The Resources to Make a Difference
Beyond academic excellence and dedicated mentors, beyond unique opportunities for hands-on legal experience, Stanford’s John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law offers many other resources—from celebrated annual conferences to a generous loan forgiveness program— that make a difference for students during their time in law school, and after.
Extracurricular activities and resources are integral to the public service experience at Stanford Law— enriching academic study, introducing new perspectives, creating a sense of community, and enabling students to build support networks that last far beyond law school.
The law school hosts public interest events throughout the year, including conferences, workshops, and panels, and helps students with funding to attend national conferences. These events and other activities bring respected practitioners and thought leaders to campus and enable students to grapple with, investigate, and analyze substantive issues in public service law. Students may also participate in any of scores of student organizations dedicated to public service and public interest law.
Support begins with the Levin Center’s Career Development Program, which makes public service careers a viable option for many students who might otherwise choose different paths for financial reasons. Our alumni-funded Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) continues to set the standard for law schools that have followed its lead, illustrating Stanford’s commitment to making a career in public service available to any student who wishes to pursue such work.
The center’s staff also helps students pursue post-graduate fellowships. Stanford students and alumni are regularly among those selected for awards, such as Skadden Fellowships, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, the U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General’s Honors Program, and Fried Frank Fellowships.
Whatever paths students choose in public service, Stanford offers resources and support to make the first steps beyond law school rewarding. The center sponsors public service and career services programs and coordinates events ranging from skills training to public interest symposia to career practice overview panels. The center also oversees a variety of public interest funding programs that support public interest and public sector students and alumni.
The education, mentorship and friendships I gained at Stanford Law School gave me the support and confidence to pursue a civil rights career, first as a fellow and then staff attorney in a leading national civil rights organization and now in the Obama Justice Department.
Monica Ramirez ’04, Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Justice