The University of California Hastings College of the Law is a public law school in the heart of San Francisco.

UC Hastings was founded in 1878 as the first law department of the University of California and is one of the most exciting and vibrant legal education centers in the nation. Our faculty are nationally renowned as both teachers and scholars.

Juris Doctor Program

The UC Hastings full-time, three-year JD program has a curriculum of extraordinary depth, an enviable location next to courthouses and law firms, and a commitment to social justice interwoven into the fabric of the law school’s urban home.

LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies

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

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MSL Admissions

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.

CSL Program

The Certificate of Studies in Law (CSL) is a one-semester program designed to provide professionals a foundational understanding of legal reasoning and doctrine in order to better understand the laws and legal institutions that affect their work.

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HPL Program

The Master of Science, Health Policy & Law (HPL) is a fully online, jointly conferred degree program. Created collaboratively with educators and professionals from UCSF and UC Hastings College of the Law, the program provides students with the tools and knowledge to navigate legal reform and policy impact within the health care system.

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.

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Audit Classes

UC Hastings welcomes and allows persons who are not degree candidates at the College to audit a rich offering of classes covering a broad variety of legal topics.