Real-World Classrooms

Where else but at UC Hastings and in the San Francisco Bay Area can law students have such a broad range of opportunities to learn through actual legal practice?

At UC Hastings, we believe legal education should be an active, engaging process that prepares students for law practice.

Clinical Programs

UC Hastings offers 15 clinics through which students work on behalf of clients, helping them solve legal problems with genuine consequences. Current UC Hastings students are encouraged to consult the Clinic’s site on MyHastings for the most up-to-date, detailed information on our clinics and field placements.

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Other Opportunities

UC Hastings’ cutting-edge Centers and Programs bring research and innovation together to tackle some of the world’s most complex legal problems. In addition to simulation courses and pro bono opportunities, you will assume real-world responsibilities while developing professional contacts.

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Start-up Legal Garage

Under the supervision of leading attorneys throughout the Bay Area, students provide counsel to early-stage tech and biotech startup companies and gain an in-depth understanding of incentive structures that drive business.

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Externship Programs

UC Hastings offers one of the most extensive Judicial Externship Programs in the country; an Alternative Dispute Resolution Externship to see ADR in action; a Legal Externship Program to learn how to practice law in context with a governmental or nonprofit legal organization; and a full-semester Externship Program in Washington, DC.

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Lawyers for America

Lawyers for America is a two-year fellowship program that provides one academic year of practical experience, followed by the summer off to study for the California Bar Exam, culminating with one year of post-graduate employment.

Train Hard

An active approach to the law.



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Our Award-Winning Inter-Collegiate Competition Teams

Our Award-Winning Inter-Collegiate Competition Teams

  1. Client Counseling Team The Client Counseling Team is an organization designed to focus on skills development, and integrating “real world” experience with theories and principles of client interviewing and counseling.
  2. Negotiation and Mediation Team The UC Hastings Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Team provides students with opportunities to practice their negotiation and mediation skills on a regular basis throughout the school year.
  3. Intercollegiate Trial Team UC Hastings has a nationally recognized Trial Team, which competes against other law schools around the country in various mock trial competitions
  4. Law Student Tax Challenge The ABA Section of Taxation Law Student Tax Challenge is an annual inter-law school transactional tax planning and client counseling competition
  5. Moot Court Hastings Moot Court has been ranked as one of the top 5 Moot Court Programs in the Nation in the last 5 years, including two years as number 1.