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Santa Clara University School of Law

Take advantage of our rigorous J.D. program-including our top-ranked program in Intellectual Property-and the many opportunities to enhance your skills both inside and outside the classroom.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 880
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 156 - 160
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.0 - 3.45
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 77.11%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 75.8%
Tuition $43,680

Overview

Overview

About Santa Clara University School of Law

Take advantage of our rigorous J.D. program-including our top-ranked program in Intellectual Property-and the many opportunities to enhance your skills both inside and outside the classroom.

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Jesuit-affiliated Santa Clara University School of Law “in the heart of Silicon Valley” is a smaller school that manages to offer “a wide range” of courses across a host of legal areas. As you would expect given the location, Santa Clara Law boasts “one of the top-ranking high-tech programs in the nation.” The course work in patent and intellectual property law is “tremendous,” and students regularly intern with “the vast array” of existing mammoth corporations as well as the next generation of mammoth corporations here “in the venture-capital capital of the country.” The international law program is also extensive and “incredible.” Study abroad opportunities are mind-blowing. There are a dozen different programs in twenty cities around the globe including—just to cite a few—Istanbul, Budapest, and Shanghai. In addition, there are several unique international judicial externships and international internships available. Still another perk here is the prominent focus on public interest and social justice law. SCU is teeming with institutes, centers, and programs that allow students to do “great things for people.”“Real-world experience” is one of the hallmarks of the professors at Santa Clara Law. “Some are brilliant savants, but you just can’t learn from them.” On the whole, though, faculty members are “top-notch,” “dedicated to teaching,” and “obviously committed to their students.” Professors are “approachable” as well. They “really engage students” outside of class” “about their past experiences and future hopes.” Administratively, lower-level staff can be “somewhat surly,” and sometimes the decisions of the top brass “leave much to be desired,” but the general consensus is that management is “extremely accommodating” and “very concerned with student feedback.” “It would be difficult to find another law school that cares so much about [its] students and actually does some­thing about it,” beams a 1L.Santa Clara’s lush, “peaceful” campus is “simply gorgeous and kept very nicely.” It’s also home to some “great facilities.” The law school facilities are pretty mundane, though. “The classrooms are classrooms,” says a 3L. The law library is “certainly adequate,” but it’s “fairly depressing.” It’s “dark, and the temperature controls suck.” On the bright side, the undergrad library “right next door” is “incredibly awesome,” and it’s a regular haunt for law students.Santa Clara has a stellar reputation in the Bay Area, and career prospects are solid. More than 80 percent of all newly minted graduates head off to the private sector, where median starting salaries are very impressive. Quite a few students take jobs in Silicon Valley. San Francisco is another common destination. Santa Clara Law’s “very accessible, passionate, successful, and helpful alumni network” is a huge advantage when students are looking for work. They are “very willing to give back to the school and provide advice and opportunities to current students.” “Sometimes it feels like the entire community of attorneys in the South Bay graduated from Santa Clara,” explains a 3L, “especially when it comes to district attorneys, public defenders, and judges.” The alumni base and the SCU brand name aren’t as strong nationally, though. “Nobody knows about it outside of the San Francisco area,” laments another 3L.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 15

Description: A program that prepares lawyers educated outside the United States to understand U. S. or Canadian law and jurisprudence.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 323

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA - 3 1/2 to 4 YRS JD/MSIS - 3 1/2 to 4 YRS

Specialty Law Programs

  • Constitutional
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 101
Full-Time Faculty 58
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 4
Part-Time Faculty 39
Faculty Gender 46% Male
53% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 11 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 53% Male
47% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 53%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 4%
International 5%
Hispanic/Latino 11%
Ethnicity Unknown 0%
Black or African American 2%
Asian 24%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $43,680 Same as On-Campus
Housing $14,582 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $58,262 $43,680

Financial Aid

87% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$46,263 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: February 1

Average Age Admitted: 25

Application Fee: $75

Incoming Class

Santa Clara University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 156 - 160
LSAT Part-Time 155 - 160
LSAT Total 156 - 160

Santa Clara University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.0 - 3.45
Part-Time 2.88 - 3.52
Total 3.0 - 3.45

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Also Considered: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Recommendations, State Residency, Interview, Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

#228 National Universities High School Counselor Rankings

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 94%
First Time Pass Rate 77%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 72%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 70
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 76%
Average Starting Salary $90,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 53 23%
Firm Sized 11-25 15 7%
Firm Sized 26-50 7 7%
Firm Sized 51-100 7 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 1 0%
Firm Sized 251-500 2 1%
Firm Sized 501+ 28 12%
Business Industry 57 25%
Government 16 7%
Public Interest 5 2%
Academia 23 10%
Unknown Employer Type 1 0%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 28 9%
Unemployed, Seeking 24 8%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 4 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CO 1%
TX 2%
CA 92%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Santa Clara University School of Law include:

  • Robert Durham - Oregon Supreme Court Associate Justice
  • Dorian Daley - General Counsel, Oracle
  • Sam O'Rourke - Deputy General Counsel, Intellectual Property at Facebook
  • Zoe Lofgren - Congresswoman, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Leon Panetta - Political Leader

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