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University of California College of the Law, San Francisco
|University of California College of the Law, San Francisco|
|Location||San Francisco, CA, US|
|Faculty||57 (full time)|
96 (part time)
|Bar pass rate||84%|
|Outlines||0 (See List)|
University of California College of the Law, San Francisco is a law school located in downtown San Francisco, California. It was formerly known as "University of California, Hastings College of the Law" until a change to the present name on Jan. 1, 2023. It was founded in 1878 by Serranus Clinton Hastings, the first Chief Justice of California, as the first law school of the University of California (UC), and it remains affiliated with the University of California today. The University of California College of the Law, San Francisco is also commonly referred to as "UC Law SF." UC Law SF is the first and oldest law school in California, and is one of the few university-affiliated law schools in the United States which does not sit on a general university campus.
UC Law SF has a unique relationship with the University of California. When he gave $100,000 to the University of California to start the law school named after him, Justice Serranus Clinton Hastings imposed two conditions: the school must remain in San Francisco near the courts; and it could not be governed by the Regents of the University of California. Thus, the school's leader (who holds the dual titles of Chancellor and Dean) must directly obtain funds from the California Legislature, not the UC Regents, as other UC chancellors must do.
In the 1960s, UC Law SF began the "65 Club," the practice of hiring faculty who had been forced into mandatory retirement at age 65 from Ivy League and other elite institutions. After the passage of age discrimination laws, however, the "65 Club" slowly phased out, and UC Law SF hired its last "65 Club" professor in 1998.
Organization and structure
UC Law SF is controlled by a nine-member Board of Directors. The UC Law SF Board of Directors exists independently of, and is not controlled by, the Regents of the University of California. Pursuant to California law, eight of the directors are appointed by the Governor of California. Pursuant to the UC Law SF constitutive documents, the ninth director must be a direct lineal descendant of UC Law SF founder Clinton Serranus Hastings.
UC Law SF's detachment from the UC Regents gives it a broad degree of independence in shaping educational and fiscal policies; however, due to a shrinking California education budget, Hastings must also compete for limited educational funds against its fellow UCs. Despite the apparent competition between the UC law schools, UC Law SF has been able to maintain its traditionally high standards without having to decrease class size or raise tuition prices to higher levels than fellow UC law schools.
UC Law SF is located at 200 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.
The university spreads among three main buildings, located along the 100 block of McAllister Street, in San Francisco's Civic Center. It is walking distance from the Civic Center BART and MUNI stations. UC Law SF is commonly but affectionately derided by students and alums as being located in the ugliest corner of the most beautiful city in the world. Nevertheless, UC Law SF offers a very safe learning environment. Located within a two-block radius of the campus is the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, the California Supreme Court, the California Court of Appeal for the First District, San Francisco Superior Court, San Francisco City Hall, United Nations Plaza (and Federal Building Annex), the San Francisco Asian Arts Museum, and the San Francisco County Public Library. The heavy concentration of public administrative buildings within the Civic Center results in constant police presence in and around UC Law SF.
Hastings offers a three-year Juris Doctor program with concentrated studies available in five areas: civil litigation, international law, public interest law, taxation, and family law. Most JD students follow a traditional three-year plan. During the first year, students take required courses as well as one elective course. In the second and third years, students may take any course or substitute or supplement their courses with judicial externships or internships, judicial clinics, or study abroad. The college also offers a one-year LL.M. degree in U.S. legal studies for students holding law degrees from foreign law programs.
Hastings has one of most flexible opportunities for study abroad of any top American law school, as it approves most ABA-approved foreign study programs. This option allows students to create individual "study abroad" programs. UC Law SF's diverse student body consistently stretches the bounds of the flexible study abroad program. Students have been known to create unique study abroad arrangements with law faculties in China, Japan, India, Europe, Australia and Africa.
Inaugurated in 1997 as the publishing department at UC Law SF, the O'Brien Center publishes seven journals on various aspects of the law. The oldest journal out of the seven is the Hastings Law Journal, which was founded in 1949. The O'Brien Center also has published two books: Forgive Us Our Press Passes, by Daniel Schorr and The Traynor Reader: Essays, by the Honorable Roger J. Traynor.
