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Getting Business School Skills While In Law School

Publication Date: 
March 26, 2008
U.S. News & World Report
Emma Schwartz

Stanford Law School is featured in a U.S. News & World Report story about law schools adding more practical offerings to their curricula, especially in the area of business. Dean Larry Kramer is quoted:

"It's pretty clear that to be a successful lawyer today you need to know more than the content of the law and how to argue about it," says Larry Kramer, dean of the Stanford Law School.

In order to involve students in a more diversified curriculum that allows them to integrate their law classes with classes from other disciplines, the law school modified not only its calendar but also the students' ability to get credits.


Stanford has taken a broader approach. In 2006, the law school began revamping its calendar from the semester system to quarters, which every other school on campus uses. It also boosted the number of credits students can take outside the law school and encouraged them to take classes in any specialty they think will complement their legal interest, such as business, engineering, or health. Stanford is also offering classes in which business or engineering students work together with law students on problems such as taking an invention to market or modeling a company merger.