Resources for a Promising Future
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.
Stanford Law’s program in public policy is tailored to people who want to make a difference—whether they choose a career making public policy or just want to bring policy analysis skills to another career. Here, law students will find a community of people with similar interests through student organizations and publications devoted to public policy and events that bring policy leaders to campus.
Because many public policy careers entail public service, students may choose to get involved with related legal clinics or Stanford Law’s public service program to sharpen their expertise. Stanford Law graduates who specialize in public policy go on to a diverse array of careers, working on all sides of issue analysis, advocacy, and policy formation and implementation. Many find themselves representing clients, including corporate and non-governmental organizations, in regulatory and legislative affairs. Others enter the political arena or work in government agencies. But wherever they go, graduates find Stanford Law’s balanced, hands-on approach to exploring the intersection of law and public policy an asset in their careers, and they remain committed to mentoring and supporting Stanford Law students who similarly choose paths in public policy.
I have been involved in civil liberties activism since college, particularly in the areas of free speech and privacy. That experience—and an influential professor’s recommendation—got me an internship with the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution under Senator Russ Feingold the summer after my first year of law school.
Geoff King ’09, Staff Attorney, First Amendment Project, Oakland, Calif.