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 4/17/15)



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

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