Southwestern Law School is proud of its strong ties to Los Angeles' criminal law community. Southwestern students, faculty, and alumni have made significant contributions to some of the most important and influential criminal law cases in recent history. If the thought of being a criminal lawyer excites you, or if you are simply curious, please take time to attend a meeting of the Criminal Law Society.
The Criminal Law Society at Southwestern is dedicated to exploring issues unique to the ever-changing field of criminal law, such as criminal prosecution, criminal defense, criminal investigation, and presentation of evidence at a criminal trial. Criminal Law Society also sponsors on-campus speakers on a regular basis who provide insight and information into careers in the criminal law arena. Past speakers have included then-California Attorney General Dan Lungren, Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti, Los Angeles Police Department Commander Betty Kelepecz '90, representatives from the FBI, Museum of Tolerance, and many others.
Members of the Criminal Law Society enjoy the opportunity to participate in field programs, such as spending a day with a district attorney or a public defender, police ride-alongs, tours of the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail, and many others. In addition to providing CLS members an opportunity to understand the process of criminal law from the perspective of people active in the occupation, these field programs are interesting and thought-provoking. Another benefit of the field program is that it enables CLS members to develop professional relationships with important people in the criminal law arena while keeping Southwestern's Criminal Law Society visible in the legal community.