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Southwestern Law School

The only law school with four courses of study leading to the J.D. degree, Southwestern Law School offers traditional full-time and part-time programs as well as a unique two-year alternative curriculum. The campus includes the extraordinary Bullocks Wilshire building, a world-renowned historic Art Deco landmark that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The only Los Angeles area law school on a subway route, Southwestern is within a block of the Wilshire Center MetroRail station providing convenient access to businesses, courts and government offices in the downtown district, Hollywood and the Valley. Southwestern alumni include public officials-from members of Congress to mayors, district attorneys, and over 200 judges-as well as founders of major law firms and general counsels of multinational corporations. Founded in 1911 as an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian institution, Southwestern is approved by the ABA, and is a member of the AALS.

A Commitment to Diversity
Southwestern Law School is one of the most diverse law school communities in the country. Since its founding in 1911, Southwestern has been in the forefront of encouraging the enrollment of women and minorities, and continues to promote diversity among the student body and faculty through a variety of avenues.

The approximately 980 students enrolled at Southwestern come from virtually every state in the nation as well as a dozen foreign countries and represent over 240 undergraduate institutions. Nearly half have earned academic honors, while many are fluent in one or more foreign language including Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Farsi, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese. About two-thirds have prior work experience or have already completed advanced degrees in diverse disciplines from accounting to urban planning. The student body is equally divided between men and women and minorities represent over 37%.

The Southwestern faculty also represents a variety of backgrounds and interests. Of the more than 50 full-time faculty members, over a third are women and 20% percent are minorities. This distinguished group of legal scholars includes nationally recognized experts on antitrust, bankruptcy, criminal law and procedure, entertainment and sports law, evidence, family law, housing and community development, international law and labor law.

Diversity Awards
Southwestern has received formal recognition for its emphasis on diversity from such organizations as the California Minority Counsel, which awarded the law school the LEXIS-NEXIS Law School Racial and Ethnic Diversity Award, citing Southwestern's "long history of encouraging diversity, its comprehensive efforts in admissions, financial aid, academic support and placement, support of its diverse student organizations, and its community outreach programs;" the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles which presented Southwestern with the Myra Bradwell Award (the first law school to be so honored) for "promoting and advancing women lawyers and issues important to women;" and Hispanic Business magazine, which has recognized Southwestern as one of the "top law schools for Hispanic students" for several years running.

Academic Support
Southwestern is not only committed to accepting a diverse group of qualified applicants, but to retaining and graduating these students. This commitment is demonstrated in the law school's strong Academic Support Program. Students in this program attend a two-week summer session and meet weekly during the academic year to review writing and study skills, as well as examination techniques. An additional component of the program conducted during the school year is open to all first-year students. In addition to the formal support program, students can also take advantage of academic counseling, and a mentor program which pairs all first-year students with continuing students who can provide insight and guidance into the law school experience.

School name:Southwestern Law School
Address:675 S. Westmoreland Avenue
Zip & city:CA 90005 California

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