The Government Law concentration is for students who want to pursue a career within government, with a firm representing government agencies, or with a non-profit that regularly interacts with government.
The concentration offers specialized classes designed to prepare students to specialize in government law, and experiential opportunities that let students build the skills they need to succeed. Comprehensive local government programs, an optional semester working elbow-to-elbow with state legislative staff in Sacramento, and externships with state and federal agencies are portals to the world of government law.
The concentration fosters a supportive community among public service minded students and long-standing partnerships with alumni in government offices and with professional organizations provide important networking opportunities. UC Hastings’ well-earned reputation improves the appeal of our students to employers within the government and employers who work regularly with government agencies.
In short, a Government Law concentration tells employers that our graduates have expertise in government law, and are ready to hit the ground running.
LEGISLATION CLINIC: Students in the Legislation Clinic learn about the role of lawyers in the legislative process by spending a semester in Sacramento working for a legislative committee, a legislator, or another public entity involved with the legislative process.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT CLINIC: Students in the Local Government Clinic work sixteen hours a week in Bay Area City Attorney and County Counsel Offices while simultaneously being enrolled in the Local Government Law class.
CENTER FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT LAW: The UC Hastings Center for State and Local Government Law (CSLGL) is a unique resource for lawyers, scholars, and law students with an interest in public interest law. Through research clinics, and conferences, the CSLGL provides a non-partisan forum for education and research on legal issues facing California’s state and local governments.
UCDC: LAW AND LAWYERING IN THE NATION’S CAPITOL: The UCDC Law Program is a collaborative, full-semester externship program in Washington, DC for 4th-6th semester law students from UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis, UC Hastings and UC Irvine. Students who have participated in the program have externed with White House Counsel, Office of the Vice President, National Immigration Law Center, Securities and Exchange Commission, USDOJ – Consumer Protection Branch, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and elsewhere.
To enroll in the Concentration, you must complete a Concentrated Studies Application, have the Concentration Advisor sign the form, and file it with the Records Department in advance of your Fall 3L registration appointment.
If you have any questions about Government Law Concentration, would like to attend an Information Session, or wish to audit a class to see if the Government Law concentration could be right for you, please contact Concentration Advisor David Jung.