Admissions Events Calendar

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.

Event Recordings. Recordings of past virtual events can be found on our YouTube channel.

Admissions Office Virtual Office Hours. In an effort to be available to prospective students, applicants, and admitted students, Admissions Office staff are available for open-door office hours twice a week per the following schedule:

  • Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time
  • Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Click here to join our Office Hours via Zoom Video Conference!

One-on-One Meeting. Speak one-on-one with a Southwestern community member via phone, email, or Zoom. In your one-on-one meeting, you can speak with any of the following Southwestern representatives:

  • Admissions Officer
  • Current Student / Admissions Ambassador
  • Faculty Member

Submit our Meeting Request Form to request a conversation!

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.

 

Bullocks Logo   Scholars and Advocates: A Legacy of Legal Excellence
   Saturday, January 29th, 2022   |  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PT

Mark your calendar! This annual event for prospective students focuses on the ways Southwestern advances equity and inclusion in the law, whether by featuring our expansive curriculum, designed to invoke thoughtful discussion; our students, whose personal experiences shape the culture of our campus; or our alumni and their impactful work in the community. This year’s program combines a presentation on copyright law and racial injustice with a panel of change-making students who are creating room for new perspectives and silenced voices. Further details and a full program will be shared in January! For now, we invite you to RSVP for this virtual program and to join us, join the discussion, and enhance your understanding of how Southwestern Law School continues its 110 year legacy of innovation in legal education. RSVP HERE!

Find us at these other events!

  1. January

    West Coast Consortium of Private Law Schools - Virtual Mock Admissions Committee & Law Fair
    Thursday, January 27, 2022   |  4:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.  PT

    Join representatives from the West Coast Consortium (WCC) of Private Law Schools for a free interactive workshop to learn how admissions committees review applications and make decisions. A law fair with WCC member schools will follow the workshop. Hope to see you there! RSVP HERE!

Past Events

  1. Check out our past programs!

    Bullocks Logo   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.

     

    Bullocks Logo   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!

     

    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!

     

    Bullocks Logo   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.

     

    HBCU Pre-Law Summit and Virtual Law Expo
    Friday, September 17, 2021   |  5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. EST                                   

     

    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!

     

    Bullocks Logo   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.

     

    East Meets West Coast Law Consortium: Casting a Wide Net
    Wednesday, September 22, 2021   |  5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  PT  

    Choosing which law schools to apply to can be challenging. How do you maximize your opportunities while avoiding spending valuable time (and application fees!) on schools that aren't the right fit? 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.

     

     

    Syracuse University Graduate and Law School Information Fair
    Monday, September 27, 2021   |  1:00 p.m. -  4:00 p.m. EDT
    Virtual - on Handshake

    Cornell University 2021 Graduate and Professional School Day
    Tuesday, September 28, 2021   |  1:00 p.m. -  4:00 p.m. EDT
    Virtual - on Handshake

    MAPLA Law School Virtual Caravan
    Tuesday, September 28, 2021   |  5:00 p.m. -  8:00 p.m. CDT
    Virtual - on Handshake

    UC Merced Fall 2021 Law, Government and Public Policy Graduate & Professional School Fair
    Thursday, September 30, 2021   |  12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. PDT
    Virtual - on Handshake

     

    Bullocks Logo   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. 

     

    Bullocks Logo   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! 

     

    El Pueblo Unido: National Latinx Virtual Pre-Law Conference
    Monday, October 4, 2021   |  3:00 p.m. -  6:00 p.m. PT
    Virtual - on the Remo platform

    San Francisco LSAC Law School Forum
    Friday, October 8, 2021   |  9:00 a.m. -  6:00 p.m. PT
    San Francisco Marriott Marquis  https://www.lsac.org

    Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles Graduate School Fair
    Friday, October 8, 2021   |  12:00 p.m. -  3:00 p.m. PT
    Virtual - via Zoom

    West Coast Consortium of Private Law Schools: Academic Support, 1st Generation & Diversity Law Student Panel and Law Fair 
    Wednesday, October 13, 2021   |  5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  PT  

    Join current law students and a recent law school graduate to learn about their journey to law school, as well as their experiences in school and legal profession. Following the panel, you will have the opportunity to meet admissions representatives from from 16 WCC law schools to learn more about their respective programs and to have your questions answered! 

     

    Bullocks Logo   An Insider's Perspective: Demystifying the Law School Application Process
      Thursday, October 14th, 2021   |   4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. PT via Zoom

    Join us for an evening reprisal of our popular event modeled after a real law school application review! Interested in learning what makes up a law school application, what admissions committees see and discuss during a committee meeting, and how you can maximize your law school admission potential? Southwestern’s Dean of Admissions, Lisa Gear,  will provide expert guidance on a variety of topics as she draws upon her 20+ years of experience reviewing applications. 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. 

