SMU Dedman School of Law

Last Updated May 4, 2022
Office of Admissions, PO Box 750110, Dallas, TX 75275-0110, United States
Phone: 888.768.5291

Policies and Practices that Impact the Student Experience

Nondiscrimination Policy

This school has a nondiscrimination policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of:

  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Identity
  • Gender Expression

Chosen Name

Chosen name can be used. Chosen name appears:

  • Automatically on orientation name tag/materials
  • Upon student’s request, on faculty class rosters


  • Faculty and staff are allowed to include in email signatures
  • Students can indicate on law school application
  • Students can indicate on name tags during orientation
  • Students can indicate on class rosters
  • Students can indicate on [other].

Resources and Opportunities

  • LGBTQ+ student organization(s)
  • Funds for LGBTQ+ student organization(s)                 
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) student committee that includes LGBTQ+ representation
  • Peer mentoring specifically for LGBTQ+ students                 
  • Emergency funds that LGBTQ+ students can request if they are in crisis     
  • Funds for students to attend the Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair

Classroom Experience

  • Offers courses that focus exclusively on LGBTQ+
  • Offers courses that include but do not focus exclusively on LGBTQ+


  • School has a diversity, equity, and inclusion faculty committee
  • School has faculty member(s) who conduct research primarily focused on LGBTQ+ topics


This law school provides all-gender-inclusive single-occupancy restroom(s), which include the following features:

  • In main law school building
  • In the law library
  • ADA accessible

Local Community

  • LGBTQ+ specific events   
  • Pride events 
  • Readily identifiable LGBTQ+ owned businesses         
  • Readily identifiable LGBTQ+ friendly businesses (e.g., pride flag sticker)    

Navigating SMU Dedman School of Law

Questions about financial aid

Financial Aid
Meredith Turner

Questions about LGBTQ+ resources available on and/or off campus

Diversity and Inclusion
Erika Fadel

Questions about usage of chosen name or pronouns

Diversity and Inclusion
Erika Fadel

Questions about connecting with LGBTQ+ student organization(s)

Diversity and Inclusion
Erika Fadel

Questions about connecting with LGBTQ+ alumni

Alumni Affairs
Christine Leatherberry   

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