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 4/28/15)



Southwestern Law School invites applicants for the administration, counseling and teaching fellowship in the Academic Success and Bar-Related Programs office (ASP) for a one-year term, to commence immediately.  The fellowship provides a unique opportunity for a young lawyer or recent law school graduate to gain experience in administration, counseling and teaching in academic support and bar programs.  The fellow will work closely with the Academic Success and Bar-Related Programs Faculty assisting in the creation, administration and implementation of new programs and courses, the supervision of student tutors and the development of academic support and bar-related course curriculum. 

Duties and responsibilities may include but are not limited to any of the following:

  • Working with the Faculty of Academic Success and Bar-Related Programs to research, design, implement and manage academic support programs, including pre-matriculation programs, first-year programs and bar examination preparation programs
  • Meeting with students individually and in small groups regarding academic performance issues
  • Supervising student teaching assistants
  • Teaching academic skills in workshops to current students
  • Assisting with additional services to enhance the academic success of students

Required Qualifications:

  • JD from an ABA accredited law school
  • Admission to the California Bar
  • Experience in academic support, legal writing instruction or other teaching experience, or bar-related instruction
  • Ability to work with a variety of people from diverse backgrounds, including students, staff and faculty
  • Ability to counsel, critique and guide students to self-improvement through a professional, rigorous, respectful, supportive and reliable commitment to them
  • Availability to offer occasional weekend or evening workshops
  • Imagination, innovation and desire to grow into responsibilities in areas of mutual interest and need
  • Understanding of, and ability to work for, the mission and goals of Southwestern Law School

The fellowship is an opportunity to develop a career in academic support or skills teaching.  The salary is competitive with other academic fellowships.  The fellow will also receive a competitive benefits package provided by Southwestern Law School.  

Applicants should submit the following:

  1. A one page statement describing (a) prior experience in providing legal services and teaching legal skills or concepts to law students; (b) other relevant experience; (c) aspirations for future legal education work; and (d) information relevant to the applicant’s potential for program development and management, supervision and teaching.
  2. A resume
  3. Contact information for three professional references and
  4. A law school transcript

Applications should be e-mailed directly to Professor Natalie Rodriguez, at

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.

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.

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.  Southwestern law school community is committed to diversity in its student body, faculty and staff.  Applicants should be prepared to start work as early as June 2015 and to start teaching as early as August 2015. 

For consideration, 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.  To ensure full consideration, please apply before May 31, 2015.

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

Law Clinic Services Coordinator

Southwestern Law School is seeking a dedicated individual interested in a career in higher education and administrative support for its non-profit legal clinics providing representation in children’s issues, immigration, fair housing and employment along with its public service programs. These clinics assist low-income children, young adults, and families with special education, school discipline, immigration, and other needs. The activities of the clinics are managed by a team of legal practitioners, faculty and students. The Law Clinic Services Coordinator will compliment this team by facilitating office operations and support to law students and faculty along with our clients, children and families seeking assistance from the legal clinics.

The ideal candidate will be a versatile self-starter capable of working with minimal supervision and able to coordinate and diligently manage multiple assignments and projects successfully. The following general administrative support duties are required:

  • Office reception including answering phones, greeting clients and visitors, answering email;
  • Conducting new client intake;
  • File and information maintenance such as client files, form files, clinic library, online filing system, and front office literature;
  • Client correspondence management and document preparation including word processing and proofreading;
  • Training students on administrative duties and case management;
  • Answering law student questions;
  • Interpreting in client meetings, calls and translating documents;
  • Monitoring and ordering supplies and refreshments; monitoring and processing mail;
  • Assisting with planning clinic events, outreach and informational meetings;
  • Monitoring clinic application process;
  • Maintaining budget; and
  • Coordinating office activities, special projects and other responsibilities as needed.

Minimum qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree with two years’ experience in administrative services with a public interest organization or higher education institution; however, combined work experience/education/community volunteer work may be substituted. The successful candidate will also possess excellent interpersonal, service, and verbal/written communication skills; ability to promote professional legal environment and effective client-oriented and student-oriented assistance; good judgment; positive attitude; strong organizational and planning abilities; ability to work with a diverse group of people; commitment to serving low income communities; and proficiency in computer programs (MS Word, Excel, Access), e-mail and internet usage. Spanish written and oral language skills required. 

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

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


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