     

    CSU Long Beach Virtual Graduate and Professional School Fair
    Thursday, October 14, 2021   |  11:30 a.m. -  1:30 p.m. PT
    Virtual - via Zoom

     

    Bullocks Logo   Southwestern Spotlight: Fabiola Martinez, 3L, Social Justice Advocate
       Monday, October 18th, 2021   |  5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. PT

    Fabiola Martinez is a first-generation law student at Southwestern Law School. She is a third-year student in the Traditional Day program and has dedicated most of her time in law school to public interest related courses and activities. A member of the Negotiation Honors Program, the Public Interest Law Society, and the Mass Incarceration Awareness Law Society, she also holds leadership positions in Southwestern’s Homelessness Prevention Law Project and campus chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. She also finds time to serve as a Peer Mentor for first-year law students! Although her resume is long, she stays active not for the accolades, but rather, to help bridge the justice gap and provide much needed representation for underserved communities throughout Los Angeles. Her work experience so far has centered on advocating for workers and laborers, helping them fight workplace discrimination and receive just wages. Come to her Southwestern Spotlight to learn more about what drives her – and pick up some time management tips along the way!

     

    Bullocks Logo   SCALE Program AMA (Ask Me Anything!) Event
       Wednesday, October 20th, 2021   |  4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. PT

    Curious about the possibility of completing law school in two years through Southwestern's SCALE J.D. Program? Or perhaps you’ve wondered how accelerated law students incorporate externships, honors programs, and clinics. Set yourself up for law school success by joining our Dean of the SCALE program, Harriet Rolnick, and current SCALE student Ambassadors to get your questions answered and discuss how obtaining a law degree in 2 years is not only possible – but an accessible and innovative experience. At this event, you'll receive an overview of the program, as well as learn ways to cultivate your application to have a competitive edge for SCALE. And don’t forget to bring all the questions YOU have! We'll provide the answers! 

     

    Florida State University Graduate School Fair
    Wednesday, October 20, 2021   |  10:00 a.m. -  2:00 p.m. EST
    Virtual - NoleNetwork/Symplicity/Zoom

    UC Davis Grad and Law School Fair
    Wednesday, October 20, 2021   |  11:00 a.m. -  2:00 p.m. PT
    Virtual - via Zoom

    Morehouse College Pre-Law Fair 2021
    Thursday, October 21, 2021   |  11:00 a.m. -  4:00 p.m. EST
    Virtual - via Handshake

    Florida International University Graduate School Fair
    Thursday, October 21, 2021   |  11:00 a.m. -  3:00 p.m. EST
    Virtual - via Handshake

    UHLC Diversity Pre-Law Symposium and Law School Admissions Fair
    Saturday, October 23, 2021   |  9:30 a.m. -  3:00 p.m. CST
    Virtual - via Zoom

     

    Bullocks Logo   Part-Time Evening Program Virtual Open House
       Monday, October 25th, 2021   |  5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. PT

    Don't miss our encore presentation of our Part-Time Evening Program Virtual Open House! Get a first-hand look at how Southwestern's flexible programs, tailored support systems, and experiential learning opportunities help you succeed in law school and become the best lawyer you can be. At the event, you will learn about the synchronous and asynchronous online course experiences, view a sample part-time evening course schedule, discover how evening students can participate in Externships and Clinics and receive valuable information on how to finance your legal education.

     

    East Meets West Coast Law Consortium: Financing Your Legal Education
    Wednesday, October 27, 2021   |  3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  PT  

    Scholarships, grants, federal loans, private loans. There is a wealth of options out there for financing your law school education - and some pitfalls too. Hear from our experts on the top things you need to consider when evaluating  your financial aid choices. Get smart about your options now so that you can have meaningful conversations with your top schools later. Time is always set aside to hear your questions, too! 

     

    West Coast Consortium of Private Law Schools: System-impacted applicants and "Do I need an addendum for that?" and Law Fair 
    Thursday, October 28, 2021   |  4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  PST  

    Understand the journey of system involved lawyers and law students and learn how to build a successful law school application for system involved applicants. After the workshop, attend a law fair to meet and chat with admissions representatives from the participating WCC law schools. 

     

    Loyola Marymount University Graduate and Professional School Fair
    Thursday, October 28, 2021   |  10:00 a.m. -  2:00 p.m. PT
    Virtual - via Handshake

     

     

    Bullocks Logo   Southwestern Law Day 2021
       Saturday, November 6th, 2021   |  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PT

    At this annual event for prospective law students, learn about the hallmarks of a Southwestern education. A mock law class will introduce you to our three-track approach to legal research and writing, which teaches foundational skills by focusing on practice-ready training in either a moot court, mock trial, or negotiations setting. A student and alumni panel will showcase our four J.D. program options and demonstrate how – whatever your schedule – Southwestern strives to make externships and experiential opportunities available to you. See the full event program below.

