The UCHastings faculty created the Legal Education Opportunity Program (LEOP) in 1969 in order to make a top-tier legal education accessible to those who come from significantly adverse backgrounds. The LEOP program recognizes that the traditional numeric criteria used to determine admissions may not be sufficient indicators of academic potential for students who have experienced significant obstacles - educational, economic, social, or physical - that have restricted access to academic opportunities and resources.
In addition to completing the general application for admission, those applying through the LEOP program are required to address questions on the LEOP Application Supplement and are strongly encouraged to submit a second personal essay detailing the adversity they have encountered. Approximately twenty percent of each entering class at UC Hastings is comprised of LEOP students.
Once at UC Hastings, students in the LEOP program are enrolled in the same courses as the rest of the student body, and participate fully in the life of the College. However, LEOP students are also provided with the opportunity to participate in a cooperative academic support program committed to their success in law school and in the legal profession. This academic support program, which begins with a week-long orientation prior to the beginning of school and spans a student's entire stay at UC Hastings, includes the following: