Admissions Events Calendar

Prospective Student Events. Our upcoming events for prospective students appear below and are open to applicants, admitted students, and any others who wish to learn more about law school. To register for an event, click on the RSVP link corresponding to the event you plan to attend. Prospective student events are added and updated on an ongoing basis. Check back regularly. Events are subject to change.

Admitted Student Events. Admitted students have access to exclusive events that showcase the opportunities available to Southwestern community members. Events are listed below under "Admitted Student Virtual Events." Links to RSVP for upcoming events, or to access past event recordings, can be found on the "Welcome to Southwestern" CANVAS course page. The "Welcome to Southwestern" CANVAS course page will be made available to admitted students in late November/early December.

Event Recordings. Recordings of past virtual events can be found on our YouTube channel.

Admissions Office Virtual Office Hours. In an effort to be available to prospective students, applicants, and admitted students, Admissions Office staff are available for open-door office hours twice a week per the following schedule:

  • Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time
  • Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Click here to join our Office Hours via Zoom Video Conference!

One-on-One Meeting. Speak one-on-one with a Southwestern community member via phone, email, or Zoom. In your one-on-one meeting, you can speak with any of the following Southwestern representatives:

  • Admissions Officer
  • Current Student / Admissions Ambassador
  • Faculty Member

Submit our Meeting Request Form to request a conversation!

Southwestern Prospective Student Events

Southwestern Law School's Admissions Office hosts a number of informative and interactive events for prospective students. Check this section regularly, as new events will be added on an ongoing basis. We also participate in many other events hosted by law school consortia, LSAC, undergraduate schools, and other organizations. See below for individual event listings.


Bullocks Logo   An Insider's Perspective: Demystifying the Law School Application  Process
   Thursday, September 8, 2022   |  12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  PT via Zoom

Interested in learning what makes up a law school application, what admissions committees see and discuss during a committee meeting, and how you can maximize your law school admission potential? Southwestern’s Dean of Admissions, Lisa Gear, will provide expert guidance on a variety of topics as she draws upon her 20+ years of experience reviewing applications. At this event, you’ll learn how to approach your materials with the insight of an application reader and discover how each application component can either showcase your strengths, or highlight your struggles. We hope to see you there! RSVP HERE!


West Coast Consortium of Private Law Schools: San Francisco Law School Fair and Informational Panel
Saturday, September 17, 2022   |  10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  PT  |  IN-PERSON!

Meet Southwestern's Dean of Admissions at the WCC San Francisco Law School Fair hosted at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis (780 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103). Learn valuable insights at the Admissions Information Panel and then meet with representatives from 16 west coast private law schools afterward. RSVP HERE!

Off-Campus Events

  1. Meet us at these upcoming off-campus events!

    Connecticut Law Fair @ Quinnipiac University School of Law
    Friday, September 9th, 2022   |  11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  EST

    Boston Law Fair @ Suffolk University School of Law
    Saturday, September 10th, 2022   |  1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  EST

    CSU Long Beach @ The Speakers Platform
    Thursday, September 15th, 2022   |  11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  PST

    WCC San Francisco @ San Francisco Marriott Marquis
    Saturday, September 17th, 2022   |  10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  PST

    CSU Los Angeles @ John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, North Wing
    Tuesday, September 20th, 2022   |  10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  PST

    CSU Dominguez Hills @ the LSU Vendor Walkway
    Wednesday, September 21st, 2022   |  11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  PST

    Chicago LSAC Law School Forum @ The Palmer House Hilton
    Saturday, September 24th, 2022   |  10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  CT

    Vancouver Law School Fair @ River Rock Casino Resort
    Monday, September 26th, 2022   |  1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  PST

    WCC Vancouver @ The Westin Bayshore
    Tuesday, September 27th, 2022   |  6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  PST

    Miami LSAC Law School Forum @ The Hyatt Regency Miami
    Saturday, October 1st, 2022   |  12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  EST

    WCC San Diego @ Liberty Station Courtyard
    Monday, October 3rd, 2022   |  Time TBD!

