Each year, about 20% of the UC Hastings entering class comes in through the Legal Education Opportunity Program (LEOP). LEOP offers special consideration in admission to applicants who have been subject to significant adversity that may have prevented them from attaining numeric criteria that fully reflect their motivation, talent, and academic and professional ability. While standard numeric criteria are considered in LEOP admissions, added emphasis is placed on non-numeric criteria. The types of significant adversity that are considered include, but are not limited to: economic, educational, expectations for achievement, geographic/cultural, linguistic, disability, and exposure to bias.
Applicants interested in applying through LEOP must address all pertinent questions on the LEOP Supplemental application (listed below). Answers to these questions will be used by the LEOP Committee to evaluate your claim of significant adversity, and by the Admissions Office to determine whether to offer admission.
LEOP applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an additional personal statement in which they identify and describe in detail the challenges and obstacles that they have faced and the impact these challenges may have had on their academic preparation. Applicants should include specific information on what they have done to meet and/or overcome these challenges.