Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Tuition Rates

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2014-2015 Tuition Rates
Tuition and fees are subject to change.

For all students who began their studies after May 1, 2011

For the Fall and Spring terms, all J.D. candidates enrolling after May 1, 2011 are charged tuition based on their program, regardless of the number of units taken. That tuition amount, for 2014-2015, is listed below by program. In subsequent years, the tuition amount will likely increase, but it will always be based on program and not on units taken.

During each Summer, these same students are charged on a per unit basis. The per unit charge for Summer 2014 is $1,506 with the minimum number of units possible being two. Traditional Day students can graduate in three years without attending Summer Session. SCALE students must attend Summer Session to graduate in two years. Part-time students will generally need to attend Summer Session to graduate in four years. (Please see Summer Attendance Requirements below.)

While tuition for future years will likely increase, those rates have yet to be established. To determine the total cost of tuition for each program students need to multiply their program's total tuition (below) times the number of years required to graduate, and add in an amount for increases and any summer attendance. Please note that our Summer Abroad Programs' costs are determined by the program and charged accordingly and separately from the tuition listed below.

Students who began their studies before May 1, 2011 can find tuition rates on MySouthwestern (log-in required) - under the "What is..." tab on the Financial Aid - Continuing Students page.

J.D. Program

Total Tuition









SCALE Program


Per Period
Periods Per Year
Total Tuition

Year 1

$16,470 4 n/a $65,880

Year 2

$16,470 4 $6,024 $71,904

Other Tuition Rates

Other Programs
Per Unit

Summer 2014


Summer Externship


Visiting Students


LL.M. Students


Summer Attendance Requirements

SCALE students are required to complete at least four units during the summer. Most part-time students will enroll in two Summer Sessions during their time at Southwestern. The number of summer units taken by part-time students varies - students have at times taken as few as two and as many as five units in Summer Session. While it is common for full-time students to enroll in summer courses, these students are not required to take summer courses to graduate within the three years.

Residency Units

In addition to the 87 units necessary to graduate, students must satisfy the residency requirements. All students are required to earn six residency units in order to graduate. They are earned as follows:

  • Full-time students earn one residency unit for each fall or spring semester completed satisfactorily.
  • Part-time students earn 0.75 (three quarters) of a residency unit for each fall or spring semester completed satisfactorily.
  • SCALE students earn 0.67 (sixty-seven hundredths) of a residency unit for each term or grading period completed satisfactorily. SCALE students attend nine terms or grading periods during their program.
  • Residency units are not earned for any Summer Session (except for SCALE students), Summer Law Programs or Intersession Programs.

Tuition Refund Policy

Students who withdraw before the first day of the semester, Summer Session, January Intersession or SCALE period receive a 100% credit of charged tuition. Those students withdrawing on or after the first day of classes will incur a prorated non-refundable tuition charge.* Once 60% of the semester, Summer Session, January Intersession or SCALE period is completed, the student will be charged 100% of tuition. Southwestern's Summer Abroad Programs have their own refund policies, which are printed in the brochure for each program.

*The prorated non-refundable charge is calculated by continuing the number of calendar days starting with the first day of the term and ending with the last date of attendance. That result is divided by the number of calendar days in the term. The resulting percentage is then multiplied by the original tuition charged to determine the prorated non-refundable charge.

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