on your resume carries a lot more weight.

Can I get into law school with a 150 LSAT? ›

Scores range between 120 and 180 on the LSAT. However, the average LSAT score is 150, which is enough to get you into most American Bar Association-accredited law schools.

What score is a 70% on the LSAT? ›

Note that a score in this range places you, on average, in the 98th percentile, meaning that only 2% of all those who take the LSAT score a 170 or above. To get a score in the 160s you should aim for getting 70-85 of the questions correct, or around 70%.

What score is a 60% on the LSAT? ›

The LSAT score range is 120–180, and the median score is approximately 152. You need to get about 60 questions right (out of 99–102 questions) to get that median score of 152, which means you need to bat about 60 percent.

Which LSAT is the easiest? ›

You'll look at my LSAT PrepTest Raw Score Conversion Charts and calculations of what it takes to get an LSAT score of 160 or 170. Using that data, you'll find that the December exam consistently has the easiest "curve," and the June exam consistently has the hardest.

What state has the easiest bar exam? ›

Easiest Bar Exams
  • South Dakota (Pass rate: 68%)
  • Wisconsin (Pass rate: 59%)
  • Nebraska (Pass rate: 80%)
  • Iowa (Pass rate: 79%)
  • Montana (Pass rate: 77%)
Jan 18, 2023

Can I get into Harvard with a low LSAT? ›

Harvard, Yale, and the other top five-ranked law schools require that you have a GPA of at least 3.50 and an LSAT score of 170. These are very stiff requirements that many law school applicants can't meet.

Is Minnesota a top law school? ›

University of Minnesota 2023 Rankings

University of Minnesota is ranked No. 21 (tie) in Best Law Schools.

What percentage is 175 on LSAT? ›

The percentile numbers in the chart below indicate the percentage of people that scored below that score in that three years measured. So for 165, for example, 89.8% of takers got below that score in the period 2019-2020.
LSAT Percentiles – LSAT Score Percentile Chart.
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What percentage is a 170 on LSAT? ›

Getting an average LSAT score of 170 (or higher) puts you in some rare air—the 98th percentile of all test takers.

What is the cheapest law school in the US? ›

Cheapest Law Schools Online 2023
  • University of Nebraska.
  • Liberty University.
  • University of Arkansas.
  • The University of Alabama.
  • Grand Canyon University.
  • Florida State University.
  • Arizona State University.
  • University of Arizona.

Where is the cheapest place to study law? ›

The US is the most expensive place to study law, a study has found, while Germany, China and Sweden are among the cheapest.

What is SMU Dedman School of Law known for? ›

A top-tier law school with a national and international reputation for training prominent lawyers in both law and business. A student body that is involved with the community through public service.

What are the easiest lawyers to become? ›

Real estate law, estate planning law, and intellectual property law are commonly cited as the least stressful types of law to practice.

Can I go to law school poor? ›

We're here with good news: You can absolutely get into law school with a low GPA! Though your application process might look a bit different than those of students who received a high GPA, it is still absolutely an option for you.

Is the cost of law school worth it? ›

Just 48% of all J.D. holders strongly agreed that their degree was worth the cost, a Gallup and AccessLex Institute study found. A law degree's value depends on several factors, including your career goals and location.

Which city is best to study law? ›

Top 10 places to study Law in 2017
Name of the instituteCityRank
National Law School of India UniversityBangalore1
Faculty of Law, Aligarh Muslim UniversityAligarh2
The West Bengal National University of Juridical SciencesKolkata3
Amity Law SchoolNew Delhi4
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Why are law college fees so high? ›

Since governments are not funding NLUs, they largely act as self-financing institutions, charging a high fee. A majority of students take up loans, and join corporate firms to pay them back as senior lawyers are not coming forward to make attractive payments to junior lawyers who join them.

What percentage of law students fail out? ›

“The flunk-out rate for law students is in the range of 12-25%” says Lisa Blasser, a Claremont-based attorney, and author of “Nine Steps to Law School Success: A Scientifically Proven Study Process for Success in Law School.” So, what explains someone failing?

Is SMU law hard to get into? ›

SMU Law ranks #88 in terms of student selectivity with an acceptance rate of 47.2% among those who applied for admission.

What GPA do you need for SMU Law School? ›

To gain automatic admission into the SMU Dedman School of Law, Pre-Law Scholars must either: Earn at least a 3.80 cumulative undergraduate GPA* and score at least 153 on the LSAT; or. Earn at least a 3.20 cumulative undergraduate GPA* and score at least 165 on the LSAT.

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