About UC Hastings

The UC Hastings academic experience is a world-opening, hands-on immersion in the living law. The three-year J.D. program is taught by some of the most experienced professors in American legal education and, along with many Hastings students, they are passionate advocates for social justice and engaged global citizens. The result is an intellectual community that is as diverse and distinct as San Francisco.

The UC Hastings Difference

Students choose UC Hastings College of the Law because they want a legal education that reflects their values and goals. It is an education that is:

Real-World

UC Hastings graduates make an immediate impact because they have the practical lawyering skills to be effective in a wide variety of professional roles.

Global

San Francisco provides a vibrant international setting for a distinctly global curriculum and campus life. Study abroad or stay right here to learn from visiting scholars and international classmates.

Multidimensional

The best lawyers know how to think like scientists, entrepreneurs, economists, activists, business people, social workers, policy makers, and community leaders. A UC Hastings education explores the law from every angle and application, preparing lawyers and leaders who are dexterous problem-solvers.


The UC Hastings Juris Doctor program provides a strong practical foundation, plus the flexibility to tailor your legal education to match your professional goals.

What UC Hasting offers

"UC Hastings offers nine subject area concentrations, fourteen clinics and a wide variety of externship programs, including one of the most extensive judicial externship programs in the country; study abroad programs with sixteen law schools in Asia, Europe, and the Americas; four nationally recognized research and advocacy centers focusing on local government law, negotiations and dispute resolution, worklife law, and gender and refugee studies; opportunities to work on nine student-edited scholarly journals or on one of our award-winning skills teams, including trial advocacy, negotiation and mediation, and the #1 moot court program in the country." - David L. Faigman, Acting Chancellor & Dean

The J.D. program is the heart of academic life at UC Hastings. During three years of intensive study and hands-on practice, students are immersed in the history, theory, and complex reality of the living law. Students can tailor their education through eight concentrations, including International Law, Criminal Law, and Law and Health Sciences. Practical and professional skills are honed by working directly with clients in the College's community clinics or by joining the best Moot Court Team in the country. The J.D. program at UC Hastings provides a transformative legal education in one of the greatest cities on Earth.

J.D. Curriculum

The J.D. curriculum at UC Hastings is grounded in fundamentals: research and writing, appellate advocacy, criminal and tort law, and practical lawyering skills. It is an intensive three-year, full-time degree program of increasingly complexity and depth, but with the flexibility to let you focus on your greatest professional and intellectual interests.

Concentrations

Dig deeper into the subjects you love and work closely with professors who are renowned experts in their fields. As a J.D. student at UC Hastings, you have the option of earning a certificate of concentration in nine distinct areas of the law:

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