What courses will students take during their first year at UC Hastings?
During your first year at UC Hastings, you will earn a total of 31 credits.  Those credits will be applied toward your UCSC undergraduate B.A. or B.S. degree.  When the UCSC Registrar applies the 31 Hastings’ semester credits to your UCSC degree, these units will count as 46 UCSC quarter credits. The first-year UC Hastings curriculum consists of the following mandatory courses (which are required for all first-year UC Hastings students):

  • Civil Procedure (4 Units)
  • Constitutional Law I (3 units)
  • Contracts (4 units)
  • Criminal Law (4 units)
  • Legal Writing & Research (3 units)
  • Moot Court (2 units)
  • Property (4 units)
  • Torts (4 Units)
  • Statutory Elective (3 units)

Can first-year students choose their class schedule at UC Hastings?
First-year classes are mandatory with the exception of the spring semester statutory course. In previous years, students have been able to select one of the following 3-unit statutory courses:

  • Domestic Violence Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Employment Law
  • Income Tax Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Statutory Interpretation and the Legislative Process

Can first-year students choose an area of specialization at UC Hastings?
Yes. Hastings offers students the opportunity to pursue a “Concentration.” A concentration is similar to an undergraduate major.  Concentrations are built around a combination of advanced courses and real-world experience through clinics, externships, and law journals.  However, students are not required to pursue a concentration during law school. Nonetheless, many students who desire more significant depth in their legal studies will choose to pursue a concentration. Hastings offers concentrations in the following areas:

  • Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution: Study and practice advanced trial advocacy, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution.
  • Criminal Law: Gain experience with criminal procedure and criminal trial advocacy through coursework, externships, and the Criminal Practice Clinic.
  • Environmental Law: Learn about environmental dilemmas and how to use the law to help solve them.
  • Government Law:  Specialize in government law and pursue a career within government, with a firm representing government agencies, or with a non-profit that regularly interacts with government. This concentration features a legislation clinic in Sacramento.
  • Intellectual Property: Learn copyright, trademark and patent law from the top IP practitioners in the Bay Area and finish with a capstone IP seminar.
  • International and Comparative Law: Asia, Europe, the Middle East and more. Learn to navigate the waters of international law and study abroad at 16 global universities.
  • Law and Health Sciences: Study the impact of the law in the age of health care reform, bioscience, genetic patents, and global epidemics.
  • Social Justice Lawyering: Work directly with live clients as you learn to balance the scales of justice for the poor and marginalized.
  • Taxation Law: Learn from a faculty with expertise in family, corporate, and international tax law and policy.

For more information on the various concentrations, see see here and the links therein for each concentration.

Does UC Hastings have on-campus housing for students?

Yes. All students admitted to UC Hastings College of the Law are eligible for residential housing in the law school apartments at McAllister Tower. McAllister Tower has approximately 250 apartments for students. Due to high student demand, incoming students are encouraged to apply early for on-campus housing.

What is the cost of attendance at UC Hastings?

As first year law students, 3+3 students will be charged the UC Hastings tuition rate. For additional information on costs and fees, please see here.