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Southwestern Law School

Unranked (USNWR 2022)
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Southwestern Law School is a law school located in Los Angeles, California. The school was unranked in 2022 by USNWR. Annual enrollment for Southwestern Law School is approximately 373.

Admissions website: https://www.swlaw.edu/admissions-financial-aid

Admissions email: admissions@swlaw.edu

Admissions phone: 213-738-6834

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Southwestern Law School Key Statistics

Previous year ABA 509 data
Percentiles 25 50 75
LSAT 152 154 157
GPA 3.03 3.31 3.57
Miscellaneous Count Percentile
# Applications 2045 63
# Admissions offers 958 -
Class size 373 91
% Accepted 46.9% 39
% Yield 38.2% 77

During the 2022 application cycle, 2,045 people applied and 958 were offered admission.

Southwestern Law School has a 1L class size of 373, and yield of 38.20%. 366 out of 958 applicants who were offered admission accepted, meaning that 38.20% of the people who were offered admission ended up attending the school.

The 1L class at Southwestern Law School has a median LSAT of 154. The 25th percentile LSAT is 152 and the 75th percentile LSAT is 157.

The median GPA is 3.31. The 25th percentile GPA is 3.03 and the 75th percentile GPA is 3.57.

Southwestern Law School LSAT & GPA graph for 2021-2022

LSD has stats for 88 applicants for the 2021-2022 application cycle.

The graphs show applicant results plotted against GPA and LSAT. The dotted lines on the graphs represent the 25/50/75th percentiles reported by the school in their ABA 509 report from the previous year.

Each data point represents an LSD user that shared their application results for the benefit of future applicants.

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25th, 50th, 75th refer to percentiles from last year's admitted class
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How much does Southwestern Law School cost per year?

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Cost of attending Southwestern Law School

In 2022, tuition was $55,316 and the annual cost of attending was $87,206 (tuition plus living expenses).

Cost of Attendance (CoA) is the estimated total amount you will have to spend every year to go to school. Unlike tuition, CoA includes expenses like rent, food, and insurance.

Southwestern Law School employment outcomes

JD graduates from Southwestern Law School make $80,000 (median) upon graduation if they work in the private sector. If they go into the private sector, a grad can expect to make $68,850.

65.9% of law graduates from Southwestern Law School go directly to work for law firms, while 0.6% clerk for a judge. 15.3% of graduates go into public interest.

82.5% of Southwestern Law School graduates pass the bar on their first try.

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Some interesting facts about Southwestern Law School

Southwestern is the second oldest law school in Los Angeles with over 100 years of inclusion, public service, innovative programming, forever embedded in its DNA. Its mid-city campus featuring a world-renowned Art Deco landmark reflects the vibrancy of Los Angeles and provides an ideal setting for law study and practice. Southwestern is an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian institution, accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and belonging to the American Association of Law Schools (AALS). It is the only ABA law school offering four JD programs differing in scheduling and instructional approach, including full- and part-time programs and a unique two-year accelerated curriculum. Southwestern’s part-time evening program recently implemented distance learning technology reducing the number of commuting-to-campus evenings to two. Southwestern also offers concurrent three- and four-year JD/MBA programs. Southwestern is known for graduating practice-ready lawyers who are well-rounded, entrepreneurial, possessing the skills and initiative to excel in the legal profession, business and industry, government, and public interest settings. Southwestern’s 11,000+ alumni include prominent public officials—from members of Congress to mayors, and over 400 judges—as well as founders of major law firms and general counsel and executives of multinational corporations. Southwestern has strong ties to the legal, business, and civic sectors, and its Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute are closely linked to the entertainment industry in Hollywood and internationally.

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just got my decision. check your spam folders, people. It's not the general admissions email - it's from individual people so it went to spam for me. just FYI.
Where do you see the date change? I don't have any dates on the status checker...
The grey part on top of the status checker disappeared, what does that mean.
And current status date changed to today
Im kinda freaking out about not hearing anything
I applied nov 12
has anyone had any movement?
I applied dec 5, been in review since Jan 10, and still nothing…
been in review since jan 10 as well
I applied in the end of September and just got my decision rendered two days ago
when did you go UR?
I applied mid October and haven't heard anything
I've been in review since January
Like in December/January or so
ya'll i'm actually losing it
i've been in review since january and still nothing...
I even sent them a strong LOCi
Do they send a SCALE interview invite to all applicants?
Applied 3/14/2023 - no confirmation email sent, file still processing
Anyone here get a SCALE interview?
Applied Oct. In Review 2/15. Radio silence.
seriously what is taking them so long?
Just got my A!
omg congrats!!
Awesome stuff!
Hey guys just wanted to know for those of you that have got in how long was your application in review? I submitted mine not too long ago. And it got processed pretty fast and says its in review rn.
I just want to know when I should be expecting an answer because my top pick is the SCALE program
I was in review for 2 months
why is this school's movement so slow?
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