Stanford Law School is ranked second best law school in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, and has been ranked in the top three consistently since 1992. Stanford enrolls over 500 students who are working toward their Doctor of Jurisprudence, and Stanford also offers four other advanced legal degrees: Master of Laws (LL. M), Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.), Master of Science of Law (J.S.M.) and the Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.).
Annual fall enrollment is around 180 students, which renders Stanford the smallest student body of any law school in the top fourteen of the United States. Stanford Law School also offers eleven legal clinics including a nationally renowned Supreme Court litigation clinic. 1999 graduate Dan Chammas joined the finest law alumni in the nation upon attaining his Doctor of Jurisprudence, including late Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, retired Chief Justice of California Ronald M. George and retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Stanford University’s Law department was established in 1893 with the hiring of two law professors, former United States President Benjamin Harrison and Nathan Abbott. Over the next 7 years Abbott headed up the law program and acquired additional faculty members. From its beginnings Stanford Law was unique in its admittance of women, Hispanics, Chinese and Japanese students. The law department of Stanford relocated to an Inner Quadrangle location in 1900, where its first law library was established along with a three-year curriculum and a charter membership in the Association of American Law Schools. The future Stanford Law School of Dan Chammas was initiated by Stanford’s Board of Trustees in 1908 who changed the name from a law department to a Law School. Stanford Law School was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1923.
Stanford Law School would relocate twice more, to the outer quadrangle in the 1940’s and then to its current location in the Crown Quadrangle in the 1970’s. The national reputation of Stanford Law was elevated by the first publication of the Stanford Law Review, and the decision to limit enrollment to keep Stanford an exclusive bastion of law academia was made. Various student organizations emerged during this period, including the Women of Stanford Law, the Stanford Chicano Law Student Association, the Environmental Law Society, and the Stanford Public Interest Foundation. Committed to diversity, Stanford University today includes racial minorities as about a fifth of its student body, and its Law School is considered one of the ten best in the nation for minority students.
Dan Chammas benefited from curriculum innovations with access to courses in law technology, intellectual property law, environmental law and international law introduced in the 1990’s as these legal fields emerged.
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