Seriously intellectual. I mean seriously. Be prepared for lots of jurisprudence and big challenges.
SLS has invested a lot of resources in developing a more comprehensive clinical program, something that was in its infancy when I attended. While I didn’t have the benefit of participating in these programs, it appears that they give their students a better understanding of the practice of corporate law in Silicon Valley, among many other disciplines.
It is simply the best law school on the west coast
If you’re brilliant and not a douchebag, this is a pretty awesome place to go to school.
It’s the best law school in the world! Really smart people who know how to have fun. Everyone there is smart and motivated and going to do great things — Stanford thus creates a collaborative environment where we can work together and help each other, rather than compete against each other like at some other schools (*cough cough Harvard*).
Amazing; best three years of my life.
Financial aid awards are only given out a year at a time. They will be decreased if you make any money in the summer (i.e. when you get a firm job your 2L summer, plan on essentially receiving no aid for that year). Do not just multiply your initial financial aid grant by 3, it will certainly be lower.
I don’t have a job, and likely won’t have one when I graduate, although I doubt I will be included in the law school’s hiring statistics.
It is the happiest law school in the country. Also the best for joint degrees.
Stanford is on the quarter system, which means the schedule is shifted about a month later than most other law schools. This isn’t a huge downside, but does mean that we have finals three times a year and usually have to start summer jobs a bit late. It also means about a month less time to study for the bar after graduation. Additionally, Stanford is a very small law school (approx. 180 per class) in the middle of Silicon Valley, so there is definitely a law school bubble and you know everyone in your class.
The small class size really makes a difference! I was a transfer student (T-14 to SLS) and my old school, while fantastic, was much less personal. Though this also means fewer choices for free lunch lectures…
We beat the crap out of Harvard and Yale for anything tech-related.