Southwestern Law School

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Located just a few steps east of Koreatown’s formal borders.

With a long-standing emphasis on diversity, public service and innovative programs, and a mid-city campus featuring a world-renowned Art Deco Landmark, Southwestern Law School reflects the vibrancy of Los Angeles and provides an ideal setting for law study. Founded in 1911 as an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian institution, Southwestern is fully approved by the ABA and is a member of the AALS.

It is the only law school to offer four J.D. courses of study that differ in scheduling and instructional approach, including traditional full- and part-time programs as well as a unique two-year accelerated curriculum – SCALE. Southwestern also offers concurrent JD/MBA programs with The Drucker Graduate School of Management; a JD/MA program in Negotiation with California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH); a public policy certificate program with the Pardee RAND Graduate School (PRGS); a bioscience industry certificate program with the Keck Graduate Institute (KGI); LL.M. programs in entertainment and media law and general studies; and 3+3 BA/JD programs with CSUDH and California State University, Northridge (CSUN).

Southwestern’s 12,000 alumni include prominent public officials, as well as founders of major law firms and general counsels 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.


Southwestern Law School began in the fall of 1911, when a small group of determined students first met with a tutor in the old Union Oil building in downtown Los Angeles. This collective, known as Southwestern College of Law, was organized as a nonprofit, educational institution by John J. Schumacher whose dream it was to provide legal education opportunities for qualified students who might not otherwise be given the chance to pursue such a degree. Strong academic and scholarly ambitions also accompanied the founding – Southwestern was the first law school in Southern California to use the Harvard case method of instruction, and established a law review at a time when most schools emphasized entering the profession over scholarship.

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