How to Get In: Santa Clara University School of Law

What can you do to set yourself apart in your application? Admissions officials have the answers

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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.

Representative Organizations:

Bay Area Legal Aid

Baker Botts LLP

Bingham McCutchen LLP

Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman LLP


Cooley Godward Kronish LLP

Drinker Biddle & Reath 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

Howrey 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

WilmerHale 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.