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 7/28/15)

Assistant/Associate Director of Admissions

Southwestern Law School offers an exceptional employment opportunity as an Assistant/Associate Director of Admissions. As a member of the Admissions team, the Assistant/Associate Director will be responsible for a variety of recruiting, counseling and marketing responsibilities, including:

Representing the law school at recruiting events and activities that include local, regional, and national law school and/or graduate school fairs, law school forums, and various panels.

  • Counseling prospective students about the admissions application process.
  • Counseling newly admitted students through the transition into law school.
  • Managing the coordination of on-campus events designed for prospective and newly admitted students.
  • Developing and delivering presentations at receptions and other events.
  • Assisting with pipeline recruitment events.
  • Reviewing applicant files and making recommendations to the Admissions Committee to help identify competitive applicants that will excel in the Southwestern community.
  • Working with pre-law advisors to expand their knowledge of Southwestern’s programs of study, curriculum, student services, faculty, alumni, externships, and campus environment.
  • Contributing to marketing strategies and publications.
  • Managing data and preparing statistical reports to evaluate recruitment efforts.
  • Other tasks related to the general mission of the Admissions Office to recruit, retain, and enroll a diverse and talented first-year class.

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required; a J.D. from an ABA accredited law school is preferred.
  • 1-2 years previous Admissions experience preferred or equivalent experience in higher education, sales or marketing.
  • Public speaking experience.
  • Outstanding organizational, time management and planning skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to present to both large and small groups of prospective students and other audiences.
  • Excellent interpersonal and public relations skills.
  • Ability to work effectively on both independent and collaborative assignments with faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
  • Strong technical skills, including familiarity with MS Word and Excel.
  • Travel within U.S. required; valid passport for foreign travel as needed.

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience using ACES2 and Datatal.
  • Understanding of law school recruitment or higher education recruitment.
  • Experience in other student service areas of higher education such as financial aid, student affairs, or career services.

This position provides an excellent opportunity for a talented and committed professional whose skills and attitude compliment a dynamic, collegial team. In addition to a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits program, Southwestern offers a pleasant and professionally rewarding work environment. This position may be filled at either the Assistant Director or Associate Director position level depending on the qualifications of the final candidate based on the candidate’s experience in higher education or law school admissions.

To be considered for this position, send cover letter, resume, and salary history by email to

Assistant Director of General LL.M. Program Administrative/Teaching Position   

Southwestern Law School is seeking applicants for Assistant Director of the General LL.M. Program - a newly created administrative and teaching position. The Assistant Director will be responsible for teaching at least one course per semester, coordinating and completing administrative duties, interacting with international as well as domestic students, creating and maintaining relationships with multiple foreign organizations and schools, and other functions as the program expands. This is a dynamic and growing area of Southwestern’s programming with significant potential for innovation.

Southwestern Law School

An independent law school with a history of educating legal professionals for over 100 years, Southwestern reflects the vibrancy of Los Angeles and provides an ideal setting for law study. The law school has developed a reputation for leading curricular innovation and graduating lawyers who are well-rounded, entrepreneurial and exceptionally prepared for practice. Southwestern’s 11,000+ alumni include prominent leaders in law, business and public service in virtually every state and more than two dozen countries—from members of Congress to mayors, and over 400 judges, as well as founders of major law firms from coast to coast and general counsels of multinational corporations. The General LL.M. program has hosted a number of diverse students from over 30 countries. Its graduates have gone on to a number of careers, both within and outside of the United States.

Assistant Director of the General LL.M. Program

The Assistant Director will teach at least one course in the foundational curriculum for the General LL.M. program, such as Legal Writing for LL.M.s or Introduction to American Law. We are excited about contributions that this person will make in the classroom as well as through collaborations with the General LL.M. Faculty Director and others on curricular innovations to best serve the General LL.M. population.

On the administrative end, the Assistant Director will be responsible for a variety of functions, including, but not limited to:

  • Administering the marketing, recruitment, admissions, and enrollment efforts for the General LL.M. Program in a data-driven manner;
  • Academic counseling of the General LL.M. students;
  • Assisting students in acclimating to the school and the program;
  • Overseeing their orientation program; and
  • Planning and executing on-going events.

The position will be supervised by the Faculty Director of the General LL.M. Program as well as the Vice Dean. The position will also involve collaboration with various departments of the school, such as the Dean of Students Office, the Registration and Academic Records Office, and the Public Affairs Office. Finally, the Assistant Director will also work with the summer abroad program director(s) to assist in the administration of summer abroad program(s).   


