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A Tradition of Academic Excellence at SCU:
Law School Shapes Ethical Problem-Solvers
Since 1912, the Santa Clara University School of Law has prepared its students to meet the challenges of a legal profession that is increasingly global, technologically sophisticated, and culturally diverse. The curriculum is designed to provide graduates with the skills and values necessary for success in a variety of careers and the ability to serve their communities as competent and ethical counselors and problem-solvers.
The Institute of International and Comparative Law offers graduate law (LL.M.) programs in the field of international and comparative law and another designed for foreign lawyers. The Institute offers 12 programs for law students to study at premier foreign law schools during the summer months, including courses in comparative intellectual property law and international human rights.
The Center for Social Justice and Public Service coordinates the law schools many public interest activities, including sponsoring symposia that bring to campus Americas leading scholars in social justice and public service law, and facilitating internships in public and community service law firms and agencies. The Center also provides a platform for the law schools significant outreach programsthe East San Jose Community Law Center, which provides legal services to indigent persons in Santa Clara County, and the Northern California Innocence Project, which seeks to exonerate innocent persons convicted of crimes.
Professor Al Hammond published two law review articles on technology that assists persons with disabilities and on new directions for American telecommunications policy. He is actively involved in the important work of the Center for Science and Technology in Society.
Professor Margaret Russell had her article, "Cleansing Moments and Retrospective Justice," published in the Michigan Law Review. She also continues her leadership role with the American Civil Liberties Union.
Professor Gerald Uelman has argued cases before the United States Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on a topic of national significancethe implications of medical use of marijuana on federal drug criminalization policy.
Donald Chisum, the Inez Mabie Distinguished Professor of Law, was recognized at the annual meeting of patent lawyers for his scholarship in the area of Patent Law. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of his 12-volume treatise, Chisum on Patents.