    UC Merced @ The UC Merced Conference Center
    Tuesday, October 4th, 2022   |  11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  PST

    San Diego State University @ SDSU Campus
    Tuesday, October 4th, 2022   |  10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  PST

    CSU Northridge @ University Student Union
    Tuesday, October 4th, 2022   |  11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  PST

    St. Mary's College of California @ DeLaSalle Lawn
    Wednesday, October 5th, 2022   |  12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  PST

    UConn Law School Fair @ Student Union Room
    Wednesday, October 12th, 2022   |  12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  EST

    CSU San Marcos @ USU Ballroom
    Thursday, October 13th, 2022   |  11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  PST

    New York City LSAC Law School Forum @ New York Hilton Midtown Friday, October 14th, 2022   |  12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  EST
    Saturday, October 15th, 2022   |  10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  EST



Past Events

  1. Check out our past programs!


    Bullocks Logo   Southwestern Law Day 2021
       Saturday, November 6th, 2021   |  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PT

    At this annual event for prospective law students, learn about the hallmarks of a Southwestern education. A mock law class will introduce you to our three-track legal research and writing approach, which teaches foundational skills by focusing on practice-ready training in either a moot court, mock trial, or negotiations setting. A student and alumni panel will showcase our four J.D. program options and demonstrate how – whatever your schedule – Southwestern strives to make externships and experiential opportunities available to you. See the complete event program below.

    Southwestern Law Day 2021 - Event Program

    10:00 a.m.:  Dean Darby Dickerson speaks on Southwestern's 110-year legacy

    10:20 a.m.:  Professor Cristina Knolton teaches a mock research and writing class

    11:05 a.m.:  Students and Alumni discuss "The Value Proposition of Experiential Learning."

    • Michael Morse, '13 - Assistant U.S. Attorney, Central District of California
    • Kanani Datan, '18 - Director of Business and Legal Affairs, Los Angeles Media Fund and Beyond Athlete Management
    • Laura Hartman, 4L Evening Student
    • Chelsea Zaragoza, 3L Full-Time Day Student
    • Laura Lascoe, 2L Accelerated 2-Year Student (SCALE program)


    Bullocks Logo   Southwestern Spotlight: Lauren Brock, '18, Sports Law Attorney
       Monday, November 15th, 2021   |  5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. PT

    A graduate of Southwestern's accelerated J.D. program, SCALE, Lauren was uniquely prepared to enter the fast-paced world of sports law after graduation. She currently handles business and legal affairs for the Los Angeles Clippers. Throughout her daily practice, she draws upon her past law school externships with Lionsgate and Wasserman Team Sports and her experience in Southwestern's Entertainment and the Arts Legal Clinic. Although she finished law school in just two years, Lauren was able to complete these practical learning opportunities in addition to serving as a Supervising Dean's Fellow, working as a SCALE Ambassador, and TA-ing for both Torts and Civil Procedure. She confesses that law school was a huge challenge but that she loved *almost* every minute of it. Join her at her Southwestern Spotlight to hear more about her trajectory to her dream career and how an accelerated J.D. program can make it all happen!


     Bullocks Logo   An Insider's Perspective: Understanding LSAC's Credential Assembly Service Report
      Monday, November 22nd, 2021   |  4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. PT

    Join Southwestern's Dean of Admissions for a deep-dive into LSAC's Credential Assembly Service. She'll show you what goes into the CAS Report and what admissions committee members see when reviewing it. In this interactive session, you'll get an inside look at different parts of the report and have the opportunity to ask questions about the how and why behind this confusing part of the law school application process.


    Bullocks Logo   Southwestern Spotlight: Tasher Willet, Second-year Accelerated J.D. Student
       Monday, November 29th, 2021   |  5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. PT

    You may have heard that law schools seek out individuals with broad experiences and unique personal histories and that these diverse perspectives enhance day-to-day classroom learning. This is 100% true - and Tasher Willet exemplifies these qualities. Raised on a rural homestead in Maine without modern conveniences and moving on to professional auto racing where she engineered cars, Tasher's background isn't what you would expect from someone looking forward to being a first-year associate at a major law firm. Her current externship with the firm has her focusing on patent prosecution, and her involvement with Southwestern's Intellectual Property Law Society and Students for Technology Law and Entrepreneurship helped her further develop her professional reputation during her two short years in our SCALE Accelerated J.D. program. Learn more about her path to law school at her Southwestern Spotlight, and learn how your background - whatever it may be - can equip you to succeed in law school.


