Housing Scholarships

There are several Housing Scholarship programs available to Southwestern students. Be aware that all proceeds received through these programs is considered taxable income for federal and state income tax purposes. Please consult your tax advisor.

The Dean Arthur J. Abbott Housing Scholarship

The Dean Arthur J. Abbott Housing Scholarship is a non-renewable scholarship available for select incoming students who lease an apartment in Southwestern's on-campus housing complex, The Residences at 7th. Dean Abbott served as toastmaster at Southwestern’s inaugural graduation ceremony in 1916.

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    Recipients must meet all criteria for on-campus housing, including completing the application, paying the application fee, posting the security deposit for damage to the apartment, meeting credit criteria for rent not covered by the scholarship (which may be through other financial aid funds), and executing the Housing Contract documents, including any Housing Contract renewal documents. The scholarship is for designated apartments (see Housing Office for specifics) at The Residences at 7th only and is not transferable. The scholarship amount is payable in accordance with the Financial Aid Agreement (as defined in and incorporated into the Housing Contract) and is paid directly to the leasing agent by Southwestern. The student is responsible for any remaining balance each month.
    The scholarship award terminates and is not renewable with respect to any unpaid amount if the recipient no longer resides at The Residences at 7th, does not complete any portion of their first year of study, withdraws as a student, graduates (other than the short period through the end of the then current lease term), takes a leave of absence, breaches the Housing Contract, becomes academically disqualified or is found to be in violation of the student honor code. The scholarship is not deferrable if the student defers enrollment. The scholarship is not applicable to damages, whether for physical damage or damages for unpaid rent or future rent in the event of breach of the housing contract, early termination payments, late charges, fines or other amounts payable under the Housing Contract.

    These rules are subject to interpretation by the Director of Financial Aid, subject to appeal to the Chief Financial Officer within five days of the Director’s notification to the student of an interpretation. Southwestern reserves the right to clarify, update or prospectively amend these rules at any time. Housing Contract and Financial Aid Agreement forms are available through the Housing Office.

    NOTE: INCOME TAXATION OF HOUSING SCHOLARSHIPS
    Recipients are advised that housing scholarships constitute taxable income for federal and state income tax purposes. Please consult your tax advisor.
     

  2. About Arthur J. Abbot

    Dean of Southwestern (1915-1920)

    Arthur J. Abbott was born on August 15, 1885, in Clayton, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan, department of Literature, Science and Arts with an A.B. degree in 1909. He later graduated from the University of Michigan Law Department in 1911.

    While at Michigan, Abbott was general manager of the Michigan Alumnus and associate editor of the Michigan Law Review. He also was a member of Delta Sigma Rho debating fraternity, Sigma Delta Chi journalism fraternity, and the Order of the Coif while in law school. He was admitted to the Michigan bar in June 1911, and to the California bar in 1912. He was later admitted to the United States District Court of Southern California.

    Abbott became Dean of Southwestern in 1915, after spending a few years on the faculty teaching Common Law Pleading and Code Pleading. He served as Acting Dean from April 15, 1915 to January 1916, and he became Dean of the Law School in January 1916. According to the Southwestern University Law Review, “Under Dean Abbott’s tenure, the school progressed steadily in every way and now has an enrollment of seventy five students for the year of 1915-1916.” With the law school’s move to the Wilcox building in 1915, he oversaw the addition of 1200 volumes to the library, and publishing of the first issue of the Southwestern University Law Review in 1916. Dean Abbott served as toastmaster at the first graduation ceremonies and banquet held on June 7, 1916, when Betty Trier Berry ’15, Southwestern’s first graduate, was conferred the degree of juris doctor for the academic work she completed the previous year, and B. Rey Schauer ’16 received his degree, becoming Southwestern’s second graduate.

    In 1913, Abbott started the firm Abbott & Pierce with Albert D. Pierce, a classmate from the University of Michigan. As a legal practitioner, Dean Abbott was general counsel for the Los Angeles Ad Club and appeared before the state Judiciary Committee of the Legislature on behalf of the truth in advertising bill. Drafted by Abbott, the bill prohibited false representation in advertising by newspapers, magazines, bill boards, handbills, or any other medium. He remained with the firm until 1920.

    In 1918 during World War I, Dean Abbott took a one year leave of absence from the law school to “engage in war service,” after receiving a “telegraphic offer of appointment to a responsible administrative position,” and served on the staff of the Shipping Board in Washington, D.C. A faculty executive committee was appointed to conduct his duties and the affairs of the law school during his absence. Dean Abbott resigned his position as Dean at Southwestern in May 1920, to return to Detroit to practice law.

The Dean Hugh Evander Willis Housing Scholarship

The Dean Hugh Evander Willis Housing Scholarship (formerly the Entering Student Housing Scholarship) is available for select incoming students who lease an apartment for one year in Southwestern's on-campus housing complex, The Residences at 7th. Dean Willis was Southwestern's first Dean from 1913-1915.

