Established in 1878 and located in San Francisco, the University of California Hastings College of the Law was the first law school to be founded west of the Rockies. The school is located in the heart of the city, giving students convenient access to City Hall, courts at the local, state and federal level, the financial district, as well as a number of public interest organizations and law firms.
UC Hastings offers a broad and diverse curriculum. During the first year, students engage in a prescribed foundational curriculum and have the opportunity to choose an elective during their second semester. Prior to graduation, all students are required to satisfy UC Hastings’ writing requirement and argue an appellate case in the school’s moot court program. Other than the aforementioned requirements, students can choose from a wide of electives and other academic experiences, which includes more than 50 seminars covering a wide range of legal areas. Students may decide to pursue a concentration in the areas of Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Intellectual Property, International Law, public Interest Law, or Tax Law. Those interested in International Law would be pleased to note that the school offers a number of opportunities, such as courses in International Human Rights and International Business and Trade Law, study abroad programs in various countries, and research centers.
Additionally, UC Hastings provides a myriad of opportunities for students seeking to gain practical experience, such as its various in-house and out-placement clinics and moot court, negotiation, client counseling and trial practice teams. For those seeking to complement their J.D. with experience in another discipline, the school offers its students the opportunity to pursue joint degrees.