How can I contact the Admissions office?
Mail: 200 McAllister St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Can I visit campus or sit in on a class?
Yes! UC Hastings strongly encourages visits to campus. Check out our Visiting UC Hastings page for more information about sitting in on a class or taking a campus tour.
What are the application requirements?
See the Application Instructions page for a checklist of the documents needed for a complete application.
What undergraduate majors does UC Hastings recommend for applicants?
UC Hastings does not recommend any specific undergraduate major for law school preparation. Applicants are encouraged to choose a field which is both intellectually challenging and academically fulfilling. Whatever the choice of major, applicants should seek to develop strong writing and critical thinking skills. The most popular majors for students beginning their studies at UC Hastings in 2016 were political science, philosophy, history, STEM fields, and English.
When is the application deadline?
Applications are due March 31 for enrollment the following August. Applications for the Early Commitment Option are due November 15. The $75 application fee will be waived for all applications submitted by the March 31 deadline.
Does UC Hastings offer rolling admissions?
Yes. The Admissions Office will begin reviewing files in November. Decision notifications are sent out beginning in December and continue to be sent until mid-April. It is not possible to predict exactly when you will receive your decision. Please note that admissions decisions cannot be given over the phone.
Can I check my status online?
Candidates can check the status of their application by clicking here.
What is the Legal Education Opportunity Program (LEOP)?
The Legal Education Opportunity Program (LEOP) was created by the UC Hastings faculty to assist students whose quantitative academic metrics may not reflect their true potential for success in law school. Students who have overcome various forms of adversity prior to applying to law school are encouraged to learn more about LEOP and to apply to UC Hastings as LEOP applicants. Applicants deemed eligible for LEOP will have their applications reviewed by the LEOP Admissions Committee.
Does UC Hastings use an applicant's highest LSAT score when evaluating an application?
The Admissions Office only considers the applicant's highest score in the admission decision.
Are February LSAT scores considered?
Yes. If you plan to take the February LSAT, please attach an addendum to your application asking the Admissions Office to hold off on the review of your file until after your February score has posted.
Which is given more weight in the admissions decision, undergraduate GPA or LSAT scores?
The Admissions Office weighs each of these two factors equally in its decision, along with the qualitative information from each applicant's personal statement, recommendation letters, and resume.
How long should the personal statement be?
Quality is more important than quantity. UC Hastings recommends, but does not require, that the personal statement be 2-4 pages in length. Statements are evaluated for grammar, spelling, organization, clarity, and relevance.
Does UC Hastings offer application fee waivers?
There is no fee to apply to the JD Program if the application is submitted by the March 1 deadline.
Does UC Hastings offer an Early Decision process?
Yes. See the Early Commitment Option page for further information.
How many letters of recommendation should I submit?
Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation.
Can I submit an addendum?
Yes, applicants are permitted to submit addenda in the form of attachments in their application. Addenda must be submitted for positive responses to the four Character and Fitness questions on the application if your responses cannot fit into the question response fields.
Is it possible to defer enrollment after being admitted?
Yes, but approval is not automatic. Deferral requests should made in writing by sending an email to Bryan Zerbe, Director of Admissions, at email@example.com. Requests will be considered by the Director of Admissions in consultation with the Senior Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management. Students whose deferral agreements are approved will be required to sign a binding statement of intent pledging that they will not submit applications to other law schools.
Does UC Hastings offer interviews?
UC Hastings does not offer formal interviews but prospective students are encouraged to visit the Admissions Office and meet with a member of the Admissions staff. Advance appointments are not necessary. In addition, applicants are encouraged to think of their personal statements as a way to convey information to the Admissions staff that they may have brought up if interviews were available.
Is residency a factor in the admissions process?
No. Applications are reviewed without regard to residency. Tuition will differ based on residency status. Please click here for more information about tuition and residency.
Does UC Hastings have a part-time or evening program?
No. The UC Hastings JD program is a full-time day program.
Does UC Hastings accept transfer or visiting students?
Can I start the JD program in the Spring?
Applications are accepted for the Fall only.
What types of scholarships and financial aid are available?
UC Hastings offers both merit and need-based scholarships. Students offered admission are automatically considered for merit based scholarships and they are notified of their eligibility either at the time the admission offer is made or soon thereafter. In addition to scholarships, UC Hastings students fund their legal education through federal loans, work study, and outside fellowships and scholarships. Click here for more information about the types of aid available to UC Hastings students.
What is the cost of attendance at UC Hastings?
Please visit this page for detailed information on resident and non-resident tuition and fees.
What forms are required for financial aid?
No special application is required to be considered for merit scholarships. Admitted students who have been invited to apply for a renewable, $10,000 need-based scholarship should file the UC Hastings Financial Aid Supplement as soon as possible. Students planning to enroll at UC Hastings should complete the Financial Aid Supplement and the FAFSA if they plan to use federal loans to supplement their UC Hastings scholarship aid. Federal loans can cover up to the full cost of attendance (including living expenses) not offset by grant or scholarship awards.
