Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA


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: 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.