SCALE® TWO-YEAR J.D. PROGRAM In addition to the three traditional courses of study, Southwestern established SCALE,
The program begins in early June and is divided into eight periods plus a mandatory
the longest-running two-year J.D. program in the country. A trailblazer since
Summer Session (electives, externship or summer abroad) between the first and
1974, SCALE integrates substantive knowledge and professional skills instruction in
second year. The SCALE cohort of students progresses through the program as a
an accelerated curriculum, a model that is just now being incorporated into curricular
cohesive group in classes exclusively for SCALE. The admissions process includes a
reforms at other law schools.
personal interview with each SCALE applicant. For SCALE students interested in business and management, an accelerated 3-year concurrent J.D./M.B.A. degree program is offered in partnership with The Drucker
SCALE Curriculum SCALE I Course PERIOD I (12 weeks) Introduction to Lawyering LAWS I1 Torts Contracts I PERIOD 2 (12 weeks) Contracts II Evidence Law and Practice I Legal Reasoning Criminal Law PERIOD 3 (12 weeks) Property Evidence Law and Practice II Civil Litigation LAWS II1 PERIOD 4 (10 weeks) Criminal Procedure Copyright or Defenses in the Law2 Jurisdiction Legal Profession Lecture Series on the Profession3 (ungraded) SCALE SUMMER SESSION (10 weeks) Independent Study on the Profession Options: Summer Elective Course(s) Summer Externship Summer Abroad Program 1 2 3
Graduate School of Management.
SCALE II Units n/a 3 4 3 2 3 2 3 4 3 3 2 2 3 3 3 2 n/a
Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills Defenses in the Law will be an alternative to Copyright for selected students. Units for the Independent Study Paper satisfy 2 units of the 4-unit Summer Session requirement and will be based on the Lecture Series on the Profession.
Course PERIOD 5 (10 weeks) Legal History Business Associations Property Transactions Practice PERIOD 6 (10 weeks) Constitutional Law I Remedies Tort Litigation Practice Community Property PERIOD 7 (10 weeks) Intersession Course Wills and Trusts Constitutional Law II Criminal Law Practice PERIOD 8 (10 weeks) Guaranteed Externship Trial Advocacy
Units 2 4 3 3 3 3 2 1 4 3 3 5 2
SCALE 2.5-Year Program A modified 2.5-year curriculum is required of students with a GPA of 2.7 or below at the end of the first year of SCALE. No additional tuition is charged for the modified curriculum. Any SCALE student at the end of the first year of SCALE may request to participate in the 2.5 year program. Note: The above chart represents a sample schedule. SCALE course titles and schedule subject to change.
SCALE incorporates legal theory and practical skills training in a structured yet flexible two-year J.D. curriculum.” – Associate Dean Harriett Rolnick
Published on Oct 24, 2014