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International Legal Studies

Stanford University

24 months
66924 USD/year
66924 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Stanford University's Program in International Legal Studies (SPILS) is a unique and rigorous program offering a select group of students with a primary law degree earned outside the United States the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary research that applies empirically based methods, adapted from the social sciences, economics and other disciplines, to analyze legal issues.


Key facts

Each of the graduate students accepted to Stanford University's SPILS program must develop and execute a research study on a socio-legal topic of her or his choice, and report the results in a written 8-credit thesis. The research must involve one or more empirical methods of investigation (quantitative and/or qualitative). SPILS research projects address topics of concern to various nations or regions of the world, or to the international community as a whole. Examples of these empirical projects include analyses of particular legal cultures, legal reforms and policies. The researcher develops her or his work in close collaboration with Stanford faculty and student colleagues. The SPILS program also serves as preparation and screening for Stanford’s JSD program, which is only open to a few SPILS students who are selected for admission each year. Like the SPILS program, the JSD program is interdisciplinary and requires an empirically based doctoral dissertation. Past SPILS fellows include specially qualified academics, researchers, lawyers, public officials, judges and other professionals trained in law outside the United States.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • SPILS Law and Society Seminar 
  • Research Design for Empirical Legal Studies 
  • SPILS Research Methods Workshop 
  • SPILS Masters Thesis 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




45 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application for Admission to Graduate Study
  • Application Fee
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • TOEFL score report
  • Research Proposal
  • One additional letter of recommendation

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    66924 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 66924 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    66924 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 66924 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Stanford

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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