I am a Future Student

Life at SLS means learning the law as a lived experience, rather than a written abstraction.

John Daley, JD ‘16

The SLS Experience

Pushing the boundaries of legal education

Sharing the SLS Experience

Ruth Levine JD '14
Thinking Like a Policy Analyst

Stanford Lawyer Issue 90

By Ruth Levine ’JD/MA ’14 (BA ’08)

[…] Understanding the architecture of the legal system is crucial for anyone who wants to enact policy change. Giving law students the opportunity to actually put their understanding to work in the context of policy issues that they care about should be an indispensable part of legal education. I think that the Policy Lab is a great step toward making this a reality at Stanford. […][…] Thinking about how to improve PRI regulations requires a lot of the skills that I was exposed to last summer. The first step was to get our legal bearings, but the remaining steps were more unusual for a law school project. We interviewed practitioners to understand how social investors make decisions and how they interact with the tax code. In figuring out what to do with that information, we […]


Fighting DOMA: Veterans as Amici Curiae

Stanford Lawyer Issue 88

By Jesse Birbach, JD ’13, Sam Jacobson, JD ’14, Jake Klonoski, JD ’13

[…] But here, at Stanford, the oath to the Constitution continues to be a meaningful part of our lives—sometimes even a more active one. In
 February, Professor Pam Karlan invited the SLS veterans community to join the effort to prepare for the March argument of United States v. Windsor.
 Working closely with JP Schnapper-Casteras, JD ’09 (BA/MA ’05), an associate at the law firm of Sidley Austin and co-author of the Windsor
 amicus brief, members of the Stanford Law Veterans Organization planned and executed a focused campaign to secure high-ranking support from the national security establishment, for an amicus brief laying out the numerous ways the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) damages military readiness and denies simple equality to fellow service members—in pay, housing, family care, survivor benefits, and basic respect. […]


The New JD
The New JD

Stanford Lawyer Issue 86

By Joan O’C. Hamilton (BA ’83)

[…] Leland has embraced the opportunities now on offer at Stanford Law with both arms, taking classes at the design school, the business school, and even a class on mindfulness meditation at the medical school. He participated in the Environmental Law Clinic and wrote and successfully argued a motion battling a major polluter of rivers and wetlands. He spent his first summer working on violent crimes and terrorism at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York. […]Jonathan Leland knew he wanted something more from his legal studies. “It’s hard to break out of the traditional law school escalator. I came to Stanford because it offered the best opportunity to forge a more entrepreneurial path out of school.” Leland, JD ’12 […]


Plan a Visit

Applicants and prospective students are strongly encouraged to visit the law school and Stanford campus.

Stanford Law School
Crown Quadrangle
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305

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Book a Campus Tour — Stanford University
Visitors can enjoy free campus walking tours. For more information, email visitorinfo@stanford.edu.

SLS Events

Attend a Law School Event
See the SLS calendar to see if there is a special event taking place on the same day.

Audit SLS Course

Visit a Law School Class
Please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@law.stanford.edu for more information.


How much is tuition?

Tuition for 2015-16 totals $54,183 and will rise in 2016-17. Tuition is due in October, January, and April.

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Where can I get more information on financial aid?

The purpose of student financial aid is to assist students who would otherwise be unable to pursue a legal education at Stanford. Approximately 78 percent of the student body receives tuition fellowship or loan assistance, with the average fellowship portion per recipient totaling about $23,000 annually. Aid is awarded on the basis of demonstrated need and is provided through a combination of tuition fellowships, government guaranteed loans and private loans.

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What are my housing options?
On-Campus Housing:

At the heart of the Stanford campus and the center of university life, Munger Residence is an on-campus home base created specifically for Stanford Law and other Stanford graduate students. In fact, lawyers-in-training had direct input in the design process, resulting in a setting that supports lively interaction among students in and beyond law, business, and the sciences while providing respite from the intensity of law school.

Munger Residence brings the best of campus housing design to Stanford, where the limitless exchange of ideas fuels learning and innovation. Open common areas; architecture that fosters community; the largest apartments on campus, with contemporary appointments and amenities; a café and convenience store — all contribute to a comfortable, collaborative living environment enriched by cross-disciplinary dialogue.

Other housing options besides Munger Residence includes:

  • Escondido Village: This apartment complex houses single students, couples, and students with children in studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments. All students with partners or spouses and/or children who live on campus are assigned to Escondido Village.
  • Lyman Apartments:This graduate apartment complex consisting of 112 single-student two-bedroom apartments. Each furnished apartment is about 575 square feet and has its own bathroom, living-dining room, kitchen, and storage closet.
  • Rains Houses: This is a graduate apartment complex that houses 779 single students in two-and four-bedroom apartments. The two-bedroom apartments vary a bit in shape and size, but the average is about 575 square feet where as the four-bedroom apartments are about 1040 square feet and have two bathrooms.
  • Schwab Center: This graduate residential complex located just a few blocks from the Stanford Business School. The Center houses more than 200 students, primarily first-year MBAs, but law school students are welcomed to apply for housing in the center. Each suite is 700 square feet with a private living area, bath, and a full kitchen shared with one other resident.
Off-Campus Housing:

Stanford is located in Santa Clara County and immediately to the north is San Mateo County. There are numerous cities surrounding Stanford, going all the way north to San Francisco and all the way south to San Jose. The following communities located within 10 miles of campus:

  • Atherton
  • East Palo Alto
  • Los Altos/Los Altos Hills
  • Menlo Park
  • Mountain View
  • Palo Alto
  • Portola Valley
  • Redwood City
  • Woodside

All incoming students and returning students are eligible to access the Community Housing online listings which include rental listings of available rooms, places to share, apartments, cottages, houses, condominiums, and temporary rentals in the communities surrounding Stanford. Several local newspapers such as The Stanford DailyThe Palo Alto WeeklyStanford Report, and San Jose Mercury News run housing advertisements.

How many applicants are there every year? And how do I apply?

Each year Stanford Law typically receives about 4,500 applications from potential students from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and 57 countries. Of those, some 180 join our vibrant community. Students come from across the United States and around the globe—from careers in the public and private sector, small liberal arts colleges and institutes of technology, military academies and academies of art, theological seminaries and medical schools, distinguished state universities and centuries-old private universities.

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Where can I go to check on the status of my application?

In order to keep you apprised of your application status, we are providing an online status page. To view the status of your application, please click on the link below in order to access the password protected online status page.  If you encounter difficulty accessing the page, note that bookmarking the site may be problematic.  We also have been advised that Internet Explorer is the most suitable browser.

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Where can I find the ABA-Required Disclosures?

You can find Stanford Law School’s ABA required disclosure here and recent graduate employment outcome here.