Southwestern Law School

Introduction

Diverse, Engaged, Inspiring - this is Southwestern Law School—a history of public service, innovative teachers, brilliant scholars, and trailblazing alumni. Prepare to succeed through our innovative curriculum and experiential learning opportunities. The vibrant mid-city campus provides the ideal setting for the study of law, fostering an emphasis on community, diversity, and public service.

Founded more than 100 years ago, Southwestern has developed a reputation for graduating lawyers who are well-rounded, entrepreneurial, and prepared to succeed.

Southwestern students have a strong sense of community. They come from virtually every state, more than a dozen countries, and represent over 200 undergraduate institutions. In the most recent entering class, women represent 53 percent, while minorities make up 49 percent, and students report fluency in over 20 foreign languages. The average age is 27, with a range from 21 to over 50. In recent years, Southwestern has had the highest representation of African American students and second highest of Latino/Hispanic students of any California law school. The Student Bar Association sponsors award-winning student welfare and community outreach programs and oversees over 50 student organizations, including legal fraternities; minority, cultural, political, and religious groups; and societies focused on specific areas of law.

Inspiring Academic Environment

Southwestern has created a welcoming student-centered oasis within the vibrant city center of Los Angeles, and includes one of the city’s most historic architectural landmarks—the iconic Bullocks Wilshire building. This art-deco masterpiece is at the heart of the campus, which sits in the middle of the Los Angeles “public service corridor.” Students at Southwestern devote well over 20,000 hours each year to pro bono service in the community.

Trailblazing Alumni

Southwestern’s 15,000 alumni have included prominent public officials—from members of Congress to mayors, and over 400 judges—as well as founders of major law firms and general counsel of multinational corporations. The law school has strong ties to the legal, business, and civic sectors, and its Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute is closely linked to the entertainment industry in Hollywood and internationally. While the majority of Southwestern graduates choose to practice in California, alumni can be found in virtually every state, two territories, and more than two dozen countries. Southwestern alumni have served as members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, members of the California State Senate and Assembly and Speaker of the Assembly, California Secretary of State, California State Treasurer and Los Angeles County District Attorney. Among Southwestern’s many trailblazing alumni are the longest-serving justice in the California Supreme Court’s history, Los Angeles’s first African-American mayor, the first Chinese-American district court judge in the continental United States, the first female African-American appellate court justice in the nation, the first Latina trial judge in the United States, and the first Native American judge in California, among numerous other firsts.

Innovative Legal Education

Southwestern is the only law school to offer four J.D. programs that differ in both scheduling and instructional approach. Southwestern is a leader in curricular innovation and expertise, particularly in the areas of entertainment and media law, international law, criminal law, and trial advocacy/litigation. The required curriculum is enriched by approximately 200 electives, 150 externship placements, 6 clinics, and 4 practicums. Upper-division enhancements include over 50 professional skills courses, a January intersession, capstone courses, and special mini-term courses taught by international legal experts.

Southwestern also established three- and four-year J.D./M.B.A. degree programs with the Drucker Graduate School of Management of Claremont Graduate University. B.A./J.D. 3+3 programs are offered in partnership with California State University, Northridge, and California State University, Dominguez Hills. Southwestern also offers L.L.M. programs in individualized law studies and entertainment and media law.

Southwestern was the first law school to establish a center for entertainment and media law. The internationally recognized Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute helps prepare students for the practice of law in creative industries such as film, television, and music.

Law School On Your Terms

Our students are drawn to Southwestern's beautiful campus in the center of a cosmopolitan city, close to the courts, the public service corridor, and the entertainment industry. They feel at home in our inclusive community, and encouraged by our approachable faculty. They want to follow in the footsteps of our trailblazing alumni while crafting a customized law school experience on their own terms. Watch the video to learn how eight of our students chose the law school that was right for them.

