Santa Clara Law School

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The Santa Clara University School of Law is a private, non-profit law school located in Santa Clara, California. It was founded in 1912 as a part of Santa Clara University, and is known for its diverse student body and excellent reputations in high tech and public service law. In fact, its high tech program is one of the top in the nation. As part of a Jesuit Catholic university, the school strives to uphold a commitment to ethics and service of the community. To this effect, the school promotes social justice through the Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center, the Northern California Innocence Project, and other public service programs.

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Santa Clara Law School Admissions

Santa Clara Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 61% of its applicants. Comparatively, Santaclara is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 2228 1351 (60.64%) 260 (11.7%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.06 3.23 3.41
LSAT 153 155 157

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $48,690 $48,690
Part Time $34,083 $34,083

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $23,974
  • Living off-campus: $23,974
  • Living at home: $23,974

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: N/A
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: N/A
  • Application Fee: N/A

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Santa Clara Law School Community

Santa Clara Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Santaclara is Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 50
  • Part Time: 57


  • # Female Faculty: 43
  • # Minority Faculty: 21


13.1 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: No
  • Law Specific Housing: Yes

Santa Clara Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Santa Clara Law School 1L section size is 6% smaller than law schools in California and 4% smaller than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Santa Clara Law School: 141
California Average: 150
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 327
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 347

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 153
  • Law Journals: 61
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 15.6%
  • Second Year: 0.0%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Santa Clara Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Santa Clara Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 66% with 0% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 91.7%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 45.0%
  • Business: 36.0%
  • Government: 9.0%
  • Public Interest: 6.0%
  • Academia: 0.0%
  • California: 92%
  • New York: 1%
  • Texas: 1%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 91.7%
  • First Time Takers: 266
  • Average School: 60.7%
  • Average State: 66.1%
  • Pass Difference: -5.4%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • California: 66.1%
  • Passed: 148 of 244 (60.7%)
  • State Average: 66.1%
  • Difference: -5.4%