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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

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Academics

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Admissions

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Level

3L

Graduation Year

2011

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

I was admitted through the LEOP program. This gives students from underrepresented backgrounds but lower grades or lsat scores to attend law school. I have enjoyed the program and it has helped me become the top 30% of my class.

Level

3L

Graduation Year

2011

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

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
Quality of Life

Everything I need except a grocery store!

Level

2L

Graduation Year

2012

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

There are so many excellent teachers here, but a few duds as well--but that's anywhere I suppose! Hazzard is a "must take", along with Hadar Aviram, Dorit Reiss, Evan Lee, Clark Freshman, George Bisharat, Richard Boswell, Lisa Faigman and Kate Boch!

Quality of Life

So many excellent events, convenient to EVERYWHERE in the city! UN Plaza farmer's market twice a week, Costco, WholeFoods and Trader Joe's all within a mile from campus. The Tenderloin is known as a "bad" area but crime rarely affects student life (drunk students walking home late from a bar get purse or cell phone snatched--could happen anywhere in the city and they should have called Campus Safety of a cab for a pickup!!!!)

Admissions

Easy process, Hastings really looks for diverse and accomplished backgrounds, life experience is valued here!

Level

3L

Graduation Year

2011

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

Good balance of theory and practical study; top-notch appellate clinic; good mix of Socratic method and lecture style; variety in class size (from up to 80 for 1L & survey classes), to classes as small as 4-8 (including non-seminars). Grading curve is relatively harsh, even though it's been recently relaxed. Still harsher than other schools. Still possible to get As with some work. Generally only 1 A+ given per class, although some professors do not give any A+s.

Quality of Life

Cost of living is very high, mostly because of the rent. Food and entertainment, including restaurants and bars, do not tend to be as excessively expensive as the rent. The school facilities are comfortable and spacious, as is the newly remodeled moot court room, which is fantastic and well-equipped. The library is very big, and there's always study space, even during the height of exams. The neighborhood immediately surrounding campus is a mix of attorneys (all the courts are in that neighborhood) and more urban elements. The students tend not to be affected by crime in the area, except for some theft.

Living in San Francisco is the highlight - many of us think it's one of the best places in the world to live, and I agree. The city really makes the quality of life top-notch. It's a beautiful city, with great parks, culture (architecture, museums, ballet and opera, etc.), fun people, amazing bars and restaurants, and great nightlife. Whenever I walk to school on a beautiful day, I think about how lucky I am to live here.

Admissions

The school is able to be fairly selective because a lot of well-qualified applicants coming from top schools (mostly with B.A.s from Berkeley and Stanford, and some from the Ivies). They want to come here rather than a somewhat higher-ranked school elsewhere in the country because of the location and reputation for practical education (e.g., the top-ranked Moot Court department). So it is fairly selective.

Good financial aid and scholarships; allows students who would not otherwise be entitled to financial aid because of their parents' income to receive financial aid if they are not supported by their parents, even if they are under a certain age; there's an alternative admissions program (LEOP) for disadvantaged students.

Level

3L

Graduation Year

2011

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