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.

SMU Ranks 56th on Best Colleges List

August 17, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

SMU ranks 56th on the 2011 U.S. News and World Report's list of Best Colleges. (SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

By Aida Ahmed
aahmed@smu.edu

Southern Methodist University achieved its highest national ranking with the results of the 2011 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report. At 56, SMU jumped up 12 spaces from the 2010 report and up from 73rd in 2004.

SMU only falls short of two Texas universities: Rice University, ranked 17th, and the University of Texas-Austin, ranked 45th.

U.S. News and World Report ranked 191 institutions for this year’s Best Colleges list and over 1,4oo national universities and liberal art colleges for various rankings.

For more information on how U.S. News and World ranks colleges, visit their site.