Summer Legal Institute

Each summer UC Hastings offers classes in a variety of subject areas. All in-person courses are taught at UC Hastings in San Francisco, adjacent to federal, state, and local courthouses, San Francisco City Hall, and many of the city’s leading law firms.

The credit-bearing courses are open to any J.D. student currently enrolled and in good academic standing at an ABA-accredited law school and to UC Hastings JD, LL.M. and MSL students.

VA Students: Pay careful attention to the start and end date for each session (as well as online courses) as this might affect your VA benefits for the summer.

NOTE: The summer schedule and information is subject to change.

Online Course Types (Asynchronous and Online Synchronous)  

As part of the College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, courses are offered as online asynchronous and online synchronous courses. Students can elect to take one of the asynchronous courses in addition to a synchronous course

  • Online Asynchronous Courses: 
    These courses, indicated in WebAdvisor with an “online” location, have no set class date/meeting times and thus offer more flexibility.
  • Online Synchronous Courses: 
    These in-residence (on-campus) courses have been converted to meet online on the set days and times indicated in the course schedule.

    Definition Class Meetings Some Course Examples (not the full list) Course Schedule Location Notation
    Online Asynchronous Courses No set class date/meeting times.
    Students have more flexibility.
    e.g., Advanced Legal Research, Applied Contracts Online
    Online Synchronous Courses Classes will be held online (Teams/Zoom)
    on the set days and times indicated in the course schedule
    e.g., Evidence, Remedies, etc. No location indication
    (cell will be left blank)
  • Pandemic Response to Academic Regulation 1204 (Applicable to Current UC Hastings Students Only)
    • Academic Regulation 1204 limits total distance education (online) units that can be applied toward the JD degree to 15 units overall and 8 units in any given semester.
    • During the 2021 Summer Legal Institute (Session 1, Session 2, and full summer session), we are offering all classes online as pandemic response, to protect the community. Because we are doing so as part of pandemic response, the units associated with Summer 2021 classes do not count toward the Academic Regulation 1204 distance education caps.
    • Exams will be take-home and online for courses with exams. The exam schedule is TBA.


Full Summer Session: May 17 – August 12

Last day to add/drop classes for Summer Full Session is May 16, 11:59PM PST.

83533ADVANCED LEGAL RESEARCHHardcastle3OnlineASYNCHNoCancelled
33931CRIMINAL PROCEDURE: LAW & PROCESSCandler & Higa45:45 PM - 8:10 PMTTHNo Midterm
Final: Yes
Students who enroll in this course may not enroll in Criminal Procedure.
85031ESSENTIAL LAWYERING SKILLS ASpencer19:00 AM - 4:30 PMTues, May 18th & Wed, May 19thNoAdditional meeting times TBA.
96031LOW-INCOME TAXPAYER CLINICSpivey12:25 PM - 4:40 PMTNoAdditional Meetings: June 1, 3, & 9; 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
96131LOW-INCOME TAXPAYER FWKSpivey3TBATBANo12 hours/week field work (during business hours)
83231TRIAL ADVOCACY IILee & Wiley35:45 PM-9:15 PMTHNoCancelled

Session One: May 17 – June 24 

(No Classes Monday, May 31)
Last day to add/drop classes for Summer Session 1 is May 16, 11:59PM PST.

Course NumberClassProfessorUnitsTimesDaysExam
Viswanathan3OnlineASYNCHMidterm: No
Final: Yes
26451COMMUNITY PROPERTYMyers25:45 PM – 7:00 PMMTWTHMidterm: No
Final: Yes
36851EVIDENCESpencer35:45 PM – 7:45 PMMTWTHMidterm: Yes
Final: Yes
83851NEGOTIATIONFord31:00 PM – 5:40 PMMTWTHF; May 17th-27thNo
55251REMEDIESSchwartz35:45 PM – 7:45 PMMTWTHMidterm: Yes
Final: Yes
54651REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICERibet36:00 PM - 8:00 PMMTWTHMidterm: No
Final: Yes

Session Two: July 6 – August 12

Last day to add/drop classes for Summer Session 2 is July 5, 11:59 PM PST.
After May 11, if you need to add or drop any Summer Session 2 class(es), please email the Office of the Registrar with the course’s title and course number no later than July 6, 2020, 11:59 PM.

Course NumberClassProfessorUnitsTimesDaysExam
31461BUSINESS ASSN/ INTRO FED SECDibadj35:45 PM – 8:10 PMMTWTHMidterm: No
Final: Yes
33661FAMILY LAWMyers35:45 PM – 7:45 PMMTWTHMidterm: No
Final: Yes
49061LEGAL ETHICS: PRACTICE OF LAWSchwartz35:45 PM – 7:45 PMMTWTHMidterm: No
Final: Yes


The tuition for all credit-bearing 2021 summer courses is $1,450.00 per credit, so a three-unit course will cost $4,350.00. The tuition is the same for all students, regardless of California residency status or nationality. U.S. citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents, and other eligible non-citizens attending other ABA-accredited law schools can use federal financial aid funds for summer courses provided they are taking a minimum of three credits. Please visit the UC Hastings Financial Aid Office’s summer session webpage for further information about paying for summer courses with financial aid funds. Important: Please note that you must attend at least half-time (3 units in summer) to receive a federal student loan.

***Payment is due 10 days prior to the first day of classes for each session.  For the Full Session and Session 1, the due date is Friday, May 7, 2021, by 3pm.  For Session 2, the due date is Friday, June 25, 2021, by 3pm.***

Contact Information

For additional information about the UC Hastings credit-bearing courses, send an email to or call 415-565-4613 during normal business hours.

Registration & Application

Registration for summer classes will open at 9:00 AM (PST) on Monday, March 29, 2021. Current UCH students can register online via WebAdvisor. Non-UCH students should complete the Summer Visitor Application to apply for credit-bearing courses and should provide the Records Office (

  1. a current official law school transcript
  2. a letter of good standing

These materials should be submitted directly from your school.


Please note that if you wish to cancel your enrollment without incurring any charges, you must drop your class(es) by 11:59 PM on the day BEFORE the summer session begins. That is May 16 (11:59 PM PST) for the sessions beginning on May 17 (11:59 PM PST), and July 5 for the session beginning July 6. Following those dates, charges/refunds are pro-rated and full refunds are not available.

Adding classes must be done no later than 11:59 PM the night BEFORE the first day of the session.

After May 16, if you need to add or drop any Summer Session 2 class(es), please email the Records Office ( with the course’s title and course number no later than July 5, 2021 (11:59 PM).

*Tuition and fees are estimated and subject to change by the State Legislature, the Governor’s office or the College’s Board of Directors. They are subject to change without notice.*