Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

General Information

Office Hours

The Externship Office is located in W231 and is open Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


The Externship Program is comprised of four individuals:

  • Mitzie Vitela, Assistant Director of the Externship Program, provides guidance on the nature and requirements of the Externship Program as well as specific externship placements.
  • Laura Jane Roland, Externship Office Coordinator, provides guidance on the details and procedures of the Externship Program.
  • Vice Dean Anahid Gharakhanian, Director of the Externship Program, is available to advise students regarding all aspects of the Externship Program, and to counsel students regarding doing an externship in light of overall curricular planning. Professor Gharakhanian, whose office is BW423, also teaches Legal Analysis, Writing & Skills.
  • Senior Associate Dean Doreen Heyer is available to talk with students regarding all aspects of the Externship Program. Her office is located in BW435.

Any student interested in participating in the Externship Program will need to see Ms. Vitela in the Externship Office.

Julia Mason Externship Open Forum

Each year Southwestern holds the Julia Mason Externship Open Forum. The Forum is an excellent opportunity to meet and talk with representatives from the various placements that participate in Southwestern’s Externship Program. Students are able to gather valuable information on the various placements in a relaxed atmosphere, therefore making an informed choice when selecting the externship placement best suited to one's interests and goals. The Forum also provides each placement the opportunity to learn more about Southwestern and its students.

Externship Forum
The annual Forum provides an
opportunity for students to speak
informally with practicing attorneys
that participate in Southwestern's
Externship Program.

Among the many organizations that send representatives are the Alliance for Children's Rights, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, the California Department of Corporations, the Federal Trade Commission, the Los Angeles City and District Attorney’s Offices, the Los Angeles Superior Court, New Line Cinema, the Public Defender's Office, Public Counsel, the United States Attorney's Office, and the United States Bankruptcy & District Courts. All interested students are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Externship Day

Students are also encouraged to attend the annual Externship Day. This is a great opportunity to meet with the Externship Office staff, learn more about the Externship Program and have your questions answered.

Application Deadlines

For Judicial and Federal Government externships:

  • Fall Semester - March 1
  • Spring Semester - September 1
  • Summer Session - September 22

For All Other externships:

  • Fall Semester - April 15
  • Spring Semester - October 1
  • Summer Session - January 22

How Do I Find Out More about the Externship Program, and How Do I Apply for an Externship?

Please read the Externship Policies and Guidelines first. You should then review the descriptions of the various placements. After reviewing this information, you are encouraged to visit the Externship Office; we will be happy to further counsel you on the Externship Program and answer your questions. Please remember that timely application is very important, and that some placements (primarily federal judicial and federal governmental offices) require at least six months advance application. Please note that students wishing to participate in entertainment externships must have completed Copyright Law.

  • Policies and Guidelines (PDF)

Current Students may find details such as dates, deadlines and forms on MySouthwestern (log-in required).