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Stanford University


Location: California  



Study Programs and general Academic Information:


The university is known for specializing in Intellectual Property, Corporate Governance, Law, Science & Technology and more.

Stanford offers two programs to choose from:
The LL.M Program which offers a course-based curriculum, and includes four possible different courses:

  • Corporate Governance & Practice,

  • Environmental Law & Policy,

  • Law, Science & Technology,

  • International Economic Law, Business & Policy

Each of these courses a year-long, and require a minimum of 35 credit points (in some, such as in the Enviormental Law course, it is possible to acquire some credit points through courses outside of the program). It is highly preferable that you apply to the LL.M program only if you have at least 2 years of experience in legal practice.

The second option is The JSM Program also known as SPILS, which is oriented towards those who wish to pursue a career in teaching, research or the public sector. It is also the program for those planning on a JSD degree.

The program includes writing a thesis on a socio-legal subject of your choosing, based on empirical research.

It is important to note that is it possible to apply for both programs at the same time.


Recommended Courses:

  • Securities Regulation: Raising Capital in U.S. Markets, From Startup through IPO and Beyond – recommended for those interested in working with Start-up companies.

Recommended Lecturers:

  • Prof. Joseph A. Grundfest

  • Prof. Barbara H. Fried

  • Prof. Mitchell Polinsky

  • Prof. George Triantis


Admission information:


Admission usually opens in August and end in December but it is recommended to check the university website for the current updated information. For admission a student must provide:

  • Online application form

  • Transcripts and diplomas

  • TOEFL score

  • Resume (1-2-pages long)

  • 2 letters of recommendation, preferably 1 from someone familiar with your academic work and 1 from past employers in the relevant field. At least one of the letters must contain a reference to your proficiency in English. SPILS Applicants a required to supply a total of 3 letters, under the same guidelines.   

  • Personal statement- a 2-3-pages long essay which includes past experience in the legal field, professional goals and how the LL.M Degree could help you benefit your goal.

  • SPILS applicants are also required to write about their interest in their chosen area of concentration and supply a 5-pages long Research Proposal which includes the intended research project and the nature of it’s underlying problem, the significance of the research and the methods that will be used to analyze the subject.

Admission fee- 125$


Note that it is Mandatory to use the LSAC service for transferring all documents and letters of recommendations to Stanford.

Also note that all transcripts and diplomas and letters of recommendation must be translated to English, if not already written in English.


Scholarships and Financial Aid:

Tuition is about 60,000$ a year, together with accommodation and personal expenses one should expect about 90,000$. Therefor it is highly recommended to apply for different scholarships. Stanford currently recommends the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program which offers full funding, and several other programs.

It is also recommended to look into applying to the Fischman Scholarship and the PEO International Peace Scholarship (Women only).
Stanford also states that at the moment it cannot supply financial support to students under any program except for SPILS applicants and to a very limited degree.



Housing, living expenses and other student life information: 

Stanford offers guaranteed on-campus housing and off-campus subsidized apartments. On-campus housing can cost about 1500$ a month for a single room or about 2100$ for a 2-bedroom apartment for families, but rates may change. Standard apartments off-campus are expected to be around 3500$.  

For those with families it is recommended to look for apartments in EV Lowrise. Living expenses are generally high, and expenses on food, clothing transportation and recreation can be about 8000$ a year (but can obviously vary)  

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