Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Program Details

2017 Summer Session
May 31, 2017 - July 26, 2017 

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
(2017 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 sent to registered visiting students at the beginning of May.


New tuition rates beginning with Summer Session 2017 will be available in April. Please check the Tuition page for more information.

Academic Calendars

Academic Calendar may also be downloaded (PDF

2017 Summer Session

May 31 First Day of Classes; 2017 Summer Session begins
June 7 Last Day to Add/Drop Classes
July 3,
July 4
No Classes - Fourth of July
July 15 Last Day for Saturday classes
July 19 Last Day for Monday and Wednesday classes
July 20 Last Day for Tuesday and Thursday classes; Last Day of classes
July 22, July 24-26 
Final exams
July 26 2017 Summer Session ends

2017 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.

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

Constitutional Criminal Procedure (3 units)
Professor Mark Cammack, MW 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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

Defamation, Privacy, Publicity, and Celebrity (2 units)
Professor Deborah Drooz, TTh 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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

Drafting Entertainment Industry Contracts (2 units)
Professor Jussim, TTh 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Entertainment Industry Guilds (2 units)
Professor Van Lier, MW 8:10 - 10:10 p.m.

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

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

Entertainment Litigation (2 units) 
Professor Michael Blaha, TTh 8:10 - 10:10 p.m

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

Legal Profession (2 units)
Professor Jenny Rodriguez-Fee, TTh 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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

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

Sports Law (2 units)
Professor Jeff Birren, Sat 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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

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