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History

Founded in 1878 by Serranus Clinton Hastings, the first Chief Justice of California, the University of California, Hastings College of the Law was California’s first law school. UC Hastings has been at the center of the legal community in the West for more than 120 years.

Mission

The mission of the University of California Hastings College of the Law is to provide an academic program of the highest quality, based upon scholarship, teaching, and research, to a diverse student body. We work hard to assure our graduates have a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the law and are well trained for the multiplicity of roles that they will play in a society and profession that are subject to continually changing demands and needs.

J.D. Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Doctrinal and Substantive Knowledge
: Students will be able to identify, explain, and employ basic concepts, theories, procedures, and rules of law in both core legal areas and in their own chosen area(s) of specialization.
  2. Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
: Students will be able to analyze, assess, and form independent judgments on a variety of legal issues, and will use these skills to solve client legal problems.
  3. Practical and Communication Skills
: Students will be able to gather and analyze evidence, communicate effectively in appropriate written and oral formats with a multiplicity of audiences, and demonstrate other professional skills.
  4. Research Skills: 
Students will be able to independently retrieve, organize, analyze and evaluate paper and electronic legal and interdisciplinary sources, and differentiate between the types and relevance of authorities.
  5. Professionalism: 
Students will demonstrate the professional skills necessary for effective and ethical participation in the legal profession.
  6. Public Service
: Students will be able to describe the roles and responsibilities of lawyers in overcoming obstacles to legal access and in promoting social justice.

2017 Entering Class Profile

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(Reported to the ABA as of October 5, 2017)

Entering Class Size 323
Women 52.6%
Men 46.7%
Other/Not Reported 0.7%
Students of Color 38.7%
Median Undergraduate GPA 3.42
75th Percentile UGPA 3.60
25th Percentile UGPA 3.16
Median LSAT 159
75th Percentile LSAT 161
25th Percentile LSAT 156

Enrollment (As of Fall ’17)

Note: these numbers are officially reported to the ABA and IPEDS Fall 2017

Total Enrollment 1017
JD Enrollment 930
LLM Enrollment 25
MSL Enrollment 7
HPL Enrollment 26
Exchange/Auditors 29

Class Sizes

  • Typical first year section size, excluding Legal Research & Writing: 87
  • Number of course titles,beyond the first year curricular,offered last year: 196
  • Number of upper division classroom course sections
    with an enrollment:

    • Under 25: 190
    • 25 to 49: 39
    • 50 to 74: 10
    • 75 to 99: 6
    • 100+: 2
  • Number of seats available in law clinics last year: 114
  • Number of field placements positions filled last year: 311
  • Number of seats available in simulation courses: 772

Annual Fees

(2012-13 through 2017-18)


Academic Year

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18
Resident Tuition/Fees*
$44,186
 $44,186
$44,186
$44,201
$44,218
$44,326
Non-Resident Tuition/Fees
$50,186
$50,186
$50,186
$50,201
$50,218
$50,326
Estimated Living Expenses (9 months)
$19,930
$21,156
$23,613
$26,508
$24,110
$26,508

*Includes Enrollment Fee, Activity Fee, and Health Services Fee. Does not include UCSHIP Insurance Premium, which can be waived.

For more detailed information visit our Tuition and Fees page.

Faculty Composition

(Reported to Department of Education Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System Spring 2018)

Full-Time 72
Women 50%
Minority 25%
Part-Time* 83

*Please note that part-time faculty counts only include fall counts, not total counts.

(Reported to the ABA Fall 2017 for 2016-17 Academic Year)

Male Female Other Minority Total
Full-Time 40 32 0 20 72
Non-full-time 94 67 0 23 161
Total 134 99 0 43 233

** Differences in numbers between IPEDS and the ABA are based on different definitions of Full-time and non-full-time and on reporting periods.

The number of full-time and part-time faculty as reported to the ABA can be found in the ABA Standard 509 Information Report.

UC Hastings Board of Directors

UC Hastings Faculty

Enrollment Data, Attrition, Graduation, and Bar Passage Rates

  • Please refer to the UC Hastings ABA Standard 509 Information Report (above) for bar passage rates.
  • For more information on Bar Requirements and Resources, UC Hastings students should consult the Bar Passage Support Page on the Intranet.

Employment Outcomes

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Credit Hour Policy:

  • UC Hastings follows the ABA policy on credit hours (see Standard 310).
  • The relevant Standard and Interpretations are below:

Standard 310. DETERMINATION OF CREDIT HOURS FOR COURSEWORK

(a) A law school shall adopt, publish, and adhere to written policies and procedures for determining the credit hours that it awards for coursework.

