University Of California Hastings College of Law

University Of California Hastings College of Law

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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.

“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 aided by UC Hastings’ central location in San Francisco. Its downtown campus puts the school blocks away from nearly every level of state and federal court. San Francisco is also the gateway to Silicon Valley, where many of the nation's top tech firms are clustered. This proximity gives UC Hastings students the hands-on opportunities to experience the law in the forums where it is practiced and determined.

UC Hastings College of Law 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 has recognized UC Hastings as one of the country’s Most Innovative Law Schools for programs like the Startup Legal Garage, which provides research on topics such as 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
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75th Percentile1613.60
25th Percentile1553.20
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Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$20000
Percent receiving grants88.00%
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Employment & Bar Exam Profile
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Post-grad employment 86.60%
NJ Employment[field_nj_employment_rate]
Bar Passage60.44%
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Alternative Dispute Resolution
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Entertainment Law
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Family Law/Child & Family
Governmental Affairs and Regulations
Health Law
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Tax Law
Trial Advocacy
200 McAllister Street
San Francisco