Southwestern has established two programs in cooperation with California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH): a joint J.D./M.A. Program and a 3+3 Program through which students can earn their B.A. and J.D. degrees in six years.
The Joint J.D./M.A. Program enables graduate students to complete a J.D. degree at Southwestern while concurrently earning an M.A. degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding from CSUDH. The 3+3 B.A./J.D. Program allows selected CSUDH students who meet program requirements to enter law school at Southwestern after completing just three years of undergraduate study at CSUDH.
J.D./M.A. Program Overview
The Joint J.D./M.A. Program enables graduate students to complete a J.D. degree at Southwestern while concurrently earning an M.A. degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Requirements and program components include:
- J.D. degree at Southwestern.
- M.A. at CSUDH in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (NCRP).
- M.A. degree requires 36 total units, 27 at CSUDH and 9 at Southwestern.
- NCRP Post-Master's Certificate option requires 18 total units, 9 at CSUDH and 9 at Southwestern (to be awarded following conferring of the J.D. degree).
- Students at Southwestern apply to the M.A. program at CSUDH through normal application procedures during their first or second year of law school for admission following their first year of law study.
- Students do not initially have to elect/commit to either the NCRP degree or certificate track (admission to the M.A. degree program will suffice because students may elect to change their program at a later date).
- M.A. courses at CSUDH are all 3 units, 12 weeks online and 15 weeks duration on campus, and meet once weekly for 3 hours.
- NCRP degree/certificate courses at CSUDH can be taken on campus or entirely online (or through a combination of both methods of delivery).
- With some pre-designated exceptions, CSUDH online courses are asynchronous, on-demand video lectures; these sessions are archived and can be accessed and seen by students at any point prior to the next designated class session (one week).
- Students in online courses can text-message questions to faculty (during class lectures that are synchronous and later where delivery is asynchronous), e-mail each other and the instructor, and all classes (online and on-campus) feature student discussion boards as well as chat rooms and other similar online opportunities.
- Courses at Southwestern include two specific 3-unit courses (Alternative Dispute Resolution and Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiating) as well as unspecified 3-unit externship and directed research courses that will satisfy the 9-unit requirement for Southwestern courses.
- Students who receive their J.D. and M.A. degrees jointly will be recognized at both the Southwestern and CSUDH commencement ceremonies in a manner that will distinguish them for their significant accomplishment.
3+3 B.A./J.D. Program Overview
This 3+3 B.A./J.D. Program allows selected students at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) to enter Southwestern after completing only three years of undergraduate study at CSUDH under very specific and strict conditions. Participants will earn both the B.A. and J.D. under the 6-year program. Requirements and components of the 3+3 Program include:
- Eligible CSUDH students must complete all general education and major requirements by the end of their junior year.
- Participants are able to earn no more than 70 units of lower division credit from an institution other than CSUDH - all upper division courses must be taken at CSUDH, making participation in this program more difficult for transfer students.
- Participants must be exceptional and highly-motivated students.
- Students must have strong analytical and writing skills.
- CSUDH participants must consult with the 3+3 Program Director as early as possible to ensure courses and sequencing are on-track.
- Participants must have their LSAT scores available by February of their junior year at CSUDH.
- Participants must apply to Southwestern no later than February of their junior year at CSUDH.
- Eligible students must have a minimum LSAT score of 154.
- Eligible students must have a minimum comprehensive UGPA of 3.6.
- Eligible CSUDH students must be recommended by the 3+3 Program Director, and then interviewed by Southwestern.
- Eligible students are not guaranteed admission to Southwestern.
- The first year of law school must be completed with a minimum "C+" cumulative GPA.
- Full credits required for graduation from CSUDH must be earned by the end of August following the first year of law school, or by the end of December following the first year of law school for students enrolled in Southwestern's evening program.
- If a first-year law student in this program withdraws, some academic credit for law school study may be accepted toward completion of the student's Bachelor's degree at the sole discretion of CSUDH.
- These conditions are modifiable as determined by CSUDH and Southwestern.