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University of California, Hastings College of Law College of Law

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 1100
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 157 - 165
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.29 - 3.75
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 79.39%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 74.2%
In State Tuition $46,806
Out of State Tuition $52,806

Overview

Overview

Reviews

UC Hastings is at the forefront of the legal education reformation. Indeed, the program staunchly places an emphasis on “practice [over] theory.” This evolution is evident in Hastings’ curriculum which only mandates a relatively small number of required courses. In turn, this allows students “to easily specialize and spend their time interning or externing.” Additionally, the school provides what is arguably one of the “nation’s best” moot courts and offers a “number of clinics” of which students can take advantage.For the most part, students are impressed with their classroom experience. Although the average class size is fairly large, Hastings manages to accomplish the seemingly impossible and create an “intimate” feel. A first-year explains, “Despite the fact that there are 80 students in my section, I have made personal connections with each of my profes­sors and feel as comfortable with them as I would expect if my section had ten students.”Speaking of professors, Hastings has managed to attract “a number of leaders in their respective fields.” One fortunate first-year quickly chimes in, “The professors are not only highly regarded scholars, that many times have written the text for the course, but have also been great teachers with ample time for students.” Overall, the faculty offers a “great mix of personalities, interests, backgrounds, credentials, etc.” This might offer some insight into why they fervently “encourage and acknowledge different opinions.” Finally, just as essential, professors are “always…approachable and willing to engage with students.” Perhaps one of Hastings greatest strengths is its Career Center. Counselors are “always available and work with every student association, and the administration to make get­ting a job easy and to ensure that students feel prepared for the future.” An incredulous first-year quickly adds, “They even have a program to help you determine what kind of LIFE you want to have, and whether it even includes typical lawyering.” Beyond the Career Center, students can also tap into a “huge alumni base, particularly in the Bay area” when seeking employment. Students also happily report that Hastings administrators are a “supportive” bunch. Generally, they “are responsive to any issues and remedy problems as quickly as possi­ble.” One particularly pleased third-year student expresses gratitude to them for swiftly “eliminating bad professors upon negative feedback from students.” However, there are a handful of students who feel that the administration could “communicate better with students and keep them more informed.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 373

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 20

Description: An advanced, professional program of the U.S. legal system, Constitution law, and jurisprudence. Includes instruction in legal history, legal sociology, philosophy of law, Constitutional law, legal procedure, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD and LLM degrees offered at Hastings; may combine JD with other institutions' masters' degrees, with some cross-crediting (e.g. JD/MBA can be completed together in 4 rather than 5 years separately)

Specialty Law Programs

  • Criminal
  • International
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 47% Male
53% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 48%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 5%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 11%
Ethnicity Unknown 9%
Black or African American 5%
Asian 21%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $46,806 Same as On-Campus
Housing $14,040 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $60,846 $46,806

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $52,806 Same as On-Campus
Housing $14,040 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $66,846 $52,806

Financial Aid

92% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$57,870 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $75

Incoming Class

University of California, Hastings College of Law College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Total 157 - 165

University of California, Hastings College of Law College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.29 - 3.75
Total 3.29 - 3.75

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Resume, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Interview, Extracurricular Activities, Work Experience, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#9 Most Competitive Students

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 100%
First Time Pass Rate 79%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 72%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 160
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 74%
Average Starting Salary $74,500
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 81 25%
Firm Sized 11-25 25 8%
Firm Sized 26-50 11 8%
Firm Sized 51-100 6 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 13 4%
Firm Sized 251-500 10 3%
Firm Sized 501+ 37 11%
Business Industry 39 12%
Government 52 16%
Public Interest 31 9%
Federal Clerkship 9 3%
State Clerkship 2 1%
Academia 8 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 0%
Unemployed, Seeking 95 21%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 3 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
NY 2%
DC 2%
CA 91%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of California, Hastings College of Law College of Law include:

  • Ann M. Veneman - Executive Director, UNICEF
  • Joseph Cotchett - Founding Partner, Cotchett Pitre & Simon
  • Carol Corrigan - Associate Justice, CA Supreme Court
  • Willie Brown - Former Mayor, San Francisco
  • Marvin Baxter - Associate Justice, CA Supreme Court
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