1. When are applications due?
Applications are due February 6, 2017. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.
2. How do I apply for the study abroad program?
The study abroad application is here.
3. When will I know if I have been accepted to the Study Abroad program?
Students will be notified on February 22, 2017.
No. However, you must create and submit a grade sheet with your application. Be sure to include all courses on your grade sheet (including courses at other law schools for which you have been granted Hastings credit) and to follow the format in the sample grade sheet attached here. Webadvisor screen shots will not be accepted. Please review your grade sheet carefully to be sure that the information is accurate and complete. When you complete your study abroad application, you will authorize the Records Office to release your official transcript to the Associate Dean for Global Programs. Official transcripts will be verified for all students who have accepted an offer to study abroad.
5. Can I apply to more than one program at once?
Yes. Please review the details of each program and then list the programs you would like to apply to in order of preference.
6. What are my chances of being accepted at my top choice program?
Students generally get one of their top 3 choices. Some programs accept two UC Hastings students per year, while others accept six.
7. Are there any specific requirements and evaluation criteria to study abroad?
Yes. Please see this chart for GPA requirements and specific evlation criteria. In order to study abroad, a student must be in good standing and have a minimum GPA of 2.7. Some programs require a GPA of 3.0.
If your program has specific evaluation criteria, please explain how you meet the criteria in your personal statement. For example, if the program you are applying for requires that you have business law experience, please state the business law course names(s) and relevant past experiences in your personal statement.
8. How will going abroad effect my preparation for the Bar?
It is the student’s responsibility to complete UC Hastings graduation requirements and to be aware of all bar exam deadlines and admission requirements. For the California Bar Exam checklist, click here. For general state bar exam information, visit the American Bar Association Website.
9. Can I take "bar" courses abroad?
No. Bar courses are focused on U.S. law. In contrast, study abroad courses are designed to help you prepare you to be an international lawyer.
10. Can I get credit for language courses I take while studying abroad?
No. To be approved for credit towards your J.D. degree, all courses must be related either to the socio-legal environment of the country in which the foreign institution is located or have an international or comparative law focus. You may still take language courses while studying abroad. However, they will not count towards your 12 units of credit.
11. What does the Global Programs Committee expect of me after I return from studying abroad?
Students who participate in a study abroad program must submit the following within 30 days of the end of their study abroad program:
Important. Students must arrange to have an official transcript of their academic work at the foreign partner school to be sent directly from the foreign partner school to Associate Dean for Global Programs. Please note that Emails with scans of official transcripts are sufficient to start the process of certifying students for graduation, but they must be supplemented by an official paper copy of the transcript.
12. How does paying tuition work while abroad?
Study abroad students pay tuition to UC Hastings directly, with the exception of students at CEU. CEU students pay CEU directly. Your financial aid package should remain the same. Please consult the Financial Aid office for more details about your financial aid while studying abroad.
13. Do I have to pay a deposit to hold my space in my study abroad program?
If you are selected for a program and decide to accept, you must pay a $500 deposit by March 6, 2017. When you go abroad, the $500 will be applied to your fall tuition. If you withdraw from the study abroad program at any time or for any reason, you forfeit your deposit entirely, and it will not be applied to your fall tuition. A deposit is required because students who commit to a program and then withdraw may be impacting another student’s ability to study abroad. Please only pay this deposit and commit to the program if you are committed to studying abroad. To pay your deposit click here.
14. Who do I contact with more questions?
Please email email@example.com with any questions you have.