J.D. & LL.M. Programs

J.D. Programs

Southwestern is the only American Bar Association-approved law school offering four programs of study leading to a J.D. degree that differ in scheduling and instructional approach. In addition to traditional full-time day and part-time evening programs, Southwestern has developed two innovative options: PLEAS, one of the only part-time day programs in the country designed to meet the needs of students with child- or elder-care responsibilities, and SCALE®, a unique two-year J.D. course of instruction with an alternative approach. SCALE is the first ABA-approved program of its kind in the U.S., featuring small classes, practical skills training, and real-world experience since 1975.

Southwestern also offers concurrent J.D./M.B.A. degree programs with The Drucker Graduate School of Management.

We also offer concurrent degree programs with California State University, Dominguez Hills: a J.D./M.A. in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, and a 3+3 B.A./J.D.

And with California State University, Northridge we offer a 3+3 B.A./J.D.

For law graduates who wish to pursue a post-J.D. degree, Southwestern offers two Master of Laws programs—a General LL.M.  and the Entertainment and Media Law LL.M.

For summer programs—open to Southwestern students, transfer students, and visiting students—as well as Study Abroad programs, click here.

LL.M. Programs

For law graduates who wish to pursue a post-J.D. degree, Southwestern offers two Master of Laws programs—a General LL.M. and the Entertainment and Media Law LL.M.

GENERAL LL.M. (Individualized Studies)

Southwestern's flexible General Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program is designed for students who have already earned a law degree in the United States or abroad and would like to expand their legal studies according to their own personal and professional goals. 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.

A special LL.M. in Civil Liberties and Human Rights or Advocacy is available to outstanding Argentine lawyers who are selected for Southwestern's Fulbright-Jose Siderman Human Rights Fellowship.

A Dual Degree “Global LL.M.” is available for students beginning their studies at Jindal Global Law School in India, resulting in two masters’ degrees in three semesters. Click here to enquire.

If you have any questions contact Southwestern's General LL.M. Program.


Drawing on the resources and activities of the law school's Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute, Southwestern established the first Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in Entertainment and Media Law in the country. This exciting program is designed to prepare the next generation of effective and talented entertainment, media and intellectual property lawyers.

If you have any questions contact Southwestern's Entertainment LL.M. Program.