Centers & Programs

All of our Centers work in cutting-edge or innovative areas of the law and provide opportunities for students and practitioners to work together and collaborate. UC Hastings faculty and center staffs share their results with the legal community through special programs, events, and reports.

The Center for Business Law

The Center for Business Law (CBL) at UC Hastings in San Francisco brings together a vast array of opportunities for students, faculty and alumni to engage in the study, teaching and practice of business law in the one of the world’s great centers of commerce, finance and technology.

The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies

The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS) founded in 1999, is the nation’s leading advocacy organization on the issue of women asylum-seekers fleeing gender-related violence. CGRS provides legal expertise and resources to attorneys and coordinates legal and national public policy advocacy efforts. The center integrates students and international scholars into all aspects of its work.

East Asian Legal Studies

The East Asian Legal Studies Program (EALS) is preparing the next generation of global legal professionals to meet demands created by the economic and growth and legal transformation in East Asia. Building on our law school’s existing strengths in international and comparative law, EALS offers a broad range of courses, exchange programs, internships and public events on key East Asian legal systems. The EALS program is advancing understanding of legal change in East Asia and providing students with tools to work effectively with clients and counterparts in this dynamic region.

The Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution

The Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (CNDR). As lawyers turn to negotiation, mediation, and arbitration to settle matters that previously were adjudicated, the need has increased for attorneys to master dispute resolution. CNDR organizes classes, research, and professional programs for the study of alternative ways to settle disputes.

The Center for Worklife Law

The Center for WorkLife Law (WLL) seeks to jump-start the stalled gender revolution by focusing, at any given time, on a few projects that hold the promise of producing concrete social or institutional change within a three-to-five year time frame. We concentrate our efforts on advancing women’s leadership, developing legal protections for employees with family responsibilities, and promoting better work-life policies within institutions. Our current initiatives include programs and best practices for advancing women leaders, case studies on major law firm rainmakers and new models of legal practice, research on how gender bias differs by race, and an innovative working group on pregnancy accommodation.

Institute for Criminal Justice

The Institute for Criminal Justice is dedicated to promoting the fair, effective, and ethical administration of criminal justice. An umbrella entity for criminal justice engagement by the UC Hastings community, the Institute pursues these goals through rigorous and engaged scholarship, high-quality pedagogy and educational programs, legal representation, and community outreach. Consistent with the public service ideals of the University, the Institute will place particular emphasis on serving the needs of the local community, with an eye towards reform of the criminal justice system on a statewide and national basis.

UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy

UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy is dedicated to promoting research, education, and service opportunities that bridge the gap between law and science.  To a large extent, scientists and health care professionals operate largely insulated from one another, both in their formal training and their daily practice. Increasingly, the demands of modern law and science require a sophisticated understanding of the other’s form and function. Lawyers and scientists can no longer continue to work in isolation. Instead, they must be well-versed in one another’s vocabulary and their practices need to be integrated.  The UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium was founded to promote this collaboration.

Institute for Innovation Law

The Institute for Innovation Law (Institute) is a public interest academic center at UC Hastings that engages in academic research and education to encourage innovation through the practice and development of law and policy. The Institute’s mission is to identify and promote the tools, knowledge, and skills needed to encourage innovation through the practice and development of law and policy. The Institute’s work is comprised of both research initiatives and a classroom component. Administratively, the Institute serves as the umbrella entity over two sub-programs: the Startup Legal Garage and the Privacy and Technology Project.

LexLab

LexLab is a legal tech hub connecting UC Hastings students and alumni to investors, founders, lawyers, engineers and companies building the future of legal services.