The UC Hastings JD program provides a strong practical foundation plus the flexibility to tailor your legal education to match your professional goals.
During three years of intensive study and hands-on practice, students are immersed in the history, theory, and the complex reality of the 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 our Moot Court Team.
The JD curriculum at UC Hastings is grounded in fundamentals: research and writing, appellate advocacy, criminal and tort law, and practical lawyering skills. It is an intensive full-time degree program of increasing complexity and depth but with the flexibility to let you focus on your greatest professional and intellectual interests.
Dig deeper into the subjects you love and work closely with professors who are renowned experts in their fields. As a JD student at UC Hastings, you have the option of earning a certificate of concentration in one of nine distinct areas of the law:
Lawyering Skills and Experience
Lawyering is the real work of practicing law. As a student in the UC Hastings JD program, you will gain professional and practical lawyering experience such as cross-examining a witness, writing an appellate brief, negotiating a contract, mediating a dispute, filing a patent and protecting the civil rights of a real client. You will build confidence through hands-on simulation courses, compete on one of our professional skills teams, serve clients in the community through our law clinics, or contribute to one of the College's nine law journals.
UC Hastings is located in the center of San Francisco, one of the most beautiful, vibrant, and innovative cities in the nation. Many regard San Francisco as the heart and soul of American ingenuity and digital technology. UC Hastings is right in its center – just steps away from City Hall and our state and federal courthouses. San Francisco is also the gateway to Silicon Valley, the technological epicenter of the world. This proximity gives UC Hastings students the opportunity to experience the law in the forums where it is practiced and determined, and provides a level of relevancy to their education that is unparalleled in most law schools.
Our students can take advantage of externship opportunities with state legislators and human rights advocates, the Department of Justice, or the Sierra Club. They can also in pro bono and public interest initiatives right here in the Civic Center and Tenderloin neighborhoods, or study abroad at one of our 14 partner universities for a semester or full-year exchange. Students at UC Hastings have a rich and vibrant community, with many opportunities for community involvement on campus and in the wider community.