Santa Clara Law Magazine

How We Lead:

Enduring values, a supportive culture, and an authentic commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Rooted in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition of serving others and dedicated to forging leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion, Santa Clara Law offers a student-centered approach to the law school experience. Emphasizing collaboration, encouraging experiential learning, and celebrating diversity, we create a law school culture that is cooperative and one that produces practice-ready lawyers. Moreover, our curriculum reinforces our commitment to racial and social justice, and our graduates apply their legal skills in service with and for others.

  Ashley Luo JD '20“Students at Santa Clara Law were eager to help each other. And the professors and administration are constantly seeking feedback and finding new ways to improve our wellbeing.”

Ashley E. Luo JD ’20
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe fellow at Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County


Santa Clara Law celebrates the progress it has made creating a more inclusive culture and a more diverse community of students, staff, and faculty, while striving to do more. We aspire for our law school to reflect the rich diversity of the Silicon Valley region in which we are located, and to contribute to the formation of a more just, humane, and sustainable world.

By the Numbers:

1st   Law School in the nation to take the ABA Well-Being Pledge, establish a wellness task force, and work to integrate a comprehensive 8 Pillars of Wellness framework into our student-services work, continuing a longstanding commitment to the core Jesuit value of cura personalis or “care of the whole person.”
A-   Santa Clara Law’s grade in the Most Diverse Law Schools as ranked by PreLaw Magazine in 2019.
2n ranking of Santa Clara Law among all US law schools for LGBTQ+ faculty diversity.
6 in 10   Current 1L’s identify as coming from diverse backgrounds.
1 in 4   Current 1L’s identify as the first generation to attend college or law school.
  Francisco Rivera Juaristi
“Diversity is one of our law school’s strengths, but it needs to lead to inclusion and equity. That’s why the Equity, Justice, and Engagement Committee has worked with faculty, staff, students and deans to collectively modify our institutional practices to meet our diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. This is a shared task that is central to our identity at Santa Clara.”

Francisco Rivera Juaristi
Associate Clinical Professor and Director, International Human Rights Clinic

Santa Clara University School of Law
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, California 95053-0445
Phone: (408) 554-5048