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    This scholarship is NOW renewable retroactive to the 2013-14 entering class (please see the criteria below). Recipients must meet all initial criteria for on-campus housing, including completing the application, paying the application fee, posting the security deposit for damage to the apartment, meeting credit criteria for rent not covered by the scholarship (which may be through other financial aid funds), and executing the Housing Contract documents. The scholarship is for designated apartments (please see Housing Office for specifics) at The Residences at 7th only and is not transferable. The scholarship amount is payable in accordance with the Financial Aid Agreement (as defined in and incorporated into the Housing Contract), and is paid directly to the leasing agent by Southwestern. The student is responsible for any remaining balance each month.

    The scholarship award terminates with respect to any unpaid amount if the recipient no longer resides at The Residences at 7th, withdraws as a student, takes a leave of absence, breaches the housing contract, becomes academically disqualified or is found to be in violation of the student honor code. The scholarship is not deferrable if the student defers enrollment. The scholarship is not applicable to damages, whether for physical damage or damages for unpaid rent or future rent in the event of breach of the housing contract, early termination payments, late charges, fines or other amounts payable under Housing Contract.

    In order for the Scholarship to be renewed at its current level for each subsequent academic year, the recipient must, in addition to meeting the eligibility criteria described above, have earned at least a 3.200 cumulative grade point average. Any student who has does not earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.200, but earns at least a 2.700 cumulative grade point average, will receive a scholarship for $5,000 for the year, half for each semester the student is in attendance. Should a student earn a cumulative grade point average below 2.700, they will have their scholarship rescinded. This grade point average will be calculated at the following times:

    For Day, Evening or PLEAS students, the scholarship is renewed at the time the Official cumulative Law School Grade Point Average (LGPA) is calculated by the Registration and Academic Records Office. This occurs after all spring grades have been determined.
    For SCALE® students, the scholarship is renewed at the time the Official cumulative LGPA is determined by the Registration and Academic Records Office, generally at the end of the first year of the program.

    Renewals are limited to the number of terms normally required to obtain a JD degree in the applicable program in which the student is enrolled.

    These rules are subject to interpretation by the Assistant Dean of Financial Aid, subject to appeal to the Senior Associate Dean for Career, Admissions and Financial Aid Services within five days of the Assistant Dean's notification to the student of an interpretation. Southwestern reserves the right to clarify, update or prospectively amend these rules at any time. The Housing Contract and Financial Aid Agreement forms are available through the Housing Office.

    NOTE: INCOME TAXATION OF HOUSING SCHOLARSHIPS. Recipients are advised that housing scholarships constitute taxable income for federal and state income tax purposes. Please consult your tax advisor. Recipients are responsible for payment of any taxes.

  2. About Hugh Evander Willis

    Dean of Southwestern (1913-1915)

    Dean Hugh Evander Willis earned his  B.A and M.A degrees from Yankton College in South Dakota, and went on to earn his LL.D. and LL.M. degrees from the University of Minnesota Law School. He then joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota Law School, where he served for 11 years, wrote widely on contracts and procedure, including case books. He became the first Dean of Southwestern when the school received its charter in 1913.  

    During his tenure as Dean at Southwestern, the School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance was added and enrollment grew extensively, which required Southwestern to move to larger quarters in the nearby Wilcox Building in Downtown Los Angeles. The faculty also expanded as summer courses and special lecturers were added. His term as Dean ended in 1915, and in 1917, he joined the faculty at the University of North Dakota School of Law, where he also served as the school's dean.

    Willis taught at the University of Indiana for 22 year and served as acting dean. During that time, he also served as an advisor on the Selective Service Act of 1948, and as a consultant to bar reforms of legal procedure and on standards for admission to practice. He later retired to Ellwood Plantation in Virginia, which had been a major Union headquarters during the Civil War Battle of the Wilderness. The home remained in the Willis family until 1977 when the National Park Service purchased the house and grounds, making it part of the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania National Military Park.

    Following his death, the trustees of Indiana University issued a resolution in his memory recognizing his 22 years on the faculty, high academic standards, and legal scholarship as evidenced through his many publications. The Lilly Library Manuscript Collections at Indiana University maintains Willis Manuscripts 1942-1945, which consists of letters and documents on Willis dealing with his plan for achieving lasting peace through a federation of the world and with his proposals for a United Nations constitution. Dean Willis authored over 70 books and articles on law in his lifetime, including the most famous: Willis on Contracts (1909), Willis on Damages (1910), Farmer's Manual of Law (1911) and Cases on Bailments (1923).

The Dean Rollin L. McNitt Housing Scholarship

The Dean Rollin L. McNitt Housing Scholarship (formerly known as the Renewable Housing Scholarship) is a renewable scholarship available for select incoming students who lease an apartment in Southwestern's on-campus housing complex, The Residences at 7th. Dean McNitt was Southwestern's Dean from 1920-1940.

