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 6/25/15)


Southwestern offers an excellent career opportunity for an individual interested in alumni relations, development and event planning. The ideal candidate will be a versatile individual who is a self-starter capable of working with minimal supervision in a fast-paced team-oriented environment.  This position involves technical capability, organization skills, attention to detail, and the ability to manage volunteers and events, as well as board development. The Alumni Coordinator must have excellent interpersonal skills along with the ability to work with a variety of constituencies and manage multiple competing responsibilities. The Alumni Coordinator is a key leader in Southwestern’s Advancement team and reports to the Associate Dean of Institutional Advancement.

The ideal candidate will have an interest in supporting the mission of Southwestern Law School and understand the law school’s rich history in diversity, public service, and the significant impacts on the City of Los Angeles. As a key leader on the Advancement team, the Alumni Coordinator will work strategically with alumni volunteers to lead and inspire them to plan activities that will further the mission and goals of the law school and the advancement office. The qualified candidate will have the ability to convey the importance of financial support to the law school and assist with the fundraising goals of the law school by cultivating, stewarding and soliciting alumni donors and prospects.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Act as key liaison with the Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Nickel Club Governing Board and the Southwestern Entertainment & Intellectual Property Alumni Association (SWEIP).
  • Coordinate and manage the logistics of the Alumni Board, the Nickel Club Board, SWEIP and other alumni groups/committees including; organizing board/committee meetings, drafting minutes and preparing agendas and memos for the board President(s) and corresponding with committee chairs and staff liaison.
  • Provide not only administrative support to the various alumni association boards but also serve as a leader to guide and inspire them to create programs and activities that will support the strategic plan of the institution.
  • Work with the Event Coordinator to organize logistics and set up for all Alumni Association programs and events including the Inn of St. Ives Dinners, the Alumni Resource Network Program/Reception, Alumni Regional Receptions, Alumni/Student Networking receptions, MCLE programs, Annual Awards Recognition Event, Regional Happy Hours and other alumni related activities.
  • Work with student organizations and honors groups with networking receptions, alumni judges, alumni speakers, etc.
  • Attend events and programs which requires working some evenings and weekends.
  • Create invitations and other marketing materials and managing RSVPs and payments for events and programs.
  • Maintain Southwestern’s Alumni Calendar with over 70 annual events.
  • Manage Alumni communications including website and other internet based marketing initiatives; including updating web content, uploading event photos, uploading event invitations, alumni newsletters, managing email broadcasts, and social media.
  • Contribute to general tasks and the mission of the Institutional Advancement Office.


Bachelor’s degree along with two years’ experience or a J.D. degree and familiarity with Southwestern will be considered.  Experience could include alumni relations, volunteer management, board development and event planning for an educational institution, similar not-for-profit setting or private sector. The successful candidate will possess strong organizational and multi-tasking abilities; excellent problem-solving and critical thinking skills; strong interpersonal skills and verbal/written communication; computer and social media fluency and strong familiarity e-newsletter or marketing software, and/or web and mobile applications.

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

Director/Assistant Dean of Career Services

Southwestern Law School is seeking an experienced, dedicated, and enthusiastic professional to fill the position of Director/Assistant Dean of Career Services.  The position title will depend upon the qualifications and experience of the individual applicant.  The Director’s primary responsibility is to implement, design, and execute a strategy to support the Law School’s students’ career development and placement goals, including an ambitious program of soliciting and developing job opportunities through active networking within the alumni and general legal community, progressive programming, proactive career counseling and targeted and organized placement efforts. Outreach and relationship-building with employers is a key component of the Director’s position.  The Director of Career Services will report to the Vice-Dean.

Specifically, the successful candidate will engage in the following activities, including, but not limited to:

  • Developing and engaging in a systematic plan for employer outreach in order to build and maintain relationships that will result in student and graduate employment opportunities;
  • Evaluating and continually updating the Career Services Office’s (CSO) offering of panels and workshops to meet the needs of an ever-changing legal community and presenting the same to the student body;
  • Attending on-campus and off-campus events, including those in the evening and on weekends, and representing the CSO and the Law School;
  • Supervising and providing professional development for the CSO team members;
  • Establishing and adhering to a yearly budget;
  • Setting goals and priorities for the CSO;
  • Supervising and taking an active role in the placement of students and alumni;
  • Counseling students and alumni, as needed;
  • Supervising and creating progressive on-campus interview programs, recruitment events, and placement procedures
  • Being active in local and national organizations in order to maintain and raise the Law School’s profile.
  • Manage employment data collection and reporting to governing bodies, including the ABA and NALP.

