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UC Hastings c/o 2021 Applicants

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:23 pm
by personpitch
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Application Instructions and Required Materials:
  • Personal Statement
  • Current Resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Valid LSAT score
Application Deadline: March 1st, 2018

Class of 2021 Profile
Applicants: 3613 | Offers 1521 (42.10%) | 289 (8.0%)
GPA 25th/50th/75th: 3.28 | 3.50 | 3.64
LSAT: 25th/50th/75th: 155 | 159 | 161

Class of 2020 applicant graph rom Hasting's Law School Number's Profile:
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Tuition + Cost of Living
Full Time: $48,638 (in-state) | $54,638 (out-of-state)
Living on-campus: $26,508
Living off-campus: $26,508
Living at home: $26,508

Total: $75,146 (in-state) | $81,146 (out-of-state)

From Hasting's Law School Transparency Profile:
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Re: UC Hastings c/o 2021 Applicants

Posted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:23 am
by NukinFutz
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Re: UC Hastings c/o 2021 Applicants

Posted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:34 pm
by personpitch
NukinFutz wrote:
Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:23 am
I sure hope Hastings starts letting the decisions fly... it is hard to imagine what the benefit to waiting until virtually Feb to START releasing the majority of acceptances is.
Yeah the virtual radio silence from them has been pretty annoying. Looks like there was a bit of an admit wave on 1/29, so hopefully they are getting ready to deluge us

Re: UC Hastings c/o 2021 Applicants

Posted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:49 pm
by urmlaw18
I was accepted on 1/29.

Got a 60K scholarship offer, a median scholarship offer, which is kind of low since UCI offered me 90k and WUSTL 99K.

My estimated COA at Hastings is around $175,000 fully financed on loans.

Has anyone have success negotiating?

Re: UC Hastings c/o 2021 Applicants

Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:13 pm
by urmlaw18
Is anyone going to the Hastings admit receptions?

Re: UC Hastings c/o 2021 Applicants

Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:12 pm
by darthlawyer
whats the appeal with Hastings? I'm having trouble seeing it.. especially for the price.

Re: UC Hastings c/o 2021 Applicants

Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:24 am
by NukinFutz
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Re: UC Hastings c/o 2021 Applicants

Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:25 am
by NukinFutz
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Re: UC Hastings c/o 2021 Applicants

Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:49 am
by urmlaw18
darthlawyer wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:12 pm
whats the appeal with Hastings? I'm having trouble seeing it.. especially for the price.
It's the only decently ranked school in the Bay Area that most applicants have a shot getting into.

Berkeley and Stanford are impossible to get in to.

Davis is too far from SF and the other schools in the bay area are ranked 100+.

Re: UC Hastings c/o 2021 Applicants

Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:58 pm
by hell
urmlaw18 wrote:
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:49 am
darthlawyer wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:12 pm
whats the appeal with Hastings? I'm having trouble seeing it.. especially for the price.
It's the only decently ranked school in the Bay Area that most applicants have a shot getting into.

Berkeley and Stanford are impossible to get in to.

Davis is too far from SF and the other schools in the bay area are ranked 100+.

Still, doesn't that 50% employment spook you? It's literally a coin flip whether you will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for absolutely no reason.

Re: UC Hastings c/o 2021 Applicants

Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:02 pm
by NukinFutz
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Re: UC Hastings c/o 2021 Applicants

Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:05 pm
by NukinFutz
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Re: UC Hastings c/o 2021 Applicants

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:36 pm
by CALaw717
urmlaw18 wrote:
Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:49 pm
I was accepted on 1/29.

Got a 60K scholarship offer, a median scholarship offer, which is kind of low since UCI offered me 90k and WUSTL 99K.

My estimated COA at Hastings is around $175,000 fully financed on loans.

Has anyone have success negotiating?
Yes I had success negotiating. They will ask you to e-mail a copy of a competing offer, so have that handy. I'd e-mail both offers. With higher offers from higher ranked schools, you should definitely be able to negotiate. I'd be surprised if they don't at least match your 90k UCI offer.

Re: UC Hastings c/o 2021 Applicants

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:45 pm
by CALaw717
darthlawyer wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:12 pm
whats the appeal with Hastings? I'm having trouble seeing it.. especially for the price.
Similar median LSAT numbers as Pepperdine and Loyola, but WAY better big law placement, more prestige, larger alumni network, and better professors. You can also walk from campus to a huge number of professional offices/courthouses making externships and summer work commute easy.
It's almost always higher ranked in US News, sometimes by a large margin compared to those two schools. Until just a few years ago it was consistently a top 35 school and many older lawyers still think of it as a more prestigious school than its recent US News 50-54 ranking may suggest. Also, annual tuition is $10k/year less for CA residents than Loyola and over $8k/year less than Pepperdine.

Re: UC Hastings c/o 2021 Applicants

Posted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:05 pm
by LegallyRedHead
Is anyone gonna go to the Admitted Students Reception in SF March 21st? I'll be there :)

Re: UC Hastings c/o 2021 Applicants

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:02 am
by Borhas
Class of 2013 alum, send me any Q's by quoting me here and I'd be happy to share my thoughts on specific stuff

Re: UC Hastings c/o 2021 Applicants

Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:28 pm
by personpitch
Waitlisted today lol. Was UR since 12/22, so it was nice to hear something at least!

Re: UC Hastings c/o 2021 Applicants

Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 2:16 pm
by scotsamurai
I am a 1981 Hastings grad. Sadly, my advice to applicants is to seek admission to schools other than Hastings. When I attended, Hastings was consistently a top 20 or even top 15 nationally esteemed law school This was principally due to the Hastings 65 Club of distinguished, retired professors. The amount of academic research and scholarly publications was astounding. And many faculty members were teaching both at Hastings and Boalt Hall.

Fast forward to today, and the situation for Hastings grads is bleak. I stopped trying ten years ago to get Hastings grads into Federal Judicial Clerkships, something that I did and that Hastings, at that time, had a full-time faculty member arranging. That was the virtue of being near the court buildings. Now, even UC Irvine or Davis grads are considered better candidates for Federal Clerkships.

In the employment market, I have had had my own firm for 30 years, but I have never seriously considered a Hastings grad. In the past decade or so, the teaching quality has seriously eroded after Chancellor and Dean Kane retired. Frankly, you will be much better prepared at another UC school in terms of knowledge of the Common Law, research ability, and in business law, my area, Hastings is not even competitive.

If you can get into Hastings you can likely get into Davis or Irvine, and I would take those in a flash. I hate to say this, but with Hastings' perennial rankings having plummeted, I don't think this is going to be reversed, given the glut of new lawyers coming into the market.