University Of California Hastings College of Law

University Of California Hastings College of Law

Add to compare
Basic Information

Founded in 1878 as the original law department of the University of California system, the University of California Hastings College of the Law prepares students to face the legal industry’s most pressing challenges, propelling them to become leaders, entrepreneurs and catalysts of change.

“Our mission is to educate outstanding professionals and prepare them to solve 21st century problems,” said Bryan Zerbe, Director of Admissions.

That focus on practicality is enhanced by UC Hastings’ central location in San Francisco. Its urban downtown campus puts the school blocks away from every level of state and federal court, with the exception of the U.S. Supreme Court. San Francisco is also the gateway to Silicon Valley, the technological epicenter of the world. This proximity gives UC Hastings students the hands-on opportunities to experience the law in the forums where it is practiced and determined, and provides a level of relevancy to their education that is unparalleled in most law schools.

UC Hastings is home to several legal centers including the Center for Negotiation and Dispute ResolutionCenter for Gender and Refugee StudiesUCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science, and Health Policy; the Institute for Innovation Law; and the Center for WorkLife Law. Students can tailor their education through nine concentrations, and hone practical and professional skills by working directly with clients in the College's community clinics or by joining the school's Moot Court Team.

The National Jurist recognizes UC Hastings as one of the country’s Most Innovative Law Schools for programs like the Startup Legal Garage, which provides cutting-edge research on topics like drug pricing, patent trolling, and artificial intelligence.

Each year, 50 law students provide corporate and intellectual property work for early stage tech and life science companies under the supervision of local attorneys. Participating companies come through the program’s partnerships with numerous incubators, including Y Combinator, Stanford Business School, QB3, Hackers/Founders, and Black Founders.

The Startup Legal Garage teaches students to become partners in enterprise and more than just “the lawyer in the room.” In this approach to legal education, students bring sanitized versions of their deals into the classroom, which allows faculty to harvest hypotheticals in real-time and to bring the teaching of legal doctrine alive. 

Admission Profile
Application Deadline: 
Application Fee: 


Financial Aid Deadline: 


75th Percentile1613.64
25th Percentile1563.18
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$14500
Percent receiving grants78.50%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment
NJ Employment66.8
Bar Passage68.13%
Academic Profile
Criminal Law and Procedure
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Governmental Affairs and Regulations
Health Law
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Tax Law