University of California Law San Francisco (formerly UC Hastings)

UC Law San Francisco (formerly Hastings)

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Official Guide to ABA-Approved JD Programs

UC Law San Francisco (formerly UC Hastings Law) was established in 1878 as the original law department of the University of California. Today, UC Law SF is one of  California's largest and most diverse law schools, with an alumni network of over 22,000 graduates practicing in every state in the U.S. 

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The JD Program

UC Law SF offers a full-time, three-year (six semester) Juris Doctor program. The first-year curriculum focuses on required doctrinal courses including Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Property, Torts, and Contracts, among others. Coursework taken during the second and third years is largely elective. Students can choose to pursue one of twelve concentrations and take advantage of the school's plentiful experiential learning opportunities by enrolling in a clinic, an externship, or both. 

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UC Law San Francisco offers fifteen clinics, through which students work with real clients, helping them solve legal problems with genuine consequences. Some of the College's clinics are based on campus, while others involve an external field placement. UC Law SF's clinics work with low income workers, low-income taxpayers, immigrants, asylum seekers, and residents of the adjoining Tenderloain neighborhood.  


UC Law SF offers four externship programs: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Judicial, Legal, and the UCDC semester for students who would like to spend a semester in Washington, DC. Many UC Law SF graduates credit their externship experiences as being pivotal in terms of their preparedness to begin practicing law immediately after graduating and passing the bar. 

Pro Bono

UC Law SF's Pro Bono program offers students the opportunity to meaningfully engage with clients and bring essential legal services to underserved communities. Students who choose to participate Pro Bono activities make meaningful connections with non-profit advocacy organizations and practicing public interest attorneys. 


UC Law SF is home to nine scholarly law journals including the flagship UC Law Review. The College's journals cover subject areas including business and commercial law, communications and entertainment law, Constitutional law, environmental law, international law, racial and economic justice, science and tech law, and gender justice.  

Student Life

Student Organizations

UC Law SF is home to approximately 50 to 70 student organizations, journals, and professional skills teams including the College's perennially successful Moot Court team. Student organization interest areas run the gamut from advocacy and volunteer groups to affinity groups to athletic teams. Each year a student organization expo is held early in the Fall semester to introduce first-year students to the many options available.  

On-Campus Housing

On-campus housing is available in the Academe at 198 building located at 198 McAllister Street, directly across from the College's academic buildings at 200 McAllister Street and 333 Golden Gate Avenue. The Academe at 198 offers a variety of options including efficiencies, studios, and one-bedroom apartments. Spouse and significant others who are not UC Law SF students are permitted to live in on-campus housing, as are canine companions. 

Career Placement and Bar Passage

UC Law SF students are ably assisted in their job searches by the dedicated staff of the Career Development Office (CDO). Led by Assistant Dean Amy Kimmel, the CDO offers a robust schedule of programming and networking opportunities throughout the academic year. The CDO also manages the College's Alumni Mentoring Program, with more than 800 alumni participants who can be matched to current students based on a student's desired practice specialty or geographic post-graduation living area. 

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Tuition and Aid

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Admission Decisions: Beyond the Numbers

Applications are evaluated holistically by three different reviewers before a final decision is rendered. The Admissions Committee reviews all parts of the application including the personal statement, resume, recommendation letters, transcripts, and standardized test scores. The application form for Fall enrollment in the JD program typically goes live on the LSAC website on or around September 1 the year before you plan to enroll. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in October. Applying early in the cycle is strongly encouraged. 

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Admitted Applicant Profile

25-75% UGPA Range at UC LAW SF:

3.40 to 3.74

25-75% LSAT Score Range at UC LAW SF:

157 to 162

25-75% UGPA Range at UC LAW SF:

3.40 to 3.74

25-75% LSAT Score Range at UC LAW SF:

157 to 162

25-75% UGPA Range at UC LAW SF:

3.40 to 3.74

25-75% LSAT Score Range at UC LAW SF:

157 to 162

Contact Information

200 McAllister Street,
San Francisco, CA 94102,
United States