Students who choose Southwestern's traditional full-time day program are committing to three academic years of full-time study. During this time, they pursue a broad-based legal education with opportunities to focus on a particular area of the law, such as entertainment, criminal, international, commercial, family law, or tax, among others.
All first-year students participate in the designated curriculum (read about the cutting-edge curriculum). Second- and third-year students combine required courses with a wide range of electives and externships to tailor a program suited to their interests and goals.
Students in the traditional full-time day program at Southwestern find that the program is rigorous, the sense of shared purpose is intense - and the rewards are extraordinary.
Required Courses for Full-Time Day Division
Students who enroll in the day division should be prepared to devote substantially all of their time to the study of law. Students take the designated curriculum of 30 units during their first year and a load of 10 to 16 units each semester thereafter (see chart below). A minimum of 87 units is required for graduation.
|Civil Procedure I & II
|Contracts I & II
|Torts or Property||4||4|
|LAWS I & LAWS II1
|Constitutional Law I & II||3||3|
|Business Associations||4||or 4
|First3, Second or Third Year|
|Constitutional Criminal Procedure4
|| or 3
|| 2 or 3
||or 2 or 3|
|Upper Division Writing Requirement
|| 2 or 3
|| or 2 or 3
|Professional Skills Requirement|| 1, 2 or 3
|| or 1, 2 or 3
1 Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills I and II
2 Elective choices including such courses as Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Copyright Law, American Legal History, Legal Profession, and Public International Law, among others
3 Spring Semester
4 Spring Semester if not taken as an elective in first year (required for graduation)