“People are happy” at Stanford Law School, and why wouldn’t they be? There are “tons of programs,” an array of specialized centers, and a couple dozen joint-degree options. The eleven clinics here include a Supreme Court litigation clinic and an IP Innovation clinic, just to list a couple. “The resources available to us at Stanford are fantastic, and sometimes unbelievable,” gushes a 2L. The “amazingly brilliant” and “diverse” faculty is “a great mix of practically minded and experienced—professors and wild-minded theorists.” Professors are “incredible lecturers and easy to approach outside of the classroom.”
The Stanford campus is “sprawling” and “beautiful,” with “acres of rolling green hills for hiking, and palm trees everywhere.” “The law school is hideous from the outside but, inside, it’s quite nice.” The library is a world-class research facility “and all law students have twenty-four-hour access to study there.” “I can’t study in any other university library,” admits a comfortable 1L, “because I have become too accustomed to the law school’s Aeron chairs.”
A few students call Career Services “underwhelming,” but “Pretty much everyone can get a firm job if they want one.” They can get that job anywhere in the country, too. Less than 50 percent of all newly minted Stanford Law grads take jobs in California. Stanford is also “seriously committed to public interest law,” and the “great loanrepayment program” here is arguably the best in the country. Also worth noting is the impressive historical fact that more than 100 Stanford law graduates have clerked for one of the Supreme Court Justices.
Of course, nothing is perfect, even at Stanford. Some students love the pass/failgrading system while others say it provides little incentive to work hard. Despite these complaints, though, students call Stanford “the best law school west of the Appalachians,” and they “have a hard time seeing why anyone would choose to go to law schoolanywhere else.”
Certainly, “you won’t have to contend with snow or gloomy weather” at this school. “The weather is perfect 90 percent of the time.” Some students call Palo Alto “a cultural wonderland” that has everything you need including “incredibly nice” graduate student housing located right next to the law school. Other students gripe, “Living in Palo Alto is like living in a suburb, which to anyone who is coming from an urban area will be a shock.” “A big percentage of Stanford students are married, or commute from San Francisco, so they have their own lives away from the school.” Extracurricular activity is constant for everyone, though. “Having the law school right in the middle of Silicon Valley allows for many practitioners, general counsels, venture capitalists,” and the like to drop by. Student organizations are profuse. “Everyone at Stanford is president of a club, editor of a journal, director of a pro bono, and a board member of a society,” claims a 2L. “Social events are plentiful,” and they are “always a hoot.” There is something of a fraternity-like culture if that’s what you are looking for, but it’s “not [an] overwhelming scene,” and we aren’t talking about people doing multiple keg stands. “You have to remember that everyone had to be pretty studious and dorky in order to get in here,” says a 1L.