Southwestern is LA's Law School

Southwestern is Los Angeles' law school. From our founding over 100 years ago, to our location in the heart of Los Angeles' Public Interest Corridor along Wilshire Boulevard in Koreatown, to our connections to the entertainment industry and the District Attorney's Office, Southwestern has deep ties to the city of angels. Watch the video to see quick stats about our trailblazing alumni, our innovative programs of study and curriculum, our externships and clinics, and our diversity.

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General LL.M. (Individualized Studies)

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 USA Los Angeles + 1 more

Effective post-J.D. legal study provides the opportunity to explore areas of the law in more depth through a customized curriculum taught by leading experts in a stimulating academic environment. At Southwestern Law School, we offer an outstanding Master of Laws (LL.M.) program that fulfills that promise. [+]

Effective post-J.D. legal study provides the opportunity to explore areas of the law in more depth through a customized curriculum taught by leading experts in a stimulating academic environment. At Southwestern Law School, we offer an outstanding Master of Laws (LL.M.) program that fulfills that promise.

Southwestern’s flexible General LL.M. Program in Individualized Studies is designed for students who have already earned a law degree in the United States or abroad and would like to extend their legal studies in line with their own personal and professional goals.

As a student in Southwestern’s LL.M. program, you can create your own curriculum from a selection of over 150 courses focused in the area of law that will be of the most benefit to you. Over a quarter of our faculty have international experience. The LL.M. degree requires 24 credit hours of post-J.D. coursework and may be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis and may begin in fall or spring.... [-]


LL.M. in Entertainment & Media Law

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 4 years September 2018 USA Los Angeles + 1 more

Southwestern offers the most comprehensive post-J.D. program of study leading to the Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in Entertainment and Media Law in the country. Under the auspices of the law school’s Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute, Southwestern prepares current attorneys and new law graduates for practice in creative industries such as film, television, music, theater, advertising, sports and the news media. This LL.M. [+]

Southwestern offers the most comprehensive post-J.D. program of study leading to the Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in Entertainment and Media Law in the country. Under the auspices of the law school’s Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute, Southwestern prepares current attorneys and new law graduates for practice in creative industries such as film, television, music, theater, advertising, sports and the news media. This LL.M.

Program features:

eight full-time professors with extensive industry experience and a roster of adjunct faculty that reads like a “Who’s Who” of the entertainment and media law bar a rich and varied curriculum including over 45 courses, ranging from foundational subjects to a vast array of more specialized topics a comprehensive externship program featuring placements in over 50 settings such as studios, guilds, agencies, law firms, etc. the Entertainment and the Arts Legal Clinic, where students provide business and legal services to independent filmmakers and other creative artists an Entertainment Law Firm Practicum a prestigious executive board and network of alumni an international entertainment law summer program in London, England the Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law an award-winning entertainment law blog Program Requirements ... [-]

LL.M. Specializations for International Legal Practitioners (Focus on Technology and Global Intellectual Property Issues)

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Los Angeles

Southwestern Law School invites inquiries from foreign law firms and individual international practitioners in the fields of technology, entertainment, and intellectual property, for specialized training proposals leading to the award of the LL.M. [+]

Southwestern Law School invites inquiries from foreign law firms and individual international practitioners in the fields of technology, entertainment, and intellectual property, for specialized training proposals leading to the award of the LL.M.

In an age-accelerated information and communication, the practice of law is becoming increasingly global. Southwestern Law School, located in the most culturally diverse city in the U.S., and a hub of entertainment and technology industries, offers individualized expertise and domain-specific knowledge in these and other areas. Beyond core courses in intellectual property and contract law, Southwestern offers the largest number of electives in entertainment and technology law, allowing for customized specializations for global practitioners. What will be the impact of re-negotiated international trade deals between the US and its neighbors? Who are the winners and losers in the U.S. net neutrality debate? How will the EU's Data Privacy Law impact innovation and competition? What is China's evolving position on trade secrets? How does Hollywood interact with international film industries in China, India, Nigeria, (and most recently Saudi Arabia)? In a world where the questions change as quickly as the answers, Southwestern trains its students to master fundamental legal concepts as well as industry-specific business practices, providing them the relevant context and skills to navigate emerging needs of their employers and clients.... [-]