Southwestern Law School

Southwestern Law School

With a long-standing emphasis on diversity, public service and innovative programs, and a mid-city campus featuring a world-renowned Art Deco landmark, Southwestern Law School reflects the vibrancy of Los Angeles and provides an ideal setting for law study. Founded more than 100 years ago as an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian institution, Southwestern is fully approved by the ABA and is a member of the AALS.* It is the only law school to offer four JD courses of study that differ in scheduling and instructional approach, including full- and part-time programs, as well as a unique two-year accelerated curriculum. Concurrent three- and four-year JD/MBA programs are also offered. Southwestern has developed a reputation for graduating lawyers who are well-rounded, entrepreneurial and prepared for practice. Southwestern's 15,000 alumni have included prominent public officials - from members of Congress to mayors, and over 400 judges - as well as founders of major law firms and general counsel of multinational corporations. The law school has strong ties to the legal, business and civic sectors, and its Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute is closely linked to the entertainment industry in Hollywood and internationally.

Contact Info


Website: http://www.swlaw.edu/
Address: 3050 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Admission Phone: (213) 738-6834
Admission Email: [email protected]

2016 Quick Overview

The Below Data Compiled By: The American Bar Association 

Students977
Student-faculty ratio19:1
Tuition $50,090 per year (full-time, in-state)
$50,090 per year (full-time, out-of-state)
$33,470 per year (part-time, in-state)
$33,470 per year (part-time, out-of-state)
Tuition Guarantee ProgramNo
Estimated Living Expenses$25,722
Founded In1970
ABA AccreditedYes
Application deadline04/01/17
Full-time program application fee$ 60
Financial Aid Deadline06/01/17
Can first years start other than fall?No

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Real Time Applicant Admissions Data

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Real Time HIC User Applicant Status Admissions Data

Actual(A)/Practice(P)

Username LSAT GPA Status Scholarship Sent Received Decision Updated
gilbert2252 157 A 3.27

Accepted

Yes 01/31/17 01/31/17 02/03/17 8 months ago
ecarthen 156 A 3.61

Accepted

Yes - - - 2 years ago
mmd 150 P 3.40

Interested In Applying

- - - 2 months ago
KeanaSmith 170 P 3.40

Interested In Applying

- - - 8 months ago
francesagoncillo 155 P 3.10

Interested In Applying

- - - one year ago
Mgoldberg4 155 A 3.59

Interested In Applying

Yes - - - one year ago
rel 155 P 3.56

Interested In Applying

- - - one year ago
epadilla24 160 P 2.21

Interested In Applying

- - - 2 years ago
BredricB 143 A 2.94

Interested In Applying

- - - 2 years ago
Nicholas7294 170 A 3.40

Interested In Applying

- - - 2 years ago
vachambe 152 A 3.00

Interested In Applying

- - - 2 years ago
Ashleis09 150 A 3.36

Interested In Applying

- - - 2 years ago
rAljr2468 150 P 3.56

Pending

- - - one year ago
Total Full-Time Part-Time
Number of Applicants18061635265
Number of Offers931827104
Number of Matriculants27822850
75% GPA3.463.443.5
Median GPA3.183.183.17
25% GPA32.993.01
75% LSAT149150149
Median LSAT152153151
25% LSAT155155154
2016 Scholarship Data
Total Number of Students977
Total Students Receiving Grants485
% of Students Receiving Grants49.6
75% Grant Amount$30,000
Median Grant Amount$19,700
25% Grants Amount$7,500
Scholarships awarded based on maintaining a certain academic performance
Offering Conditional Scholarships:Yes
Students Entering With a Scholarship87
Eliminated (Students who lost scholarship)36
% of Students Who Lost Scholarship41%

  • % of Total Less Than Half Tuition (32.9)
  • % of Total Half to Full Tuition (12.9)
  • % of Total Full Tuition (1.7)
  • % of Total More than Full Tuition (2.1)

2016 Ethnicity Statistics

  • White (408)
  • Hispanics (202)
  • Black or African American (64)
  • Asian (86)
  • American Indian / Native (1)
  • Other (104)
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander Total (5)
  • Two or more races Total (60)
  • Nonresident Alien Total (16)
  • Race and Ethnicity Unknown Total (23)


  • Total Women% (56.3)
  • Total Men% (43.7)
Southwestern Law School Bar Exam Statistics
YearTakersPass%State Average%Average Pass Difference%
2015 315 50.64% 63.70% -13.06%
2014 305 56.08% 66.05% -9.97%
2013 287 73.48% 71.09% 2.39%

Total Graduates 2016

  • Employed Bar Exam Required (198)
  • Employed J.D. Advantage (51)
  • Employed Other (17)
  • Unemployed (34)
  • Pursuing Graduate Degree (3)

The Above Data Compiled By:  The American Bar Association