The 323 members of the Class of 2017 began their first-year classes at UC Hastings on August 18, 2014, following a three-day orientation. Students in the 1L class come from 23 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. There are eight international students in the class who come from China, Germany, Japan, Kuwait, South Korea, and Taiwan.
Total Applicants: 3,118
Median Undergraduate GPA: 3.45 (75th/25th percentiles: 3.64/3.22)
Median LSAT Score: 158 (75th/25th percentiles: 161/155)
Median Age at Entry: 24
Age Range: 21 - 44
Gender: 56% women; 44% men
The Class of 2017 is the most diverse entering class in UC Hastings' history, reflecting the changing demographics of the state of California and the nation as a whole. 53% of the class identify as U.S. students of color (defined as U.S. citizens of African American, Asian, Latino, Native American, and South Asian backgrounds).
Students in the Class of 2017 attended 101 different undergraduate colleges and universities. 7% of the class holds advanced degrees. The five California universities with the most members in the class are:
Other institutions with multiple matriculants include:
Several members of the class served in the U.S. armed forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. Others have served in the PeaceCorps and Teach for America. Approximately 17% of the class came directly to law school from their undergraduate institutions. Those who worked before law school pursued a wide variety of experiences in the legal field, hi-tech, banking, and accounting. Some have run their own companies and a few have run for public office.
UC Hastings also welcomed its largest class of international LLM and exchange students this year. 38 students enrolled, including five from France and three from Japan. Most of these students already hold law degrees in their home countries, and they bring an incredibly rich array of legal perspectives to Hastings' classrooms.
*These numbers are accurate as of the first day of classes of the fall 2014 semester, which was August 18, 2014. They may differ slightly from subsequent data published by the American Bar Association (ABA) due to the fact that ABA data is based on an October 1 law school census date. Updated numbers reported to the ABA can be found on the College's ABA Disclosures page.