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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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Re: UC Hastings Students Taking Questions

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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