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Hastings College of Law (UC Hastings or Hastings), the University of California, is a public law school affiliated with the University of California system in San Francisco, California. Founded by Serranus Clinton Hastings in 1878, UC Hastings was the University of California's first law school and one of the first law schools established in the United States of California and Western America. UC Hastings, while part of the University of California, is not directly controlled by the University of California Regents. UC Hastings is also one of the few prominent university-affiliated law schools in the United States that does not share a campus with the university's undergraduates or other postgraduate programs.



UC Hastings offers a three-year Juris Doctor program with concentrated studies available in seven areas: civil litigation, criminal law, international law, public interest law, taxation, family law, and recently, a new concentration in intellectual property law. Most J.D. students follow a traditional three-year plan. During the first year, students take required courses as well as one elective course. In the second and third years, students may take any course or substitute or supplement their courses with judicial externships or internships, judicial clinics, or study abroad. The college also offers a one-year LL.M. degree in U.S. legal studies for students holding law degrees from foreign law programs. It is an American Bar Association (ABA) approved law school since 1939.


UC Hastings participates in the Concurrent Degree Program with UC Santa Cruz's Masters of Science in Applied Economics and Finance. In this 3+3 program, students may concurrently earn a JD from UC Hastings and a masters degree in applied economics and finance from Santa Cruz, by pursuing the two degrees concurrently, eligible students can earn both degrees in less time than it would take to earn them serially. UC Hastings also participates in the Concurrent Degree Program with U.C. Berkeley's Haas Graduate School of Business. Upon completion of a four-year program, the student earns a Berkeley M.B.A. degree and a J.D. degree from UC Hastings College of the Law.


A joint degree program was initiated by UC Hastings College of Law and the UCSF School of Medicine of the University of California, San Francisco, and their first class of graduate students started enrolling in the Master of Law Studies (MSL) and LL.M. In services related to law, research and health policy. For completion of the degrees, students have coursework available at each college. The UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy is a part of this initiative.


65 Club

The former professor and dean of Hastings, Ellington Snodgrass, brought together a community of eminent scholars and jurists from the best law schools in the country. The Sixty Five Club, founded in 1940, retired accidentally at 65 from a community of brilliant minds to provide Hastings with one of the most distinguished faculties of any American law school. Roger J. Traynor and Raymond L. Sullivan of the Supreme Court of California and the U.S. were famous Hastings professors. Justice Arthur Goldberg of the Supreme Court.



For the 2018-2019 academic year, the gross cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at UC Hastings is $49,538 for residents of California and $55,538 for non-residents. The debt-financed attendance expense calculated by the Law School Transparency for three years is $296,028. UC Hastings does not offer full-tuition scholarships.

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