Hastings Law School

General Info

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University of California, Hastings College of the Law is a law school located in downtown San Francisco, California. It was founded in 1878 by Serranus Clinton Hastings, the first Chief Justice of California, as the first law school of the University of California (UC), and it remains affiliated with the University of California today. The University of California, Hastings College of the Law is also commonly referred to as "UC Hastings" or simply "Hastings." UC Hastings is the first and oldest law school in California, and is one of the few university-affiliated law schools in the United States which does not sit on a general university campus.

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UC Hastings Law School Admissions

UC Hastings Law School is considered a Competitive law school, which accepts only 43% of its applicants. Comparatively, Hastings is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 3613 1521 (42.10%) 289 (8.0%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.28 3.50 3.64
LSAT 155 159 161

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $48,638 $54,638
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $26,508
  • Living off-campus: $26,508
  • Living at home: $26,508

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 11/15
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 01/15
  • Application Fee: N/A

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UC Hastings Law School Community

UC Hastings Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Hastings is Above Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 64
  • Part Time: 113


  • # Female Faculty: 78
  • # Minority Faculty: 33


14.1 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: Yes
  • Law Specific Housing: Yes

UC Hastings Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. UC Hastings Law School 1L section size is 30% larger than law schools in California and 38% larger than all PUBLIC law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

UC Hastings Law School: 214
California Average: 150
PUBLIC School Average: 132

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 1113
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 167

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 316
  • Law Journals: 317
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 2.8%
  • Second Year: 14.8%
  • Third Year: 0.7%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

UC Hastings Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The UC Hastings Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 76% with 2% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 100.0%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 50.0%
  • Business: 17.0%
  • Government: 19.0%
  • Public Interest: 7.0%
  • Academia: 2.0%
  • California: 90%
  • District of Columbia: 2%
  • Washington: 1%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 100.0%
  • First Time Takers: 393
  • Average School: 69.0%
  • Average State: 66.5%
  • Pass Difference: 2.4%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • California: 66.1%
  • Passed: 260 of 380 (68.4%)
  • State Average: 66.5%
  • Difference: 2.4%