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 Entertainment Law Firm Practicum exposes students to transactional or litigation practice through select field placements with private media and entertainment law firms.
- 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: )
- The compliments the and the 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.