Dean's Message to Prospective SCALE Students


March 16, 2021

Dear Prospective SCALE Students,

I am thrilled that you are embarking on your legal education career and considering Southwestern Law School’s accelerated 2-year J.D. Program – SCALE – which is the first and longest-running 2-year J.D. Program in the country (45 years strong!).  Our SCALE entering class of 2020 was our largest ever, and we’re looking forward to welcoming the 2021 cohort of energetic and engaged SCALE students.  With the first quarter of SCALE (what we call “Period One”) set to start on June 14th, I’m writing to provide some information to help get you ready.

Limited Campus Reopening – with Period One Classes Online.

We have recently received the governmental green light to open our spacious and stately Leigh H. Taylor Law Library to provide study spaces for our students.  We are using a reservation system and strict restrictions to safeguard our community’s health.  Los Angeles County deems the library reopenings an initial step to reopening colleges and universities.  With the roll-out of vaccinations, we hope that governmental authorities will allow colleges and universities to open up more campus facilities by fall. 

Though the Library is now open and we anticipate will stay open moving forward, given the current governmental orders and anticipated timeline of vaccinations for members of our student body, all SCALE Period One classes will be online.  We have a whole year of experience now with online teaching and community building, which has gone smoothly and successfully, and are fully ready to onboard our SCALE entering students with a warm and immersive Orientation Program and Period One classes.

By early June, we will let everyone know whether Period Two, which starts on August 30, 2021, will be on campus, remote, or a combination.

Three-Month Countdown!

Period One of SCALE will be here before we know it!  In the meantime, I encourage you to lay a strong foundation for your law school career by taking advantage of our unique programming for incoming students.  Here are just a few examples and highlights to calendar and add to your law school prep list:

  • Bison Boot Camp is Southwestern’s unique pre-1L program to help incoming admitted students transition to law school.  A special session for incoming admitted SCALE students will be held online, June 7th to 10th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Bison Boot Camp is free.
  • Welcome to Southwestern CANVAS course page for admitted students provides extensive information to help admitted students settle into the Southwestern community.
  • Our Admissions programming always provides substantive content, with a number of events specifically designed for SCALE students.  Mark your calendars and look for invites for events occurring on March 18, 26, 29, April 1, 8, 28, May 3, and June 3. Please note that some of these are open only to admitted students, while others are open for both prospective and admitted students.
  • Also look for invitations to SCALE virtual “Happy Hours,” which will allow the incoming admitted SCALE students to connect and get to know each other.  These will be led by Kimberly Gonzalez, the Assistant Director for SCALE.

Please stay in touch and contact our Admissions Office ( or our SCALE Office ( with any questions you may have.  All questions are welcome and important; we want to hear from you!


Dean Susan Westerberg Prager