Course of Study

The UC Hastings MSL program is administered by the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy, an extraordinary educational partnership focused on the complex issues at the intersection of law, science, and health. The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is one of the world’s leading universities for education and research in the health professions and life sciences, with schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, and pharmacy, as well as a graduate division that awards degrees in the natural and social sciences.

The MSL program at UC Hastings is designed to give students the flexibility to choose coursework that best suits their personal interests and professional needs. Students can expect to receive guidance from UC Hastings’ world-class faculty on areas of possible focus, which can include:

  • Health law and policy
  • Criminal law and forensics
  • Business and finance
  • Torts (product liability and medical malpractice)
  • Evidence and expert witnesses
  • Intellectual property
  • Food and drug law
  • Regulatory and legislative processes

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a total of 28 units to earn the MSL degree, which includes both required and elective coursework. MSL students are graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

Required Courses

  • Legal Research & Writing for MSL Students (Fall, 2 units)
  • MSL Seminar (Spring, 2 units)
  • Minimum of one of the following first-year classes in the first semester: Civil Procedure 1, Constitutional Law 1, Contracts 1, Criminal Law, Property, or Torts


There is a wide array of coursework available to MSL students that will meet diverse needs and interests. Students will choose coursework in consultation with the Director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium and the UC Hastings Associate Academic Dean.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of upper-division courses that might interest MSL students. Please refer to the UC Hastings course catalog for a full listing of courses, and to see when each is offered.

  • Administrative Law
  • Bioethics, Law & Healthcare Decision-Making
  • Child Maltreatment in Context Seminar
  • Children & the Law
  • Class Action Seminar
  • Constitutional Law II
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Disability Law Seminar
  • Domestic Violence Law
  • Education Law
  • Elder Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Food and Drug Law
  • Forensic Evidence Seminar
  • Genetics: Issues in Law & Policy
  • Germs, Globalization and Governance
  • Global Health Law & Policy
  • Health Care Finance, Administration
  • Health Law
  • Incentives in Health Care Seminar
  • Insurance Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Human Rights
  • Law and Biosciences (LAB Project)
  • Law and Economics Seminar
  • Law and Health Science Seminar
  • Law and Social Anthropology Seminar
  • Law and the Human Body Seminar
  • Law, Psychiatry & the Mental Health System
  • Mediation
  • Medical Liability Law
  • Modern Bioethics
  • Negotiation & Mediation
  • Patents & Trade Secret Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Problem Solving and Professional Judgment
  • Psychiatry & Law Seminar
  • Public Health & Homelessness Seminar
  • Public Health Law
  • Public Policy Advocacy Seminar
  • Race, Racism & American Law
  • Science in Law Seminar
  • Scientific Methods for Lawyers
  • Social, Legal & Ethical Implications of Human Reproductive & Genetic Tech.
  • Sociology of the Criminal Justice System
  • Sexuality and the Law
  • Special Education Law Seminar
  • Women’s Health & the Law
  • Wrongful Convictions Seminar

Optional Pre-Semester Overview Classes

MSL students are invited and encouraged to attend a two-week orientation program designed to introduce the basics of American law. MSL students will be learning alongside International LLM students. The Orientation program is offered each August before the start of Fall semester classes.