For our students, some of the most rewarding hours in law school are those spent applying what they have learned in their classes in a "real world" environment. These valuable and practical hands-on experiences are provided through our abundant variety of experiential learning programs:
Clinical Program - Southwestern has established Children's Rights, Immigration Law and Street Law clinics through which students provide free legal services under the supervision of faculty to underrepresented members of the community. The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) Civil Rights Clinic provides another opportunity for students to practice skills in a real-world context through casework.
Externship Program - Southwestern has one of the largest Externship Programs in the country, allowing students to experience the attorney's role through a variety of on-site placements in judicial settings; in-house legal departments/entertainment industry; public interest organizations; or federal, state and local government offices.
Practicums - Southwestern's Practicums in appellate, law firm and entertainment law settings and the Amicus Project provide unique educational experiences related to real-life practice under close supervision of faculty and practitioners.