Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

General LL.M. (Individualized Studies)

Southwestern offers a stimulating, individualized LL.M. program for students who have already earned a law degree and are interested in furthering their legal education. The program allows students to choose their own focus of study - from American Legal Systems to International Law to Technology Innovation and Commercialization - in line with their individual personal and professional goals.

The second oldest law school in Los Angeles, Southwestern has been providing exceptional legal education programs since 1911 in one of the most culturally stimulating and diverse cities in the world. Students receive an in-depth education in an intellectually challenging, yet collegial environment from faculty who are established authorities in a wide range of legal topics.

Admitted students work closely with faculty to develop a detailed course of study tailored to their own interests from a comprehensive selection of over 150 electives and core courses.


LL.M. students will construct a specific course of study in consultation with a faculty advisor. Among the possible areas of concentration* are:

  • Advocacy and Dispute Resolution**
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • American Law and Legal Systems
  • Business Enterprise Organization and Practice
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts and Commercial Law
  • Corporate Securities Law
  • Criminal Law and Practice
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Entertainment, Media and Intellectual Property Law***
  • Family and Juvenile Law
  • International Business Law and Negotiation**
  • International and Comparative Law
  • International Human Rights
  • Jurisprudence and Legal History
  • Public Interest/Civil Rights/Civil Liberties
  • Real Property/Environmental Law/Land Use
  • Technology Innovation and Commercialization
  • Torts and Compensation Systems
  • Trial Advocacy/Litigation

*This is just a sampling of the numerous possible course concentrations available to students. View the complete listing of courses available here.

**Curriculum details for these concentrations available on a separate insert (PDF)

***Applicants interested in this area may wish to consider Southwestern's Entertainment and Media Law LL.M. Program.

Mexican lawyers Ariadna Camacho, Manuel Caloca and Cristal Gonzalez Obregon, who focused on Trial Advocacy through the LL.M. Program, will utilize their new skills to help train their peers in México as the country is transitioning from a written to an oral trials system. "Here at Southwestern students are allowed to think and reason with teachers, while in Mexico, we simply learned the law and applied it. I also love that the teachers are open for us in their office," said Gonzalez Obregon.