I received a request through LinkedIn to write a review of my law school, Southwestern. Just wrote/posted it and thought I’d share a copy with you. It is here:
I have a great fondness for, and owe a debt of gratitude to, Southwestern. I also have a unique perspective with respect to the legal education it offers as my wife was a law student at UCLA at the same time I attended Southwestern.
Southwestern took a chance on me when most other schools saw little to recommend me, a film school graduate who tired of fruitless studio pitches and unfulfilled TV-staff writer promises. It embraced and welcomed my creativity, my non-traditional pre-legal education, and its outstanding professors created real (and long-lasting) relationships – and did not simply regard me as another dollar in the door or seat filler.
Southwestern provided me with a solid, engaging, intellectually invigorating and challenging curriculum. It allowed me the opportunity to obtain a deep understanding of black letter law and its underlying public policy. An active faculty taught me to craft persuasive legal arguments, argue cases, draft strong documents and provide the highest quality of legal representation. The school provided the strategic guidance and practical training I needed to build a vibrant career, generate Fortune 500 clients and practice at some of the world’s leading law firms. Southwestern not only allowed me to transition from film maker to lawyer, it gave me the tools I needed to succeed.
Because my wife attended UCLA Law at the same time, I had the opportunity to directly compare these two schools. To my surprise, the differences were relatively slight. Both had bright students, superb professors and outstanding resources. While it is undeniable that UCLA is a world-class institution, it is also true that Southwestern is too often overshadowed by its L.A. based, university-affiliated brethren. My prediction is that this will change. UCLA or Southwestern? Differences, sure, but they are not as clear cut as you might think. Anyone who has the opportunity to truly compare Southwestern as I did will find that it is a too-often-overlooked gem. And I am thankful for that.
Jonathan Pink is Co-Chair of the Entertainment Group at Lewis Brisbois in Los Angeles. He can be reached at 213-580-6312 or at firstname.lastname@example.org