Summer on Campus

Southwestern offers an extensive on-campus 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.

While these offerings are not limited to the entertainment and media law field, 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; private tours of major motion picture and recording studios; and meetings with prominent Southwestern alumni working in the field.

The dates for the 2020 summer session are:

  • Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - First day of classes
  • Wednesday, July 22, 2020 -  Summer session ends

    2020 Offerings

    Summer Entertainment Program

    Chain of Title (1 unit)
    Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
    (May 31, June 7 & 14)
    Professor Alex Coffee
    Final Exam: Take-home exam

    Copyright Law (3 units)
    Monday/Wednesday, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
    Professor Jennifer Seigle
    Final Exam: Tuesday, July 21st, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

    Fashion Law (2 units)
    Tuesday/Thursday, 8:10-10:10 p.m.
    Professors Hillary Kane, John Begakis, and Victoria Burke
    Final Exam: Wednesday, July 22nd, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

    Negotiating/Drafting International Entertainment Contracts (3 units)
    Tuesday/Thursday, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
    Professor Orly Ravid
    Final Exam: Take-home exam

    Trademark Law (2 units)
    Tuesday/Thursday, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    Professor Stephen Strauss
    Final Exam: Monday, July 20th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

    Writers Guild: Agreements & Negotiation (1 unit)
    Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-1:45 p.m. (May 30, June 6, 13 & 20)
    Professor Jonathan Handel
    Final Exam: final assignment/paper

    Non-Entertainment Summer Courses

    Advanced Research: Practice Ready (2 units)
    Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    *with one additional one hour/week asynchronous class
    Professors Nick Bond and Anna Aran
    Final Exam: TBD

    Community Property (2 units)
    Tuesday/Thursday, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    Professor John Heilman
    Final Exam: Monday, July 20th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

    Constitutional Criminal Procedure (3 units)
    Monday/Wednesday, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
    Professor Mark Cammack
    Final Exam: Tuesday, July 21st, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

    Immigration Law and Crimes (1 unit)
    Wednesday, 8:10-10:10 p.m.
    Professor Philip J. Costa
    Final Exam: Wednesday, July 22nd, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

    Legal Profession (2 units)
    Tuesday/Thursday, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    Professor Jenny Rodriguez-Fee
    Final Exam: Monday, July 20th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

    Practical Legal Research (1 unit)
    Thursday, 8:10-10:10 p.m.
    Professors Sharrel Gerlach and Dinah Minkoff

    Remedies (2 units)
    Tuesday/Thursday, 8:10-10:10 p.m.
    Professor Stacey Kim-Jackson
    Final Exam: Wednesday, July 22nd, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

    Sales (2 units)
    Monday/Wednesday, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    Professor Judy Sloan
    Final Exam: Tuesday, July 21st, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

    Trial Advocacy (3 units)
    Tuesday/Thursday, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
    Professor Robyn Chew
    Final Exam: Tuesday, July 14th Final Trial


    Southwestern's active and successful Externship Program offers a diverse selection of over 100 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. 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.


    New tuition rates beginning with Summer Session 2020 will be available in April. Please check the Tuition page for more information.

    Summer Registration for Southwestern Students

    Southwestern students will be able to register online for Summer courses through WebAdvisor beginning in April. Please continue to check your Southwestern email for more information.

    Southwestern students should visit the Registration and Academic Records page on the MySWLAW portal (log-in required) for important information regarding registration policies and procedures.

    Summer Admission and Registration for Transfer and Visiting Students

    Students at other ABA-accredited law schools may apply to transfer or visit for the Summer term. Please find application instructions on the Transfer and Visiting Students informational page.


    Beginning with Summer 2019, the Visiting Student Application instructions found on the Transfer and Visiting Students informational page apply to the visiting student application process for ALL terms. Any instructions or forms previously found here on this webpage (Summer on Campus) should be ignored and should not be used.

    The following forms have been DISCONTINUED and WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED:

    • Summer Application Form: Visiting Students
    • Visiting Student Approval Form

    Please also note that there is NO application fee. Please do not send the above forms or any payment to the Admissions Office or any other Southwestern Law School department.