    Bullocks Logo   SCALE 2-Year J.D. Program Virtual Open House
       Thursday, December 9th, 2021   |  4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. PT

    Get the inside scoop on Southwestern's two-year accelerated J.D. program at our upcoming SCALE Virtual Open House! Join SCALE's Dean, Harriet M. Rolnick, and current second-year SCALE students for an in-depth overview of how our SCALE students can become practice-ready attorneys in only two years. At the event, you will learn about SCALE's flexible curriculum, guaranteed externship, and how our students manage it all. We hope to see you there!


     Bullocks LogoScholars and Advocates: A Legacy of Legal Excellence
       Saturday, January 29th, 2022   |  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PT

    Mark your calendar! This annual event for prospective students focuses on the ways Southwestern advances equity and inclusion in the law, whether by featuring our expansive curriculum, designed to invoke thoughtful discussion; our students, whose personal experiences shape the culture of our campus; or our alumni and their impactful work in the community. This year's program combines a presentation on copyright law and racial injustice with a panel of change-making students creating room for new perspectives and silenced voices.

    Keynote Address: Copyright Culture and Black Music: A Legacy of Unequal Protection with Professor Kevin Greene

    • African American music artists have been routinely deprived of legal protection for their creative works under the copyright regime. This perspective has only been faintly hinted at in legal scholarship for many years, leaving Black artists as the "invisible" men and women of copyright jurisprudence. The issue of copyright deprivation and Black artists is highly significant, given the enormous cultural contribution of Black music to American society, the importance of the music to Black culture, and the tremendous economic benefits at stake. In this discussion, Professor Greene will dissect the history of Black artists' unequal compensation and recognition for their cultural contributions.

    Student Panel: A Call to Action - The True Definition of Student Leadership in Law School, with student organization and affinity group leaders, co-moderated by Dean Nydia Dueñez, '10, and Dean Robert Mena

    • Join our Student Bar Association and our Student Organizations to discuss what it means to be a student leader. Hear from and about the real deal – unembellished and candid talk.


    East Meets West Coast Law Consortium Spring Virtual Event Series: After You Hit Submit
    Wednesday, February 2, 2022   |  1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  PT  

    As part of the East Mess West Coast Law Consortium's Spring Event Series, this installment will focus on the considerations you should be making after you submit your law school applications. Once it's in, you will begin to hear from law schools and start the process of deciding which law school to attend. Join six admissions deans as they discuss what's next and how to handle acceptances, waitlist options, denials, scholarship offers, and more. Things are about to get real - so get some advice on making your best decisions. 


    Law School Admission Council February Digital Forum and LIVE Zoom Chat
    Saturday, February 5, 2022   |  11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  PT; 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. ET

    Each year, LSAC Law School Forums serve as invaluable opportunities for candidates to learn about law school and connect with law school representatives. By attending an LSAC Law School Forum — whether in-person or online — you'll be able to connect directly with law school representatives from across the country, learn about financial aid and the law school admission process, and get answers to any questions you may have. Southwestern Law School's booth at the LSAC forum features informative video clips, links to resources, and plenty of informational brochures and our catalog to add to your virtual swag bag! Also, join Southwestern community members, including our Admissions Dean and staff, during a live Zoom chat starting one hour before the forum.


    Bullocks Logo   An Insider's Perspective: How to Conduct Legal Research
       Tuesday, February 8th, 2022   |  4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. PT

    Join Southwestern Law School's Associate Dean and Director of the Law Library, Professor Margaret Hall, for a virtual mock law class covering the foundational skills needed to conduct legal research effectively. Professor Hall will lead you through how to approach a research question, how to marshal the resources available to you, and how to distill large volumes of information into meaningful, useful material. Then, experiment with a hypothetical problem to help concretize theoretical concepts.


    Bullocks Logo   Part-Time Evening Program Virtual Open
       Thursday, February 10th, 2022   |  5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. PT

    Earning a law degree while juggling work, family responsibilities, and financial commitments may sound daunting. But you can do it – at the right school and with the appropriate support! From the comfort of your home, join our Part-Time Evening Program Virtual Open House and receive guidance from faculty on how to succeed in law school while striking a sustainable school-work-life balance. You'll learn all about our half online, half in-person program, how evening students participate in Externships and Clinics, as well as receive valuable information on how to finance your legal education.


