Prospective Student Events. Our upcoming events for prospective students appear below and are open to applicants, admitted students, and any others who wish to learn more about law school. To register for an event, click on the RSVP link corresponding to the event you plan to attend. Prospective student events are added and updated on an ongoing basis. Check back regularly. Events are subject to change.
Admitted Student Events. Admitted students have access to exclusive events that showcase the opportunities available to Southwestern community members. Events are listed below under "Admitted Student Virtual Events." Links to RSVP for upcoming events, or to access past event recordings, can be found on the "Welcome to Southwestern" CANVAS course page. The "Welcome to Southwestern" CANVAS course page will be made available to admitted students in late November/early December.
Admissions Office Virtual Office Hours. In an effort to be available to prospective students, applicants, and admitted students, Admissions Office staff and current student Admissions Ambassadors will be available for open-door office hours three times a week per the following schedule:
- Admissions Officer: Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time
- Admissions Officer: Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time
- Admissions Ambassador: Fridays, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time
One-on-One Meeting. Speak one-on-one with a Southwestern community member via phone or email. Submit our Meeting Request Form to request a conversation with an admissions officer, current student, or faculty member.
Event Recordings. Recordings of past virtual events can be found on our YouTube channel.
Your Southwestern Gateway. Though our campus remains closed due to public health guidelines, we still want to ensure you have an opportunity to engage with our community, learn about our curriculum and academic success programs, and become empowered to apply. To this end, we have created Your Southwestern Gateway, a website specially designed for prospective students. Visit Your Southwestern Gateway for an introduction to our campus, our people, and our culture. You can even request an application fee waiver! Click the graphic below to visit.
Southwestern Prospective Student Virtual Events
Southwestern Law School's Admissions Office hosts a number of informative and interactive events for prospective students. Check this section regularly, as new events will be added on an ongoing basis. We also participate in many other events hosted by law school consortia, LSAC, undergraduate schools, and other organizations. See below for individual event listings.
An Insider's Perspective: Personal Statement Workshop
Friday, September 17, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PT
At this stage in the application process, you're probably wondering how you can make your journey to law school stand out among the crowd. Admissions Committees read hundreds and thousands of personal statements - so what makes yours special? Southwestern's Dean of Admissions will delve into the details of crafting a personal statement that places your unique qualities and strengths at the center of your application. RSVP HERE!
Southwestern Spotlight: Jeff Martin, 3L Full-Time Day Student
Monday, September 20, 2021 | 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. PT
Third-year law student Jeff Martin exemplifies what it means to be driven. Though he does carry the heavy work-load of being a law student, he also engages in community organizing with the Coeurage Neighborhood Outreach Foundation; legal observing with the National Lawyers Guild; and building Southwestern's campus culture through positions on the Student Bar Association, Homelessness Prevention Law Project, Public Interest Law Committee, and the National Lawyers Guild student chapter. He also "just" participates in the Peer Mentor Program and OUTLaw. These activities underscore Jeff's commitment to justice, which he continues to pursue in his path to becoming a public defender. His externships with the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the Federal Defender, and the LA Alternate Public Defender's Office demonstrate that he is well on his way to achieving his goals. At this Southwestern Spotlight, you can chat with Jeff about his experiences, his decision to attend Southwestern, and his advice for aspiring lawyers. RSVP HERE!
An Insider's Perspective: LSAT Workshop
Thursday, September 30th, 2021 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. PT
The LSAT is unique among standardized tests, solely assessing skills rather than raw knowledge. How do you prepare for an exam like this? How does it affect your law school admission prospects? When do you take it, and how many times are acceptable? At this “Insider’s Perspective” event, our Dean of Admissions will provide her professional insight and experience. She’ll also be joined by a Southwestern student who will share anecdotes, advice, and affirmations to help you feel confident about this exam. RSVP HERE!
