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In a crowded law school landscape, Stanford Law stands apart.

At home on the campus of one of the world’s leading research universities, Stanford Law offers unmatched opportunities. Our approach to education is distinctly student-centric, defined by the needs and ambitions of future graduates and customizable to each individual student. Create your own joint degree, invent a new course, explore law’s intersection with the most dynamic disciplines of the day — the possibilities are virtually limitless. And the advantages extend beyond law school, resulting in the practice-ready skills employers demand, better chances at prestigious clerkships, a high bar passage rate and support when you’re ready to launch a career.

We are known for our collegial culture, intimate and egalitarian. In this close-knit community, collaboration and the open exchange of ideas are essential to life and learning. Students, faculty, staff, alumni — all support and inspire each other to explore, excel and contribute to the world through law. Classes are small. Seminars in faculty homes, reading groups and team-driven clinics make for an experience that is intense, supportive and challenging.

At SLS, we are driven by a passion for new ideas and a commitment to transformative solutions. True to our roots in Silicon Valley and our Stanford heritage, we focus on the future — not the past. Experimentation, exploration, the translation of new knowledge into entrepreneurial solutions:  All are in our DNA. So is interdisciplinary learning, pioneered at Stanford. SLS faculty stay close to the pulse of law as it is practiced in the 21st century and guide our academic program to address emerging opportunities in the profession. With alumni and students as partners, they champion law as an instrument of positive change on scales local, regional, national and global.

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Only-at-SLS experiences build knowledge, hone skills, cultivate perspective and prepare students to champion change.

It’s hard to break out of the traditional law school escalator. I came to Stanford because it offered the best opportunity to forge a more entrepreneurial path out of school.

Jonathan Leland, JD '12, Stanford Lawyer, Issue 86

Impact at the Top

In January 2015, students from Stanford Law’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic had the rare opportunity to be part of proceedings before the highest court in the land. The case, ONEAK, Inc., v. Learjet. Inc., pits some of the nation’s largest natural gas vendors against their customers. Professor and Clinic Co-Director Jeffrey Fisher argued the case on behalf of commercial and industrial gas consumers, led by Learjet, against energy producers, including ONEOK. But if Fisher prevails, he says, students should get the glory. After all, they did the heavy lifting.

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SLS students have worked on 168 U.S. Supreme Court cases since Spring 2004.

Success begins with excellence…

Stanford Law’s exceptional faculty attracts students with a passion for learning and a track record of academic success. Twenty-five percent of faculty are members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. One in five students arrives with an advanced degree.

… flourishes with unique opportunities …

With only seven students for every faculty member (and just 30 students in a typical first-year small-section course) immersive education includes plenty of opportunities to chart your own path with support from your mentor. Possibilities for joint degrees are virtually limitless.

… and follows SLS graduates everywhere.

More than 97 percent of SLS graduates are placed in jobs within nine months of graduating or pursuing an advanced degree. Alumni can be found in 55 countries, 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Marshall Islands and Washington, D.C.

History Highlights

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I want students who leave my classroom to feel they've just had a learning experience unlike anything they've encountered before — one they wouldn't trade for anything.

G. Marcus Cole, William Benjamin Scott and Luna M. Scott Professor of Law