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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. 20

firms, where they further develop their legal skills and professionalism, as well as learn about the business and management side of practice. <

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