Located in the San Francisco Bay area, which sees sunshine for 300 days a year, Stanford Law School is one of the finest in the country, currently ranked #3 by U.S. News and World Report; not surprisingly, it is also one of the most selective law schools in the country, accepting just 9% of applicants in 2007.
Stanford Law School's three-year full-time Juris Doctor (J.D.) program operates from late August to late April. Housing information is available on the school's website.
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610
Enrollment Information for Class of 2010
Students of Color: 33%
Student to Faculty Ratio: 1: 8.3
LSAT Median: 170
LSAT 25/75 Percentile: 167-172
UGPA Median: 3.85
UGPA 25/75 Percentile: 3.74-3.95
Costs and Fees (2009-2010)
Other fees (estimates):
Books and supplies: $1,815
Room and board: $18,603
Estimated total budget: $67,359
Note that all incoming students are required to have a laptop computer, which may be purchased through a special program with the Stanford Bookstore; students who buy laptops through the school may be eligible to get their financial aid budgets increased by as much as $3,300.
Application fee: $75
Application deadline: February 2, 2009 for Fall 2009 admission
Fall 2010 applications will be available in September 2009.
Applicants must file applications with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
Along with the application and fee, applicants must submit:
- Statement of Dean
- Personal statement
- Two letters of recommendations
- Right of access to recommendations
- LSAT score
- LSDAS report
For more information, see JD Application Process.
Students wishing to transfer to Stanford Law must have completed their first year at an a member of the Association of American Law Schools and must complete the online application at the school's website; the deadline is June 15, 2009 for Fall 2009 admission.
For more information on transferring to Stanford Law School, contact the Admissions Office.
Degrees and Curriculum
In order to earn a Juris Doctor degree, a student must acquire 86 credits and complete requirements in ethics, writing, and professional skills. For a more complete explanation of requirements, see
For more information, see Student Handbook (PDF).
The first-year curriculum includes Civil Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts, Legal Research and Writing I and II, Constitutional Law I, Property, and two to four electives. Students choose all courses during the second and third years of study.
Stanford Law offers 20 formal joint degree programs in which students can earn a J.D. along with another professional degree (Master's or Ph.D.) from one of Stanford's graduate or professional schools; they may also design their own joint degree program.
Stanford Law School also offers advanced law degrees, master's (L.L.M.) and doctorate (J.S.D).
Study abroad opportunities are available through Stanford Law's Foreign Legal Study Program.
Law Journals and Other Activities
Stanford Law School has eight student journals: Stanford Law Review, Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Stanford Journal of Animal Law and Policy, and Stanford Environmental Law Journal.
Along with 57 student organizations, the law school also has various programs and centers for special law interests, including the Stanford Constitutional Law Center, Stanford Criminal Justice Center, Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation, and the Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology.
A majority of Stanford Law students take the California State Bar Exam, and in 2007 achieved a 88.7% pass rate. The overall pass rate for the California Bar Exam was 65%.
From the 2007 graduating class, 98.3% were employed at graduation and 98.5% were employed nine months after graduation. According to the law school, the mean starting salary was $160,000. Fifty-eight percent of the Class of 2007 accepted employment outside of California.