Stanford University Law School Interview Questions

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University Information

Stanford is known as one of the most prestigious universities in the world, as well as one of the largest campuses in the US. It was established in 1885, and was made co-educational and non-denominational just six years later. It’s an hour’s drive from San Francisco, near Palo Alto, making it a natural fit for those interested in tech and the Silicon Valley. In fact, the university had a linear accelerator by 1970 and hosted part of the early network that would become the technical foundation of the internet in due course.

The campus is 8180 acres in total and houses almost all undergraduates who study at the school There are 700 buildings housing 40 departments, and the school counts 21 Nobel laureates within its community. Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the US, was one of the very first class of Stanford and received his geology degree in 1895. Alumni also include 30 current billionaires and 17 astronauts.

Course Information

Stanford Law has a ‘variety of innovative approaches’ which encourage its students to think not just as lawyers but as both ‘clients and scholars.’ There are a range of different learning experiences available to students, across the breadth of the campus – they have access to courses outside the law school that will build out their legal education further. This means access to thought leaders across a variety of different areas as well as various multidisciplinary programs, lectures and conferences. Students can also choose to add another degree and pursue a joint degree – either a Master’s or a Doctorate, or take on teamwork oriented simulation courses with students from other parts of the university.

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Admissions Statistics & Process

The admissions process at Stanford includes the following:
– A one-to-two page resumé which describes academic, extracurricular and professional activities
– A personal statement. This must share important or unusual information about yourself that is not otherwise apparent in your application.
– A diversity essay, if relevant. The school states that ‘admission to Stanford Law is based primarily upon superior academic achievement and potential to contribute to the legal profession, [but] the Admissions Committee also considers the diversity (broadly defined) of an entering class important to the school’s educational mission.’
– Short essays. These are optional, but recommended. You can choose from a list of four different essay questions and provide a response, or two, of between 100-250 words per response.

Admissions to Stanford for Law are predictably very competitive – there were 5685 completed applications, which led to 357 offers of admission. This in turn led to an acceptance rate of just 6.28%.

Overall Success Rate (Total Applicants : Total Spaces)
Overall Success Rate (Total Applicants : Total Spaces)

Key Dates

Key dates for admission to Stanford are as follows:
– In the second week of September applications will become available
– In the first week of December applications must be received and deemed complete. The last eligible  LSAT test administration is November 2022 by SLS if you are applying for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program. The school suggests that applicants take the LSAT prior to the November test administration so that all application deadline requirements are met. You could alternatively submit a GRE score.
– The deadline for submitting the entire application is typically the end of the second week of February. 

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Does Stanford Law Interview?

Stanford does not typically interview for Law, although they do state that they ‘encourage you to visit the school and arrange to meet with a member of the admissions staff.’

Additional Assessments for Stanford Law

You must sit either the LSAT or GRE in order to gain admission to Stanford for Law. The LSAT is designed to ‘test the skills necessary for success in the first year of law school.’ These skills include your ability to reason, to read information and comprehend it, and your ability to write. The test therefore allows decision makers at universities to assess how ready a student is for law school and all that it entails. The LSAT consists of both multiple choice and writing components. The multiple choice test includes reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, and logical reasoning questions. This is the primary component of the test. The writing part of the test is a written essay called LSAT Writing, which is performed from the candidate’s own computer using a secure site. They can submit their essay up to 8 days before the multiple choice component.
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