Vibrant. Diverse. Inspiring.

UC Hastings is located in the heart of San Francisco, only blocks away from local, state, and federal courts. Our students experience the law in a way that is unparalleled in most law schools. Our program offers the best of UC Hastings – a small, supportive LLM program with tailored academic advising, while being fully integrated into our J.D. program with access to over 175 courses as well as experiential clinics, pro bono opportunities, and over 70 student organizations.



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LLM: A day in the life

UC Hastings is located in the heart of San Francisco, only blocks away from local, state, and federal courts. Our students experience the law in a way that is unparalleled in most law schools. Our program offers the best of UC Hastings – a small, supportive LLM program with tailored academic advising, while being fully integrated into our J.D. program with access to over 175 courses as well as experiential clinics, pro bono opportunities, and over 70 student organizations.



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LLM: A day in the life

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Scholarships

UC Hastings offers a limited number of scholarships to LL.M. students based on both merit and need. If you wish to apply for a scholarship, you will need to answer the scholarship questions on your application.

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LL.M. to J.D. Transfer

UC Hastings LL.M. students can apply to transfer to the J.D. program after two semesters of study. Successful LL.M. to J.D. transfer candidates can earn their J.D. after just two additional years of study.

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Housing

UC Hastings is one of a limited number of law schools with housing devoted exclusively to its students. McAllister Tower, which is located one block away from the school’s academic and administrative buildings, is an iconic San Francisco building.

How to Apply

If you are an attorney licensed outside of the U.S., or have completed a first degree in law outside of the U.S., the University of California Hastings in San Francisco invites you to apply for a one-year LL.M. degree in U.S. Legal Studies.

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Name: Pengpeng Zhan
Class: 2014
Country: P. R. China

“UC Hastings helped me lay a solid foundation for my cross-border business of assisting overseas companies to enter the Chinese market, as the courses closely follow the innovation and entrepreneurship trends in Silicon Valley. The experience with my fellow LL.M. students from all over the world improved my cross-cultural communication skills, which are crucial when I serve as a bridge in assisting my clients to access to the local customers, investors, and governments in China.”

Simona Cervasio Owens of Valla Law

Name: Simona Cervasio Owens
Class: 2012
Country: Italy

“The LL.M. program at UC Hastings enriched me both personally and professionally. On a personal level, it gave me the opportunity to make friends for life with bright people from different countries and backgrounds. On a professional level, the numerous workshops, career services, and social events offered helped me sharpen my networking skills and make valuable professional contacts in my preferred area of practice.”

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Name: Christophe Nicolay
Class: 2013
Country: Luxembourg

“Coming to San Francisco on my own from the other side of the world with the purpose to complete this challenging program helped me to open my mind and obliged me to think outside of the box. Doing the UC Hastings LL.M. program allowed me to connect with fellow LL.M. students from all over the world as well as with JD students. Having had this experience helps me connect with clients with different intentions, backgrounds, and educations.”

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