Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Experiential Learning

For our students, some of the most rewarding hours in law school are those spent applying what they have learned in their classes in a "real world" environment. These valuable and practical hands-on experiences are provided through our abundant variety of experiential learning programs.

With a longstanding commitment to public service and excellence in skills-oriented legal education, Southwestern houses multiple clinics on campus. The Children's Rights, Immigration Law and Street Law clinics enable the law school to offer free legal services to the community while giving students hands-on experience helping the underrepresented and vulnerable population. Additionally, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) Civil Rights Clinic provides another opportunity for students to practice skills in a real-world context through casework.

The Externship Program enhances the more traditional casebook method of legal instruction by providing students with an opportunity to directly experience the attorney's role through a variety of on-site placements in judicial settings; in-house legal departments/entertainment industry; public interest organizations; or federal, state and local government offices.

The Practicums provides an additional opportunity for students to gain invaluable educational experiences through real-life practice in varied areas of law, under close supervision of faculty and practitioners.