In addition to expansive externship and clinical
programs, Southwestern offers practicums that provide real world training in legal research, brief writing, client relations, negotiation and oral argument—from litigating a pro bono appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to providing business and legal affairs services for independent film productions.
Amicus Project Practicum This practicum provides students the opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty supervisor on a pro bono amicus brief. Case selection is based on a variety of considerations, including legal or social significance, inquiry by an interested party (including the student), jurisdiction, and service to the profession, as well as faculty interest and expertise. Appellate Litigation Practicum The Appellate Litigation Practicum allows students the opportunity to work with a professor in litigating a pro bono appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, up to and including oral
Entertainment Law Firm Practicum and Entertainment Production Practicum Through the entertainment practicums, students who have demonstrated exceptional competency and interest in media and entertainment law are selected for special field placements by the faculty. The Entertainment Law Firm Practicum exposes students to transactional or
I learned about client relations, teamwork and trust building. The practicum gave me the forum in which to exercise my skills without fear because I had my team and professors’ support.” – Angélica Mérida ‘13, Associate, Business and Legal Affairs, BMG Rights Mgt., former Entertainment Production Practicum student
Immigration Appeals Practicum
Law Firm Practicum
Students in the Immigration Appeals
The Law Firm Practicum complements
Practicum represent pro bono
the Small Law Practice Management
clients under the supervision of an
and the Big and Medium Law Firm
attorney from Munger, Tolles & Olson
Practice courses. It is designed to help
LLP in appeals before the Board of
soon-to-be attorneys bridge the gap
Immigration Appeals, the highest U.S.
between law school and law practice.
administrative body for interpreting
Students have the opportunity to
and applying immigration laws.
conduct field work with selected
litigation practice through select field
Youth Offender Parole Hearing Practicum
placements with private law firms. The
Studens in this new practicum work
Entertainment Production Practicum
with a professor in preparing a case
allows students the opportunity to
and representing inmates who were
provide production business and legal
youth offenders in special parole
affairs services for independent films
hearings. This is also an opportunity
under the supervision of faculty.
for students to learn more about
argument before the court.
the substantive areas of criminal sentencing, juvenile justice and postconviction law.
firms, where they further develop their legal skills and professionalism, as well as learn about the business and management side of practice. <
Published on Oct 24, 2014