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Level

3L

Graduation Year

2011

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Quality of Life

Urban campus, some housing in the MacAllister Tower but many students live elsewhere in SF/Bay area.

Level

1L

Graduation Year

2013

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Strong theory first year; strong practical experience second and third years

Quality of Life

Good; the low-level neighborhood is offset by all the courts and government offices adjacent to the school, and the City of San Francisco

Admissions

Form and essays

Graduation Year

2004 or earlier

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Workload is heavy, but I'm sure it is the same at other comparable law schools. There are a broad range of classes. The core legal classes (like Evidence, Crim Pro, Con Law II) are large, but other classes are much smaller. I have found the atmosphere to be friendly and collegial. Some teachers emphasis theory, while others prefer a practical approach, but all are readily accessible. Tons of study abroad opportunities.

Quality of Life

This is SF and cost of living is high, but the city is beautiful and there is always something to do that will distract you from studying. There are cheaper options in other Bay Area cities (like Daly City, Oakland, Berkeley, etc) and BART is right across the street from Hastings. The neighborhood is sketchy because we are on the edge of the Tenderloin, but use common sense and you'll be fine.

Admissions

Most students get in based on LSAT/GPA, but there is also the LEOP program for applicants who have overcome adversity and are from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds

Level

2L

Graduation Year

2012

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Classes of ~75 typically use socratic method. Workload is heavy but manageable. Lots of opportunities for gaining practical experience and good network of employers.

Quality of Life

Facilities are adequate, but there are lots of great students and student orgs. It's been really easy to make friends and has been a wonderful experience so far.

Admissions

Essays, LSAT, Grades, etc. are required. Many need-based financial aid and scholarship programs available.

Level

1L

Graduation Year

2013

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

there are some excellent professors here, most of whom are quite friendly and accessible; class sizes are a little large; the atmosphere is competitive on by virtue of the fact that classes are graded on a curve and there are a large number of very smart and dedicated students here

Quality of Life

an attraction of this school is that it offers relatively reasonably priced and quality housing right on campus; the neighborhood is not the best, but there's ample security, and the housing is a block away from where classes are help and a few blocks away from downtown and other nice neighborhoods; the neighborhood is safe during the day

Admissions

fairly standard application; limited scholarship opportunities

Level

1L

Graduation Year

2013

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Classes vary -- some focus on theory and others focus on practical study for practicing attorneys or bar study. The socratic method is lightly used, most classes ask students to summarize cases and answer a few question, and assign particular cases or dates to be on call for the cases. Class sizes are large of bar course lectures, but very small for seminars. Students are competitive. A lot of courses taught my persons working at the courts located nearby, including judges teaching. Frequently opportunities to work as research assistant with a professor. Lots of study abroad information and opportunities.

Quality of Life

Living on campus is expensive. $800 - $1200 for a studio in the Tenderloin part of town. Nice facilities. Library is remodeled and looks great. Computer labs easy to access. Moot courtroom recently remodeled and fantastic. Cheap eats in the surrounding neighborhood and lots of lunch places nearby. Community is not so good and there is a crime and drug problem in the surrounding community. However, the school provides great safety tools -- van to drive students, lots of on-campus police, guarded exits and entrances on all buildings, etc.

Admissions

General application process. Generous school-provided scholarships for financial need. Great admissions program for underprivileged applicants.

Level

3L

Graduation Year

2011

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Quality of Life

Everything I need except a grocery store!

Level

2L

Graduation Year

2012

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Quality of Life

In the middle of a dynamic and lively downtown area, it is an urban landscape with all its blessings and all its faults. But more than that, Hastings is also near most of the important courts in California, and in one of the cities with the most Law Firms. The city's beauty and diversity more than make up for some of the negative aspects of living in a big city.

Admissions

The school has standard admission guidelines. The distinguishing feature is Hastings' unique application process involving LEOP. Hastings boldly goes against the systematic grain in their efforts to humanize and expand the process by evaluating applicants by more than their numbers. Numbers are important, but, by adding a human element in evaluating prospective students the school is able to pick out diamonds in the rough, students that show unique strengths that are hidden beneath the stark G.P.A./LSAT score surface. This enables the school to strengthen their student body with diversity and exceedingly talented individuals that will represent Hastings during their time at school, and beyond.

Level

2L

Graduation Year

2012

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

A bit more on the theoretical side, the professors do not let anyone get away with the standard hornbook answer. They really push you to think beyond the obvious. Class sizes outside of first year have not been too large. The workload is incredible, but it is law school

Quality of Life

It is the Tenderloin, so kind of a scary area, but the courts are right here as well, so the proximity to them opens a lot of doors

Admissions

Standard open ended essay, LSAT

Level

3L

Graduation Year

2011

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