Welcome from Kelly Weisberg
UC Santa Cruz and UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco are proud to offer this new accelerated path to a Bachelor's degree and Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. This innovative partnership--the first and only such program in the UC system--enables UCSC students to earn a bachelor's and law degree in six years instead of the usual seven, saving both time and money.
This unique collaboration is the product of kindred spirits with shared values. Both campuses have a reputation for innovation and excellence.
UC Santa Cruz is widely known for the quality, depth, and breadth of its undergraduate programs. Students, faculty, and staff share a deep commitment to social justice, environmental sustainability, and equal opportunity. At Hastings, we offer a broad-based legal curriculum, as well as nine concentrations in areas such as Environmental Law, Criminal Law, Law and Health Sciences, Intellectual Property, and Social Justice Lawyering. Concentrations combine advanced courses and real-world experience to give students additional depth. Hastings is also the home of the Legal Education Opportunity Program (LEOP), created in 1969 in order to make a high quality legal education accessible to those who have experienced significant obstacles -- educational, economic, social, or physical -- that have restricted their access to academic opportunities and resources.
These two great institutions of higher education prove that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This partnership builds on each school's strengths, offering highly motivated students a new pathway to becoming a lawyer.
Law school is exciting, and the 3+3 program makes it more accessible and affordable than ever. I encourage anyone interested in leadership, intellectual engagement, or social change—in short, anyone who wants to make an impact through his or her work—to consider a career in the law. The law can be a powerful tool to promote social justice, protect the environment, encourage innovation through legal policy, and so much more. I am delighted to be part of this path-breaking program.
Professor of Law
UC Hastings College of the Law