Legal Education
Opportunity Program

The Legal Education Opportunity Program (LEOP) was created by the UC Hastings faculty in 1969 to make legal education accessible to students from adverse backgrounds. While at UC Hastings, students in LEOP are provided with the opportunity to participate in a cooperative academic support program dedicated to their success in law school and in the legal profession. LEOP academic resources, programs, and services are designed to help students build upon their existing skills, knowledge, and learning styles. LEOP’s support program begins at orientation and spans a student’s entire education at UC Hastings.

Who Is Eligible?

Our program offers special consideration in admission to applicants who have been subject to significant adversity that may have prevented them from attaining numeric criteria that fully reflect their motivation, talent, and academic and professional ability. While standard numeric criteria are considered in LEOP admissions, added emphasis is placed on non-numeric criteria.

Application requirements

In Their Own Words

“LEOP enables an individual like myself, a first-generation college student and member of a traditionally underrepresented community, to attend UC Hastings and receive the necessary academic and emotional support needed to survive and thrive in law school.”

-Andrew W. Houston ’07,  University of California, Office of the General Counsel

“LEOP students and alumni alike have provided care and counsel, courage, and fellowship. The additional programs and assistance provided by LEOP have been integral to my success and have enabled me to move closer to living my purpose.”

-Shandyn Pierce, 3L, Meyers Nave Diversity Fellow

Please join us as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary at an event on October 18, 2019 at the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco. Proceeds from the event will support the LEOP program and scholarships.

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