    Southwestern Law Day 2021 - Event Program

    10:00 a.m.:  Dean Darby Dickerson speaks on Southwestern’s 110-year legacy

    10:20 a.m.:  Professor Cristina Knolton teaches a mock research and writing class

    11:05 a.m.:  Students and Alumni discuss “The Value Proposition of Experiential Learning”

    • Michael Morse, '13 - Assistant U.S. Attorney, Central District of California
    • Kanani Datan, '18 - Director of Business and Legal Affairs, Los Angeles Media Fund and Beyond Athlete Management
    • Laura Hartman, 4L Evening Student
    • Chelsea Zaragoza, 3L Full-Time Day Student
    • Laura Lascoe, 2L Accelerated 2-Year Student (SCALE program)

     

    New York LSAC Law School Forum
    Friday, November 5, 2021   |   8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. ET
    Saturday, November 6, 2021   |  9:00 a.m. -  6:00 p.m. PT
    Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel   |   Register:  https://www.lsac.org

    Los Angeles LSAC Law School Forum
    Saturday, November 13, 2021   |  8:00 a.m. -  6:00 p.m. PT
    JW Marriott LA Live   |   Register:  https://www.lsac.org

     

    Bullocks Logo   Southwestern Spotlight: Lauren Brock, '18, Sports Law Attorney
       Monday, November 15th, 2021   |  5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. PT

    A graduate of Southwestern's accelerated J.D. program, SCALE, Lauren was uniquely prepared to enter the fast-paced world of sports law after graduation. She currently handles business and legal affairs for the Los Angeles Clippers and throughout her daily practice, she draws upon her past law school externships with Lionsgate and Wasserman Team Sports and her experience in Southwestern's Entertainment and the Arts Legal Clinic. Although she finished law school in just two years, Lauren was able to complete these practical learning opportunities in addition to serving as a Supervising Dean's Fellow, working as a SCALE Ambassador, and TA-ing for both Torts and Civil Procedure. She confesses that law school was a huge challenge but that she loved *almost* every minute of it. Join her at her Southwestern Spotlight to hear more about her trajectory to her dream career and how an accelerated J.D. program can make it all happen!

     

    West Coast Consortium of Private Law Schools: Financial Aid and Current Student Information Panel
    Thursday, November 18, 2021   |  5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  PT  

    Financing a legal education is an important topic for anyone interested in attending law school. Join the West Coast Consortium of Private Law Schools (WCC) for an informative session on Financing Your Legal Education and come hear from a diverse panel of law students regarding their law school journey - from applying to attending. The West Coast Consortium is composed of sixteen law schools; representatives will be available to help answer questions.

     

     Bullocks Logo   An Insider's Perspective: Understanding LSAC's Credential Assembly Service Report
      Monday, November 22nd, 2021   |  4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. PT

    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.

     

    Bullocks Logo   Southwestern Spotlight: Tasher Willet, Second-year Accelerated J.D. Student
       Monday, November 29th, 2021   |  5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. PT

    You may have heard that law schools seek out individuals with broad experiences and unique personal histories, and that these diverse perspectives enhance day-to-day classroom learning. This is 100% true - and Tasher Willet exemplifies these qualities. Raised on a rural homestead in Maine without modern conveniences, and moving on to professional auto racing where she engineered cars, Tasher's background isn't what you would expect from someone who is looking forward to being a first-year associate at a major law firm. Her current externship with the firm has her focusing on patent prosecution, and her involvement with Southwestern's Intellectual Property Law Society and Students for Technology Law and Entrepreneurship help her further develop her professional reputation during her two short years in our SCALE Accelerated J.D. program. Learn more about her path to law school at her Southwestern Spotlight, and learn how your own background - whatever it may be - can equip you to succeed in law school.

     

    East Meets West Coast Law Consortium Fall Virtual Event Series: Before You Hit Submit
    Wednesday, December 1, 2021   |  1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  PT  

    As part of the East Mess West Coast Law Consortium's Fall Event Series, this installment will focus on the considerations you should be making before you click to submit your law school applications. Six law school admissions deans will share their expertise and advice to help you avoid common pitfalls and errors and empower you to present your best self in your law school application. Time is always set aside to hear your questions, too!

     

    Law School Admission Council December Digital Forum and LIVE Zoom Chat
    Saturday, December 4, 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! Also join Southwestern community members, including our Admissions Dean and staff, during a live Zoom chat starting one hour prior to the forum.

     

    Bullocks Logo   SCALE 2-Year J.D. Program Virtual Open House
       Thursday, December 9th, 2021   |  4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. PT

    Get the inside scoop on Southwestern’s two-year accelerated J.D. program at our upcoming SCALE Virtual Open House! Join SCALE’s Dean, Harriet M. Rolnick, and current second-year SCALE students for an in-depth overview on how our SCALE students can become practice-ready attorneys in only two years. At the event, you will learn about SCALE’s flexible curriculum, guaranteed externship, and how our students manage it all. We hope to see you there!

     

    West Coast Consortium of Private Law Schools - Non-Traditional Law Students Webinar
    Saturday, December 11, 2021   |  9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.  PT

    Join representatives from the West Coast Consortium of Private Law Schools for an informative webinar featuring programming specifically for non-traditional students. The webinar will feature two panels. One panel will highlight how schools' career services programs can help prepare non-traditional students to enter the legal field, and the other panel will feature current non-traditional students, so you can hear how they have managed career transitions and the shift to being a student once again.


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!