In addition to expansive externship and clinical programs, Southwestern offers practicums that provide real world training in legal research, brief writing, client relations, negotiation and oral argument.
- The Amicus Project Practicum provides students the opportunity to work
one-on-one with a faculty supervisor on a pro bono amicus brief.
Case selection is based on a variety of considerations,
including legal significance, social significance, inquiry by an
interested party (including student), jurisdiction, service to the
profession, as well as faculty interest and expertise.
- The Appellate Litigation Practicum provides students the opportunity to work with a professor in litigating a pro bono appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, up to and including oral argument before the court. (See also: Southwestern Student Successfully Argues in Federal Court)
- Through the entertainment practicums, students who have demonstrated
exceptional competency and interest in media and entertainment law are
selected for special field placements by the Biederman Institute
faculty. The Entertainment Law Firm Practicum exposes students to transactional or litigation practice through select field placements with private law firms. The Entertainment Production Practicum
provides students with the opportunity to provide production business
and legal affairs services on real movies in a classroom setting under
the supervision of members of the Biederman faculty.
- Students in the Immigration Appeals Practicum represent pro bono clients under the supervision of an attorney from Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the highest U.S. administrative body for interpreting and applying immigration laws. (See also: Southwestern Establishes New Immigration Appeals Practicum)
- The Law Firm Practicum compliments the Small Law Practice Management and the Big and Medium Law Firm Practice courses. It is designed to help soon-to-be attorneys bridge the gap between studying and practicing law. Students have the opportunity to conduct fieldwork with a selected firms, exposing them to development of legal skills, knowledge and professionalism, as well as learning about the business and management side of practice.
- Students in the Youth Offender Parole Hearing Practicum work with a professor in preparing a case and representing inmates who were youth offenders in special parole hearings. This is also an opportunity for students to learn more about the substantive areas of criminal sentencing, juvenile justice and post-conviction law.