- Hastings Law Journal
- Hastings Business Law Journal
- Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal
- Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly
- Hastings International and Comparative Law Review
- Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal
- West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy
- Hastings Women's Law Journal
- Dick Ackerman (1967) - California State Senate Republican Leader
- Jeff Adachi (1985) - The Public Defender of San Francisco
- Nestor Barrero (1984) - Vice President and Employment Counsel for Universal Studios
- Marvin Baxter (1966) - Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court
- Michael D. Bradbury (1967) - District Attorney of Ventura County, California
- Willie Brown (1958) - former Speaker of the California State Assembly and Mayor of San Francisco
- Melvin Brunetti (1964) - Senior Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- Cynthia Bryant (1995) - Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chief Legislative Affairs Deputy
- Ed Case (1981) - U.S. Congressman from Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District
- Rachelle Chong (1984) - Current Commissioner for California PUC and former FCC Commissioner.
- Carol Corrigan (1975) - Associate Justice, Supreme Court of California
- Bill Dannemeyer (1952) - U.S. Congressman from California's 39th Congressional District (Orange County)
- Christopher Darden (1980) - prosecutor in O.J. Simpson trial
- Clair Engle (1933) - U.S. Senator from California
- Santiago Fernandez (1980) - Senior Vice President and General Counsel for The Los Angeles Dodgers
- Clara Shortridge Foltz (1881) - The first female practicing lawyer in the United States
- Karla Gray (1976) - Chief Justice of the Montana Supreme Court.
- Terence Hallinan (1964) - San Francisco District Attorney
- Kamala Harris (1990) - San Francisco District Attorney
- Bob Hertzberg (1979)- former Speaker of the California State Assembly and Los Angeles mayoral candidate
- Vicki Iovine (1980) - Playboy Playmate, Author
- Jonathan P. Lowell (1985) - City Attorney for San Bruno, California
- John Maata (1977) - Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Warner Bros.
- Robert Matsui (1966) - U.S. Congressman from California's 5th Congressional District (Sacramento)
- Thomas Mesereau (1979) - Famous criminal defense attorney with a star-studded client list, including Michael Jackson and Robert Blake
- Nicholas Moore (1967) - Chairman of PriceWaterhouseCoopers
- George Moscone (1957) - Assassinated Mayor of San Francisco
- Paula A. Nakayama (1979) - Associate Justice of the Hawaii State Supreme Court
- Mario R. Ramil (1975) - Associate Justice of the Hawaii State Supreme Court
- Robert Rigsby (1986) - Associate Justice in the D.C. Superior Court.
- Mara Rosales (1982) - General Counsel for the San Francisco International Airport
- Kevin Shelley (1980) - 28th California Secretary of State
- Jackie Speier (1976) - California State Senator
- Todd Spitzer (1989) - California State Assemblyman
- Nancy Tellem (1979) - CBS Entertainment President
- Richard Thalheimer (1974) - CEO and Founder of The Sharper Image
- Tom Umberg (1980) - California State Assemblyman
- Ann Veneman (1976) - 27th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
- Adam Wasserman (1995) - Founder of ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc.
- George R. Roberts (1969)- Co-Founder, of Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts Company
Current notable faculty members
- Vikram Amar
- Bill Dodge
- David Faigman
- Joseph Grodin
- Geoffrey Hazard
- Mary Kay Kane
- Ethan Leib
- Ugo Mattei
- Richard Marcus
- Roger Park
- Joan Williams
- Charles Knapp
Deceased notable faculty members
Hastings in popular culture
- Lindsey McDonald, an attorney at the demonic law firm Wolfram and Hart in the television show Angel, was a Hastings alum.
- Donna Domino, “Outgoing Dean Revitalized Troubled Hastings,” San Francisco Daily Journal, 6 April 2006, 1.
- Charles Hillinger, "Hastings Faculty Is Anything But Retiring," Los Angeles Times, 14 December 1982, D12.