Community Service Programs

Hoover Elementary School Mock Trial

Fifth-graders from Hoover visit Southwestern, where they witness a staged robbery and then serve as prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, witnesses, and jurors alongside Southwestern students in a criminal trial

Teen Court

A juvenile diversion and prevention program that links high school students, schools, teachers, parents, juvenile offenders, local police, and the Superior Court

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

VITA provides free income tax return preparation assistance for the elderly and low-income taxpayers of the Los Angeles area

Justice Bus

Teams of attorney and law-student volunteers from urban areas set up free legal clinics for low-income Californians living in rural and isolated communities

Homelessness Prevention Law Project

Students advocate in various Department of Social Services offices to help vulnerable people receive benefits to which they are entitled

Small Claims Court Clinic

Volunteer attorneys and Southwestern students conduct detailed Small Claims workshops open to both plaintiffs and defendants

Los Angeles Incubator Consortium

Provides training designed to help new attorneys build a successful and sustainable practice.


Southwestern has a deep commitment to public service. Its administrators, deans, professors and students all work to serve our surrounding community in various ways. We partner with local universities, colleges, community colleges, high schools, middle schools and even elementary schools to disseminate knowledge of the legal system to their students. We help under-served and underprivileged people complete their tax returns. We travel to outlying areas to bring legal assistance to those in need by partnering with OneJustice and their Justice Bus™ program. We seek to prevent homelessness. And we assist with those who need help navigating Small Claims court.