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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduate Legal Studies

Objectives of Graduate Legal Studies

SMU’s School of Law established graduate degree programs more than 50 years ago to enhance careers in the private practice of law, in teaching and in public service by providing the opportunity for graduate level education and training. The programs are designed to increase the student’s understanding of legal theory and policies, broaden the student’s legal horizons and encourage the development of legal research and writing skills.

The Master of Laws degree programs are open to lawyers who are graduates of approved law schools and whose academic and professional records indicate a likelihood of successful graduate legal study.

Graduate Degrees Offered

Among Dedman School of Law’s graduate degree programs, the main focus is on its Master of Laws in taxation degree for those holding a J.D. degree and on its Master of Laws degree for foreign law school graduates. However, the school also offers a general Master of Laws degree and a Doctor of the Science of Law degree.