Programs, Centers, and Projects

SLS programs, centers, and projects shape the law and prepare future lawyers to lead.

At Stanford Law, groundbreaking faculty scholarship and student learning grow from a comprehensive collection of programs, centers and projects.  Ideas and solutions advanced in these incubators of interdisciplinary innovation have broad impact.

Programs merge law with science, technology, business, international studies and other areas of opportunity, preparing students to lead in their chosen fields.

Centers are hubs of groundbreaking faculty research, attracting a wide range of experts to join the conversation on emerging and traditional areas of law.  Legislators, policymakers, judges, international agencies, CEOs, social activists, legal scholars, industry and policy specialists, other law schools, the media — all convene on campus for conferences, symposia and seminars that enrich the intellectual life of the SLS community.

Projects team students with faculty mentors in initiatives that enable them to have an impact on key issues in law.

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Man reading books at prison yard

From Incarceration to Entrepreneurship

Students who participate in the Stanford Criminal Justice Center’s Project ReMADE specialize in second chances for their clients — formerly incarcerated individuals on the path to entrepreneurship. The 12-week program teams Silicon Valley professionals and students from SLS and the Stanford Graduate School of Business as teachers and mentors. Classes cover everything “remade” entrepreneurs need to launch and sustain their businesses, from accounting and marketing to negotiations and public speaking. The program culminates in a ceremony at Stanford Law School, at which entrepreneurs present their business plans to executives from local micro-development organizations.

Learn About Project: ReMADE
Steyer Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance

Ensuring Energy for the Future

Energy:  Where will it come from in the 21st century? And what impacts must we anticipate as we seek and tap new sources? These questions will continue to influence policymaking conversations in the years ahead, and they are already driving research at the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance. Recent reports from the center’s esteemed scholars explore incentives for early adoption of carbon capture technology, present “recipes” for state action on energy efficiency and renewable energy and inform the Clean Energy Investment Initiative announced by the White House in February.

Learn about Steyer-Taylor Center

At SLS, "…and justice for all" is a call to action.

Vincent Rico stole two pairs of children’s shoes. Norman Williams stole a car jack from the back of an open tow truck. Gregory Taylor broke into a church soup kitchen and took food.  All three were sentenced to life under the Three Strikes Law.  All three won their freedom with the help of Stanford Law students.

These are just three examples of the impact students have through the Stanford Justice Advocacy Project, the only legal organization in the country devoted to addressing excessive sentences imposed under California’s Three Strikes sentencing law. The work is every bit as rewarding and formative for future lawyers as you might imagine.

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Programs, Centers, and Projects
Rule of Law Program

Books Not Bullets

In 2007, two law students walked into Professor Erik Jensen’s office and asked if they could start a law program at the American University of Afghanistan.  Jensen said “yes,” and with support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, the Afghanistan Legal Education Project (ALEP) at SLS was formed.  Nearly a decade later, ALEP continues to develop curricula to train the next generation of lawyers and leaders in Afghanistan.

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