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Hands-On Experience and the Chance to Learn by Doing

Stanford Law School’s programs in law, economics, and business blend theory and practice, intensive classroom learning, and hands-on experience. Students can work on a business law journal, join a vibrant student organization, organize a panel, develop a conference, customize an interdisciplinary degree or legal concentration—and pursue the career path of their dreams.

With Stanford Law resources and the support of an open, entrepreneurial intellectual community, anything is possible.

Students interested in gaining a vital understanding of law, economics, and business will find many opportunities beyond the classroom. Stanford Law offers grants that enable students with financial need to pursue summer internships and gain practical skills in the public sector. In the past, law, economics, and business students have received these grants to support their volunteer work at government agencies and intergovernmental organizations, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust or Tax Divisions, the Federal Reserve Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the World Bank.

Back on campus, student organizations unite peers who share an interest in law, economics, and business issues. Serving on the staff of a Stanford Law publication, students can develop editorial skills, work with noted scholars, and develop their own theories on issues in their area of interest. With conferences happening throughout the year, students can also be involved behind the scenes—setting agendas, working with guest speakers—and be part of the conversation when experts gather.

Students in Stanford Law School’s programs in law, economics, and business benefit from diverse opportunities to explore the intersection of legal theory and practice and gain career-shaping insight and experience.

Join the conversation as directors from leading companies around the world confront the toughest issues in corporate directorship today—from compensation and succession planning to governance and corporate responsibility—through Directors’ College.

Hear advice, perspectives, and unforgettable inside stories from leading VCs, corporate counsel, and CEOs in Stanford Law’s landmark Deals class, taught by Professor Michael Klausner, an expert on corporations, banking, and nonprofits. Then test classroom learning through negotiations, and get immediate feedback.

Provide issues analysis when top institutional money managers representing more than $7 trillion in invested assets convene through the Stanford Institutional Investors Forum for confidential, free-ranging conversation on current policy issues.

Collaborate and get advice from high-profile CEOs, engineers, and VCs on launching a business venture by competing on a BASES team as part of the largest student entrepreneur organization in the country.

Polish negotiation and conflict resolution skills through the Gould Negotiation and Mediation Program, a popular series of theory and hands-on learning experiences.

Pursue special interests or collaborate on faculty research through important databases accessible at Stanford: Securities Class Action Clearinghouse, Open Source Corporate Governance Reporting System, and the Intellectual Property Litigation Clearinghouse.

Travel to New York or Washington, D.C., for a Rock Center hosted invitation-only event—perhaps including a frank discussion of the SEC’s latest proposal for enforcing compensation disclosure guidelines or implementing the JOBS Act.

Funded by an Olin Program research grant, purchase a database to research the cost of equity capital for firms in different legal systems, travel for a study on liberalizing telecommunications regulations under World Trade Organization agreements, attend a national conference on law and economics, and present findings.

Participate in an Olin-sponsored conference on international technology licensing, intellectual property law and technology licensing, liability and insurance, constitutional law and economics, or social policy toward catastrophic risk. Stanford is dedicated to launching its students on career paths that reflect their special interests in law, economics, and business. Because Stanford Law graduates are renowned for their intelligence, commitment, and practical skills, national firms recruit on campus.

Stanford Law alumni populate leading law, venture capital, private equity, investment banking, and consulting firms and corporations from New York and Washington, D.C., to Chicago and San Francisco. Some are entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, hedge fund managers, CEOs, or Hollywood executives. Others pursue research interests and life in academia. Olin grant and fellowship recipients now hold distinguished teaching positions in business, economics, and law in a wide range of institutions, including Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, Emory, University of Wisconsin–Madison, and University of Toronto. Whichever path they choose, students find Stanford Law School’s law, economics, and business programs an auspicious beginning that opens doors and generates a lifetime of opportunities.