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Information and Procedures

Personal Statement

The personal statement and research proposal (for SPILS applicants only) must be submitted with your application.

LLM Applicants

This statement of two to three pages seeks information about the applicant's experience in legal practice, and interest in graduate study (in the applicable specialization). This statement should also discuss the applicant's professional goals, and how the completion of an LLM degree could benefit his or her legal career.

SPILS Applicants

This statement of two to three pages seeks information about an applicant’s interest in a chosen area of concentration, the expertise and experience the applicant brings to bear on his or her research and study at Stanford Law School, and how the completion of a JSM degree as a SPILS fellow will benefit his or her academic, public service, or policy-oriented career.

Research Proposal

This statement of not more than five pages should (a) briefly explain the applicant's intended research project, including the nature of the underlying problem to which the research will respond, and (b) state clearly the scholarly and practical objectives and significance of the research. In addition, applicants should explain, on the basis of their prior research on and/or experience with the underlying issue, the methods they intend to deploy in analyzing and contributing to the ultimate resolution of the problem. In particular, applicants should address interdisciplinary perspectives and modes of analysis that promise to increase understanding of the underlying problem. The SPILS Admissions Committee pays particular attention to research proposals in evaluating applications. The committee reviews each research proposal carefully with respect to clarity of focus, analytical specificity, interdisciplinary approach and feasibility, and the degree and quality of research and work-related experience and preparation that the applicant brings to the proposal.