(b) A “credit hour” is an amount of work that reasonably approximates:

(1) not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and two hours of out-ofclass student work per week for fifteen weeks, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or

(2) at least an equivalent amount of work as required in subparagraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution, including simulation, field placement, clinical, co-curricular, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.

Interpretation 310-1

For purposes of this Standard, fifty minutes suffices for one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction. An “hour” for out-of-class student work is sixty minutes. The fifteen-week period may include one week for a final examination.

Interpretation 310-2

A school may award credit hours for coursework that extends over any period of time, if the coursework entails no less than the minimum total amounts of classroom or direct faculty instruction and of out-ofclass student work specified in Standard 310(b).

Transfer of Credit Policy:

Policies on the acceptance of transfer credits are outlined in the Academic Regulations and can be found on the following page on Visiting Another Law School.

Application requirements can be found on the Transfer Student page.

UC Hastings has articulation, exchange, 3+3, or concurrent degree agreements with different institutions for the following programs:

Concurrent degrees with:

  • UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business (Concurrent JD/MBA)
  • Presidio Graduate School (Concurrent JD/MBA)
  • UC Davis Graduate School of Management (Concurrent JD/MBA in the process of being formalized/approved)

3+3 Program with UC Santa Cruz

Exchange Programs with:

  • Vermont Law School
  • Austral University
  • University of New South Wales
  • Peking University Law School
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University, KoGuan Law School
  • University of Copenhagen
  • Bucerius Law School
  • Freie University
  • Central European University
  • Tel Aviv University
  • Bocconi University
  • The International University College of Turin
  • Waseda University
  • Hitotsubashi University
  • Leiden University
  • Instituto de Empresa Law School
  • The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Concurrent JD/LLM Programs

  • University Paris II
  • The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Library Resources:

Accreditation

The University of California Hastings College of the Law is an American Bar Association-approved law school and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. UC Hastings is also a member of The Association of American Law Schools. Contact information is listed below.

American Bar Association (ABA):
Office of the Consultant on Legal Education /
Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312.988.6738
Fax: 312.988.5681
legaled@americanbar.org

WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC):
WASC Senior College and University Commission
985 Atlantic Avenue, #100
Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: 510.748.9001
Fax: 510.748.9797
Send a Message

The Association of American Law Schools (AALS):
Association of American Law Schools
1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 20036-2717
Phone: 202.296.8851
Fax: 202.296.8869   
aals@aals.org

Contact Andrea Bing, Director of Accreditation and Assessment if you have questions.

Complaint Process

The Academic Regulations outline the student complaint process. The nature of the complaint determines to whom the complaint should be made. Most complaints outlined in the Academic Regulations should be made to the Assistant Dean of Student Services or the Associate Academic Dean.

Title IX Complaints have a separate process and should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator.

Academic Freedom

The Faculty Executive Committee adopted this policy in 2011 after consultation with individual faculty members.

UC Hastings is committed to the principle that the pursuit of knowledge and the free expression of ideas is at the heart of the academic mission, whether in the classroom, in the selection of clinical projects and clients, and in research, scholarship, public presentations, and contributions to public fora. This is especially true when the ideas or subjects are unpopular or controversial in society, as orthodox ideas need no protection.  No person or organization outside the academic community should be permitted to determine which ideas or projects may be explored, expressed, supported or endorsed.

With the rights and privileges of academic freedom come corresponding responsibilities.  All faculty and students should strive to make accurate statements and voice opinions that have been reflected upon after a sincere attempt to understand contrary views.  This does not mean that any member of the academic community is responsible for representing all views on a controversial matter, only that community members should aspire to issue opinions after making a good-faith effort to appreciate why others believe differently.

In an age where public funding of universities has diminished vastly, it becomes acutely important to ensure that the influence of money not be permitted to dictate academic decisions.  Private donors may, of course, give or withhold gifts as they see fit, but members of the academic community have a responsibility to exercise independent judgment on academic decisions, and it is further the responsibility of other members of the community to protect the right of fellow members to make such independent judgments.

UC Hastings fully subscribes to the American Association of University Professors’ Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure, which can be accessed at http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/pubsres/policydocs/contents/1940statement.htm

Statement Regarding Opinions Voiced by Members of the UC Hastings Community or by Non-Members on the UC Hastings Campus

The Faculty Executive Committee adopted this policy in 2011 after consultation with individual faculty members.

The comments or opinions expressed by speakers at events held on the UC Hastings campus are the speakers’ own and should not be taken as a statement, opinion, position, or endorsement by UC Hastings.

The comments or opinions expressed by UC Hastings faculty, staff or students in any kind of publication or public forum are their own and should not be taken as a statement, opinion, position, or endorsement by UC Hastings.