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The only program of its breadth and depth at a law school, the Policy Lab is tackling real-world challenges ranging from tax code reform to childhood obesity to wildlife trafficking, with students gaining valuable experience in policy analysis where lawyers often contribute but law schools offer little to no preparation.

Law and Policy Lab: Tackling Timely Policy Challenges

The only program of its breadth and depth at a law school, the Policy Lab is tackling real-world challenges ranging from tax code reform to childhood obesity to wildlife trafficking, with students gaining valuable experience in policy analysis where lawyers often contribute but law schools offer little to no preparation.

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Brest has influenced generations of lawyers as their teacher, colleague, mentor, and friend. After more than a decade-long hiatus, he has settled back into academic life at Stanford, with a full-time course load—and, of course,  leading the effort to get the practicums up and running.

Paul Brest

Brest has influenced generations of lawyers as their teacher, colleague, mentor, and friend. After more than a decade-long hiatus, he has settled back into academic life at Stanford, with a full-time course load—and, of course, leading the effort to get the practicums up and running.

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Law students are taking advantage of the many resources available at Stanford to support their ambitions—including a candy store-like array of courses and programs, all aimed at promoting entrepreneurship. At Stanford Law, the second and third years are turning out to be opportunities not just for clinics and practicums, but also to learn how to start a company or work with others doing the same.

Student Entrepreneurs

Law students are taking advantage of the many resources available at Stanford to support their ambitions—including a candy store-like array of courses and programs, all aimed at promoting entrepreneurship. At Stanford Law, the second and third years are turning out to be opportunities not just for clinics and practicums, but also to learn how to start a company or work with others doing the same.

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When Katharine Weymouth was named publisher of The Washington Post in 2008, she became much more than that. The fourth generation in her family to work at the iconic paper, Weymouth became part of a tradition—even if she had to encourage a break with tradition to save it.

The Future of Print and Digital News

When Katharine Weymouth was named publisher of The Washington Post in 2008, she became much more than that. The fourth generation in her family to work at the iconic paper, Weymouth became part of a tradition—even if she had to encourage a break with tradition to save it.

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Thompson’s role as special master on such a crucial and timely case cannot be overstated.  “This is a dispute among sovereign states over a shared resource that is critical to the states’ citizens and economies, and both Montana and Wyoming have invested enormous resources into presenting their cases,” he says.  “The issues, moreover, raise complex issues of law and fact.”

A River Runs Through It: Buzz Thompson's Stint as a Special Master

Thompson’s role as special master on such a crucial and timely case cannot be overstated. “This is a dispute among sovereign states over a shared resource that is critical to the states’ citizens and economies, and both Montana and Wyoming have invested enormous resources into presenting their cases,” he says. “The issues, moreover, raise complex issues of law and fact.”

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Working in close conjunction with the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office and the San Mateo County Private Defender Program, the clinic aims to provide referred clients with zealous, compassionate, professional-quality representation. In the process, the law students learn how to try cases from beginning to end, while engaging in thoughtful reflection on the role of the defense attorney in the criminal justice system.

Criminal Defense Clinic

Working in close conjunction with the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office and the San Mateo County Private Defender Program, the clinic aims to provide referred clients with zealous, compassionate, professional-quality representation. In the process, the law students learn how to try cases from beginning to end, while engaging in thoughtful reflection on the role of the defense attorney in the criminal justice system.

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 Legal Aggregates

SLS Faculty Weigh In on Recent SCOTUS Decisions

 

 Video and Podcast Vault

Stanford Law Students Work on Real-World Problems in New Law and Policy Lab

 

 The Cutting Edge

Russia, Ukraine, and International Law

 

Re your opinion: “… interests of their ISP don’t necessarily align with their own… ” – Please forgive me if I play something like the devil’s advocate for a moment: if I were to enter the US highway system with an exceptionally heavy and wide truck, slowing down traffic and [...]

- Colm Barry

 

With the 2013 Supreme Court term nearing an end, Stanford Law School faculty weigh in on key decisions. Riley v. California Decision on June 25, 2014 The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest. In a landmark Fourth Amendment case, Riley [...]

 

Stanford Law School’s Law and Policy Lab allows students to work under the supervision of faculty members with real-world clients, such as the EPA, San Mateo Superior Court, U.S. Copyright office and more. 

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The situation in eastern Ukraine is reaching a boiling point. Pro-Russian mobs attacked government buildings in Donetsk and Horlivka while fully armed militiamen disarmed police officers and surrounded the mayor’s office in Slaviansk. Dressed in relatively new camouflage uniforms with no insignia, pro-Russian separatists carry the most advanced Russian assault [...]

Arash Aramesh

 
     

From the Dean

By Liz Magill

The very best lawyers are problem-solvers. True, they have specialized knowledge—they may know the securities laws, for instance—and specialized skills—they may know how to cross-examine an expert witness. But truly able lawyers can take a problem, see its distinct elements, and identify and analyze possible solutions.

Stanford Law’s new Law and Policy Lab, our cover feature in this issue, recognizes that lawyers solve problems outside of courtrooms and boardrooms. Our graduates have always been influential in policy—its formulation, its implementation, and its execution. And our current students increasingly see that their careers will involve policy. The Law and Policy Lab helps prepare our students for that future.

Practicums are at the heart of this initiative. In each practicum, a faculty member works with a small group of students to help solve a real-world problem, usually at the request of a client. The clients and their problems come in all shapes and sizes. For instance, the U.S. Copyright Office asks how the recording of copyrights can be more efficient. Paul Goldstein and a group of students work to answer the question. Or the California Law Review Commission asks how to modernize California law regarding law enforcement access to the records of cell phone providers, social media companies, and Internet service providers. Bob Weisberg and a group of students work to answer those questions.

News

Friday, July 18

Stanford Law School Policy Lab Students File Recommendations to Update National Environmental Policy Act

STANFORD, Calif., July 18, 2014 – Stanford Law School students this week filed detailed recommendations to the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality on how to update the National Env […]
Monday, July 7

Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society Launches World Intermediary Liability Map to Educate the Public about Internet Regulation Worldwide

STANFORD, Calif., July 7, 2014—The Center for Internet and Society (CIS) at Stanford Law School launched a new online educational resource initiative called the “World Intermediary Liability Map, […]