Stanford Law School is a graduate school at Stanford University located in the area known as the Silicon Valley, near Palo Alto, California in the United States. The Law School was established in 1893 when former President Benjamin Harrison joined the faculty as the first professor of law. It employs more than 80 faculty and hosts over 500 students who are working towards their Juris Doctor (J.D.) or other graduate legal degrees such as the Master of Laws (LL.M.) and the Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.), giving it the smallest student body of any law school in the top 15 of the U.S. News & World Report annual ranking.
Stanford Law School has a small average class size of just 170, and maintains the nation's first Supreme Court litigation clinic. Recently, together with Harvard and Yale, it enacted "grade reform", eliminating traditional letter grades for students.
The academic program is flexible and includes a diverse array of courses and clinics. At first years, students take courses in criminal law, civil procedure, constitutional law, contracts, torts, property, and legal research and writing. Upper level courses range from business law to international law and include a growing clinical program. The Supreme Court clinic is the only one of its kind at a law school in the United States and has successfully brought over twenty cases before the court, making it one of the most active Supreme Court practices of any kind. Because of its proximity to other top academic programs on campus, there has been a growing focus on joint degree programs and classes with other professional schools, such as business, medicine and education.
Stanford Law School offers an intensive, dynamic JD program in an environment that is collegial and inter-disciplinary, and part of one of the world's leading research universities.
Joint Degree Programs
Inter-disciplinary education is a hallmark of Stanford University and a distinct strength of Stanford Law, where students can explore the many ways law intersects with other fields.
Advanced Degree Programs
Stanford Law School offers four one-year master's degree programs and a doctoral degree (JSD) for international graduate students who have earned a law degree outside the United States.
Scholarship & Research
Through their scholarship and research, Stanford Law faculties explore traditional and emerging legal frontiers. Much of their work takes place in academic programs and centers that engage students in faculty research and attract thought, industry, and policy leaders from around the world.
The Law Library at Stanford holds 5,00,000 books, 3,60,000 microform and audio-visual items, and more than 8,000 current serial subscriptions.
Students run about thirty student organizations and publish seven legal journals. The most influential journal is the Stanford Law Review .
Stanford Law School pioneered clinical education in 1970s. Today, they continue that tradition of innovation through nine legal clinics that, under the guidance of faculty mentors, test and sharpen students' lawyering skills, expand their prespectives and cultivate the values that make for effective, ethical attorneys.
Stanford Law School
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610
Phone: 650 723.2465
Fax: 650 725.0253