J.D. Programs

Southwestern is the only American Bar Association-approved law school offering four programs of study leading to a J.D. degree that differ in scheduling and instructional approach. In addition to traditional full-time day and part-time evening programs, Southwestern has developed two innovative options: PLEAS, one of the only part-time day programs in the country designed to meet the needs of students with child- or elder-care responsibilities, and SCALE®, a unique two-year J.D. course of instruction with an alternative approach. SCALE is the first ABA-approved program of its kind in the U.S., featuring small classes, practical skills training, and real-world experience since 1974.

Southwestern also offers concurrent J.D./M.B.A. degree programs with The Drucker Graduate School of Management.

We also offer concurrent degree programs with California State University, Dominguez Hills: a J.D./M.A. in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, and a 3+3 B.A./J.D.

And with California State University, Northridge we offer a 3+3 B.A./J.D.

For law graduates who wish to pursue a post-J.D. degree, Southwestern offers two Master of Laws programs—a General LL.M.  and the Entertainment and Media Law LL.M.

For summer programs—open to Southwestern students, transfer students, and visiting students—as well as Study Abroad programs, click here.