The Chance to Learn by Doing
Students exploring the intersection of law and public policy at Stanford have had the opportunity to:
Work with legislators, advocates, lawyers, and scientists to pass the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), California’s landmark law limiting statewide greenhouse gas emissions.
Study select areas of California law on behalf of the state legislature at the California Law Revision Commission.
Investigate the political implications of excluding prison guards (and their powerful lobbying organization) in efforts to reform the juvenile justice system.
Research conflict-related internal displacement in Nepal for INHURED International, an international human rights organization headquartered in Nepal.
Conduct field research and compile a report on police reform efforts in South Africa’s two most problematic police stations on behalf of the South African Institute for Security Studies.
Represent the International Crisis Group at meetings with other NGOs and with foreign officials on foreign policy issues; draft opinion pieces, Senate testimony, and letters to policymakers.
Extern for New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson’s chief counsel, which involved some policy-oriented responsibilities like coordinating legal analysis and policy development.
Review and analyze proposed legislation before the California State Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife as a legal intern for the committee.
Stanford Law School gave me the breadth of experience necessary for a lifelong career in public service. I chose Stanford for its emphasis on constitutional law, its unparalleled clinical program, and its financial commitment to allowing underprivileged students to choose careers beyond Wall Street. I got a first-class education with real-world experience, and I still draw on the network of Stanford students and professors today.
Anthony Romero ’90, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union
Labor laws in China have worldwide repercussions, and my summer internship with TAOS (Training Auditing Organization Systems [Network]) gave me the on-the-ground experience necessary to understand this complex issue from the inside. Working in China enabled me to improve my Mandarin and network with Chinese legal experts.
Vishnu Sridharan ’09