Across the United States and around the world, law is a major instrument of public policy. Now, through Stanford’s new interdisciplinary program in public policy, law students can gain the skills and knowledge to develop, advocate for, and implement policy that shapes the lives of people everywhere.
Preparing students for careers in public policy is a long law school tradition. Stanford Law takes this tradition into the 21st century with a joint degree program in law and public policy and an evolving curriculum designed to enable every student to add a public policy dimension to his or her legal education.
Stanford Law’s faculty unites experience in policymaking and analysis with intellectual clout and a commitment to mentoring students. Add to that access to faculty experts from across campus—partners in Stanford’s new graduate public policy program—and the chance to learn with graduate students from across disciplines, and you have the ideal community for incubating public policy expertise.
A broad array of interdisciplinary academic centers, recognized for their scholarship and impact, distinguish a Stanford Law education. For students interested in exploring law’s intersection with public policy, these centers, together, create a virtual public policy school—a source of insight, expertise, and opportunities for hands-on public policy experience.
In addition to providing students with substantive knowledge in the field of public policy, Stanford Law offers experiences—from clinical work to negotiation workshops to externships—that sharpen practical skills and cultivate professional values and connections.
Whether they seek a career representing clients in the policy arena, an elected or appointed post—local, state, or federal—or another path that will impact policy, Stanford Law students will find the resources and role models to help shape a promising future.
Students who pursue public service and public interest law at Stanford learn through a wide array of experiences and forums.