Summer on Campus

Southwestern offers an extensive on-campus summer session to provide students with greater scheduling flexibility and additional educational opportunities. A number of distinguished practicing attorneys and judges join the faculty during the summer months to teach courses in specialized areas of the law. The schedule of course offerings includes a variety of courses and externships.

While these offerings are not limited to the entertainment and media law field, Southwestern's Summer Entertainment Law Program in Los Angeles, under the auspices of the Biederman Institute, features a broad scope of courses taught by top entertainment, media, and sports law attorneys; specialized externships; private tours of major motion picture and recording studios; and meetings with prominent Southwestern alumni working in the field.

Summer 2019
First day of classes:  Wednesday, May 29th 
No classes July 4th, 5th, and 6th (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) 
Last day of classes: Thursday, July 18th
Final exams:  Saturday, July 20th  (for Saturday classes) and Monday-Wednesday, July 22nd, 23rd, and 24th 

Course Schedule: 

Chain of Title (1 unit)
Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (June 2, 9, & 16)
Professor Alex Coffee
Final Exam: Take home exam

Community Property (2 units)
Tuesday/Thursday 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Professor John Heilman
Final Exam: Monday, July 22nd 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Constitutional Criminal Procedure (3 units)
Monday/Wednesday, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Professor Mark Cammack
Final Exam: Tuesday, July 23rd 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Copyright Law (3 units)
Monday/Wednesday, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Professor Robert Helfing
Final Exam: Tuesday, July 23rd 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Defamation, Privacy & Publicity (2 units)
Tuesday/Thursday 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Professor Deborah Drooz
Final Exam: Wednesday, July 24th 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Fashion Law (2 units)
Tuesday/Thursday, 8:10-10:10 p.m.
Professors Hillary Kane, John Begakis, and Victoria Burke
Final Exam: Wednesday, July 24th 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Immigration Law and Crimes (1 unit)
Wednesday, 8:10-10:10 p.m.
Professor David Neumeister
Final Exam: Tuesday, July 23rd 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

 Legal Profession (2 units)
Tuesday/Thursday 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Professor Jenny Rodriguez-Fee
Final Exam: Monday, July 22nd 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Remedies (2 units)
Tuesday/Thursday 8:10-10:10 p.m.
Professor Ed Stark
Final Exam: Wednesday, July 24th 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Sales (2 units)
Monday/Wednesday, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Professor Judy Sloan
Final Exam: Tuesday, July 23rd 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Sports Law (2 units)
Saturday, 9:00 am – 1:00 p.m.
Professor Jeff Birren
Final Exam: Saturday, July 20th 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Trademark Law (2 units)
Tuesday/Thursday 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Professor Stephen Strauss
Final Exam: Monday, July 22nd 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Trial Advocacy (3 units)
Tuesday/Thursday 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Professor Robyn Chew
Final Exam: Thursday, July 18th Final Trial

Additional information coming soon!

Summer Entertainment Law Program in Los Angeles

Each summer, Southwestern offers numerous entertainment-law related courses in a program collectively called the Summer Entertainment Law Program in Los Angeles. The program features:

  • specialized entertainment, media, and sports law courses taught by top lawyers in the entertainment industry
  • a variety of 2-5 unit externships in television, motion picture/recording studios, and other entertainment/sports industry settings
  • additional summer session courses to provide students with greater scheduling flexibility

Externships

Southwestern's active and successful Externship Program offers a diverse selection of over 100 part-time and full-time placements. The Program offers students the opportunity to gain legal education through real-life practical experiences, by "externing" at approved off-campus placements, with government agencies, public interest entities, state and federal judges,  the legal departments of select organizations, including the entertainment industry, and select law firms. Please be advised that summer externships are generally competitive.

Students can earn two to five units of credit based on the nature of the placement and the number of fieldwork hours per week. Externships are graded on a credit/no credit basis.

Please contact the Externship Office for more information.

Credits

The Summer Entertainment Law Program is offered as part of the ABA-approved curriculum at Southwestern Law School. The program complies with ABA and AALS requirements. All entertainment and media law courses for the summer are graded. Externships are offered on a credit/no credit basis.

Tuition

New tuition rates beginning with Summer Session 2019 will be available in April. Please check the Tuition page for more information.

Summer Registration for Southwestern Students

Southwestern students will be able to register online for Summer courses through WebAdvisor beginning in April. Please continue to check your Southwestern email for more information.

Southwestern students should visit the Registration and Academic Records page on the MySWLAW portal (log-in required) for important information regarding registration policies and procedures.

Summer Admission and Registration for Transfer and Visiting Students

Students at other ABA-accredited law schools may apply to transfer or visit for the Summer term. Please find application instructions on the Transfer and Visiting Students informational page.

Visiting students who have been admitted for the summer term should review the document titled 2019 Summer Information for Visiting Students, which includes details on registering, obtaining financial aid, and applying for a Summer externship. (PDF) Further information regarding visiting at Southwestern, as well as information regarding first reading assignments, book lists, and course syllabi, will be mailed to registered visiting students at the beginning of May.