Co-Director of Academic Support and Bar-Related Programs and Associate Professor of Law
B.A., Political Science, 2002, Loyola Marymount University; J.D., 2012, Southwestern Law School; Member, California State Bar
Phone: (213) 738-6813
As Co-Director of Academic Support and Bar-Related Programs at Southwestern, Natalie Rodriguez has primary responsibility for designing and implementing innovative academic support programs, courses and individual and small group counseling sessions, and designing and assisting with bar exam preparation classes, workshops and events. "I have seen first-hand the difference a strong Academic Support Office can make in the culture of a school, and I am thrilled to be a part of that change," Professor Rodriguez said."As a Southwestern graduate, I have a vested interest in assisting other Southwestern students succeed in law school and beyond, and I look forward to creating additional programs that will strengthen the law school's cohesive and comprehensive approach to academic support."
"I have seen first-hand the difference a strong Academic Support Office can make in the culture of a school, and I am thrilled to be a part of that change."
Professor Rodriguez joined the Southwestern faculty as the Academic Support and Bar-Related Programs Fellow in 2012. Prior to that, she was active in numerous professional activities throughout her legal education. She served as a Judicial Extern to the Hon. Patrick Walsh of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and to the Hon. Frank Y. Jackson of the California Court of Appeal, Second District, Division Seven. She was also a Certified Law Clerk/Extern in the Sex Crimes Unit of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office and Southwestern's Children's Rights Clinic, and she served as a Research and Teaching Assistant for Dean Austen Parrish's Civil Procedure class.
Prior to attending law school, Professor Rodriguez's background was in early education. She spent three years as the Site Director for 21st Century Community Learning Center in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, where she worked with elementary students who were struggling academically and developed a curriculum for an after school program aimed at achieving academic success with low performing students and provided training to other educators on how to implement the curriculum.
Professor Rodriguez has also been a Case Manager at Project Grad Los Angeles, providing resources for families from low socio-economic backgrounds to increase their children's achievement in the classroom. Additionally, she served as a Family Case Worker and Intern at the Alliance for Children's Rights in Los Angeles.