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Southwestern Law School

Lecture Hall, 3327 5th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95817, USA
Southwestern Law School is a private, non-profit, non-sectarian law school located in Los Angeles, CA. Founded in 1911, Southwestern is fully accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and approved by the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). The school is an independent, stand- alone law school, which means it is not a department or division of any university and has no affiliation with any other institution.  With a long-standing emphasis on diversity, public service, and innovative programs, and a mid-city campus featuring a world-renowned Art Deco landmark, Southwestern Law School reflects the vibrancy of Los Angeles and provides an ideal setting for the study of law.

The Law School

[img style="margin: 0 15px 0 0;" align="left"]southwestern-law-school-01.jpg[/img]As the second oldest law school in Los Angeles, Southwestern has been providing exceptional legal education since 1911 in one of the most culturally stimulating and diverse cities in the world. Southwestern's 10,000 alumni include prominent public officials - from members of Congress to mayors, and over 200 judges - as well as founders of major law firms and general counsels of multinational corporations. The law school has strong ties to the legal, business, and civic sectors, and has received recognition for its historical emphasis on diversity. The Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute is closely linked to the entertainment industry in Hollywood and internationally.

Southwestern is the only law school in the nation to offer four J.D. courses of study that differ in scheduling and instructional approach, including traditional full- and part-time programs as well as a unique two-year alternative curriculum.

About the Students
Southwestern provides students a unique opportunity to become immersed in a global environment. Students come to Southwestern from virtually every US state and dozens of foreign countries, and represent over 250 undergraduate institutions. The broad-based diverse student body includes students from countries such as United Kingdom, India, Germany, Colombia, Cameroon, Korea, Canada, Argentina, Russia, and many more. The global perspective and life experiences that are represented in our student population enhance our campus diversity and enrich the cultural experience of the school and community members. About two-thirds have prior work experience or have already completed advanced degrees in such diverse disciplines as accounting, medicine, nonprofit leadership, and urban planning. The enrollment is nearly equally divided between women and men, while minorities make up 35 percent, and students report fluency in over 30 foreign languages.

Tuition Fees

Tuition for the LL.M. program is charged at a per unit rate established by Southwestern. Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and enrolled in the LL.M. program are eligible to apply for financial aid (federal financial aid programs and private student loans).
Tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year is $1,400 per unit, which equates to approximately $34,000 for full-time or $17,000 for part-time for the first year.

The Program

Southwestern offers an Individualized (General) 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.

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:

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- 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
- International and Comparative Law
- International Human Rights
- Jurisprudence and Legal History
- Litigation/Civil Practice/Dispute Resolution
- Public Interest/Civil Rights/Civil Liberties
- Real Property/Environmental Law/Land Use
- Technology Innovation and Commercialization
- Torts and Compensation Systems
- Trial Advocacy/Litigation

Entry Requirements

[img style="margin: 0 15px 0 0;" align="left"]southwestern-law-school-03.jpg[/img]The LL.M. - General Studies Program is highly selective. A Juris Doctor (J.D.) or equivalent degree is required. A candidate applying from the United States must have completed the J.D. degree at a law school that is both ABA-approved and a member of the Association of American Law Schools. A law degree earned outside the United States must be from a university accredited in the country in which it is located, or the candidate must be admitted to practice before the highest court in that country. [br /]
When reviewing candidates for the LL.M. Program, the Admissions Committee considers:
* Academic record in law school and undergraduate school
* Potential for distinguished performance in and contribution to the program
* Professional experience and accomplishments
* Letters of recommendation
* Quality of personal statement
The objective of the admissions policy is to fill each class with the best students from an applicant pool consistent with the high quality standards of the program and the diversity of Southwestern. Successful candidates have generally graduated in the top half of their law school class.
For more information regarding the admissions process and criteria, please contact the office at (213) 738-5707; llmgeneral@swlaw.edu or visit its website, www.swlaw.edu/llmgeneral.