Santa Clara University

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.

Law Professor Gerald Uelmen
SCU Law Professor Gerald Uelmen has argued cases of national significance before the Supreme Court.
The High Tech Law Institute has been recognized as one of the top eight intellectual property law programs in the United States. The Institute offers a broad array of courses in intellectual property law, provides a graduate level (LL.M.) program, and supports the advancement of legal doctrine and knowledge in the Silicon Valley. The Institute has partnered with the University‰s Center for Science and Technology in Society and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics in providing educational programs on the leading issues of the day in the fields of law, technology, and ethics.

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 school‰s many public interest activities, including sponsoring symposia that bring to campus America‰s 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 school‰s significant outreach programs,the 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.

Professors Donald Chisum, Margaret Russell, and Al Hammond

Professors Donald Chisum, Margaret Russell, and Al Hammond prepare students to meet the varied challenges of the legal profession.

In addition to the School of Law‰s center and institutes, the law faculty members‰ work as teachers and scholars, some of which is described below, has inspired their students to become ethical professionals and community leaders.

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 significance,the 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.

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