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Shaping Solutions, Educating Leaders

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.

Stanford Law School is reinvigorating the tradition of law as a catalyst for public policy solutions and careers through an interdisciplinary, experience-based educational approach that reflects the way policymakers and lawyers work in the world today. Our program combines unique academic options—including the opportunity to pursue a joint degree in law and public policy or law and environmental studies—with a faculty widely recognized for its excellence; close partnerships with Stanford’s renowned schools, departments, and research institutes; and plenty of hands-on experience.

At the core of our approach is Stanford University’s new interdisciplinary graduate program in public policy, designed collaboratively by faculty members from across campus and launched in 2007. Offered through the School of Humanities and Sciences in partnership with Stanford’s six professional schools, the program offers an opportunity to earn a Master in Public Policy degree (MPP) along with a JD in an integrated four-year program or a Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP) along with a JD in a streamlined three-year program. Rather than compartmentalizing legal education and policy analysis studies in separate schools, Stanford’s unique approach brings together professional and graduate students from many parts of campus to learn policy analysis techniques, share diverse perspectives—from business to engineering to law to medicine—and collaborate in applying their new skills to real-world challenges.

Law students need not be committed to a career in public policy to benefit from Stanford Law’s public policy program. Whether students seek an MPP or MAPP degree or simply wish to augment their legal education with policy analysis courses and interaction with like-minded faculty and students from across campus, Stanford Law offers opportunities for anyone interested in the intersection of law and public policy formation, implementation, and evaluation.