Visiting Student Program

Due to the continuing situation with COVID-19 and the university’s restrictions on non-matriculating students, we are unable to accept the Visiting Student applications for students who wish to enroll for the 2020 autumn quarter.  The application may become available for enrollment in winter and/or spring quarters for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Please check back on this website for updated information.

Our program for visiting, or non-matriculating, students at Stanford Law School is administered with the intent of aiding students with extenuating or compelling personal circumstances that make studying at Stanford Law School a necessity. Our program is not designed to accommodate students wishing to take advantage of a particular course of study offered here or to take advantage of studying with a particular faculty member.

Due to our limited facilities, we are typically able to accept no more than a few such students each year. Students are notified in June regarding their status and must select courses for the following academic year at that point. Students with visiting status receive no priority in terms of class selection for limited enrollment or consent of instructor courses. However, we do believe that there is sufficient choice available in our program of study to make your year here a profitable one.

To initiate the process, you will need to submit the following materials:

  1. Application for Admission. The Application for JD Admission in Nonmatriculated Status must be completed and sent directly to the Office of Admissions via mail to Stanford Law School, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, CA 94305-8610 or via email to admissions@law.stanford.edu. Applications submitted by fax will not be accepted.
  2. Application Fee. The application fee is $85. A check made payable to Stanford Law School must be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions.
  3. Resume. A resume detailing academic, extracurricular, and professional activities must be sent along with the completed application.
  4. Personal Statement. A detailed statement explaining your reasons for studying at Stanford (and why it is a necessity) must be sent along with the completed application.
  5. Letter from Current Law School Dean. A letter from the Dean of your law school granting approval for the visit and indicating the conditions of the visit (minimum GPA allowed, number of pass/fail courses allowed, number of units required, etc.)
  6. CAS Report. We will request your CAS report from the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) upon receipt of your application. Please note that your subscription service with LSAC is active for five years from your original registration date. If you do not have an active LSAC registration, please have your current law school submit a copy of your prior CAS report directly to our office.
  7. Undergraduate and Non-Law Graduate Transcripts. The official undergraduate transcript on file at LSAC must show conferral of your degree. Official transcripts for any graduate work (non-law) should also be on file at LSAC. If a graduate degree was granted, the transcript must show conferral of your degree.
  8. Law School Transcript. An official law school transcript must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from your current law school.
  9. Letters of Recommendation. Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a law professor, are required. Letters should be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions.
  10. Statement of Undergraduate Dean. The Statement of Undergraduate Dean must be given to the current dean of students (or comparable administrative official with access to the school’s official records) at the college from which you received your baccalaureate degree. The form should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Stanford University admits qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or marital status to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the University.  Consistent with its obligations under the law, in the administration of the University’s programs and activities, Stanford prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law; Stanford also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.  This policy applies to Stanford programs and activities both on and off-campus, including overseas programs.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding this nondiscrimination policy: Stanford’s Director of the Diversity and Access Office, Rosa Gonzalez, Kingscote Gardens, 419 Lagunita Drive, Suite 130, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-8550; (650) 723-0755 (voice), (650) 723-1791 (fax), equal.opportunity@stanford.edu (email). Stanford’s Title IX Coordinator, Jill Thomas, has been designated to handle inquiries regarding sexual harassment and sexual violence: Kingscote Gardens (2nd floor), 419 Lagunita Drive Stanford, CA 94305, (650) 497-4955 (voice), (650) 497-9257 (fax), titleix@stanford.edu (email). Individuals may also file complaints directly with the Office of Civil Rights, within the United States Department of Education, by following the information on this website: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html.

Last revised August 12, 2019For the most recent policy, please visit the Diversity and Access Office.

Campus Security

Stanford University complies with the Jeanne Clery Act and publishes crime statistics for the most recent three-year period.  View the full report.