Santa Clara University School of Law
|Santa Clara University
School of Law
|Motto||Lawyers Who Lead|
|Parent school||Santa Clara University|
|Parent endowment||$760 million|
|Dean||Lisa A. Kloppenberg|
|Location||Santa Clara, California, US|
|USNWR ranking||107, US News Rankings 2014|
|Bar pass rate||77.11% (Required ABA Disclosure Information)|
|ABA profile||Santa Clara University School of Law|
The Santa Clara University School of Law (Santa Clara Law) is the law school of Santa Clara University, a Jesuit university in Santa Clara, California, in the Silicon Valley region. The School of Law was founded in 1911. The Jesuit affiliation of the university is manifested in a concern with ethics, social justice, and community service.
Santa Clara Law offers the Juris Doctor (J.D.) law degree. It also offers several joint degree programs, including J.D./Master of Business Administration (J.D./M.B.A.) and J.D./Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) offered in conjunction with Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business, ranked 10th in graduate programs on the U.S. News & World Report graduate schools rankings. In addition, the School offers Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees in Intellectual Property Law, in U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers, and in International and Comparative Law. Santa Clara Law also features specialized curricular programs in High Tech and Intellectual Property law, International Law, and Public Interest and Social Justice law. The School offers more summer study abroad programs than any law school in the United States, with 13 different programs in 17 countries.
Santa Clara University School of Law was founded in 1911. The school is part of Santa Clara University (founded 1851), the oldest operating institution of higher learning in California and the oldest Catholic university in the American West. It was approved by the American Bar Association in 1937. It joined the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in 1940.
According to The Faculty Lounge, 43.0% of the Class of 2012 was employed in full-time, long-term positions requiring bar admission, ranking 162nd out of 197 law schools.
Law school rankings of Santa Clara Law include:
- Number 4 for Intellectual Property Law among law schools in the United States
- Number 12 for diversity among law schools (first in California with the USC Law School)
- Number 96 overall among law schools in the United States 
- Princeton Review "Best 170 Law Schools" (2008) – Number 22 overall among law schools for average starting salary
- The Census Group Composition ranking, which scores law schools based on selectivity, salary, placement and yield, ranks Santa Clara Law at Number 64
- Hylton Rankings, which scores programs based on their U.S. News & World Report peer assessment ratings provided by law professors and by the mean LSAT scores of each law school, ranked Santa Clara Law at Number 78 overall
- Listed Number 13 overall for mid-career median salary (at $188,000 a year) in Forbes' list of Best Law Schools for Getting Rich
- Graded as "B-" in the January 2011 "Best Public Interest Law Schools" listing by The National Jurist: The Magazine for Law Students
- Graded as an "A" in the March 2011 "Diversity Honor Roll" by The National Jurist: The Magazine for Law Students
- Its journal, Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal, is ranked #6 nationally for intellectual property 
Bar passage rates
Based on a 2001–2007 6 year average, 73% of Santa Clara University Law graduates passed the California State Bar.
According to Santa Clara's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 42.2% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo-practitioners. Santa Clara Law's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 34.5%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.
Law School Transparency reports a 41.3% employment score for the class of 2011.
According to the American Bar Association's "Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools," 94.5 percent of Santa Clara students were employed nine months after graduation, with 77 percent of graduates employed in the private sector and 21 percent employed in the public sector.
The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Santa Clara for the 2013-2014 academic year is $70,320. The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $262,472.
The top five feeder states in order are California, Texas, Arizona, Washington, and Illinois. In 2013, 2,598 people applied to the School of Law and 246 matriculated. Over 44 percent of the applicants were from outside California, including applicants from all 50 states and 55 foreign countries.
Santa Clara Law has a chapter of the Order of the Coif, a national law school honorary society founded for the purposes of encouraging legal scholarship and advancing the ethical standards of the legal profession.
