Stanford University

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Crown Quadrangle, 559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305

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The Law School at Stanford University has an application deadline of February 2. The full-time program application fee at the Law School at Stanford University is $100. Its tuition is full-time: $52,530 per year. The student-faculty ratio is 7.3:1. The Law School at Stanford University has 85 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

Students can chart their own academic course at Stanford Law School. There are more than 25 joint degree options offered in conjunction with other schools at Stanford University, including the highly ranked Graduate School of Business. Most J.D. and master’s joint degrees can be completed in three years, the same amount of time that a traditional law degree takes. In addition to joint degree programs at Stanford, law students can earn a subsequent degree at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and at the Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

Law students pursuing a traditional J.D. can begin to customize their education as early as their second year through a wide variety of elected courses. Stanford was among the first law schools to experiment with clinics, training tools in which students help real clients with their legal issues. Today, there are about 10 clinics for students to check out. Students can also get involved in more than 50 student organizations and about 10 student-run journals, in addition to community service projects.

For a break from the law school grind, students can explore the surrounding area of Palo Alto, Calif., or head to nearby beaches, the closest of which are about a half an hour away. Law students may live on campus in dormitories or apartments. Notable alumni of Stanford Law School include William Rehnquist, former Supreme Court Justice; Miriam Rivera, former Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Google; and Robert Paul Cochran, Emmy-winning co-creator of television series "24."

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Year founded 1893
Public/private Private
Law school designation National


Application deadline February 2
Full-time program application fee $100
Part-time program application fee N/A
Admissions phone (650) 723-4985
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 85
Student-faculty ratio 7.3:1
Total faculty 121

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 574
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 194


Tuition and fees

full-time: $52,530 per year

Room and board $20,874


Employed at graduation2 94.5%
Median private sector starting salary $160,000
Median public service starting salary $62,459


Total volumes and volume equivalents 469,477

* 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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