Stanford University Law School

Stanford University Law School

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Consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the country, Stanford University Law School is the gold standard when it comes to West Coast law schools. Park that East Coat bias at the curb when entering this Palo Alto-based school.  With a 94.68% percent bar pass rate, 80.2% percent employment rate, and an average first-year class size of 60, Stanford is a leader in almost all categories for law schools in the Bay Area. 

It would be hard to find a weakness in any area. Indeed, it's only getting stronger. Last year, the school got a $25 million gift – the largest from an alum in the law school's history. It came from William A. Franke, a businessman and lifelong philanthropist. It endows the Stanford Law's Global Initiative, which is now named the W. A. Franke Global Law Program.

The school also offers 27 different formal joint degrees, allowing students to take advantage of the expertise of Stanford University’s other graduate programs while also earning a law degree. Student response to the joint degree offering continues to be strong.

All those benefits come with a hefty price tag — $62,373 per year. But Stanford balances the tuition bill by awarding the highest median grant amount of any school in San Francisco, $33,016. Just slightly under half of all students, 47 percent, receive some type of grant award.   

If you get in, you should go. Really. Go. Don't think twice. Go. 


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75th Percentile1743.99
25th Percentile1693.82
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$33016
Percent receiving grants47.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 91.40%
NJ Employment91.1
Bar Passage94.68%
Academic Profile
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Alternative Dispute Resolution
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Employment and Labor Law
Entertainment Law
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Estate Planning
Family Law/Child & Family
Health Law
Human Rights
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Public Policy
Real Estate Transactions
Tax Law
Technology Law
Trial Advocacy