Statement of Purpose
"Santa Clara University School of Law will educate its students to meet the challenges of a legal profession and society that are increasingly global, technologically sophisticated, and diverse. In fulfilling this vision, the Law School will educate its students to become lawyers of competence, conscience, and compassion. The Law School will also advance knowledge and justice through scholarship and service." – Santa Clara University website
The School of Law is thus dedicated to:
- The training of lawyers with uncompromising standards of excellence in service to their clients and to society;
- An emphasis on ethical considerations in the legal process;
- Full participation of the legal academic community in the larger University community;
- A diverse community of men and women devoted to freedom of inquiry and freedom of expression;
- Excellence in teaching and scholarly research;
- A balance of the rigorous and the humane in student-teacher relationships;
- A curriculum addressing the fundamental demands of law practice and the evolving needs of society; and
- Endeavors outside the University that reflect high moral standards and professional excellence.
Over the last century, the Santa Clara University campus, located along El Camino Real in Santa Clara, has expanded to more than 104 acres (0.4 km2; 0.2 sq mi). Amid its many Mission Style academic and residential buildings are the historic mission gardens, rose garden, and palm trees. The campus benefits from the area's mediterranean climate, with more than 300 days of sun a year.
Until 1939, the law school inhabited present-day St. Joseph's Hall at the center of campus. Under the tenure of Dean Edwin Owens, Bergin Hall was constructed and became home to the school in 1939. The new building was built using monies collected through Santa Clara football's successful appearances in the Sugar Bowl and named after Thomas Bergin, Santa Clara's first graduate, a California legal pioneer, and an early donor to the School of Law.
The Edwin Heafey Law Library was constructed in 1963, and expanded in 1973 to include more space for library materials. Heafey was renovated and expanded again in 1988. The collection contains over 400,000 volumes in both print and digital formats. Additionally, the library manages an institutional repository which currently contains over 4,000 digital items including a collection of papers related to the Congressional hearings regarding the Watergate Scandal donated by Congressman Don Edwards. Other digital collections include documents relating to litigation over the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act (also known as Obamacare) and the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.
Also in 1973, Bannan Hall was built, including space for the Law School on the ground floor. In 2008 Dean Donald Polden announced the law school would have exclusive use of Bannan Hall, and the building was renovated and used exclusively by the law school shortly thereafter.
- Santa Clara Law Review
- Santa Clara Journal of International Law
- Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal
- Santa Clara Law Magazine
- Colleen V. Chien - Patent Law Scholar, selected as a 2013 Silicon Valley "Woman of Influence", currently serving as senior advisor for intellectual property in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
- David D. Friedman – author of The Machinery of Freedom, son of Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman.
- Eric Goldman - Internet Law and Intellectual Property scholar; Director of the High Tech Law Institute, author of Technology and Marketing Law Blog.
- Ro Khanna – (adjunct instructor) - former Deputy Assistant Secretary in the United States Department of Commerce.
- Kenneth A. Manaster – Environmental Law scholar; Chair, Public Advisory Committee to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
- Tyler Ochoa – Intellectual Property Law scholar.
- Kathleen (Cookie) Ridolfi – former Director of the Northern California Innocence Project, member of the Camden 28.
- Catherine Sandoval – Commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission.
- Gerald F. Uelmen – former Dean; Criminal Law/Procedure; member of the defense team for the O.J. Simpson murder case.
- Beth van Schaack – Executive Director and Staff Attorney for the Center for Justice and Accountability; defense attorney for John Walker Lindh; former clerk for the prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; Deputy to United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, Office of Global Criminal Justice, U.S. State Department.
- Edward Steinman – Civil Rights and Criminal Defense attorney; argued and won a unanimous decision by the United States Supreme Court in the landmark civil rights case Lau v. Nichols, which expanded the rights of students nationwide with limited English proficiency.
- Stephanie Wildman – Social Justice scholar, Director of the Center for Social Justice and Public Interest.
- Kyong-Whan "Kenny" Ahn (1985) – Director of the Public Law and Human Rights Law Center of the Faculty of Law at Seoul National University
- Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson (1979) – Judge on Guam's Superior Court
- Elizabeth Birch (1985) – former Executive Director of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC); former Director of litigation for Apple Computer and General Counsel for its Claris subsidiary
- W. David Carey III (1981) – President and CEO of Outrigger Enterprises, Inc.
