The Intellectual Capital to Lead
Where law intersects with business and economics, the most important capital is intellectual. With its renowned faculty and a global, entrepreneurial perspective that melds cutting-edge theory with pragmatic business experience—in the heart of Silicon Valley, at the edge of the Pacific Rim—Stanford Law has the capital and energy to bring this legal frontier to life for students.
Students exploring the intersection between law, business, and economics today have the unique opportunity to play a leadership role in rebuilding the infrastructure and systems of our changing financial world. Whether the issue is derivatives, executive compensation, fraud, or corporate governance, the programs in law, economics and business (LEB) at Stanford Law School—where state-of-the-art scholarship meets real-life experience—put you in the middle of the debate and prepares you to lead.
Access to excellence and innovation is a key LEB strength. The Stanford campus is home to about 16 Nobel Laureates across disciplines—including seven in economics—and benefits from proximity to Silicon Valley, Pacific Rim economies, and leading private equity firms. The law school contributes influential scholarship and actively participates in real-world litigation. Relationships with other top-ranked graduate and professional programs at Stanford broaden and deepen the LEB experience and generate learning opportunities that can’t be matched anywhere in the world.
LEB offers a rich array of courses designed to provide students important foundational skills while exposing them to a broad array of advanced business, finance, and economic offerings. Courses are taught by leading scholars who also have significant experience as litigators, regulators, advisors, entrepreneurs, and dealmakers. The program’s extensive connections to Silicon Valley’s venture capital and private equity communities, active business litigation scene, and vigorous flow of international and technology-related deals provide firsthand opportunities to explore the nature of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Together these resources make Stanford the ideal environment for training the next generation of private practitioners, business leaders, corporate counsel, venture capitalists, policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and scholars.
What we’re doing is brand-new. These are situations where law is unsettled—no one has a clue as to how it’s going to apply. What you do know is that, in all probability, it’s going to be a lawsuit involving you that will establish the law.
Michael Jacobson ’80, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, eBay