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Stanford University

Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Stanford opened its doors in 1891, and more than a century later, it remains dedicated to finding solutions to the great challenges of the day and preparing its students for leadership in today's complex world.

Stanford is recognized as one of the world’s leading universities, and its students have opportunities to participate in a remarkable range of activities. Through academic courses taught by renowned professors, research and public service opportunities, and an extraordinary breadth of extracurricular activities — Stanford University prepares students to take on the great challenges of the day and become the next generation of leaders.

The objective of Stanford University, Jane and Leland Stanford wrote in their Founding Grant in 1885, is "to qualify its students for personal success, and direct usefulness in life; And its purposes, to promote the public welfare by exercising an influence in behalf of humanity and civilization, teaching the blessings of liberty regulated by law, and inculcating love and reverence for the great principles of government as derived from the inalienable rights of man to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

With an approximate 5.9 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio, Stanford emphasizes close interaction with faculty. Stanford offers three undergraduate degrees – Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Sciences (B.S.), and Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (B.A.S.) – each designed to achieve balance between depth of knowledge acquired through specialization and breadth of knowledge gained through exploration.

The law school

The Stanford Law School combines classic and innovative education to prepare students for an interconnected, global world. There are about 70 faculty members, including clinical, senior lecturers and emeriti, and 180 new J.D. students annually. The student-to-faculty ratio is 7.5 to 1. The school offers 21 joint degree programs in such areas as Bioengineering, Business, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, Environment and Resources, Health Research and Policy, History, International, Comparative and Area Studies, International Policy Studies, Management Science and Engineering, Medicine, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy and Sociology as well as countless customized joint degrees.

Joint degree programs are also offered with Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Johns Hopkins’ Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Ten clinical programs allow students to undertake the roles and responsibilities of practicing lawyers, and more than 20 programs and centers offer opportunities for research and policy-oriented study.

Stanford's programs, curriculum, legal clinics, and academic centers cultivate professional skills and values, inspire new ideas, and engage leaders in developing solutions.

Additionally, Stanford Law School offers cutting-edge facilities and benefits from the myriad and many advantages of Stanford University, which makes Stanford Law School an ideal environment for learning the law.

Tuition fees

$44,880 for 2010-2011.

Expected to rise in 2011-2012.

Tuition is due October, January and April.

Entry Requirements

The LLM program is restricted to candidates whose primary law degree was earned outside the United States.

Some programs require students to have at least two years of professional legal experience before starting the LLM program, except under unusual circumstances.

Non-native English speaking applicants must submit their scores on the standardized Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum TOEFL score of 260 (computer-based test), 620 (paper-based test), or 100 (Internet-based test) is required for admission.

The Program

The Master of Laws (LLM) Program

The LLM program offers a course-based curriculum of advanced study in three areas of specialization:

- Corporate Governance & Practice;

- Law, Science & Technology; and

- International Economic Law, Business & Policy.

The program enrolls approximately 45 students per year (15 in each area of specialization) and is limited to students who have earned a primary law degree outside the United States.

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