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Re: UC Hastings Students Taking Questions

Postby BottomOfTotem » Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:37 am

pixy22 wrote:Hello. I was previously committed to UC hastings but got admitted of the waitlist to T20 (WUSTL/Vandy/Notre Dame). I was admitted to the T20 with the same amount of scholarship money as Hastings. I'm not sure what to do. Hastings will not give me more aid. I have free housing in SF if I live with my family, not an ideal situation. Also cost of living in the T20 city is very low. I would ideally like to practice in SF, DC or NY. No interest in practicing in south or midwest.

Hastings employment prospects are very dismal. However, it seems like a high number of the top 10% transfer to Berkeley or UCLA. Based on my lsat/gpa, I am in the top quarter at Hastings. However, it seems like being median at a T20 is better than median at hastings. And there is no guarantee that I will be top 10% at hastings. It is not possible for me to retake the LSAT (took it several times, studied for months, and took a course).
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


To be honest, Hastings only makes sense if you have a desire to be in SF, either for school or for a career. It is clear that Hastings places much better than those schools in the Bay Area, for obvious reasons. But those schools most likely place much better than hastings in NY and D.C. If you are simply trying to be as risk adverse as possible, and you view those cities equally, take one of the t20 schools.

The advice I received, and it seems to make sense, is to bank on not being in the top 10%. Like another poster said, everyone is just as smart as you, and law school grading is tricky. With that said, top 1/3 at Hastings will serve you decently well, just not as well as those other schools in their respective markets, and most likely NY (DC seems like a insulated market).

Hope that helps somewhat. I realize it was sort of a babble, but I'm too tired to attempt better.

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Re: UC Hastings Students Taking Questions

Postby ladysansastark » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:50 pm

Hello! Does anyone have advice/tips about the following professors? Any suggestions are welcome!

Reiss: Torts
Martinez: Contracts
Price: Civil Procedure
Kane: Legal Writing
Lefstin: Inns of Courts

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Re: UC Hastings Students Taking Questions

Postby SFSpartan » Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:28 pm

ladysansastark wrote:Hello! Does anyone have advice/tips about the following professors? Any suggestions are welcome!

Reiss: Torts
Martinez: Contracts
Price: Civil Procedure
Kane: Legal Writing
Lefstin: Inns of Courts


I have no earthly idea what Inns of Courts is (UCH didn't have that when I was a 1L), but Lefstin is a really awesome prof. He talks fast, though, and his final is extremely comprehensive, so make sure you pay attention in class.

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Re: UC Hastings Students Taking Questions

Postby 265489164158 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:16 pm

Inns of Court is not graded and is professional development which is optional. You will see Lefstin only briefly and have more contact with CDO and Student Services. I found it helpful and went to most of the meetings—they always served lunch, which you will learn is a big bonus.

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Postby BottomOfTotem » Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:29 pm

Martinez is great -- very entertaining lecturer. Of note, don't let him lure you into a false sense of security. He makes contracts sound easy, and will often times breeze through the material. Make sure you truly understand what it is he is talking about. Office hours were helpful.

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Postby General_Tso » Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:43 pm

Martinez is an awesome guy and great teacher, but in my Fed Income Tax class his grading curve was brutally tough. I was disappointed to get a "B" but when I looked at the curve, that was like top 30% or so.

Maybe he's chiller now, I took him in 2011 or so

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Re: UC Hastings Students Taking Questions

Postby General_Tso » Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:44 pm

Bob Kane is a nice guy and very chill... you are lucky to have him for LWR he's a good one

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Re: UC Hastings Students Taking Questions

Postby sash » Sun Dec 24, 2017 5:14 pm

Are there any women going to UC Hastings willing to share their experience living on campus or just generally going to Hastings in that area? I have a friend who lives a short 10 minute walk up Hyde street so I’ve spent a lot of time in that part of the tenderloin closer to little Saigon. I’ve enjoyed my time there and felt comfortable and I assumed UC Hastings would be similar. I figured at worst it would be like DTLA which is cool with me. I was planning on walking down to check out the campus and grab a coffee at 10am before my flight back to LA. Didn’t even want to grab a coffee and felt really uncomfortable walking down there and standing in front of the campus a few min while waiting for my uber. Can’t imagine going out late one night and having to just step out of an uber to get into the tower if I lived on campus. Or studying late and having to walk from campus to the tower. Also the tower doesn’t really seem secure? I just walked in and there was a young small guy sitting at a reception desk and he didn’t say anything to me so seems like anyone can just walk in off the street

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Postby lisavj » Sun Dec 24, 2017 5:16 pm

When I was there (so awhile ago now I guess) there was an evening escort service that would walk you home so long as you were within like a mile of campus, and a shuttle that would take folks home who were further out. I was all the way in Walnut Creek so I didn’t really use it (though I could have asked for the escort walk to BART had I wanted it).

