Articles in ‘Legal Education’

Discussing Ethical and Professional Values

November 8, 2013 | Issue 89

One of the distinguishing characteristics of Stanford Law School is its relatively small size. And that gave M. Elizabeth Magill, Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean, an idea. “When I came to Stanford, I was struck by the intimacy of the law school,” she says.

Meet Liz Magill

November 8, 2012 | Issue 87

Liz Magill likes to run. Not too fast, but steady. It’s a good thing, too. Getting up to speed in her new job as the Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean of Stanford Law School, with back-to-back appointments every day and events on most evenings, will take marathon stamina.

The JD Entrepreneurs

June 19, 2012 | Issue 86

Stanford Law School has long been a magnet for innovative students, those drawn to the Palo Alto campus not just for a law degree but also for immersion in the uniquely entrepreneurial environment of the university and its Silicon Valley environs.

The New JD

June 11, 2012 | Issue 86

Today’s Stanford Law offers a wide array of opportunities to explore not only the kind of law students hope to practice but also to learn more about the kinds of clients they’ll work for and the dynamics of the world they will enter.

Robert W. Gordon

October 28, 2011 | Issue 85

Apparently, some people just can’t stay away. Robert W. Gordon, professor of law, is the latest member of an elite group of academics whose members, having spent time in the East, have seen the (sun)light and rejoined the Stanford Law School faculty. Gordon began his academic career at SUNY Buffalo [...]

James Cavallaro

October 28, 2011 | Issue 85

James Cavallaro prefers to be called Jim. “I hear ‘James’ with a stuffy British accent,” he says. And he’s anything but that. Born and raised in Flatbush, he was an out-of-place kid from Brooklyn at Harvard when he went there to study political science. 
“In the early 1980s a lot [...]

From the Dean

May 31, 2011 | Issue 84

Students today put a lot more thought into choosing a law school than they did in the past. And they have access to vastly more information with which to do so. In addition to a surfeit of books offering advice on the best law schools, not to mention U.S. News, they can (and do) turn to blogs and list serves and chat groups to gather information and exchange stories and opinions. On top of this, most schools invite admitted applicants to spend a day or two on campus, where they can learn still more about the school and meet current students and faculty.

I really enjoy these weekends. I love meeting prospective students, each more amazing than the last. I like explaining what we do at Stanford Law and why. I especially enjoy conversations in which someone challenges me to explain why he or she should choose Stanford over some other law school. But this year was different in one respect. A number of admitted students were still undecided about attending law school at all, still looking to be persuaded that a law degree is worth the time and money—still unsure, in the lingo of the moment, that law is a good “value proposition.”

Prospective law students do not have these concerns because of the economy. Hard economic times usually make law school more attractive, as young people sensibly invest in their education while waiting for things to [...]

Advocating Science

May 31, 2011 | Issue 84

My graduate school advisor, the late Stephen Schneider, liked to ask his students: “Is the scientist-advocate an oxymoron?” As he was fond of pointing out, the two professional value systems are often in conflict. The ideal scientist is a disinterested party with a neutral perspective, while the ideal advocate is [...]

Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe

May 31, 2011 | Issue 84

In this profile, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe ’89 (MA ’89) shares her insights on international human rights, democratic movements in the Middle East, the challenges of working in the United Nations, her path to a career as an ambassador, and more.

Studying the Legal Profession

May 31, 2011 | Issue 84

The legal profession is undergoing an enormous transformation, with the development of mega-firms, globalization, changing client demands, the Internet and resulting communications and technology innovations. Lawyers practicing at firms know that the profession has been changing dramatically, particularly over the last three decades. Yet academics who study the legal profession [...]