Santa Clara Law Magazine

How We Lead:

Our #4 Ranked IP Program

For more than two decades, Santa Clara Law has been a leader across the spectrum of high-tech law practice areas. Our IP program is consistently ranked among the top five in the nation, and this reputation is built on several points of distinction.

  • The High-Tech Law Institute serves as a hub of legal innovation by creating new programs and supporting existing ones such as our Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic, In-House Counsel Institute, and Tech Edge JD program. Clinical and course offerings are among the most comprehensive in the US, creating practice-ready graduates.
  • Our frequently cited IP and high tech law faculty are well known for their expertise in many areas, working with public and private agencies and organizations on policy initiatives and regulation in this world-center of innovation.
  • Our research to increase diversity and inclusion in innovation and inventorship, and early signatory to the Increasing Diversity in Innovation Diversity Pledge.
  • Our Silicon Valley location—home to many of the country’s leading law firms and innovative technology companies—gives our students priceless opportunities and advantages.
  • Our engaged alumni network offers a powerful presence here in Silicon Valley in all areas of leadership from the boardroom to the bench.
  Laura Norris JD '97
“Through our relationships with innovative companies, we are well-positioned to research and share industry best practices on increasing the diversity of inventors and creators.”

Laura Norris JD ’97
Associate Clinical Professor; Co-Director, High Tech Law Institute; Director, Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic; Director, Tech Edge J.D. Program


Our Leading Voices:

  • Santa Clara Law is where the ingenuity and innovation of Silicon Valley uniquely intersects with the Jesuit tradition of compassion and social justice to advance intellectual property and tech law and policy.Colleen Chien, Professor of Law
  • The Silicon Valley is the epicenter of this century’s technological revolution, and Santa Clara Law excels at preparing the next generation of leaders and experts for that revolution.
    Eric Goldman, Associate Dean of Research, Professor of Law and Co-Director, High Tech Law Institute
  • The size of our high tech law community sets us apart. We have more tech-oriented faculty, students, alumni, and classes than nearly anywhere else in the nation.Brian Love, Associate Professor of Law and Co-director of the High Tech Law Institute
  • Businesses need IP lawyers because every business has a trademark, and every business has a copyright in its website.”
    Tyler Ochoa, Professor of Law
  Ernest Fok JD '21'
“My goal coming into Santa Clara Law was to pivot my career from higher education into intellectual property law, while having an impact in my local community along the way.”

Ernest Fok JD ’21
Associate (not yet admitted to practice)
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP;
2021 AIPLA Past President’s Award Winner

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