Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

February 12, 2008
SCALE Program to Include 8-week Summer Session

Beginning with the 2008-09 entering class, the SCALE Program will introduce a new innovative eight-week Summer Session designed to provide a menu of alternative options to SCALE students.

In announcing the program, Dean Bryant Garth said, "We are pleased this new dimension will enable SCALE students to take advantage of many of the summer opportunities available to our traditional students, while at the same time remaining true to the design and objectives of SCALE."

According to Professor Harriet M. Rolnick, Director of SCALE, "This is a very exciting new development in SCALE. The Summer Session will provide SCALE students with flexibility and choice in the context of a structured curriculum, allowing them to explore areas of interest; engage in additional skills training, career building and networking; and have exposure to a wider range of substantive electives."

The SCALE Summer Session will be held during the eight-week period from the end of May to the end of July between the two SCALE years. The SCALE I and SCALE II schedules are being adjusted to accommodate the summer session.

Among the options that SCALE students will have during the summer are:

  • participation in a traditional summer externship
  • participation in one of Southwestern's summer abroad programs, or a non-Southwestern ABA-approved summer abroad program along with a paper
  • enrollment in elective courses offered during Southwestern's traditional summer session 
  • a combination of options - i.e., summer externship and summer school courses

Students will also have the opportunity to combine one of these options with summer associate work at a small, mid-sized, or large firm.

The first SCALE Summer Session will begin in May 2009.