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SMU Dedman School of Law Clinical Program

Who We Are

Beginning in 1947, the Clinical Program at the Dedman School of Law was among the country’s first to sponsor a community legal clinic. Today, it remains a national model of excellence. The Program has evolved over the years, reflecting changing perspectives in legal education and innovation in legal practice. However, at its core, the Program remains committed to the ideals that shaped it from its inception: public service, professional responsibility, and outstanding skills training. The Program now encompasses six specialized clinics and three projects: Civil Clinic - Represents low-income clients in matters ranging from housing disputes to elder advocacy to civil rights litigation. The Consumer Advocacy Project, made possible by a grant through the Texas Office of the Attorney General, reaches out to the local bilingual Hispanic community and helps resolve consumer complaints with recourse to formal litigation and focuses on informal advocacy, negotiation and mediation strategies, as well as community education. Criminal Prosecution Clinic - Works in partnership with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office in the prosecution of misdemeanor offenses. Criminal Defense Clinic – Represents Dallas county citizens charged with offenses and face the possibility of imprisonment. It works with the Dallas Public Defender’s Office and provides students with felony trial experience. The Death Penalty Project exposes students to actual death penalty cases and combines classroom teaching with practical experience. Federal Taxpayers Clinic - Was the first tax clinic in the country with the authority to represent clients before the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Tax Court. The clinic represents low-income taxpayers needing to resolve tax problems with the Audit, Appeals and Collection divisions of the I.R.S. and the U.S. Tax Court. Small Business Clinic - Introduces student attorneys to practical applications of business formation and provides needed representation for small start-up companies and individuals developing private nonprofit entities. W. W. Caruth, Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic - Represents children who have been abused and neglected in Dallas County. The Clinic is appointed by juvenile district court judges to serve as guardian/attorney ad litem. Interdisciplinary lectures given by psychologists, forensic detectives, child development specialists and social workers are a significant component of this clinic.  

General Contact Information

SMU Dedman School of Law Clinical Program
3315 Daniel Avenue (map)
Dallas, TX 75205

Choose a legal issue to learn more about the services provided:

Consumer Protection & Debt Relief > Autos: Fraud, Insurance, Repairs, and Towing

Consumer Protection & Debt Relief > Contracts and Warranty Rights

Consumer Protection & Debt Relief > Debt Collection, Garnishment, and Reposession

Consumer Protection & Debt Relief > Foreclosure

Consumer Protection & Debt Relief > Identity Theft

Consumer Protection & Debt Relief > Justice Court (Small Claims Court) Guidelines

Consumer Protection & Debt Relief > Other Consumer/Finance

Consumer Protection & Debt Relief > Utilities - Gas, Electric, Phone, Water

Crime Victims > Identity Theft

Disability > Assistive Technology

Disability > Estate Planning

Disability > Medicare

Disability > Mental Health Issues

Disability > Rights of Individuals with Disabilities

Families and Kids > Grandparent's Rights

Health > Chronic Illness Support Services

Health > Insurance

Health > Medicaid

Health > Medicare

Health > Mental Health

Health > Nursing Homes and Assisted Living

Health > Other Health Issues

Health > Prescription Drug Benefit Programs

Housing > Contract for Deed

Housing > Discrimination

Housing > Foreclosure

Housing > Landlord-Tenant

Housing > Mobile Homes

Housing > Mobile Homes

Housing > Other Housing Issues

Housing > Public Housing, Subsidized Housing, and Section 8 Vouchers

Public Benefits > Energy Assistance

Public Benefits > Medicaid

Seniors > Guardianship

Seniors > Medicaid

Seniors > Medicare

Seniors > Nursing Homes

Seniors > Other Elder Law Issues

Seniors > Prescription Drug Benefits

Seniors > Social Security

Wills & Estates > Guardianship

Wills & Estates > Small Estates

Work/Out-of-Work > Employment Discrimination

Work/Out-of-Work > Other Employment

Work/Out-of-Work > Rights of Individuals with Disabilities

Work/Out-of-Work > Wrongful Termination and Working Conditions