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UC Hastings (University of California, Hastings College of the Law)

UC Hastings is a stand-alone law school, meaning that it there is no undergraduate university at the location. It is, however, a part of the University of California system of universities and schools. Additional details about the law school are set forth below.

The Law School

University of California, Hastings College of the Law (UC Hastings or Hastings) is a public law school in San Francisco, California, located in the Civic Center neighborhood. UC Hastings College of the Law was founded in 1878 as the first law department of the University of California, and today is one of the top-rated law schools in the United States. Its alumni span the globe and are among the most respected lawyers, judges and business leaders today. The school's faculty are nationally renowned as both teachers and scholars.

The school is situated in the heart of San Francisco, near the Civic Center and the local, state, and federal courts. UC Hastings is steps away from every manner of transportation, from streetcars and cable cars, to ferries and BART, San Francisco's subway. Its urban campus is comprised of three buildings containing classrooms, offices, our award-winning library, conference space, student apartments, and numerous amenities, such as the bookstore, Law Café, the Skyroom, several lounges and study spaces, a basketball court and fitness center.

Hastings students hail from more than 120 universities and colleges from around the world, many with advanced degrees or several years' experience in the workplace. They bring a wide variety of perspectives to discussions in and outside of class and a great deal of energy to over 70 student organizations. Hastings student leaders are as creative and innovative at organizing informational events, conferences, and lectures at Hastings as they are at organizing great social events. Hastings students look out for each other and they make their mark as alumni in California and throughout the world.

Tuition Fees

For the 2012-2013 academic year, it is anticipated that the LL.M. program tuition cost will be $41,200 for the year. There will be no distinction made between in-state and out-of-state tuition. In addition, there are student health and activity fees estimated to be $550.

The Program

If you are a foreign attorney or hold a degree that would qualify you for the practice of law from a recognized law faculty outside the U.S., UC Hastings invites you to apply for a one-year LL.M. degree in United States Legal Studies.

LL.M. candidates may receive a general degree in U.S. law or elect to specialize in any of the following areas:

-- International Law and Human Rights

-- Science, Technology and Intellectual Property

-- International Business and Trade

-- Dispute Resolution and Legal Process

LL.M. candidates are required to complete successfully at least 24 credit hours of classes, including Introduction to U.S. Legal Systems (a legal writing and research seminar) and one first-year required course (contracts, torts, criminal law, property, or civil procedure). LL.M. candidates must attend a 2 week orientation program before classes begin. LL.M. candidates who choose to concentrate in one of the areas of specialization, must pass at least 12 credits in their chosen area.

The Director of the LL.M Program helps each LL.M student select courses that are tailored to his or her interests. An LL.M. candidate may select any course (except a clinic) with the consent of the LL.M Director and subject to any prerequisites determined by the instructor for the class. LL.M. candidates are required to receive a passing grade in classes in order to obtain course credit and receive the degree. LL.M. students are otherwise subject to all of the academic and related regulations promulgated by the College.

Entry Requirements

To apply you must have received (or expect to receive prior to enrollment at Hastings) a degree that would qualify you for the practice of law from a recognized law faculty outside of the United States. The International Programs Committee generally looks for candidates with a solid academic record, strong recommendations, and interesting experience.

The LL.M. degree is primarily intended for students who plan to return to their home country to practice law or plan on working in the United States only for limited periods of time. Students who intend to practice law in the United States permanently should be aware that employers do not regard the LL.M. degree as the equivalent of a J.D. degree. Prospective students who definitely plan on practicing law permanently in the United States should consider applying to the J.D. program instead.