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The application for Fall 2022 will open on September 1, 2021.

Applicants can check their application status here. The Admissions Office will notify applicants if they are missing any documents, as well as when the application and CAS report have been received.

The application deadline for Fall 2022 enrollment is April 1, 2022. 

For the 2021-2022 application cycle, the $75 application fee has been waived for all applicants. If you have questions about the admissions process, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page, call the Admissions Office at (415) 565-4623, or send an email to If you encounter any technical difficulties with the application process, contact LSAC directly at (215) 968-1393.

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Transfer Applicants

UC Hastings welcomes applications from students attending other ABA accredited law schools. Transfer students are quickly integrated into the fabric of the law school community and can participate in on-campus interviewing, pursue a concentration, write on a journal, and take advantage of the myriad opportunities for professional growth in the Bay Area legal community.

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Visiting Applicants

JD Students attending other ABA law schools can spend one to two semesters at UC Hastings as Visiting Students on a space-available basis. Visiting applicants may apply for fall and/or spring terms during their 2L or 3L year.

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Admission to the Bar

In order to practice law, it is necessary to be admitted to a state Bar after graduation from law school. Each state Bar has character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission. Students are advised to contact the Committee of Bar Examiners in the state(s) in which they intend to practice for information regarding these requirements.

LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies

If you are an attorney licensed outside of the U.S., or have completed a first degree in law outside of the U.S., UC Hastings invites you to apply for a one-year LL.M. degree in U.S. Legal Studies. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis from September 1 through June 30. The priority deadline is March 1.

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Master of Studies in Law (MSL)

The Master of Studies in Law (MSL) is a one-year degree program for professionals seeking to equip themselves with a sophisticated understanding of legal reasoning and doctrine. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis starting October 1. The priority deadline is April 15.

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Masters of Science, Health Policy & Law (HPL)

The Masters of Science, Health Policy & Law (HPL) is a fully online program leading to a jointly conferred degree from UC Hastings and the University of California San Francisco. The program provides students with the tools and knowledge to navigate legal reform and policy impact within the health care system.