Minimum Qualifications: 

A Juris Doctor degree is required. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 3-5 years of work experience in one or more of the following: legal practice, recruitment, career services, and/or law school or other higher education administration. Further, the successful candidate should have a broad understanding of the evolving job market for law students and graduates and should have an in-depth understanding of the legal market in Southern California.  Additional skills should include: superior writing skills and the ability to assist students and alumni in drafting targeted and persuasive job search materials; superior networking and relationship building skills and strong ties to the legal community through personal outreach and memberships in relevant organizations; strong supervisory skills; the ability to coordinate and manage multiple responsibilities and projects successfully in a fast-paced, student/alumni services office; strong verbal/written communication skills; excellent time and project management skills; facility and a strong desire to connect with and engage students and alumni, as well as the ability to effectively collaborate with faculty, staff, alumni, and employers

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

Financial Aid Assistant

Southwestern Law School offers an excellent opportunity for an individual interested in higher education and student services. The law school seeks an experienced and committed individual to assist with the daily operations and activities in the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office is responsible for processing all student financial aid applications for all externally funded and institutionally supported student loan and scholarship programs. The staff counsels applicants and continuing students regarding types of student aid available, application procedures, methods of disbursement, personal budgets, and repayment schedules. The office has responsibility for assisting graduates and students with loan repayment questions and problems.

The ideal candidate for this position will possess exceptional student interaction and service skills and be a versatile self-starter capable of managing multiple responsibilities with minimal supervision. This position requires extensive student service and administrative support in a fast-paced office including managing counter activities, telephones and visitors; scheduling appointments; maintaining electronic record; database entry; processing loan advances, forms and financial aid requests; and special projects to facilitate Southwestern’s academic, administrative and institutional initiatives.

Minimum qualifications:

Bachelor's degree with two years' experience in student or administrative services required. The successful candidate will possess exceptional interpersonal, service, and verbal/written communication skills; good judgment; strong organizational and planning abilities; excellent time and project management skills; and proficiency in computer programs (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), email and Internet usage. Knowledge of Ellucian’s Colleague or similar system is helpful but not required.

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

Payroll Assistant

Southwestern Law School offers an excellent opportunity for an individual interested in higher education accounting, and payroll and benefit services. The law school seeks an experienced and committed individual to assist with the daily operations and activities associated with faculty/staff payroll and benefits. The Payroll Assistant is responsible for a variety of duties including:

  • Collecting, compiling and entering payroll data;
  • Maintaining data and information confidentiality;
  • Reviewing and verifying source documents;
  • Calculating and posting payroll deductions;
  • Handling payroll services for new hires, terminations, garnishment requests, and address changes;
  • Reviewing and initiating employee advances;
  • Processing and closing semi-monthly payrolls;
  • Managing employment verifications;
  • Processing accurate and timely year-end reporting when necessary (W-2, W-2c, etc.);
  • Managing daily workflow to ensure all payroll transactions are processed accurately and submitted in a timely fashion;
  • Running audit reports and post-payroll reports;
  • Ensuring accurate and timely recordkeeping and management of payroll related data; performing reconciliation of payroll information;
  • Responding to employee inquiries regarding payroll; and
  • Other projects as assigned.

The ideal candidate will possess exceptional communication, interaction, organizational and service abilities and be a versatile self-starter capable of managing multiple responsibilities in a fast-paced office under the guidance of the Payroll Supervisor and a collegial team of accounting professionals.

Minimum requirements 

Bachelor’s degree with two+ years of payroll processing experience; ability to utilize and develop computerized Excel spreadsheets and word processing applications; and delivery of professional work product within required deadlines. Working knowledge of ADP or other payroll system helpful but not required.

For consideration, please 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