First-Year Curriculum

The 1L Program

The first year at UC Hastings lays the foundation for understanding the law. We link theory to practice using innovative pedagogies, while emphasizing the need for creativity, adaptability, and innovation in a rapidly changing legal services market. Our first-year curriculum is traditional in that students take the black letter law courses found at all law schools, but unique in that our students may take an elective in their spring semester.

Our first-year students (aka 1Ls) are divided into four sections of approximately 80 students each, called “Inns of Court.” 1L students take classes with their Inns, with class size ranging from the full Inn to a much smaller group of 12-15 students.

In addition to being the core group of classroom peers in the first year, the Inns of Court program also provides our students with opportunities to meet and interact with faculty, staff, and upper class students — all unique to each Inn — a built-in community of mentors.

The 1L Curriculum

All students take the first-year curriculum:

  • Contracts
  • Civil Procedure I
  • Criminal Law
  • Property
  • Torts
  • Constitutional Law I or Statutory Elective
  • Legal Research & Writing I & II
  • Scientist to Lawyer (optional for students with STEM backgrounds)


The Inns of Court

The Inns of Court program provides a supportive community for 1L students who are about to take their first steps towards becoming lawyers. Each Inn is named after a renowned alum or professor. Current UC Hastings students can learn more about Inn activities by visiting MyHastings.

Foltz Inn

Clara Shortridge Foltz was the first woman lawyer on the Pacific Coast, California’s first female deputy DA, and a public defender movement founder. She apprenticed at her father’s law office and attended classes at Hastings – then California’s only law school. She played a key role in winning women’s suffrage in California and tried cases when women were barred from juries. UC Hastings granted her a posthumous Doctor of Laws in 1991.

Manuel Inn

Justice Wiley W. Manuel ’53 was the first African-American to serve on the California Supreme Court.  Justice Manuel was born in Oakland and attended UC Berkeley. While a student at UC Hastings, Justice Manuel served as editor in chief of the Hastings Law Journal and graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif. Prior to his appointment to the judiciary, Justice Wiley long served as an attorney with the California Attorney General’s Office.

Moscone Inn

Honorable George R. Moscone ’56, the 37th Mayor of San Francisco, helped pay his tuition at UC Hastings by working as a school janitor alongside former Mayor Willie Brown. Moscone was ahead of his time as an early proponent of gay rights, and was the first mayor to appoint large numbers of women, gays and lesbians and racial minorities to city commissions and advisory boards.

Traynor Inn

Justice Roger J. Traynor, the 23rd Chief Justice of California, taught at UC Hastings for over a dozen years after he retired from the California Supreme Court. Justice Traynor has generally been viewed by the American legal community as the single greatest judge in the history of the California judiciary, and one of the greatest judges in the history of the United States.

Inns of Court Events

Mar 28

Planning for Your 2L & 3L Years: Opportunity Expo

We told you what you needed to know to plan your 2L & 3L years at the last session; now come talk to faculty, staff,…

Louis B Mayer Auditorium
12:30 pm - 2:10 pm
Apr 03

1L Meet & Mingle

Celebrate the (almost) end of your 1L year with your entire class! Your Inns of Court community will be there to cheer you on and…

Dining Commons
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Apr 04
Dobbs Atrium
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm