The Chance to Learn by Doing
Students who pursue public service and public interest law at Stanford learn through a wide array of experiences and forums and have had opportunities to:
Second-chair a felony burglary trial as an extern at the San Francisco District Attorney’s office.
Work through the pro bono program to help prevent the eviction of an indigent woman from public housing.
Research international treaties as part of the Pentagon’s efforts to formulate treatment standards for detainees in Guantanamo and elsewhere through an externship with the U.S. Department of Defense.
Tackle policy and research projects focused on juvenile justice through an externship with the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice.
Work with victims of domestic violence as part of the pro bono program.
Serve as an in-house advocate for incarcerated youth in Washington, D.C., through a summer internship with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, including researching the overmedication of youth in juvenile detention facilities.
Work on a diverse array of issues ranging from employment law to federal tax law on behalf of the Metropolitan Museum of Art through a summer internship with its General Counsel’s Office.
Learn firsthand how the United States interacts with international institutions in The Hague, such as the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, by writing briefs and oral arguments relating to cases at the international tribunals through an externship with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Legal Counselor.
Help immigrants prepare petitions for asylum as part of the law school’s pro bono program.
Assist people displaced by hurricanes in New Orleans, Louisiana, Gulfport, Mississippi, and Austin, Texas, obtain FEMA benefits, maintain housing, and combat environmental hazards.
Work with the Natural Resources Defense Council to advance first-of-its-kind legislation allowing California to address global warming through greenhouse gas emissions regulation.
Provide pro bono research assistance to the national ACLU regarding national security and First Amendment rights.
Participate on a pro bono legal team to help Equal Rights Advocates evaluate Title IX equality claims.
Meet and counsel clients on death row and serving life-without-parole sentences, draft portions of motions and appellate briefs, counsel client families, and research life histories as an extern with the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama.
Promoting Social Change
Each year Stanford Law students help plan, host, and staff Shaking the Foundations, a national conference on the role of law in progressive social change. The high energy, two-day event provides a forum for some of the country’s top practitioners, law students, and academics to discuss innovative strategies, sharpen practical skills, and gain inspiration. Recent participants have explored the health care debate, urban renewal, labor and employment rights for domestic and farm workers, same-sex marriage, accountability in education reform, and sexual violence against women.