Summer Before Law School Courses & Events
Summer Student Success Programs – non-credit courses for entering students wanting to get an early start acclimating to the rigors of legal education.
Admitted Student Events – Special events for our entering students include:
Entering Student Scholarships - Southwestern awards a select number of merit scholarships to entering students demonstrating exceptional academic promise including book scholarships, housing scholarships, and tuition scholarships. Criteria include strong undergraduate GPA, LSAT scores, leadership potential, and other notable personal accomplishments. All accepted first-year J.D. applicants are eligible for Wildman/Schumacher Scholarships. NOTE: A student may not receive scholarship funds from Southwestern exceeding current tuition.
Financial Aid – Southwestern’s Financial Aid Office helps to secure financial aid for all qualified applicants who would be unable to attend law school without such assistance. Aid in the form of federal loan programs, non-federal private/public loan programs, merit- and need-based scholarships and Federal Work-Study funds are available to Southwestern students. We are also fully approved for J.D. students wishing to utilize their U.S. veterans’ education benefits. Typically, about 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid. Our friendly staff (Lina & Suzanne) are eager to meet and work with you.
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Southwestern really prepares their students prior to entering law school. They have a legal writing seminar and an academic excellence academy. Southwestern offers a bunch of events that really allow you to network with faculty and alumni.
My favorite for admitted student events are the bus rides that we do. For students not only to begin to see who they're going to be in class with, but to actually begin to get a look at some of our graduates and the great work they're doing. We typically go to the courthouse and meet one of our alums who is on the bench.
The network at Southwestern is so expansive. I attended the Latino Law Students Association's "Bienvenido brunch." So I came in already with contacts.
Our financial aid office on campus is very beneficial. They really meet the specific needs of each and every student.
Really simple application, too. It's one application to apply to a huge number of scholarships. And as a single mom, of course, I'm always thinking about finances and budgeting. And through the scholarships here I didn't have to worry.
We're a school that will look at students who may not have traditional backgrounds and say, if you've got the smarts and you've got the heart, if you're interested in becoming the best lawyer you could possibly be we're interested in you.