Stanford Law School

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Stanford Law School is a graduate school at Stanford University located near Palo Alto, California, United States, in Silicon Valley. The Law School was established in 1893 when former President Benjamin Harrison joined the faculty as the first professor of law. It employs about 50 faculty and hosts over 500 students who are working towards their Juris Doctor. Stanford Law School is one of the most prestigious and elite law schools in the United States, typically ranking in the top three in the US News & World Report annual rankings of law schools and currently ranked second. The late Chief Justice of the United States William Rehnquist and former Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor are both Stanford alumni, as is Chief Justice of California Ronald M. George.

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Stanford Law School Admissions

Stanford Law School is considered a Highly Competitive law school, which accepts only 12% of its applicants. Comparatively, Stanford is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 3847 433 (11.26%) 180 (4.7%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.78 3.89 3.97
LSAT 169 171 173

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $56,274 $56,274
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $29,694
  • Living off-campus: $31,005
  • Living at home: N/A

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: N/A
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: N/A
  • Application Fee: $100

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Stanford Law School Community

Stanford Law School is considered to have a Highly Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Stanford is Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 86
  • Part Time: 33


  • # Female Faculty: 57
  • # Minority Faculty: 27


6.7 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: Yes
  • Law Specific Housing: No

Stanford Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Stanford Law School 1L section size is 48% larger than law schools in California and 49% larger than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Stanford Law School: 288
California Average: 150
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 602
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 318

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 35
  • Law Journals: 415
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 0.0%
  • Second Year: 0.5%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Stanford Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Stanford Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 96% with 1% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 92.0%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 49.0%
  • Business: 6.0%
  • Government: 2.0%
  • Public Interest: 9.0%
  • Academia: 1.0%
  • California: 42%
  • New York: 18%
  • District of Columbia: 9%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 92.0%
  • First Time Takers: 175
  • Average School: 90.1%
  • Average State: 69.7%
  • Pass Difference: 20.3%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • California: 66.1%
  • Passed: 99 of 114 (86.8%)
  • State Average: 69.7%
  • Difference: 20.8%