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University of California Hastings College of the Law

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University of California—Hastings College of the Law was founded in 1878 as the first law department of the University of California by Serranus Clinton Hastings, the first Chief Justice of California. Since then, Hastings College of the Law has been at the center of the West Coast’s legal community, with renowned scholars serving as faculty.

Legal education at Hastings is a window to the breadth and diversity of the law. It provides both a focus on the fundamentals and a wider view to explore special areas of study through clinical training, seminars, opportunities to work on scholarly publications, and a moot court training program that regularly produces national championship teams for appellate advocacy competitions throughout the United States. Students can choose from noteworthy course offerings to specialize in tax, civil litigation, public interest, or international and comparative law. The upper-class curriculum has seven concentrated-studies certificates.

The law school also offers practical training through its skills courses and allows students to build legal experience through its clinical internships and judicial externships.

The Hastings Law Library offers more than 600,000 volumes as well as access to numerous online databases, services, and resources for students. The law library is a significant resource for the entire legal community and the public in the Bay Area. It serves as a designated repository for California legislative and statutory material, and is home to legislative journals, selected state agency annual reports, and federal government documents.

Student-Faculty Ratio 15.0:1

Admission Criteria

 

LSAT

GPA

25th-75th Percentile

157-165

3.38-3.73

Median*

162

3.60

The above LSAT and GPA data pertain to the fall 2011 entering class.
Medians have been calculated by averaging the 25th- and 75th-percentile values released by the law schools and have been rounded up to the nearest whole number for LSAT scores and to the nearest one-hundredth for GPAs.

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