This position requires flexibility, a desire to innovate, and enthusiasm for Southwestern’s commitments to diversity, lawyering skills, and student-focused education. A Juris Doctorate degree is required. Relevant administrative and teaching experience are preferred but not required.

For consideration, please send a cover letter and resume to Professor Priya Gupta, Faculty Director of the General LLM Program at Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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

Externship Program Coordinator

Southwestern Law School has a very large and diverse Externship Program, whereby law students enhance their legal education through structured hands-on experience with various legal organizations. Southwestern’s Externship Program is seeking an Externship Program Coordinator to work closely with the Director and Associate Director of the Externship Program to administer the Externship Program, including dealing with a very high-volume of student inquiries and counseling, and school-credit externship placements.

The duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Serve as first point of contact in Externship Program Office – via email, in person, or telephonic – answering all general questions about the program, including application process, and course requirements.
  • Counsel students on the externship placements – e.g., their requirements, application deadlines – and guide students through the application process.
  • Compile and track current extern files – e.g., tally timesheets, monitor student submissions, including journals and work product.
  • Maintain an open line of communication with current externs and faculty who are supervising externs.
  • Maintain and update information regarding the Externship Program on the Southwestern website and Student Portal, as well as print material.
  • Create, update, and monitor a Westlaw TWEN page that is used by both students and faculty through each externship session.
  • Assist in organizing and implementing multiple externship information and counseling events.
  • Handle the logistics, such as booking rooms and preparing materials for the academic component of externships.
  • Update all externship paperwork, forms and placement descriptions, such as placement lists, applications.
  • Assist in the daily function and operation of the Office – e.g., mail distribution, equipment maintenance, ordering supplies.
  • Track and compile data for the Externship Program.
  • Work closely with the Associate Director in the administration of the Externship Program, including applicant file processing, student counseling, and student registration. 

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree is required with minimum one-year work experience in an educational institution or a legal organization involving heavy volume of interaction with students/clients as well as coordination and organization of large volume of records or data.  The position requires a highly motivated and organized individual with the ability to work independently and collaboratively under tight deadlines to monitor and coordinate numerous projects.  The position also requires excellent written and verbal communication skills.  The ideal candidate will be proficient in using online resources as well as use of Excel and other resources for record and data management. 

For consideration, send cover letter and resume to

Financial Aid Counselor

Southwestern Law School is seeking an experienced professional to provide financial aid student counseling and loan processing. The Financial Aid Counselor will possess current knowledge of Title IV financial aid rules and program regulations and ensure all aid policies and procedures are in compliance with federal and institutional aid.
The Financial Aid Counselor is responsible for file review, verification and awarding aid to new and continuing students. Position responsibilities include processing financial aid applications (FAFSA), student counseling and outreach as follows:

  • Working with Ellucian Colleague financial aid system to complete student financial aid file reviews, verification, and finalize awards.
  • Determining student budget adjustments and awarding additional aid as appropriate.
  • Utilizing professional judgment to determine financial need for special or extenuating circumstances.
  • Accessing and using NSLDS to view Title IV loans and/or grant data.
  • Using ELM and COD to access student loan information and make adjustments as necessary.
  • Understanding and implementing Title IV and institutional policies.
  • Advising financial aid students of deadlines, application procedures, and eligibility for financial aid. 
  • Explaining the financial aid refund process and options for return loan funds. Preparing exit counseling materials for graduating students or students who are leaving the law school.
  • Promoting financial aid literacy including loan repayment options, consolidations, managing delinquency and default reports for current students and alumni.
  • Planning and preparing debt management programs for entering students.

Minimum qualifications

The minimum requirements for the position include a bachelor’s degree; strong communications skills; ability to work with and counsel students from diverse backgrounds; strong organizational and time management skills; ability to work on assigned tasks with minimal supervision; ability to learn and work with enterprise wide computer systems; strong knowledge of MS Office programs; ability to travel for training or professional conferences; and a commitment to exceptional student service.

One year experience at the financial aid counselor or financial aid assistant level and in an Ellucian Colleague environment or comparable database or enterprise-wide computing environment and current knowledge of Title IV financial aid program regulations and Title IV Direct loan program application flow and ELM processes preferred.

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

SOS Office Assistant

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