A Community of Excellence
Stanford Law’s faculty unites experience in policymaking and analysis with intellectual clout and a commitment to mentoring students. Add to that access to faculty experts from across campus—partners in Stanford’s new graduate public policy program—and the chance to learn with graduate students from across disciplines, and you have the ideal community for incubating public policy expertise.
Stanford Law takes pride in maintaining a faculty recognized for both its scholarship and its teaching. Many Stanford Law faculty members have worked in government or been involved in policy advocacy, and so specialize in public policy analysis. Our community includes pioneers on some of today’s most compelling policy frontiers—such as economics expert Professor Joseph Grundfest ’78 and health policy leader Professor Hank Greely (BA ’74)—and scholars developing practical solutions to evolving policy issues—such as Professor Joseph Bankman, working with the state of California on tax return reform. All are dedicated to helping students customize their legal education to reflect their public policy interests and supporting students as they plan their futures.
Connections to Stanford’s public policy program bring access to leading educators and policy experts beyond the law school. Whether they pursue a joint degree or take policy-oriented courses to broaden their law school experience, students can study with renowned professors in business, dispute resolution, economics, education, health research and policy, international relations, management science and engineering, political science, sociology, and technology. Scholars from Stanford’s leading research institutes—the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the Hoover Institution, the Precourt Institute for Energy, the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and the Woods Institute for the Environment—also contribute to the interdisciplinary experience that distinguishes the study of law and public policy at Stanford.
Because Stanford Law’s approach to law and public policy draws on Stanford University’s interdisciplinary public policy program, law students find themselves studying next to graduate students in business, economics, international relations, or other fields that intersect with public policy work. These collaborative, cross-disciplinary learning experiences broaden a law student’s perspective and reflect the way lawyers work in the world: on teams that blend different expertise and differing points of view.
Many of our graduates will devote the vast bulk of their professional lives to tailoring public policy in a wide range of fields. Even those whose dominant professional identity is more client-centered will confront public policy questions both in the course of routine advocacy and in the course of leading the sort of rich, multidimensional lives that Stanford lawyers typically lead.Mark G. Kelman
James C. Gaither Professor of Law and Vice Dean