Southwestern Law School to Host Open House for Future Armenian-American Lawyers

Southwestern Law School

LOS ANGELES—Southwestern Law School is home to 150 law students of Armenian heritage! The century-old Los Angeles’ law school greatly values its decades-long ties to the Armenian-American community. For many years, Southwestern’s diverse and dynamic community has included a large and involved contingent of graduates who are of Armenian heritage, and where the Armenian Law Students Association is one of the most active groups on campus. In recognition of this very special relationship with the Armenian-American community, Southwestern is hosting a special Open House, on March 8, for prospective Armenian-American law students.

At the Saturday, March 8th event, scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the historic Southwestern campus, attendees will have the opportunity to meet prominent Armenian-American alumni, current students and faculty, and learn about the programs and student life at Southwestern as well as Southwestern’s new Dean, Susan Prager, former Dean of UCLA School of Law. RSVPs, with the total number in the party, and any inquiries should be directed to Paulette Palafox, at or 213.738.6834. The campus is located at 3050 Wilshire Boulevard, in Los Angeles. Complimentary parking will be provided.

Vice Dean Anahid Gharakhanian encourages attendance at the event. “Southwestern provides an incredibly vibrant community for legal education and professional development, and it’s wonderful to see our very large number of Armenian-American students and alums thriving in every aspect of that community — both at Southwestern and in multiple areas of the legal profession.” Sally Avitsian, a 2003 graduate of Southwestern and Executive Director of NBC Universal Television Distribution agrees: “Southwestern not only helped shape me as an attorney, it shaped me as a person through its incredibly supportive staff and unmatched faculty. It challenged me each and every day, catapulting my career to soaring heights. I am exactly where I want to be today thanks to Southwestern and its immense network and web of connections.”

Southwestern is known for its nationally ranked Entertainment Law Program (ranked 4th in the country), as well as numerous other areas, including family law, immigration, civil litigation, and criminal law (in Southern California, 145 Southwestern graduates serve as Public Defenders, and over 234 graduates serve as Deputy District Attorneys), and boasts 90 graduates serving as sitting judges. This track record attracts students to the school. As explained by student Zourik Zarifian, “Southwestern defeats every horrible rumor I heard about law school; it is the best legal education I could have asked for. The classes are fun and challenging, the faculty is top-notch and friendly, and the campus simply feels like home. Southwestern has been the foundation of my professional path to become a successful lawyer, and I cannot wait to be its alum.” Zarifian is a Staff Member for Law Review; Senior Teaching Assistant for Contracts; and Co-President of Armenian Law Students Association.

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