Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Employment at Southwestern

Founded in 1911, as an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian institution, Southwestern Law School has long been at the forefront of legal education. We offer a competitive salary along with comprehensive benefits for employees, spouses/domestic partners, and dependent children, including medical, dental, vision, Group Life/AD&D, LTD, flexible spending accounts, TIAA-CREF pension plan, vacation and sick leave.

Following is a list of current job openings. Unless otherwise indicated, applicants may apply for positions by sending a cover letter, resume and salary history to individuals or email addresses indicated in the position opening.

Southwestern is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from women and minorities are encouraged. Southwestern Law School's Nondiscrimination Policy is available here.

Employment Opportunities (as of 3/19/15)

Payroll Clerk

Southwestern Law School has an immediate opening for a full-time Payroll Clerk.  The general duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Collect, compile and enter payroll data
  • Review and verify source documents
  • Calculate and post payroll deductions
  • Process new hires, terminations, garnishment requests, and address changes
  • Process employee advances
  • Process and close periodic payrolls
  • Process employment verifications
  • Process accurate and timely year-end reporting when necessary (W-2, W-2c, etc.)
  • Manage workflow to ensure all payroll transactions are processed accurately and timely
  • Run audit reports and post-payroll reports
  • Ensure accurate and timely recordkeeping and management of payroll related data; perform reconciliation of payroll information
  • Respond to employee inquiries regarding payroll
  • Other projects as assigned
  • Support payroll supervisor

Minimum Qualifications: 

Two+ years of payroll processing experience preferred; Bachelors degree; working knowledge of ADP software preferred; proven ability to utilize and develop computerized spreadsheets and word processing applications; working knowledge of Excel; excellent client service skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to work independently in a time sensitive environment; ability to maintain confidentially mandatory; and ability to organize workload, adapt quickly to change, and deliver professional work product under the pressure of deadlines required.

For consideration, send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to 

PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Academic Support and Bar-Related Programs Office

Southwestern Law School announces an exciting opportunity in its Academic Support and Bar-Related Programs Office. The Program Coordinator is responsible for a diverse number of administrative and operational responsibilities. The ideal candidate will be a versatile self-starter capable of working independently and able to coordinate and manage multiple assignments and projects successfully and creatively while interacting with a variety of constituencies. The Project Coordinator will provide general administrative assistance including but not limited to:

  • Program management;
  • Document production;
  • Calendar and record management;
  • Database management;
  • Proofreading;
  • Budget control;
  • Event coordination; and
  • Graphic design/desktop publishing.

The Program Coordinator is a critical member of the Academic Support and Bar-Related Programs team. The office has primary responsibility for designing and implementing innovative academic support programs, courses, and individual and small group counseling sessions, and designing and assisting with bar exam preparation classes, workshops and events. The Program Coordinator manages and provides administrative support for a variety of bar exam related programs and activities, such as:

  • First-year and upper-division academic skills workshops and courses;
  • Summer and winter bar preparation programs; and
  • The Dean’s Fellows program.

Additionally, the Program Coordinator assists with:

  • Bar data review and presentation,
  • Processes invoices and tracks departmental expenses;
  • Oversees work-study students;
  • Prepares the annual activity calendar;
  • Maintains the program’s portal page and program-specific TWEN pages; and
  • Handles day-to-day communication with school faculty, staff, and students providing guidelines on program requirements.

Minimum qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree with two to three years’ experience in administrative services in an academic institution. The successful candidate will possess excellent interpersonal, student service, and verbal/written communication skills; good judgment; strong organizational and planning abilities; proficiency in computer programs (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, PowerPoint); as well as the ability to work occasional evenings and weekends. Although not required, familiarity with data management and statistical analysis is preferred.

For consideration, send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to


Southwestern Law School offers an excellent employment opportunity for an individual interested in beginning a career in higher education and student services.​ The ideal candidate will be a versatile self-starter capable of working with minimal supervision and able to coordinate and manage multiple assignments and projects successfully while interacting with a variety of constituencies.​

The SOS Office Assistant position requires general administrative assistance including but not limited to:

  • Work closely with Southwestern administrators staff to provide a personable and vibrant educational experience;
  • Represent departments as the first point of contact and manage a high volume of student, faculty and staff inquiries;
  • Facilitate document processing, including writing proofreading, editing and production;
  • Manage data and database quality control;
  • Coordinate short- and long-term projects; and
  • Develop graphic design/desktop publishing for special events and institutional activities.

Minimum qualifications

Bachelor’s degree with two years’ experience in student, academic or administrative services.​ The successful candidate will also possess excellent interpersonal skills, strong organizational and planning abilities, excellent verbal/written communication skills, the ability to work well as a member of a team and independently, good judgment and proficiency in computer programs (MS Word, Excel, Outlook).​

For consideration, send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to