Southwestern Law School’s campus and residential programs have been located in Los Angeles, California since 1911. Southwestern is authorized to offer its Online J.D. to residents of California and residents of other locations indicated below.
Where the Online J.D. Program is Offered
Locations where Online J.D. students may reside during the program
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
An application to offer the Online J.D. to residents of the following locations is pending
- District of Columbia
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- New Mexico
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Southwestern does not currently offer the Online J.D. to students residing in the following locations
- South Dakota
- New York
We will consider applications for the Fall 2024 Online J.D. Program from students who intend to study remotely while living in locations where we are approved and where our authorization is pending. Students who plan to reside in pending locations should check this website regularly because the list of locations where Southwestern is authorized to offer the Online J.D. Program continues to expand.
We hope to receive authorization to offer the Online J.D. in additional states before August 2024. Applicants who plan to attend the program while residing in a pending jurisdiction may be granted waitlist status, conditioned on Southwestern determining if it may offer the program in your location. If Southwestern does not have authorization to offer the Online J.D. Program in a location by April 2, 2024, we will alert each waitlisted student who indicated they intended to reside in that location during the program and allow them to receive a refund of any monies paid to Southwestern in connection with their application.
Students who would like to study remotely from a country outside of the U.S. and spouses/dependents of visa holders who have an H-4 visa and are eligible to study online are welcome to apply.
Application Deadline: April 1, 2024
Applications submitted after the deadline indicated above will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants should be aware, however, that a waiting list can be established as early as February, and eligibility for certain forms of financial aid most preferred by students (e.g., scholarship programs) may be reduced substantially after April 1. We will, however, consider June LSAT scores and applications on a space-available basis.
Visit our Apply Now page to view application requirements for all J.D. programs.
For information about bar licensure by jurisdiction, click here.
*Although we are not currently authorized to offer programs in Alaska, we are hoping to make the Online J.D. program available to residents of Alaska through an exemption. If the exemption is approved, Alaska students should be aware that our authorization to enroll residents of Alaska in our Online J.D. would be under AS 14.48 and 20 AAC 17.015 because the program is online or distance delivered and does not have a physical presence in the state.
For consumer complaint contacts for each state or jurisdiction in which Southwestern is authorized to do business, please click here.
** Online J.D. students residing in these states cannot currently do an Externship with a firm or organization physically located there. However, students can do an online Externship with a firm or organization located in other states.