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Last Updated: Sep 19, 2013 01:39PM PDT

How We Evaluate Applications

As a public law school, the University of California, Hastings College of the Law has a mission to educate lawyers who will serve the legal needs of all members of society. The College therefore seeks to admit and enroll students whose intellectual capacity, life experience, creativity, and personal character will enable them successfully to complete their legal education, contribute to the education of their classmates, and continue UC Hastings’ venerable legacy of producing leaders of the bar, the private sector, and the government.

Given the large volume of applications the College receives each year, the admissions process at UC Hastings is highly selective.  In making admissions decisions, the College gives substantial weight to numeric criteria that demonstrate prior academic achievement and which may predict academic success in law school.  These numeric criteria include undergraduate and graduate grade point averages and Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) scores.  

However, since these numeric measures are not by themselves sufficient for determining whether an applicant will assist the College in meeting its mission, the Admissions Office also considers a variety of non-quantitative criteria. These criteria include letters of recommendation, the personal statement, academic honors and awards, the rigor and difficulty of the applicant’s course of study, communications skills, work experience, public service, and significant achievement in other non-academic activities. 

Since the College believes a diverse student body enriches the quality of legal education and best prepares our students to address the multifarious needs of an pluralistic society, the Admissions Office also considers whether the applicant is among the first in his or her family to attend university, is a member of groups that have been underrepresented in law school and the legal profession, comes from a unique geographical or educational background, or has experienced significant medical, personal, educational, or other adversity. (Please see information on LEOP.)

Successful applicants to UC Hastings do an excellent job crafting their applications in ways that shed light on the aforementioned qualities the College seeks in its student body. For tips and suggestions on how best to prepare a law school application, visit the information provided by LSAC at http://www.lsac.org/jd/applying-to-law-school/overview.  The Admissions Office also encourages you to you to visit us, attend an information session, or meet one of the admissions staff on the road.

To arrange a visit to the law school, please call the Admissions Office at (415) 565-4623, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Pacific Time), Monday through Friday or send an e-mail to admiss@uchastings.edu.

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