    Bullocks Logo   Succeeding in Law: Guidance from Mentors Who Have Walked in Your Shoes
       Saturday, February 26th, 2022   |  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PT

    A critical part of legal education is learning about the legal profession and various career paths. And the lessons are sometimes more impactful coming from accomplished mentors who share backgrounds similar to those of the the students. In the spirit of Southwestern’s 110+ year history of access and inclusion, this program targets the Armenian-American and Iranian-American communities – and beyond! All are welcome at this annual event that combines informational sessions with networking and meaningful conversation. Join us to learn about 12+ career paths and hear from influential attorneys, academics, judges, and Southwestern alumni. 


     Bullocks Logo  Southwestern Spotlight: Arman Avagyan, Third-Year Full-Time Law Student
       Monday, February 28th, 2022   |  5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. PT

    Arman Avagyan is a shining example of how to set goals and reach them with flying colors. After a middle school mock trial experience showed him the beauty of researching, studying, and practicing law, Arman made it a goal to become an attorney. He steadily worked his way through his education and is now on the cusp of graduating from Southwestern's full-time Traditional Day program. He has been an active member of the Armenian Law Student Association, holding a leadership position last year, and is currently the Managing Editor of Southwestern's Journal of International Law. He is a Teaching Assistant, an Admissions Ambassador, and former extern at the LA District Attorney's Office. In addition to finishing out his classroom education, he is also clerking at a medical malpractice defense firm. Join his Spotlight on February 28th to learn more about how dedication and vision can help you reach your own legal practice goals! 


    Bullocks Logo   An Insider's Perspective: Personal Statements and Letters of Recommendation
       Monday, March 7th, 2022   |  4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. PT

    Writing your personal statement for a law school application can be daunting. Where do you begin? What should you say? Southwestern’s Associate Dean for Admissions, Lisa Gear, wants to help you answer these questions! On Monday, March 7, join her interactive workshop on personal statements. She’ll provide you with expert advice, guidance on what to do and what to avoid, and insight into how personal statements are used in the admissions process. BONUS! Dean Gear will also go over her tips for letters of recommendation and field inquiries about the law school application process.


    East Meets West Coast Law Consortium: Why Law? Why Now?
    Tuesday, March 1, 2022   |  1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  PT  

    Law students today are in a remarkable position to pivot toward exciting, growth-focused areas of the law - and be a voice in consequential social change - both in new areas of the legal field that are taking center stage and in some long-established areas that are once again in the spotlight. Please join us for this event where we've gathered a group of law professors and other experts from some of the hottest areas of the legal field for a candid conversation about why these areas are so important and the many opportunities available within them.


    West Coast Consortium of Private Law Schools: Finding Your Fit
    Monday, March 14, 2022   |  5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  PT  

    Join representatives from 16 WCC law schools for an engaging workshop focused on helping you find your best fit for law school! Our two panels include: Understanding Your Financial Aid Award (federal financial aid and scholarship overview) and Finding Your Fit (current law students share advice and tips on choosing the law school that is the best fit for you). Stick around for the law fair to personally meet with the law school representatives and have your questions answered!


    Bullocks Logo   An Insider's Perspective: Law School and the LGBTQ+ Experience
       Saturday, March 19th, 2022   |  12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. PT

    Law is a tool of empowerment – one that gives a voice to the unheard and enhances the visibility of marginalized communities. Law school is a place of growth – a location for learning and development, where passionate individuals learn how to use law as a tool for change. Join Southwestern alumni, members of our OutLaw student organization, and allies for a frank and far-reaching discussion of what it means to attend law school as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Learn how Southwestern Law School’s programs and environment foster belonging for all students, and how in turn, LGBTQ+ students and allies drive progress in Los Angeles’s LGBTQ+ landscape. Following the panel, participate in a Q&A to hear more about the role you can fill as an LGBTQ+ lawyer or ally, and how your unique identity and experience can shape your own practice of law.


    Bullocks Logo   An Insider's Perspective: How to Wait on the Waiting List
       Monday, May 9, 2021   |  4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  PT

    At this stage in the admissions cycle, many applicants are weighing what to do come fall semester. Maybe you have some admission offers in hand, but maybe you're also waitlisted at one or more of your top-choice schools. How do you make decisions in the face of incomplete information? And how do you navigate the waiting list process to maximize your potential for being admitted to your desired programs? At this event, Southwestern's Dean of Admissions will answer your waiting list questions and will provide some insight into the process from the Admissions Office perspective.


