A number of factors have contributed to Stanford’s emergence as a dominant force in legal academia over the past decade. The smallness and informality of the school give students unparalleled access to faculty members as mentors. As part of the formal JD program, students have extensive opportunities to work on their own research projects, either as part of an organized course or as an independent research project under faculty supervision. In addition, Stanford has the most extensive and generous joint-degree program of any law school in the country. Since 2007, between 10 and 20 percent of our JD students been enrolled in joint-degree programs, some pursuing an academic career, others a career in the public or private sector.
Stanford Law School provides extensive support for our pre-academic students while they are in law school, including regular brown-bag lunches and informal evening get-togethers with faculty, opportunities to present works-in-progress within the law school and across the university, financial support to allow students to present their work at out-of-town conferences, access to faculty presentations, and advice on course of study and publication strategies. The school also provides extensive guidance throughout the job application process, including reviewing applicants’ written materials and mooting their job talks.
All of this has made Stanford Law School an intellectually exciting and successful place to prepare for an academic career in law. If you are in the process of applying to law school and are considering becoming an academic, we hope you will consider Stanford. If you would like to discuss the law school’s pre-academic program in more detail with faculty members or current students, please get in touch with our Dean of Admissions, Faye Deal.