Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Program Details

2016 Summer Session
June 1, 2016 - July 27, 2016 

An extensive on-campus summer session is offered by Southwestern to provide students with greater scheduling flexibility. A number of distinguished practicing attorneys and judges join the faculty during the summer months to teach courses in specialized areas of the law. The schedule of course offerings includes a variety of courses and externships.

Summer courses are open to all law students who have successfully completed at least one year of law school and are currently in good standing at an ABA-approved or state-accredited law school.

Summer Entertainment Law in Los Angeles brochure (PDF)

Southwestern Students

Southwestern students will be able to register online for Summer courses through WebAdvisor beginning in April. Please continue to check your Southwestern email for more information.

Southwestern students should visit the Registration and Academic Records page on MySouthwestern (log-in required) for important information regarding registration policies and procedures.

Visiting Students

  • Summer Visiting Student Application (PDF)
  • Visiting Students' Registration Information and Instructions (PDF)
  • Summer Externships: Please see below
  • General information regarding visiting at Southwestern as well as information regarding first reading assignments, book lists, and course syllabi will be mailed to registered visiting students at the beginning of May.


New tuition rates beginning with Summer Session 2016 will be available in April. Please check the Tuition page for more information.

Academic Calendars

Academic Calendar may also be downloaded (PDF

2016 Summer Session

June 1 First Day of Classes; 2016 Summer Session begins
June 8 Last Day to Add/Drop Classes
July 2,
July 4
No Classes - Fourth of July
July 19 Last Day for Tuesday and Thursday classes
July 20 Last Day for Monday and Wednesday classes
July 21 Saturday classes meet; Last Day for Saturday classes; Last Day of classes
July 23, July 25-27 
Final exams
July 27 2016 Summer Session ends

2016 Summer Session A

June 1 First Day of Classes; 2016 Summer Session A begins; Last Day to Add/Drop Class
June 14                     2016 Summer Session A ends

2016 Summer Session B

June 15 First Day of Classes; 2016 Summer Session B begins; Last Day to Add/Drop Class
June 28                   2016 Summer Session B ends

2016 Courses

The following is the list of courses that will be offered at Southwestern this summer.

Courses and Final Exam Schedule may also be downloaded (PDF).

Please note that the course offerings and schedules are subject to change.

Art of Storytelling (1 unit)
Professor Jessica Langer
Session A MW 6:00 - 9:30 p.m., June 1 - June 14
Session B TTh 6:00 - 9:30 p.m., June 15 - 28

CA Civil Procedure (2 units)
Hon. Yvette Palazuelos, MW 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Commercial Lease Practice (1 unit)
Professor Timothy Chung
Session B MW 6:00 - 9:30 p.m., June 15 - June 28

Communication Tools for New Lawyers (1 unit)
Hon. Deborah Brazil and Professor Karen Henry 
Session A TTh 6:00 - 9:30 p.m., June 1 - June 14

Community Property (2 units)
Professor Caroline Newcombe, TTh 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Constitutional Criminal Procedure (3 units)
Hon. Gregory W. Alarcon, TTh 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Copyright Law (3 units)
Professor Robert Helfing, MW 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Defenses in the Law (3 units)
Professor Rebecca Simon, TTh 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Entertainment Law (3 units)
Professor Amanda Seward, MW 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Entertainment Law Blog (2 units)
Professor Craig Matsuda and Professor Michael Scott

IP Licensing in Entertainment Industry (2 units)
Professor Michael Scott, MW 8:10 - 10:10 p.m.

Legal Profession (2 units)
Professor Barbara Blanco, TTh 8:10 - 10:10 p.m.

Medical Malpractice (2 units)
Professor Edward Stark, TTh 8:10 - 10:10 p.m.

Motion Picture Marketing and Distributing (2 units)
Professor Judy Kim, TTh 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Refining Your Legal Writing (1 unit)
Professor Harout Dimijian, S 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Sales (2 units)
Professor Judy Sloan, MW 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Sports Law (2 units)
Professor Jeffrey Lenkov and Professor Sevan Gobel,
TTH 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Survey of Federal Income Tax (3 units)
Professor Lawrence Lebowsky, MW 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

The Music Publishing Industry (2 units) 
Professor Kamal Moo, TTh 8:10 - 10:10 p.m.

Trial Advocacy (3 units)
Hon. Darrell S. Mavis, TTh 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Video Game Law (2 units)
Professor Zachary Levine, TTh 8:10 - 10:10 p.m.


Southwestern's active and successful Externship Program offers a diverse selection of over 100 part-time and full-time placements. The Program offers students the opportunity to gain legal education through real-life practical experiences, by externing at a select number of approved off-campus placements, primarily with government agencies, public interest entities, state and federal judges, and the legal departments of select organizations, including the entertainment industry. Please be advised that summer externships are generally competitive.

Students can earn two to five units of credit based on the nature of the placement and the number of fieldwork hours per week. Externships are graded on a credit/no credit basis.

In order to be considered for a summer externship, visiting students must complete a Summer Session Application form (PDF) along with an Summer Externship Application (PDF currently unavailable). Students must also submit a letter from their law schools verifying they will accept credit/no credit units earned through Southwestern's Externship Program.

Please contact the Externship Office for more information.

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