Five Stanford Law School faculty members have received seed grants from Stanford’s Office of Online Learning. The grants will help faculty develop online and blended classes, for Stanford students or as massive open online courses (MOOCs). Richard Thompson Ford (BA ’88), George E. Osborne Professor of Law, is collaborating with [...]
Articles in ‘Legal Education’
After more than 20 years serving low-income clients, many attorneys would be suffering from “compassion fatigue,” professional burnout, or a combination of the two. But not Juliet Brodie, director of the Stanford Community Law Clinic. Named associate dean of clinical education and director of the Mills Legal Clinic in the spring of 2013, Brodie [...]
Privacy in the digital age may be one of the defining issues for this generation of law students. With many of the most intimate details of their lives contained in their cell phones—in texts and apps and emails—they are passionate about wanting to influence policy governing their personal digital footprint. [...]
On March 25 the U.S. Supreme Court heard heated arguments in a key “Contraceptive Mandate” case, which asks: Can the government require for-profit corporations to provide their employees with health insurance that covers certain contraception methods to which the corporations’ owners object on religious grounds? Among the 400 spectators in [...]
Job candidates know that thorough preparation is often the deciding factor between success and failure. For Stanford Law graduates aspiring to a career in the legal academy, getting ready for the annual hiring conference sponsored by the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), known as the “meat market,” is essential—if [...]
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.