Santa Clara University

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500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

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#107 Best Law Schools


#33 in Part-time Law

Law School Overview

The School of Law at Santa Clara University has an application deadline of February 1. The full-time program application fee at the School of Law at Santa Clara University is $75. The part-time program application fee at the School of Law at Santa Clara University is $75. Its tuition is full-time: $1,500 per credit and part-time: $1,500 per credit. The student-faculty ratio is 11.0:1. The School of Law at Santa Clara University has 99 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

Located in the San Francisco Bay area, the Santa Clara University School of Law puts students within reach of the law firms, start-ups, and corporations of Silicon Valley. The law school offers both a full-time J.D. program and a part-time, evening program, as well as semester and summer programs for law students enrolled at other institutions.

The Santa Clara University School of Law has a high law school ranking in intellectual property law and offers a High Tech Law curriculum program. Other focused areas of study at Santa Clara Law include a Biotech Law curriculum program and an international law curriculum program. For students interested in pursuing a non-legal course of study, Santa Clara Law School offers a dual degree J.D./M.B.A. program and a J.D./M.S.I.S. (Master of Science in Information Systems), both in conjunction with the Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business.

The law school operates a variety of research centers and institutes, including the Center for Global Law and Policy, the High Tech Law Institute, and the Broadband Institute of California. It also offers clinics, such as the Low Income Tax Clinic, for students to build their legal know-how and counseling skills. Outside of class, students may considering joining the law school’s array of student organizations, including the Real Estate Law Society and the Law and Business Club, or might try out for a law journal, including the Santa Clara Law Review, the Computer and High Technology Law Journal, and the Santa Clara Journal of International Law.

Notable alumni of the Santa Clara University School of Law include Leon Panetta, former director of the CIA; Bonnie MacNaughton, a senior attorney at Microsoft, and Rodney Moore, former president of the National Bar Association.

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Year founded 1851
Public/private Private
Law school designation Regional


Application deadline February 1
Full-time program application fee $75
Part-time program application fee $75
Admissions phone (408) 554-4800
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 99
Student-faculty ratio 11.0:1
Total faculty 113

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 624
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 296


Tuition and fees

full-time: $1,500 per credit
part-time: $1,500 per credit

Room and board $14,582


Employed at graduation2 36.6%
Median private sector starting salary $120,000
Median public service starting salary $74,500


Total volumes and volume equivalents 401,761

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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