Articles in ‘Legal Education’

Stanford Seed Grants Awarded to Faculty

May 28, 2014 | Issue 90

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 [...]

Paul Brest

May 28, 2014 | Issue 90

See Tweets and Comments Paul Brest was given a Yiddish proverb when he stepped down as dean of Stanford Law School in 1999 to become president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. “With money in your pocket, you are wise and you are handsome and you sing well, too.” While at [...]

Juliet Brodie

May 28, 2014 | Issue 90

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 [...]

Thinking Like a Policy Analyst

May 28, 2014 | Issue 90

If the halls of the Internal Revenue Service could ever be described as abuzz, it would have been last summer. I arrived in D.C. for my summer internship in June of 2013, less than a month after the so-called IRS “Tea Party scandal” broke. I was working in the tax [...]

Law and Policy Lab

May 28, 2014 | Issue 90

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. [...]

When the Moot Becomes Real

May 27, 2014 | Issue 90

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 [...]

Helping SLS Grads Join the Academy

May 27, 2014 | Issue 90

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 [...]

From The Dean

May 23, 2014 | Issue 90

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.

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.