Completed in 2011, the William H. Neukom Building embodies the law school’s goal of creating a new kind of legal education, providing a more collaborative environment to promote interdisciplinary studies and the cross-pollination of ideas among faculty and students. Barnum Tower serves as the main entrance to the 65,000-square-foot building, located on the existing law school campus. Organized as four three-story wings pinwheeling around a central elevated courtyard, the new building satisfies the equivalent of LEED Gold Certification for environmental sustainability.
Mills Legal Clinic
The Mills Legal Clinic now offers students a choice of 10 legal practice areas—from environmental law to intellectual property, criminal defense and prosecution, business law, immigration, education, and more. Under close faculty supervision, students get hands-on litigation practice and learn skills such as drafting contracts and interviewing clients that allow them to hit the ground running after graduation. The clinic is housed in the new William H. Neukom Building.
Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law
The law school’s John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law now supports every law student—those committed to careers in the public interest and those who will integrate service into a private sector career. The center provides courses, funding, training, symposia, and other offerings for both students and alumni.
- Neukom BuildingThe William H. Neukom Building provides a collaborative environment that promotes interdisciplinary studies.
- Financial AidThe Stanford Challenge strengthened the law school’s commitment to financial aid.
- Interdisciplinary EducationA growing number of law students are pursuing joint degrees.
- Mills Legal ClinicThrough the Mills Legal Clinic, students get hands-on litigation practice.
- Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest LawPublic service is a pervasive part of every law student’s experience.
- Munger Graduate ResidenceNew graduate housing attracts graduate students from different fields of study.
MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
Five years ago, as part of The Stanford Challenge, we embarked on an ambitious mission to change how law students are educated to meet the changing needs of the legal profession and society. Our fundraising goals to support these changes were equally ambitious.
Because of you, our alumni and friends, we exceeded not just our expectations, but also our hopes. We have succeeded because of your generosity, your time and effort, and your goodwill.
Lawyers today need to know more than how to spot problems and crunch cases. To serve their clients and society well, they need a broader set of tools: tools that can be acquired only from exposure to other disciplines, combined with hands-on training in how to deploy this new knowledge.
In response to this need we greatly expanded opportunities both to study disciplines outside the law and to learn by doing, along the way creating the most truly interdisciplinary law program and the best clinical program in the nation.
We now have 28 formal joint degree programs, along with unlimited opportunities for students to customize a joint degree. The number of law students enrolled in joint degree programs increased ninefold over the past six years. And on the clinical front, every student who wants to take a clinic can now do so. Moreover, the experience is now full time for a quarter, with no other distractions and with increased opportunities to do more and different kinds of work.
Finally, through the construction of both the William H. Neukom Building and the Munger Graduate Residence, we have expanded our campus to accommodate growth in faculty, clinics, and academic programs and centers and to foster the kind of intellectual culture they produce.
These achievements were made possible by your generous support. In these and in many other ways, Stanford Law School changed to meet The Stanford Challenge: educating leaders who will drive and implement creative solutions to global challenges. The stories that follow touch on some of the ways in which SLS is accomplishing this mission.
The response from alumni and friends to the challenges that the law school has faced these past few years has been both heartening and humbling. We are extremely fortunate to have so many alumni and friends who are engaged and committed to keeping Stanford Law School at the cutting edge, meeting the changing needs of the legal profession and our society.
I am grateful to all our alumni and friends who support the school. On behalf of our faculty and students, thank you and congratulations on the success of The Stanford Challenge.
Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean