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Stanford Law School

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Stanford Law School is located in beautiful Silicon Valley, near Palo Alto, California. The Law School was established in 1893. For its first decade, the law department was composed of mostly undergraduate law majors.



Stanford Law School is located in beautiful Silicon Valley, near Palo Alto, California. The Law School was established in 1893. For its first decade, the law department was composed of mostly undergraduate law majors. Student life was dominated by a proliferation of law clubs, which combined moot court training with social camaraderie. Notably, the law department enrolled many students who might not have been welcome at more traditional law schools at the time, including women and Hispanic, Chinese and Japanese students.

The law school was at the forefront of efforts to institute the California Bar exam, which was added to the requirements to practice law in California in 1919. The law school was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1923, the year the ABA began certifying law schools. Stanford's law program was officially transformed into a modern professional school in 1924 when it began requiring a bachelor's degree for admission. That same year, Stanford's Board of Trustees adopted a resolution making the law school a purely graduate school. In 1932, the school added Master of Laws (LLM) and Doctor of the Science of Laws (SJD) degree options. In addition, Stanford Law offers joint degrees such as the J.D/M.A, J.D/PhD. and J.D/M.P.A. to name a few.

Stanford Law is as close to a perfect law there is in the country. That’s why admission to this prestigious law school is very selective and competitive. With over 4,000 applicants applying each year, 170 gets the privilege to be admitted. The median LSAT score is in the high 170 and the median undergraduate GPA is a 3.9.The average tuition per year being $44,880 for the J.D. (Jurist Doctorate) program. Students are required to have laptop computers and are advised to have a printer and modem.

Stanford Law has produced some the most scholarly journals in the country. Students can choose from journals such as the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Stanford Journal of International Law, Stanford Journal of Law, Business & Finance, Stanford Journal of Law, Science, and Policy, Stanford Law & Policy Review, and the Stanford Technology Law Review. Because of the school’s location, a favorite among students with a technology outlook, the Stanford Technology Law Review, Founded in 1997, is an innovative forum for intellectual discourse on critical issues at the intersection of law, science, technology, and public policy.

Aside from the scholarly journals, the law school offers great insight to practical legal experience through its legal clinics. The school offers clinics in Criminal Prosecution Clinic, Cyber law Clinic, Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, and the Stanford Community Law Clinic. Based in Palo Alto, California, the Stanford Community Law Clinic allows students to help low-income clients each year with a wide variety of legal challenges, including landlord-tenant disputes, employment issues, and government benefit claims.


The Law School ranks #3 among the top law schools in the country and in areas of specialty, #8 in Environmental Law, and #2 in Intellectual Property Law according to the U.S. News World Report.

What They Are Saying

According to Forbes, if you want to be general counsel at a leading technology firm, head to Stanford. The GCs for Cisco Systems, Ebay, Google and countless other tech firms attended Stanford Law. William Neukom, Microsoft’s first and long-time general counsel who retired in 2002, attended as well. Neukom is now owner and managing partner of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.


Recently, two marching band members got Stanford University into a legal battle after a half-naked trumpeter got hurt when the band manager tackled him during his pantless performance. According to a lawsuit filed in San Francisco, the Stanford University marching band has a loose tradition where members take turns playing solos, while other band members try to distract them. In this case, trumpeter Samuel Franco had been drinking and was perhaps intoxicated when he jumped up on a picnic table and started his trumpet solo. In attempt to mess him up mid-performance, a band member pulled down his pants -- including his underwear.

Notable Professors

  • Gerhard Casper – former president of Stanford University.
  • Joshua Cohen – political philosophy.
  • Jeffrey Fisher – appellate litigation.
  • Marc Franklin – media law.
  • Henry T. "Hank" Greely – bioethicist.
  • Joseph Grundfest – former SEC commissioner.
  • Thomas Heller – leading international trade and tax specialist.
  • Pamela S. Karlan – anti-discrimination; voting rights; appellate litigation.

Notable Alumni

  • Max Baucus (1967), United States Senator.
  • Amanda Brown, author of Legally Blonde.
  • Mark Chandler (1981), Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Cisco Systems.
  • Warren Christopher (1949), 63rd U.S. Secretary of State.
  • David C. Drummond (1985), Senior Vice President,and Chief Legal Officer of Google.
  • Michael Jacobson (1981), Senior Vice President and General Counsel, eBay Inc.
  • Sandra Day O'Connor (1952), first female U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
  • William Rehnquist (1952), Chief Justice of the United States (1986–2005).
  • Dennis Woodside (1980), Vice President, UK, Benelux and Ireland of Google.



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