The Law School at Stanford University

The Law School at Stanford University

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Faye Deal
Application deadline February 1
Full-time program application fee $100
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The Law School at Stanford University

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 9.8% – Low
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.85
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 170

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 9.8%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 167-172
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.72-3.93
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.85
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 170

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Quarter
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A. J.D./M.A.
J.D./Ph.D. J.D./M.S.
J.D./M.D. J.D./M.P.P.
J.D./M.P.A.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
A leader in interdisciplinary education, SLS offers 28 joint degrees and virtually limitless opportunities to customize. With 10 clinics, SLS enables students to take on the roles and responsibilities of practicing lawyers. Students can engage in research and policy-oriented study through our 20+ programs and centers. Learn more about these opportunities at http://www.law.stanford.edu/program.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 223
Seminars 88
Positions available in seminars 1,458
Positions available in simulation courses 459
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 288
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Stanford students publish 9 journals and have a documentary film project. The Law School is also home to more than 50 student organizations. Intra- and extramural moot court and mock trial competitions abound, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals visits annually. More information can be found at http://www.law.stanford.edu/experience/studentlife/.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 60
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year “small section” 30
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 935
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 401
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 232
Full-time students involved in field placements 61
Full-time students involved in law journals 399
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 38
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 86

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 0
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? N/A
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 7.8:1 – Low
Full- and part-time faculty 87
Full-time minority faculty 13.6%
Part-time minority faculty 10.7%
Total faculty 109
Total faculty (men) 66.1%
Total faculty (women) 33.9%
Total faculty (minorities) 13.8%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#2 Best Law Schools

(7) Ranking by Specialties

#9 in Clinical Training
#18 in Dispute Resolution
#13 in Environmental Law
#2 in Intellectual Property Law
#12 in International Law
#2 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#17 in Tax Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score 96
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 4.8
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 4.7
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.72-3.93
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.85
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 167-172
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 170
Acceptance rate 9.8% – Low
Student-faculty ratio 7.8:1 – Low
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 96.0% – High
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 97.1% – High
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 97.9% – High
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar CA
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 64.8%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 571

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 571

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) N/A
Gender distribution (part-time) N/A

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 0.6%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 2.1%
Third-year students discontinuing law school 0.5%
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 1.3%
Female students discontinuing law school 0.8%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Faye Deal
Financial aid phone (650) 723-9247
Financial aid application deadline March 15

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $49,179 per year
Room and board $19,569
Books $1,890
Miscellaneous expenses $4,344
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 26.6%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 33.1%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 1.1%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.9%
Median grant amount $26,027
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $13,755–$35,137
Full-time students receiving grants 61.6%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount $0
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $0–$0
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $108,777
Proportion who borrowed 83.9%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 226,280
Microform titles 7,096
Electronic titles 51,143
Other non-book titles 45,804
Total titles 330,323
Volumes (excluding microforms) 451,405
Volume equivalent microforms 64,698
Total volumes and volume equivalents 516,103
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 103
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 54
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 47
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 4
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 54
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 14
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 66
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 39
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 22
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 39
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 6

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 9
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 10
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms N/A
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 40
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 40
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? Yes

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 53,617
Total seats available for library users 508
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) The Law Library(www.law.stanford.edu/library)is a complete legal research center with spacious reading rooms (open 24/7), wireless access, and technology-enabled conference rooms; the staff is known for its friendly customer service. SLS is located at the heart of the university and enjoys a state-of-the-art research environment. For more information please visit http://www.law.stanford.edu.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar CA
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 97.9% – High
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 64.8%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 174
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 96.0%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 97.1%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 0.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 100.0%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 96.0%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.3%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 1.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.0%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 0.6%
Graduates whose employment status is known 99.4%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 97.1%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.3%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 0.0%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.0%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $160,000
Median private sector starting salary $160,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $160,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 93%
Median public service starting salary $60,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 1.8%
Percent employed in business and industry 1.8%
Percent employed in government 4.1%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 32.0%
Percent employed in law firms 57.4%
Percent employed in public interest 3.0%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 40%
Graduates employed out-of-state 59.0%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 1%
Number of states where graduates are employed 22
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 1.5%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 17.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 8.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 20.0%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 1.5%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 6.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 43.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 2.0%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations The Office of Career Services (http://www.law.stanford.edu/school/offices/ocs/)offers resources/counseling to students/alumni on: private sector career planning, alternatives to law, clerkships, international law opportunities. Public interest/public sector advising is undertaken by the John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law (http://publicinterestlaw.stanford.edu).

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 97.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 2.0%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 1.0%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 0.0%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions N/A