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    Recipients must meet all initial and renewal criteria for on-campus housing, including completing the application, paying the application fee, posting the security deposit for damage to the apartment, meeting credit criteria for rent not covered by the scholarship (which may be through other financial aid funds), and executing the Housing Contract documents, including any Housing Contract renewal documents. The scholarship is for designated apartments (see Housing Office for specifics) at The Residences at 7th only and is not transferable. The scholarship amount is payable in accordance with the Financial Aid Agreement (as defined in and incorporated into the Housing Contract) and is paid directly to the leasing agent by Southwestern. The student is responsible for any remaining balance each month.

    The scholarship award terminates and is not renewable with respect to any unpaid amount if the recipient no longer resides at The Residences at 7th, withdraws as a student, graduates (other than the short period through the end of the then current lease term), takes a leave of absence, breaches the Housing Contract, becomes academically disqualified or is found to be in violation of the student honor code. The scholarship is not deferrable if the student defers enrollment. The scholarship is not applicable to damages, whether for physical damage or damages for unpaid rent or future rent in the event of breach of the housing contract, early termination payments, late charges, fines or other amounts payable under the Housing Contract.

    In order for the Scholarship to be renewed for each subsequent academic year, the recipient must, in addition to meeting the eligibility criteria described above, have earned at least a 2.700 cumulative grade point average. This grade point average will be calculated at the following times:

    • For Day, Evening or PLEAS students, the scholarship is renewed at the time the Official cumulative Law School Grade Point Average (LGPA) is calculated by the Registration and Academic Records Office.  This occurs after all spring grades have been determined.

    • For SCALE® students, the scholarship is renewed at the time the Official cumulative LGPA is determined by the Registration and Academic Records Office, generally at the end of the first year of the program.

    Renewals are limited to the number of terms normally required to obtain a JD degree in the applicable program in which the student is enrolled.

    These rules are subject to interpretation by the Assistant Dean of Financial Aid, subject to appeal to the  Senior Associate Dean for Career, Admissions and Financial Aid Services within five days of the Assistant Dean's notification to the student of an interpretation. Southwestern reserves the right to clarify, update or prospectively amend these rules at any time. Housing Contract and Financial Aid Agreement forms are available through the Housing Office.

    NOTE: INCOME TAXATION OF HOUSING SCHOLARSHIPS. Recipients are advised that housing scholarships constitute taxable income for federal and state income tax purposes. Please consult your tax advisor. Recipients are responsible for payment of any taxes.

  2. About Rollin L. McNitt

    Dean of Southwestern (1920-1940)

    Dean Rollin L. McNitt graduated with an LL.B. degree from the University of Michigan, after which he moved to Los Angeles, passing the California Bar Exam in September of that same year. In an interview he gave in 1967, Dean McNitt recounted his early days in Los Angeles: "I came to Los Angeles in July 1912, a new attorney from the University of Michigan Law School. Los Angeles was a thriving community of about 340,000 people. Wilshire was a dirt road. There wasn't much here. But we knew it would grow."

    Dean McNitt joined the Southwestern University School of Law faculty in 1916, teaching Constitutional Law, Conflict of Laws on Private International Law, Domestic Relations, and Wills and Trusts, among other courses. He was named acting dean in May 1920, following the resignation of Dean Arthur Abbott, and held the deanship for 20 years. During that time, Southwestern opened its expanded Hill Street campus - a 10-story Italian Renaissance styled-structure commissioned by the school under John J. Schumacher. The building accommodated 4,000 students and included a law library, a law office, bank, store and student lounges. He also organized and presided over the Association of California Law Schools, which promoted legal ethics and higher bar admission standards, which was later absorbed by the California State Bar, and served as president of the Los Angeles Lawyers' Club.  In 1942, while involved with the Club's Bill of Right Committee, he produced an International Declaration of Human Rights.

    Dean McNitt was an authority on zoning law and served as a member of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission, was the Commission's twice-elected president, and served as president of the Association of City Planners of Los Angeles. When McNitt's second term as president of the Planning Commission expired in 1927, he asked the mayor to withdraw his name from consideration and resigned his post, citing his commitments to Southwestern and his busy private practice. A resident of Eagle Rock, he was also a member of the city's Chamber of Commerce, Legal Advisory Board, School Board and served as City Attorney before the city's annexation to Los Angeles.  

    Dean McNitt had an active private practice and was involved in noteworthy litigation, such as the Julian Petroleum scandal, and a zoning case involving the use of Santa Monica Mountains, in which he cross-examined silent screen star, Mary Pickford. He was also a persuasive public speaker and active in politics. He campaigned extensively for Earl Warren's successful run for California Attorney General and for Franklin D. Roosevelt's runs for office. He remained connected to the Southwestern community, as evidenced by some of the guests at his 50th wedding anniversary: California Supreme Court Justice Phil Gibbs, a former Southwestern faculty member and Associate Justice Rey Schauer '16. Also in attendance was Judge Charles McCoy, father of former Southwestern adjunct professor Charles McCoy, Jr. Following Dean McNitt's passing, a collection of his archival letters and articles were given to Southwestern by his son.