The Hastings College of the Law at University of California (Hastings)

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Greg Canada
Application deadline March 3
Full-time program application fee $75
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The Hastings College of the Law at University of California (Hastings)

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 28.9% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.60
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 162

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 28.9%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 157-165
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.38-3.73
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.60
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 162

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Applicants N/A
Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
LLM Universite Pantheon-Assas Paris II
MBA Loyola Marymount LA
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Strengths include civil,criminal, & transactional clinical programs and cutting-edge research & advocacy centers. Formal study abroad programs in Argentina, Australia, China, Denmark, England,Germany,Hungary,Italy,& the Netherlands. Joint degrees and concentrations in Civil Litigation,Criminal Law,Intellectual Property, International Law,Law & Health Sciences,Social Justice Lawyering,& Taxation.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 188
Seminars 69
Positions available in seminars 1,348
Positions available in simulation courses 1,730
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 246
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Students work on eight law journals focusing on vital issues of public importance; participate in a thriving moot court and trial advocacy program; and are active in over 50 student organizations. Hastings students have a strong tradition of creating public service projects and programs, including programs that provide legal services to indigent people in San Francisco.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 77
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Typical size of first-year “small section” N/A
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 855
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 1,394
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 204
Full-time students involved in field placements 197
Full-time students involved in law journals 479
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 137
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 149

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? N/A
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 15.0:1 – Medium
Full- and part-time faculty 129
Full-time minority faculty 20.9%
Part-time minority faculty 45.2%
Total faculty 136
Total faculty (men) 58.8%
Total faculty (women) 41.2%
Total faculty (minorities) 35.3%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#44 Best Law Schools

(3) Ranking by Specialties

#30 in Clinical Training
#9 in Dispute Resolution
#28 in Law Firms Rank Schools

Law Ranking Scores

Score 59
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 3.3
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 3.9
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.38-3.73
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.60
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 157-165
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 162
Acceptance rate 28.9% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 15.0:1 – Medium
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 40.1% – Low
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 83.1% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 80.3% – Medium
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar CA
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 64.8%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 1244

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 1,241

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 3

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 1.6%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 5.1%
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 2.4%
Female students discontinuing law school 2.2%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Linda Bisesi
Financial aid phone (415) 565-4624
Financial aid application deadline March 3

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $40,836 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $49,336 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $14,040
Books $1,150
Miscellaneous expenses $4,740
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? Yes
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? No
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 69.9%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 8.8%
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount $11,800
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $11,000–$13,500
Full-time students receiving grants 78.6%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount N/A
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) N/A
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $102,030
Proportion who borrowed 88.1%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 170,207
Microform titles 71,912
Electronic titles 107,430
Other non-book titles 2,188
Total titles 351,737
Volumes (excluding microforms) 463,068
Volume equivalent microforms 273,326
Total volumes and volume equivalents 736,394
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia No

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 102
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 59
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 43
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 53
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 16
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 63
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 50
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 13
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 20
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 2

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, law school library, other
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 12
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 193
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 208
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 25
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 88
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 86,245
Total seats available for library users 793
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) Hastings Law Library is one of the largest in CA. Research guides are available at the reference desk as well as electronically. The Hastings Online Public Access Catalog (HOPAC) allows users to search library holdings for titles. Westlaw and LEXIS can be used without charge. The Learning Resources Center has 30 computers and 12 laser printers. Full e-mail and Internet access are available.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar CA
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 80.3% – Medium
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 64.8%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 421
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 40.1%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 83.1%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 7.1%
Graduates whose employment status is known 92.9%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 40.1%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 1.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 47.5%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 3.6%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 2.4%
Graduates whose employment status is known 97.6%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 83.1%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 1.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 5.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 7.1%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $80,000
Median private sector starting salary $120,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $160,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 65%
Median public service starting salary $60,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 6.9%
Percent employed in business and industry 10.6%
Percent employed in government 15.1%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 5.4%
Percent employed in law firms 54.9%
Percent employed in public interest 7.1%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 87%
Graduates employed out-of-state 10.8%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 1%
Number of states where graduates are employed 20
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.6%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 3.4%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 1.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.3%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 2.0%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 0.3%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 88.3%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 1.7%
Employment location unknown 1.4%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations The Career Services office serves students of all backgrounds and interests with a wide range of programs, including career fairs and employer table talks, a large on campus interview program, workshops, panels and brown bags. Our counseling staff includes JDs from all different practice backgrounds as well as a staff member with a Masters in Career Counseling.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 86.8%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 72.7%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 9.4%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 75.8%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 3.4%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 58.3%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 0.3%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 0.0%

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