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Stanford Law School - Brief Overview

published October 26, 2010

By Donna McGill
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Founded in 1893, Stanford Law School has historically had the smallest student body of all the high ranking institutions. And it's that way for a reason. The smaller enrollment ensures a more intimate and one on one experience for the 530 total enrolled each year. Located in Silicon Valley, near Palo Alto, Calif., there are approximately fifty faculty to guide would be lawyers in their pursuit of a law degree. The school also offers Master of Laws and Doctor of the Science of Law. It has consistently ranked within the top 10 on the U.S. News & World Report's annual list.

Many are drawn to Stanford Law School because of its Immigrants' Rights Clinic. Committed to protecting human rights of all non-citizens, this powerful group is led by Associate Professor of Law Jayashri Srikantiah. The collective group's focus is on all things related to deportation, criminal and legal issues, humanitarian relief, and asylum concerns. Much attention is also focused on many advocacy projects. From creating and funding domestic violence shelters to obtaining medical attention for those whose English is broken, this dedicated group is truly redefining what it means to be a humanitarian.


Other important projects the school is participating in include sentencing reform efforts, fair use projects and global warming. The Supreme Court Clinic has one of the busiest practices in the country. It's had more than twenty cases before the Court, keeping it at the top. More recently, the school has considered combining other important sectors that lawyers often encounter, including both the medical and political fields. This, if it occurs, will surely result in an incredibly broad range of lawyers who will forge the way into the future.

Instead of helping law students find that one area of passion to focus on, the faculty work to ensure the contemporary lawyer knows the importance of remaining versatile and open to many disciplines. This is one reason it announced the opportunity for students to enroll in one of nearly 30 formal joint degrees. It was met with great success and plans include further expansions in this unique discipline.

Tuition for the most recent year was just below $45,000 annually. The school recently announced a rise for the 2011-2012 year. For those wishing to live on campus, these costs run around $20,000 per school year, and of course, required books and literature costs around $1,860 per year.

Stanford was the foundation such brilliant legal minds as former Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the late Chief Justice of the United States William Rehnquist and U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman. The school also boasts a 25% ratio of students who are offered clerkships and has alumni employed in 94 of the top 100 largest law firms in the country.

It's clear why Stanford Law School is so highly sought after. Its smaller class sizes, its contemporary approach to important causes and its commitment to community and country make it a prime choice. For more information on Stanford Law School, visit the site at Law.Stanford.edu.

See Top Law Schools Analyzed and Ranked By America's Top Legal Recruiter Harrison Barnes for more information.

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