Clinical
Programs

At UC Hastings, we believe that legal education is an active, engaging process that prepares students for real-world law practice. Our award-winning clinical programs combine the powers of innovative classroom and experiential learning opportunities with our unique location and relationships in San Francisco.

A signature goal of all clinical programs at UC Hastings is for students to develop their own vision of the sort of ethical, proficient professionals they will become. In some clinics, students represent individuals or businesses and in others they work on policy or legislative matters on behalf of organizations and institutional clients. With low student-to-teacher ratios, each clinic is an intensive learning lab.

CURRENT UC HASTINGS students should consult the Clinical Programs intranet page for the most up-to-date, detailed information on our clinics and field placements.

Make a Real Difference in People’s Lives

Community Justice Clinic – Individual Representation Clinic
Represent individual clients from initial interviews through the final administrative hearing or court trial, including fact investigations, client counseling and advocacy in Superior Court or before federal administrative law judges.

Immigrants’ Rights Clinic
Work directly with clients facing immigration issues, including those fighting removal proceedings, seeking political asylum, and pursuing U.S. citizenship.

Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors Clinic
Work alongside healthcare providers at UCSF medical clinics and in patients’ homes. Assist elderly patients and collaborate with their physicians in an interdisciplinary context. Help patients and their families plan for health and nursing home care needs and to advocate for needed assistance.

Practicum at Legal Services for Children
Advocate for children and other vulnerable populations impacted by trauma by working with attorneys and social workers at Legal Services for Children.

Refugee & Human Rights Clinic
Engage in human rights work and in direct representation of refugees seeking political asylum or other assistance in partnership with UC Hastings’ Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, one of the nation’s leading refugee advocacy organizations.

Workers Rights Clinic
Under the supervision of attorneys from the Employment Law Center, advise low-income workers on employment discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblowing, and workers’ compensation issues.

Promote Justice for Individuals, Communities and the Planet

Community Economic Development Clinic
Serve as legal counsel to neighborhood organizations and citywide advocacy groups on land use and other policy issues impacting low-and moderate-income communities in San Francisco.

Community Group Advocacy & Social Change Lawyering Clinic
Work with attorneys at Bay Area public interest organizations and collaborate with grassroots community groups pursuing systemic change across a broad spectrum of legal areas.

Criminal Practice Clinic
Work with select Bay Area prosecutors’ and public defenders’ offices, conducting interviews, investigations, plea negotiations, and witness examinations in evidentiary hearings and trials.

Environmental Law Clinic
Gain hands-on experience working with experts in non-profit environmental groups and government agencies, such as Earthjustice and the San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission.

Mediation Clinic
Mediate civil disputes in the San Francisco Small Claims Court and employment disputes referred by the City and County of San Francisco.

Make Good Law and Policy

Legislation Clinic
Spend a semester in Sacramento involved in every aspect of “working a bill” through the legislative Process, from basic leg al research and drafting to attending committee and floor sessions.

Local Government Clinic
Work with city attorneys’ offices around the Bay Area to research substantive issues, draft ordinances, and attend public meetings and hearings.

Be Part of the Next Wave of Innovation

Business Tax Practicum for Social Enterprises
Explore issues of business taxation while working with social enterprises that blend a social mission with market-based business strategies.

Social Enterprise and Economic Empowerment Clinic
Serve as outside counsel on corporate and transactional matters for social enterprises – both for-profit and non-profit organizations that direct their income streams for social purposes. Gain hands-on experience as a business attorney and develop transactional lawyering skills.

Startup Legal Garage
Join the Bay Area startup community and provide corporate and intellectual property work to startup companies under the supervision of leading private attorneys. Gain an in-depth understanding of the incentive structures that drive business in addition to the law.