Campus News Blog: SMU Dedman School of Law, desperate or generous?

October 27, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Aileen Garcia

How important are U.S. News rankings? Apparently very important. That is why SMU is willing to pay law firms to test-drive their graduates. Could you blame them for trying to keep up their reputation?

SMU Dedman School of Law ranked 48th in the U.S. News & World Report guidebook of America’s Best Graduate Schools in 2009-2010, which has SMU running in every direction to keep their employment numbers up.

The program “Test Drive’s” slogan is “investing in our graduates… your firm… and the future of our legal community.” The program allows law firms to take a full drive of these graduates for an entire month without any obligations.

It lets employers evaluate the legal knowledge and skills of these recent graduates at SMU’s expense. The school will provide $3,500 for the graduates first month of employment. There are no strings attached if the employer decides to terminate employment after that first month.

Although it might seem as a selfish deed on the schools behalf to keep their ranking points up, it also helps recent graduates who are scrambling for work.