- John Cruden (1974) – Chief of the Environmental Enforcement Section for the U.S. Department of Justice
- Benjamin J. Cruz (1975) – Attorney General on Guam's Superior Court
- Dorian Daley (1986) – General Counsel for Oracle Corporation
- William Dallas (1987) – Founder and Owner of Dallas Capital
- Alfred Delucchi (1960) – Alameda County Judge; Presided over Scott Peterson trial.
- Mike Dillon (1984) – General Counsel, Adobe Systems.
- Tom Dunlap (1979) – former General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Intel
- Carrie Dwyer (1976) – Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Charles Schwab
- Mike Espy (1978) – former United States Secretary of Agriculture
- Phyllis Jean Hamilton (1976) – Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
- Elizabeth Harris (1986) – Senior Corporate Counsel for Safeway Inc.
- Eugene Hyman (1977) – Superior Court Judge of Santa Clara County; created the Juvenile Delinquency Court for the Domestic Violence and Family Violence programs, the first of its kind in the US
- Arturo Jaramillo (1975) – head of Regulation and Licensing Department, State of California
- Eileen Kato (1980) – former president of the Washington State District and Municipal Judges Association, the first judge of color to head the organization; former senior trial attorney with the Department of the Treasury
- Beth Kerttula (1981) – Minority Leader, Alaska House of Representatives
- Mary Jo Levinger (1973) – Superior Court Judge of Santa Clara County
- Zoe Lofgren (1975) – U.S. Representative for California's 16th congressional district
- Bonnie MacNaughton (1982) – Senior Attorney at Microsoft
- Peter McCloskey (1980) – Senior Trial Attorney at International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
- Rodney Moore (1985) – President of the National Bar Association
- Douglas Moylan (1991) – Judge on the Supreme Court of Guam. First elected Attorney General of Guam.
- Edward Panelli (1955) – former Justice of the Supreme Court of California
- Leon Panetta (1963) – former Secretary of Defense under Barack Obama; former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency under Barack Obama; White House Chief of Staff under Bill Clinton; U.S. House of Representatives (Calif.)
- Skip Paul (1975) – former President of the Atari Coin-operated Game Company; former President of MCA Enterprise and Executive Vice President of MCA Inc.; Senior advisor at Centerview Partners
- Howard Peters (1978) – Peters, Verny, Jones, Schmitt & Aston LLP; American Chemical Society National Board of Directors
- Rolanda Pierre-Dixon (1980) – Santa Clara County Assistant District Attorney
- Eugene Premo (1962) – Associate Justice, California Sixth District Court of Appeal
- Curren Price (1976) – Senator, California State Senate
- Murlene Randle (1980) – Director of the Office of Criminal Justice for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom
- Thomas Romig (1980) – Dean of the Washburn University School of Law
- David Sandino (1984) – Chief Counsel for the California Department of Water Resources
- Scott Shipman (1999) – Associate General Counsel, Global Privacy Leader for eBay
- Mark Stone (1988) – Assemblymember for California's 29th State Assembly district
- Hae-Suk Suh (1987) – Proportional Representative in Korea's National Assembly
- Alan Tieger (1975) – Senior Trial Attorney at International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
- Jason Weiss (1992) – FBI computer forensics agent
- Jean High Wetenkamp (1976) – Superior Court Judge of Santa Clara County
- James Wright (1949) – former Judge for the Santa Clara County Superior Court
- Gordon Yamate (1980) – Vice President and General Counsel of Knight Ridder, Inc.
Law School Deans
Timeline of historical events, including previous deans.
- James Campbell – 1911 to 1918
- Lawrence E. O'Keefe, SJ – 1919 to 1920
- Clarence Coolidge – 1920 to 1933
- Edwin J. Owens – 1933 to 1953
- Byron J. Snow – 1953 to 1955
- Warren P. McKenney – 1955 to 1959
- Leo Huard – 1959 to 1969
- George Strong (acting) – 1970
- George Alexander – 1970 to 1985
- Richard Rykoff (acting) – 1985 to 1986
- Gerald Uelmen – 1986 to 1994
- Mack Player – 1994 to 2003
- Donald J. Polden – 2003 to 2013
- Lisa Kloppenberg – 2013 to Present
Centers and Institutes
Centers and Institutes based at Santa Clara Law include:
- BroadBand Institute of California
- Center for Social Justice and Public Service
- Death Penalty College
- High Tech Law Institute
- Center for Global Law & Policy
- Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center
- Northern California Innocence Project
- International Human Rights Clinic
- Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic
- Center for Insurance Law and Regulation
- Institute of Sports Law and Ethics
- The Entrepreneur's Law Clinic
- "U.S. News & World Report, "Best Law Schools: Santa Clara University"". Retrieved December 4, 2013.
