As many of you know, in December, Stanford University pulled out of the competition to develop a new research campus on New York City's Roosevelt Island. A consortium between Cornell University and Israel's Technion won the day. But it turns out there was more to that story than met the eye.
Tomorrow, Stanford is set to announce that it will open a new law school campus on Roosevelt Island. The school's plan is to build a 280,000 foot law school that will house approximately 450 JD students and another 200 international graduate law students. In addition, Stanford will also offer an L.L.B. program which will allow many European students to move directly into practice in their home countries.
While this plan has been developed in secrecy, it also explains why Stanford was so quick to exit the earlier competition for a place on Roosevelt Island. The law school will cost literally billions less to build than the research center. And it also turns out that the three universities will achieve an economy of scale, developing a single student center, and athletic complex on the island.
The law school is apparently part of a broader plan to expand Stanford's footprint into Europe, Africa, the Middle East and, ultimately, Palau.