Santa Clara University School of Law

Santa Clara University School of Law

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With a campus situated in the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara University School of Law has an ideal location for its well-established technology and intellectual property law programs. Dean Don Polden said the school offers more than 30 different courses in intellectual property and technology law, which is among the tops in the country. This substantial IP course offering, coupled with the school’s intellectual property center, is the main draw for many of Santa Clara’s students, Polden said.

In addition to its IP center, Santa Clara also has an international and global law center and a center for public interest and social justice that attracts students and helps the school live out its Jesuit mission. Many Santa Clara students specialize in one of these three areas, according to Polden.

“Because of our linkage with a first-rate Jesuit Catholic university, many things are rooted in the Jesuit tradition of social justice, of a substantial long-term commitment to educational excellence, and to serve the underserved,” Polden said.

Santa Clara’s bar pass rates, tuition cost and average class size are in the middle of the group of other schools in San Francisco.

The university was the most diverse in the region in 2010, with 43.1 percent of students identified as minorities underrepresented in the legal profession. The school earned a B+ for diversity in a preLaw survey. That, along with its Jesuit mission, has attracted law students to the Southern California campus.

“I chose Santa Clara Law because of its Jesuit values and diverse student body,” said Barbara Wolfe, a 2012 graduate. “I stayed here because the faculty and students encouraged both my academic and personal growth. This supportive environment makes the challenges of law school surmountable and even enjoyable.”

In recent years, Santa Clara has renewed efforts to train lawyers ready to “hit the ground running,” said Polden. 

One of the key ways it’s done this is the development of a leadership program, offering courses in leadership in the law that reflect the school’s desire to prepare students for the skills law firms want their employees to have.

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75th Percentile1573.41
25th Percentile1512.93
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$35,448$35,448
Living Expenses
Median grant$20000
Percent receiving grants60.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 79.00%
NJ Employment67.43
Bar Passage76.97%
Academic Profile
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Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Employment and Labor Law
Entertainment Law
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Health Law
Human Rights
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Technology Law