Alumni and Friends Volunteer Opportunities

Southwestern alumni and friends of the law school are a dedicated group, full of generosity. They have devised many ways to give back to our school and to prepare the next generation of diverse and compassionate Southwestern attorneys. If you belong to this group, below are some ways to plug into our community and to provide mentorship and supervision to students who wish to promote justice and who are involved in public service.

  • The Alumni Resource Network – Join a contingent of more than 400 Southwestern alumni who offer individualized advice to students on particular areas of practice.

  • The Nickel Club – If you graduated from Southwestern five or fewer years ago, you can join a special division of the Alumni Association created to hone legal skills, promote connections with current students, and perform community-service projects.

  • Donald L. Stone’s Inn of St. Ives – This monthly program is based on the Inns of Court model where senior attorneys and judges meet with small groups of law students to discuss issues of law and practice over dinner at Southwestern. When a dinner is planned, a topic is identified and six practitioners and six students are invited to engage in a discussion about the topic. Contact the Institutional Advancement Office at advancement@swlaw.edu to volunteer to attend these dinners.

  • Moot Court – A large contingent of alumni, attorneys, and judges are recruited each year to serve as judges for the annual Intramural Moot Court Competition. They are also called upon to preside over SCALE appellate arguments, mock trial and trial advocacy practice rounds and finals, and occasionally to serve as advisors to Moot Court Honors Program teams competing in interscholastic competitions. For more information, please contact the Student Affairs Office.

  • Speaking Engagements – Alumni, attorneys, and judges are often invited to serve as panelists or lecturers for a variety of seminars, workshops and roundtable discussions sponsored by the faculty, the Career Services Office and/or student organizations. If you are interested in serving as a guest speaker, please contact the Institutional Advancement Office and/or the Career Services Office.

  • Externship Placements – Southwestern’s Externship Office connects students with organizations like the City Attorney’s Office, the United States Bankruptcy Court, AARP, and Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center. Law firms or legal organizations willing to offer an externship to a Southwestern student should contact the Externship Office.

  • Los Angeles Incubator Consortium – You can support this program providing selected new Southwestern attorneys with office space, mentorships, and training geared toward effective solo practice management, with a pro-bono component for representing modest-means clients. If you are interested in helping, please contact Professor Laura Cohen.