    Bullocks Logo   Debunking Myths of a Part-Time Law Program
       Tuesday, May 10, 2022   |  5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  PT via Zoom

    Southwestern’s flexible part-time evening J.D. program allows you to continue working, meet responsibilities at home, and pursue extracurricular interests while earning your law degree. Students often wonder, “what aspects of the law school experience are compromised to achieve this level of flexibility?” At Southwestern, the answer is NONE! Join us virtually to hear from an incredible group of students who will show you how to earn your J.D. in our part-time evening program without sacrificing essential aspects of the law school experience.


    West Coast Consortium of Private Law Schools presents "First Generation Students & The Personal Statement: Perspectives that Enrich the Law School Experience"
    Wednesday, May 11, 2022   |  5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  PT  

    Approaching the law school personal statement is already a difficult task, but trying to write one when you are the first person in your family to do so is an even greater challenge. On May 11, we invite you to hear from a panel of first-generation law students and learn how they composed their statements and what they did to make their stories stand out among the sea of other applicants. Learn from their examples, and then join representatives from 16 West Coast private law schools for an informational law fair.


    Bullocks Logo   An Insider's Perspective: Friday with the Fellows
       Friday, May 20, 2022   |  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  PT via Zoom

    Whether you are coming from undergrad or from the workforce, transitioning to law school is tough. You need to assimilate a lot of new information very quickly, and at the same time, integrate into a new community and professional setting. At Southwestern, you don't need to make this change alone. Our Dean's Fellows are here to help! The Dean's Fellows are a group of upper-division current students who have excelled in law school and are eager to help you get the hang of it, too. They're trained to teach and model strong academic skills and study habits, and serve as Teaching Assistants for our Academic Success faculty. Meet them at Friday with the Fellows and learn how they adapted to the academic rigor of law school.


    West Coast Consortium of Private Law Schools: Orange County Law School Fair and Informational Panel
    Monday, July 11, 2022   |  5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  PT, in-person

    Meet Southwestern's Dean of Admissions and Associate Director of Admissions at the Orange County Law School Fair hosted at the Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law in the City of Orange. Learn valuable insights at the Admissions Information Panel from 5:30 - 6:30 and then meet with representatives from 16 west coast private law schools at an outdoor reception-style event afterward.


    Bullocks Logo   An Insider's Perspective: How to Reapply to Law School
       Monday, July 18, 2022   |  5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  PT, via Zoom

    Sometimes things don't go as planned - and that's okay! While it may feel discouraging to have to "try again" as a repeat applicant, it's better to think of the reapplication process as an opportunity to showcase even more of your strengths and a chance to demonstrate your commitment to your law school goals. Join Dean of Admissions Lisa Gear for insider tips on maximizing your chances of admission if you have already applied before, and gain some new perspective to help you approach the upcoming application cycle with confidence.


    West Coast Consortium of Private Law Schools: Law Admissions and Financial Aid Panel, plus Law Fair
    Tuesday, July 19, 2022   |  5:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.  PT, via Zoom

    Learn the basics of the law school admissions and financial aid process and have your questions answered by a panel of law school Admissions Deans. Afterward, join breakout rooms for 15 different private law schools to learn more about each schools' programs and opportunities for students.


    Washington D.C. Law School Fair
    Saturday, July 23, 2022   |  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  ET, in-person

    Southwestern Law School will participate in the Washington D.C. Law School Fair hosted by LSAC and the Columbus School of Law. Stop by our table at the fair and chat with a Southwestern Law School alum, have your admissions questions answered, and receive valuable information about our programs and opportunities for students.


    Los Angeles Prospective Student Law Fair
    Saturday, July 30, 2022   |  10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  PT, in-person

    Join Southwestern Law School and nine other Southern California law schools at this event held the morning after the National LGBTQ+ Bar's Annual Lavender Law Conference. Representatives from Southwestern will be available to discuss our programs and admissions process and to help you plan for your future career in law!


    East Meets West Coast Law Consortium Fall Virtual Event Series: Admissions 101 - Real Talk with Admissions Deans
    Thursday, August 25, 2022   |  1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  PT, via Zoom

    As part of the East Meets West Coast Law Consortium's Fall Event Series, this installment will focus on the basics of applying to law school, featuring candid input from six law school admissions deans. Deans from three West Coast law schools and three East Coast law schools will share with you their expertise and advice on what to consider when applying to law school.

Admitted Student Events

Admitted Students may visit their "Welcome to Southwestern" Canvas course page to RSVP for events or to view recordings. Check back regularly for new opportunities!