UC Hastings College of the Law was founded in 1878 as the first law department of the University of California. We are located in San Francisco’s Civic Center—steps from City Hall, the State and Federal Buildings, the State Supreme, Superior and Appellate Courts, as well as the United States District Court and Court of Appeals.
The Annual Report of Philanthropy is published annually to recognize the gifts generous alumni and friends made to UC Hastings during the previous fiscal year (July 1 - June 30).
UC Hastings’ Juris Doctor program—a full-time, three-year legal education—provides students with an exceptional foundation in the law. Students are encouraged to delve into specialized areas of inquiry and take advantage of clinical programs, pro bono opportunities, judicial externships, exchange programs, and our location in San Francisco’s Civic Center.
Discover law in the U.S. as you explore San Francisco. Welcome to San Francisco. We welcome you to the University of California Hastings College of the Law. The global economy is defined by change. The legal marketplace is no different. UC Hastings is a unique law school. It is constantly adapting. You can be a part of the development of the law. By coming to one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the United States and studying at one of the most prestigious law schools in the nation, you will be trained by scholars who are renowned for their influence on doctrine as well as policy. You will have the opportunity to meet a diverse student body, including individuals from Asia, Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. In the pages that follow, you will learn about the compelling strengths that define our community. Frank H. Wu Chancellor & Dean UC Hastings Welcome to UC Hastings.
The UC Hastings Master of Studies in Law (MSL) is a one-year program designed for leaders and passionate professionals who want to bring knowledge of the law to their fields and careers.
Students in the Startup Legal Garage provide corporate and intellectual property work to early stage startup companies under the supervision of leading attorneys throughout the Bay Area. A unique program, students gain an in-depth understanding of the incentive structures that drive businesses outside of and in addition to the law; clients get high quality legal services supervised by leading practitioners in the field.
At the University of California Hastings College of the Law, we believe legal education should be an active, engaging practice that prepares students for real world law practice. Every day, our renowned clinical programs fuse the powers of innovative classroom and experiential learning opportunities with our unique location and relationships in San Francisco to educate and inspire the country’s future lawyers, legislators, mediators, judges, and partners in business.