- Santa Clara University Consumer Information
- Business – Best Graduate Schools – Education – US News and World Report
- Santa Clara Law Center for Global Law & Policy
- "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year". ABA website. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
- AALS Member Schools
- Rosin, Gary. "Full Rankings: Bar Admission Required, Full-Time, Long Term", The Faculty Lounge]], 30 March 2013. Retrieved on 2 May 2013.
- U.S. News and World Report - Intellectual Property Law
- Law – Best Graduate Schools – Education – US News and World Report – Most Diverse
- Reprinted in The National Jurist – January 2008 issue
- University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne College and University Rankings Site
- Hylton Rankings Microsoft Word – HYLTON RANKINGS 2007 _2_.doc
- Best Law Schools for Getting Rich – Forbes
- Weyenberg, Michelle (January 2011). "Best Law Schools for Public Interest". The National Jurist (San Diego, California: Cypress Magazines) 20 (4): 24–28
- Larsen, Rebecca (March 2011). "Most Diverse Law Schools (Diversity Honor Roll)". The National Jurist (San Diego, California: Cypress Magazines) 20 (6): 30–37
- Washington and Lee School of Law - Law Journals: Submissions and Ranking, 2005-2012 
- "Internet Legal Research Group: Santa Clara University, 2009 profile". Retrieved April 13, 2011.
- "ABA Disclosures".
- "Santa Clara Profile".
- "Law School Transparency". Retrieved 23 April 2013.
- The Princeton Review – Law – Santa Clara University School of Law – Employment Statistics
- The Best Law Schools For Getting Rich – Forbes
- "Tuition and Expenses".
- "Santa Clara University Profile".
- About Santa Clara Law – Fast Facts
- Santa Clara Law Admissions – Class Profile 2010
- Order of the Coif member schools
- Heafey Law Library - About the Library
- Watergate Hearings
- Santa Clara Law Digital Commons - Communities
- Santa Clara Law Prof. Colleen Chien Joins White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, "Santa Clara Law", Sep. 13, 2013
- Bowmaker, Simon W. (2010). The Heart of Teaching Economics: Lessons from Leading Minds. Edward Elgar Publishing. p. 319. ISBN 9781848447905.
- Faculty Profile - Kenneth Manaster - Santa Clara Law
- Parker, Jo Alyson; Harris, Paul A.; Steineck, Christian (2010). Time: Limits and Constraints. Brill. p. xiii. ISBN 9789004185753.
- Fletcher, Connie (2006). Every Contact Leaves a Trace: Crime Scene Experts Talk About Their Work from Discovery Through Verdict. Macmillan. p. 377. ISBN 9780312340377.
- Santa Clara University Law Professor Catherine Sandoval Named Commissioner of CPUC
- Faculty Profile – Gerald Uelmen – Santa Clara Law
- Faculty Profile – Beth Van Schaack – Santa Clara Law
- Faculty Profile – Stephanie Wildman – Santa Clara Law
- "Lawyers Who Lead alphabetical list". Santa Clara University. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
- Hemmelgarn, Seth (Npvember 1, 2007). "Former HRC head Elizabeth Birch honored at diversity event". Bay Area Reporter. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
- "Alphonso Michael (Mike) Espy". Black Americans in Congress. United States House of Representatives. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
- "Representative Beth Kerttula". Alaska State Legislature: House of Representatives. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
- "Centerview Partners". Retrieved July 29, 2013.
- "Senator Curren D. Price, Jr.". California State Senate. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
- Santa Clara Law Historical Timeline
- Santa Clara Law – Centers, Clinics & Programs