Welcome to Derechos!

We are Latinx students interested in the law: ranging all the way from education and immigration to international relations and business. There is no undergraduate pre-law degree on the Stanford campus, so we provide a forum through which undergraduates can learn more about what the legal field and law school is like.

Derechos 2018-19

Our Purpose is:

To hold a space for latinx students by latinx students who are interested in law school and/or the legal field
To connect folks with learning and experiential opportunities in the legal field
To demystify the law school process and bring forward resources
To provide support and mentorship to each other

Why join?

- Networking opportunities with undergraduates, law students, lawyers, professors, and judges with similar interests as you
- Sit in on law school classes (Stanford’s law school is on the same campus as the undergraduate campus).
- Forum through which to showcase legal issues you are interested in or want to learn more about.
- Take on a leadership position in the Stanford community.
- Plan events and educational opportunities related to law school admissions
- Get connected to events related to law throughout campus.

Former Speakers

These are just some of the former speakers that have presented at our events:

- Luz Herrera: Luz E. Herrera is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School. Ms. Herrera opened her law practice in May 2002. The Law Office of Luz E. Herrera focuses on representing small businesses, entrepreneurs and nonprofits on matters related to entity formation, corporate governance, asset acquisition, contracts and real estate.

- Jenny Martinez: Jennifer S. Martínez is a human rights lawyer and a professor of law at Stanford Law School. She represented José Padilla in the Supreme Court in Rumsfeld v. Padilla. Martínez is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School. While in law school, she was published twice in Harvard Law Review and finished near the top of her class. After law school, she clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer and the Honorable Patricia Wald of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal. She joined Stanford Law School’s faculty in 2003. At 35 years of age, she has already been named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics and an “Elite Woman” by Hispanic Business magazine.