From small group discussions, great ideas grow.
At Stanford Law, we never stop experimenting with new ways to make an education in law relevant, empowering and intellectually stimulating. In 2013 we took the in-depth conversations that usually happen in the classroom into a new, informal setting: the homes of faculty members. The idea caught fire among students and faculty alike. Today, faculty home discussion groups are an essential element of learning at SLS — a reflection of our distinctive collegial culture.
Each group convenes over the course of five evenings across winter and spring quarters, when faculty members open their homes to small teams of 2L, 3L, and advanced degree students. In this casual setting, often over a meal, students and faculty reflect on the nature of the legal profession, on their professional identity as lawyers or on provocative topics in law. Students receive 1 unit of mandatory pass/fail credit, creating a no-pressure atmosphere in which creative thinking and freewheeling conversation prevail.