Summer on Campus

Southwestern offers an extensive summer session to provide students with greater scheduling flexibility and additional educational opportunities. A number of distinguished practicing attorneys and judges join the faculty during the summer months to teach courses in specialized areas of the law. The schedule of course offerings includes a variety of courses and externships.

The 2023 summer session dates are:

  • Tuesday, May  30, 2023 - Summer session begins; First day of classes
  • Wednesday, July 26, 2023 -  Summer session ends
  • The Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Law Program offers five mini-term courses.  Please see session dates below.

2023 Offerings

Additional courses may be offered. Please check this page regularly.  

Summer Course Offerings

Community Property (2 units)
Monday/Wednesday, 8:10-10:10 p.m.
Professor John Heilman
Final Exam: TBA

Constitutional Criminal Procedure (3 units)(this course meets remotely)
Tuesday/Thursday, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Professor Norm Garland
Final Exam: TBA

Legal Profession (3 units)(this course meets remotely)
Tuesday/Thursday, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Professor Jenny Rodriguez-Fee
Final Exam: TBA

Medical Malpractice Litigation (2 units)
Tuesday/Thursday, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Professor Edward Stark
Final Exam: TBA

Sales (2 units)(this course meets remotely)
Monday/Wednesday, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Professor Judy Sloan
Final Exam: TBA

Trial Advocacy (3 units)
Tuesday/Thursday, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Professor Robin Chew
Final Trial: TBA

Southwestern's Summer Entertainment Law Program in Los Angeles, under the auspices of the Biederman Entertainment & Media Law Institute, features a broad scope of courses taught by top entertainment, fashion, intellectual property, and media attorneys; specialized externships; and meetings with prominent Southwestern alumni working in the field.

Summer Entertainment Program

Copyright (3 units)
Monday/Wednesday, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Professor Daniel Lifschitz
Final Exam: TBA

Fashion Law (2 units)
Tuesday/Thursday, 8:10-10:10 p.m.
Professors John Begakis and Victoria Burke
Final Exam: TBA

Video Game Agreements (2 units)
Tuesday/Thursday, 8:10-10:10 p.m.
Professor James Riordan
Final Paper: TBA

Co-Sponsored by the Williams Institute at UCLA, Southwestern Law School will be offering four 1-unit courses on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law.  In addition to courses, a variety of special tours are planned.

Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Law

Transgender Law (1 unit)
Session: May 31-June 21, Mondays/Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Professor Amanda Goad
Final Paper: TBA

LGBTQI Youth in Systems of Care (1 unit)(this course meets remotely)
Session: May 31-June 21, 4 Saturdays (TBD), 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Professor David Bell 
Final Paper: TBA

Beyond Marriage Equality (1 unit)
Session: June 26-July 19, Mondays/Wednesdays 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Professor Amira Hasenbusch
Final Exam: TBA

Immigration and the LGBTQI Community (1 unit)(this course meets remotely)
Session: June 26-July 19, 4 Saturdays (TBD), 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Professor Ally Bolour
Final Paper: TBA


Summer Externships

Southwestern's active and successful Externship Program offers a diverse selection of part-time and full-time placements. The Program offers students the opportunity to gain legal education through real-life practical experiences, by "externing" at approved off-campus placements, with government agencies, public interest entities, state and federal judges,  the legal departments of select organizations, including the entertainment industry, and select law firms. Please be advised that summer externships are generally competitive. 

Students can earn two to five units of credit based on the nature of the placement and the number of fieldwork hours per week. The course also includes an in-class academic component (scheduled on Saturday or Sunday). Externships are graded on a credit/no credit basis.

Please contact the Externship Office for more information.


The Summer Entertainment Law Program is offered as part of the ABA-approved curriculum at Southwestern Law School. The program complies with ABA and AALS requirements. All entertainment and media law courses for the summer are graded. Externships are offered on a credit/no credit basis.


The 2022/23 tuition rates are published on Southwestern's Tuition & Fees page.