Southwestern Spotlight: Matt Stein, '04, Litigation Attorney
Monday, October 4th, 2021 | 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. PT
Southwestern alumnus Matt Stein is a natural leader - from being the Student Bar Association President to founding his own law firm, Matt is a prime example of Southwestern's trailblazing spirit. Named a Southern California Super Lawyer three years in a row (2020-2022), he works as a probate litigation attorney at his own firm, Law & Stein LLP, where he is both a partner and founder. His work currently centers around wills and trusts, breaches of fiduciary obligations, trustee wrongdoing, and elder abuse, with an emphasis on strategic planning and positioning to help his clients avoid legal entanglements at sensitive times. Matt's previous litigation defense work helped protect manufacturers, landowners, and business owners against a variety of personal injury and premises and product liability matters. In the courtroom, he has successfully tried many multi-million dollar lawsuits. If you'd like to learn more about this outstanding career trajectory or have dreams of zealously advocating for clients in a courtroom, please join us for this Southwestern Spotlight! RSVP HERE!
Find us at these other events!
Law School Admission Council September Digital Forum
Friday, September 10, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PT; 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. ET
Each year, LSAC Law School Forums serve as invaluable opportunities for candidates to learn about law school and connect with law school representatives. By attending an LSAC Law School Forum — whether in-person or online — you’ll be able to connect directly with law school representatives from across the country, learn about financial aid and the law school admission process, and get answers to any questions you may have. Southwestern Law School's booth at the LSAC forum features informative video clips, links to resources, and plenty of informational brochures and our catalog to add to your virtual swag bag! Click here to register via LSAC for the Digital Forum.
HBCU Pre-Law Summit and Virtual Law Expo
Friday, September 17, 2021 | 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. EST Virtual through the WHOVA App
West Coast Consortium of Private Law Schools: Mock Admissions Committee and Law Fair
Saturday, September 18, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PT
Join representatives from 16 WCC law schools to learn more about what admissions committees look for, discuss during a committee meeting, and how you can maximize your law school application and admissions potential. Stick around for the law fair in the second half to personally meet with the 16 law school representatives and have your questions answered! RSVP HERE!
East Meets West Coast Law Consortium Fall Event Series
Next Upcoming: "Casting a Wide Net" on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 | 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. PT
Get a 360-degree view of the J.D. admissions process at the East Meets West Coast Law Consortium Fall Event Series. Southwestern's Dean of Admissions, and five other law admissions deans, will share expert perspectives on applying, utilizing resources, and boosting your admission potential. These virtual events will cover topics such as narrowing your school search, exploring financial aid and scholarship opportunities, carefully crafting your application, and understanding today's law admissions market as a prospective student. Time is always set aside to hear your questions, too! See a list of upcoming events and register online.
Check out our past programs!
An Insider's Perspective: Understanding LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service Report
Friday, July 30th, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PT via zoom
Join Southwestern’s Dean of Admissions for a deep-dive into LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service. She’ll show you what goes into the CAS Report and what admissions committee members see when they review it. In this interactive session, you’ll get an inside look at different parts of the report and have the opportunity to ask questions about the how and why behind this confusing part of the law school application process.
East Meets West Coast Law Consortium: Applying in Uncertain Times
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. PT
The 2021 law school admissions cycle saw unprecedented changes in applications, admissions, and deposits. Admissions Deans from SIX law schools will share with you their expertise and advice on what to consider when applying to law school during these historic times.
An Insider's Perspective: Demystifying the Law School Application Process
Thursday, August 19th, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. PT via zoom
Interested to learn what goes into a law school application, what admissions committees see and discuss during a committee meeting, and how you can maximize your law school admission potential? Join Southwestern’s Dean of Admissions, Lisa Gear, who brings 20+ years of experience to the table and will provide expert guidance on a variety of topics! You’ll learn how to approach your materials with the insight of an application reader, and through interactive discourse, you’ll discover how each application component can either showcase your strengths, or highlight your struggles. Come ready to participate and have your questions answered!
Admitted Student Virtual Events
Admitted Students may visit their "Welcome to Southwestern" Canvas course page, available in late November/early December, to RSVP for events or to view recordings. Check back later this year for new event listings!