Certificate of Studies in Law

The UC Hastings Certificate of Studies in Law (CSL) program is a one-semester program designed to provide professionals who engage with the law a foundational understanding of legal reasoning and doctrine. In one semester, students obtain an introduction to basic legal research and writing with the option to focus on a specific area of law of their choice.

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The UC Hastings Certificate of Studies in Law (CSL) program is a one-semester program designed to provide professionals who engage with the law a foundational understanding of legal reasoning and doctrine. In one semester, students obtain an introduction to basic legal research and writing with the option to focus on a specific area of law of their choice.

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Tuition Grants

UC Hastings offers a limited number of need-based grants to CSL students in the form of a tuition discount. If you wish to apply for a grant, you will need to answer required questions in your application.

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Transfer to MSL Program

UC Hastings CSL students, who wish to continue their studies after completing the CSL, may be eligible to transfer to the Master of Studies in Law (MSL) program and complete their master’s degree in just one additional semester.

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Apply to CSL

The application for the CSL program opens in October each year with a priority application deadline of April 15. At this time, the CSL program only admits students for the fall semester. Full and part time enrollment options are available