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Re: UC Hastings Students Taking Questions

Postby CALaw717 » Mon Dec 25, 2017 4:00 pm

sash wrote:Are there any women going to UC Hastings willing to share their experience living on campus or just generally going to Hastings in that area? I have a friend who lives a short 10 minute walk up Hyde street so I’ve spent a lot of time in that part of the tenderloin closer to little Saigon. I’ve enjoyed my time there and felt comfortable and I assumed UC Hastings would be similar. I figured at worst it would be like DTLA which is cool with me. I was planning on walking down to check out the campus and grab a coffee at 10am before my flight back to LA. Didn’t even want to grab a coffee and felt really uncomfortable walking down there and standing in front of the campus a few min while waiting for my uber. Can’t imagine going out late one night and having to just step out of an uber to get into the tower if I lived on campus. Or studying late and having to walk from campus to the tower. Also the tower doesn’t really seem secure? I just walked in and there was a young small guy sitting at a reception desk and he didn’t say anything to me so seems like anyone can just walk in off the street


I'm not a woman, but a guy living in The Tower. You're supposed to tap your ID card when entering, and most security will ask you to tap in if you miss it, and I guess if you didn't look so much like a student they definitely would've stopped and questioned you. Also by 6pm or so those front doors lock and you can only open them by tapping your student ID. There's still an escort service to walk you to and from the classrooms if you're heading back in the evening/nighttime. While it's available, I'm not sure I've even seen a student utilize an escort for the 1 block walk back to The Tower. There's also still a free evening shuttle to take you up to a mile to/from campus in the evening. While I'm not a woman, my experience is you have many poor and psychologically distrbed people in the immediate area, but violent crimes are super rare. It also gets very nice walking just a few blocks away from campus - either down Market St. towards Hayes Valley or down Market in the other direction towards Union Square.

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Re: UC Hastings Students Taking Questions

Postby ladysansastark » Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:51 am

sash wrote:Are there any women going to UC Hastings willing to share their experience living on campus or just generally going to Hastings in that area? I have a friend who lives a short 10 minute walk up Hyde street so I’ve spent a lot of time in that part of the tenderloin closer to little Saigon. I’ve enjoyed my time there and felt comfortable and I assumed UC Hastings would be similar. I figured at worst it would be like DTLA which is cool with me. I was planning on walking down to check out the campus and grab a coffee at 10am before my flight back to LA. Didn’t even want to grab a coffee and felt really uncomfortable walking down there and standing in front of the campus a few min while waiting for my uber. Can’t imagine going out late one night and having to just step out of an uber to get into the tower if I lived on campus. Or studying late and having to walk from campus to the tower. Also the tower doesn’t really seem secure? I just walked in and there was a young small guy sitting at a reception desk and he didn’t say anything to me so seems like anyone can just walk in off the street


Hello. I am a woman in my early 20s at UC Hastings. I live about a 15 min walk from campus, and have never felt unsafe. I actually find the tenderloin safer than a lot of parts of Boston/east bay. While there are a lot of homeless persons, most of the crime in the area tends to be car burglaries rather than violent crime. If you're worried about the area, a lot of people commute so you could consider living in the mission or Berkeley, etc.

I usually walk home if I'm leaving library anytime during the day and take the shuttle home anytime after 8 pm. The shuttle that runs every half hour and can take you anywhere within a 1 mile radius of campus. Its runs from 5 pm - 11 pm. You also can request a walking escort to tower or BART. All buildings have a security guard and the cameras cover the area in front. However, I do usually wait inside while waiting for an uber.

The walk between classrooms and tower is safe, you could always walk with a friend if you're worried. There are enough people living in the tower that its pretty easy to walk with someone. Also, the tower security always checks id's before allowing entry, so you can't just walk in off the street. They sometimes don't check ids when prospective students are visiting, so that might be why you weren't stopped. The tower doors are also locked at 7pm so people can't just enter unless they have an id. There is sometimes less security during day.




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