- Candidates must have earned a bachelor’s degree (or its foreign equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher education prior to beginning the JD program.
- Candidates must take the LSAT no later than the March of the year of matriculation. Valid scores cannot be more than five years old. The highest score will be used in determining the Admission Committee’s decision.
- Candidates must register with the Law School Admission Council’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
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 is April 15, 2020 for Fall 2020 enrollment.
For the 2019-2020 application cycle, the $75 application fee has been waived for all 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.