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Law and Education

JD/MA

Knowledge of the law is imperative to crafting educational policy and school reform strategies. Educational policymakers, administrators, and practitioners increasingly turn to lawyers as they negotiate an ever-more complex policy environment, in which state and federal agencies are involved in local decision making in unprecedented ways. In turn, lawyers must understand how schools function as complex organizations and must master the basic tools policy analysts use when tackling social problems. Stanford's JD/MA in Educational Policy, offered by the schools of education and law, prepares leaders and scholars to address these challenges.

Beginning with its first-rate schools of law and education, Stanford provides unparalleled opportunities for those interested in pursuing a joint degree in law and education. Legal and educational faculty, respected for their research, are routinely involved with policymakers and others who seek to reform education in the United States.

Students who pursue a JD/MA in Educational Policy may go on to work as attorneys for state and federal agencies, school districts, and educational/civil rights organizations. They also may pursue careers as analysts for state and federal agencies, think tanks, educational advocacy organizations, and policymakers, or may become educational entrepreneurs, lead charter school organizations, or direct other educational service providers.