7. Can you give a brief description of the life cycle of an application? What's the timeline applicants should expect?
Santa Clara Law has an Early Action Program. Applicants who choose this option must apply by November 1 and have their application complete by November 30. They will receive a nonbinding decision by mid-December. Applicants not admitted at this time will be reconsidered during the regular decision process beginning in January. We begin accepting applications September 1 and we recommend early application. Since decisions are made on a rolling basis, applications that are not received until near the February 1 deadline may be competing for a small number of remaining seats. The majority of admissions decisions are made in March and April. In most years a wait list is established in May. Waitlisted applicants may be admitted up until the start of classes in August.
8. Which firms/organizations recruit heavily from your school? Which ones hire the highest percentage of your graduates?
Santa Clara Law graduates can be found practicing throughout the United States. However, due to the dynamic international and technological business environment in Silicon Valley, the largest percentage of our graduates choose to remain in the San Francisco Bay/Silicon Valley region after graduation. Santa Clara Law graduates are leaders within many of the technology companies located in Silicon Valley, law firms that support the legal interests of our local businesses and population, and state and municipal government offices. The following is a list of firms and corporations that recruit consistently from our law school. This list is only a partial list of the organizations that hire Santa Clara Law students.
Bay Area Legal Aid
Baker Botts LLP
Bingham McCutchen LLP
Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman LLP
Cooley Godward Kronish LLP
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
DLA Piper LLP
Fenwick & West LLP
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
Fish & Richardson P.C.
Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto
Goodwin Procter LLP
Haynes and Boone LLP
Jones Day LLP
Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
King & Spalding LLP
Lonich & Patton LLP
McCormick Barstow LLP
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Perkins Coie LLP
Reed Smith LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office
Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office
Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Towsend and Townsend and Crew LLP
Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson LLP
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP
White & Case LLP
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati LLP
With regard to fall on-campus interviewing, some of the law firms which hire the highest percentage of Santa Clara students include Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, Morrison & Foerster LLP, and Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP.
9. What are some of the most common mistakes that applicants make that hurt their chances of being accepted?
The most common mistakes applicants make are:
— Applying too late
— Taking the LSAT in February instead of sooner
— Failing to carefully proofread their application including the personal statement
— Writing a generic personal statement that doesn't tell anything about who they are as a person
10. Can you describe the archetypal student for your school?
Santa Clara Law is defined by its diversity. Typically more than 40 percent of our new students are members of ethnic minority groups and 40 percent are from out of state. From surveys of enrolled students, we know that most students chose Santa Clara Law because of our Silicon Valley location, our strong reputation, our supportive, student-centered atmosphere, and the pervasive sense of community.