Welcome to UC Hastings! We in the Student Services Office look forward to your arrival!
The Office of Student Services is here for you!
Law school can sometimes feel like boot camp- it can be strenuous and challenging. You won’t always enjoy the experience, but you will likely come out of law school appreciative for the journey, with excellent lawyering skills, and ready to join the legal profession.
Like the Academic Dean’s Office, the Office of Student Services is here to support you academically, professionally, and personally. We primarily focus on supporting you in your activities and endeavors outside of the classroom. This includes academic planning, bar admissions planning, registering and collaborating with all 70+ student organizations and student government on campus, and hosting large academic events such as orientation and commencement, just-for-fun events like ice cream socials, and wellness activities like free yoga 5 days per week.
For current students, we are your first point of contact for any general or personal questions or concerns you may have. Most importantly, please think of me and the Office of Student Services as your liaison, voice, and advocate to the rest of the Administration. We are excited for your arrival and hope to make your transition to law school as smooth as possible.
Orientation Schedule is now available
Orientation will be Wednesday- Friday August 13-15, 2014. Classes start Monday August 18, 2014.
Is Orientation Mandatory?
Yes. Orientation is mandatory, and we take attendance. It is expected that you will schedule vacations, work and other obligations so that you are present on these dates and for the academic school year. If you have an extraordinary circumstance that means you will not be able to attend part of Orientation, please email me now and let me know.
What should I Bring to Orientation?
You may want to bring a lock to claim your locker.
What is the Dress Code for Orientation?
During the first day of Orientation (Wednesday August 13), we will have a session on professionalism and a judge will administer a professionalism pledge to welcome you into the legal community. Please dress in business casual attire on the first day of Orientation for this occasion. On Thursday and Friday, you can wear student attire to Orientation.
Please respond by July 9, 2014 (extended from June 27, 2014) to the appropriate person below if any of these circumstances apply to you.
Do you have an extraordinary circumstance that should be considered during scheduling?
Schedules and section assignments are randomly assigned, but extraordinary circumstances, such as, but not limited to, documented medical needs, being a caretaker for a family member, or child-care responsibilities may be taken into account when scheduling. If you have an extraordinary circumstance that you would like taken into consideration during scheduling, please submit your request to me by Wednesday, July 9, 2014, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome from the Disability Resource Program! Do you need a reasonable accommodation?
UC Hastings is committed to building a strong, supportive, vibrant and connected learning community for all. You are part of that community! The Disability Resource Program (DRP) provides an array of services and support, including reasonable accommodations, to students with disabilities. Registering with DRP to determine eligibility and accommodations is an interactive, deliberative and collaborative process, which includes meeting with the Director and reviewing relevant documentation. It is not meant to be an onerous process, but it can take time. Therefore, students are urged to contact DRP as soon as possible to initiate this process. Students are advised to contact DRP at email@example.com or 415-565-4802 by July 9, 2014 for timely consideration of accommodation requests for the fall semester. Please refer to the UC Hastings website at http://www.uchastings.edu/about/admin-offices/disability-resource-program/index.php for more information.
Do you have a dietary restriction that should be considered for your meals during Orientation?
Please email Student Services Program Coordinator Flor Mesquita at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 9, 2014 with details of your dietary restrictions so she can arrange a special meal for you during Orientation. We will have vegetarian options, but to ensure we order the correct amounts, please note if you are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, or have some other specific dietary restriction.
University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco is redefining legal education through our experiential, interdisciplinary, and international approach to the law. We integrate rigorous academics with hands-on practice, preparing our graduates to tackle the legal challenges—and leverage the opportunities—of the 21st century.
UC Hastings. Made in San Francisco. Ready for the World.