UC Hastings was established in 1878 as the original law department of the University of California. Today, as a stand-alone law school within the UC system, UC Hastings is a legal institution of national prominence with one of the largest alumni networks in the U.S.
UC Hastings is located in the Civic Center area of San Francisco, one of the most beautiful, vibrant, and innovative cities in the nation. All levels of the local, state and federal courts (other than the U.S. Supreme Court) are within blocks of the school. Also nearby is San Francisco’s plethora of public interest organizations and private law firms that serve the leading sectors of the U.S. and Pacific Rim economy. This proximity gives UC Hastings students the opportunity to experience the law in the very forums where it is practiced, and it provides a level of relevancy to their education that is unparalleled by most law schools.
In this unique setting, UC Hastings has created a rich and vital legal community. The school’s faculty consistently ranks in the top tier of the nation’s law schools and its dedication to teaching - to helping students become superlative lawyers - truly sets it apart. From extensive clinical and externship programs to award-winning moot-court teams, from eight academic concentrations and nine law journals to the school's law centers and study abroad opportunities, UC Hastings is committed to training lawyers with the depth of knowledge and skills to make a difference in the world.
Please take the opportunity to learn more about the College by accessing the Admissions viewbook. In addition, prospective students are welcome to visit - attend a class, go on a tour, or participate in an information session--and learn why UC Hastings holds a distinctive place in American legal education.