Students in SMU’s Dedman School of Law gave the school an overall score of 4.09 on a scale of 5 – the highest among the nine law schools polled in Texas Lawyer‘s 2008 Dear Dean Survey.
More than 1,100 students enrolled in Texas’ law schools during spring 2008 participated in the survey, according to Texas Lawyer. The students graded their schools’ faculty accessibility, collegial atmosphere, helpfulness of placement offices, library services, technology, teaching quality, preparation for practice, and student diversity. Survey participation among the students at each school ranged from 10 percent to 25 percent of those enrolled.
SMU’s high career placement rate for its law graduates may have been a source of much of the students’ satisfaction, Law Dean John B. Attanasio told the magazine. More than 97 percent of the University’s law students are employed within 9 months of graduation.