How Santa Clara Law's 'Tech Edge JD' Program Improves the School's Admissions Yield, Diversity, & Employment Outcomes

23 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2022 Last revised: 23 Mar 2023

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Laura Norris

Santa Clara University - School of Law

Eric Goldman

Santa Clara University - School of Law

Date Written: September 16, 2022

Abstract

In 2018, Santa Clara Law launched an innovative new certificate, called the “Tech Edge JD” (TEJD), for JD students who know when they apply to law school that they want to pursue technology law. TEJD students acquire valuable professional skills by completing milestones, not just specific courses, with support from a faculty/staff advisor and two practitioner mentors. This paper describes how the certificate works and highlights some program outcomes, including the program’s success at simultaneously improving the law school’s admissions statistics and yield, diversity, and employment outcomes.

Keywords: law school, legal education, law school certificate, technology law, law school admissions, pedagogy, professional identity formation

JEL Classification: K2, A23

Suggested Citation

Norris, Laura and Goldman, Eric, How Santa Clara Law's 'Tech Edge JD' Program Improves the School's Admissions Yield, Diversity, & Employment Outcomes (September 16, 2022). 27 Marquette Intellectual Property & Innovation Law Review 21 (2023), Santa Clara Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 4220322, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4220322

Laura Norris

Santa Clara University - School of Law ( email )

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Santa Clara, CA 95053
United States

Eric Goldman (Contact Author)

Santa Clara University - School of Law ( email )

500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
United States
408-554-4369 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.ericgoldman.org

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