How do I obtain more information about financial aid?
What classes will I take my first year at UC Hastings?
The following courses are required for all first-year UC Hastings students:
Constitutional Law I
Legal Writing & Research
Moot Court or Legal Analysis
In addition to the required courses, one of the following Statutory Course Electives must be selected during the spring semester (note: not all of these electives are offered every spring):
Domestic Violence Law
Federal Income Taxation
Intellectual Property Law
Can students choose their class schedule?
For the first year, students are placed into a section and every student in the section follows the same schedule with the exception of the spring statutory elective. Students with special circumstances (e.g. child care or commute distance) are permitted to petition the Office of Student Services for placement into a specific section during the summer before the 1L year. Students can design their own schedules during their second and third years.
How do UC Hastings students get practical learning experience?
UC Hastings is well-known for the breadth of its experiential education offerings. Students can choose from a wide range of practice opportunities outside the classroom including pro bono work, clinics, externships, and professional skill teams. Click here for more information about our experiential learning programs.
Does UC Hastings offer study abroad programs?
Yes, the College offers seventeen Study Abroad programs. See the Study Abroad page for a list of programs and other information.
Does UC Hastings permit students to pursue joint or concurrent degrees?
Yes. Students are permitted to pursue joint degrees with the permission of the Associate Academic Dean. For more information about the JD/MBA concurrent degree programs with the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, Presidio Graduate School, or the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business please click here. Students who wish to obtain an LLM in addition to their JD can apply to do the year-long LLM program at the University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies) or the University of Pantheon-Assas (Paris II) during their 3L year and graduate with a JD and an LLM. Visit our Study Abroad page for more information about the joint JD/LLM.
Does UC Hastings offer concentrations?
Yes. Concentrations are not required, but students who want to focus on a specific area of legal study may elect to pursue a concentration in one of the following areas:
Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Criminal Law Practice and Theory
Intellectual Property Law
International and Comparative Law
Law and Health Sciences
Social Justice Lawyering
Are there other areas of study in the UC Hastings curriculum?
Yes. UC Hastings students can elect to pursue an academic area of study which is not a concentration. Academic areas of study do not require a specific sequence of courses but they can help students identify substantive areas of the law they may wish to practice. These areas include Business & Commercial Law, Family Law, Legal Philosophy & Systems, and Personal Injury Law. See the Course Catalog for more information.
Are students permitted to work during their first year at UC Hastings?
Students are not permitted to work during their first year at UC Hastings.
Where can I find more information about the UC Hastings Career Office and employment statistics?
Please visit the Career Office website for comprehensive information about services, events, and detailed data about post-graduation employment.
What is the campus like?
UC Hastings is located in the heart of San Francisco, just steps away from Civic Center, several courthouses, museums, public transportation, and the high-tech businesses of Mid-Market. Our campus consists of three urban buildings, one of which is a dedicated residence. Click here for a detailed map of the campus and surrounding area.
Does UC Hastings have on-campus housing?
Yes. UC Hastings students can apply to live at 100 McAllister Street, just one block from the administrative and academic center of the campus. Please see the Housing Services website for more information.
Where do students who live off-campus find housing?
Most UC Hastings students live off-campus. Many live in San Francisco, but students also find housing in Oakland, Berkeley, and other Bay Area communities. New students are strongly encouraged to begin their housing search as early as possible and to have a stable living situation lined up by the beginning of August of their 1L year.
Students who have a UC Hastings username and password can login to the Hastings Kaleidoscope Portal to access SharkMart Classifieds, a classifieds listing exclusive to the UC Hastings Community. Incoming students should have received a URL to sign up for WebAdvisor in their UC Hastings Admissions Letter. Students can find roommates or apartments through the SharkMart Classifieds.
What professional opportunities are in close proximity to UC Hastings?
The California Supreme Court, the California Court of Appeal, the San Francisco Superior Court, the U.S. District Court for the District of Northern California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals are all within a few blocks of campus. Students wishing to observe court proceedings can check out the Court Time website to learn what cases are currently being heard.
In addition to the courthouses, San Francisco City Hall and dozens of downtown law firms are just minutes away.
What cultural and recreational opportunities are nearby?
UC Hastings is only a short walk from the Asian Art Museum, the San Francisco Opera, and Davies Symphony Hall. Through the city’s extensive public transportation system, students can easily access a variety of San Francisco’s most popular tourist attractions, such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Academy of Sciences, Union Square, Alcatraz, and Fisherman’s Wharf. Golden Gate Park, Crissy Field, and Ocean Beach are only a short ride away. On weekends students have the luxury of being able to take day trips to Sonoma, Napa, Monterey, and Lake Tahoe.