SFSpartan wrote:Given the recent discussion, I thought I'd provide a bit of my own anecdata.
I ended up at Hastings, and decided to deposit there. I also got into SCU, but never sent them a deposit. When the first deposit deadline came up, I was still on the fence, but didn't want to deposit at multiple schools. Although I didn't deposit and SCU, I did get a letter from them about a month past the deposit deadline. The letter offered me an additional 10k per year and dropped scholarship stips from top 30% to median. Although I ultimately didn't end up there, the point stands. If you're numbers are good for SCU, and you're on the fence, and you'd be happy with Hastings in any case, don't deposit at SCU. From what I understand, my experience with them was pretty typical for last cycle, and given apps being down again, I see no reason why it won't happen again.
That's an excellent point. How do you like Hastings? Anything you don't like that you feel we should know about as prospectives?
And do you know if a lot of people get additional scholarship in addition to the $13k of need-based scholly? If so, when did you guys find out last year roughly?
I'm really enjoying Hastings thus far. My professors don't seem to be the typical "hide the ball" types that you hear about in law school, which is great, because it is much less stressful.
I have a few thoughts about alternate things to consider. Since some of my thoughts will address transferring, I will preface them with this: Under no circumstances should you go to ANY
law school thinking you are going to transfer. There is an 80-90% chance that won't happen. Everyone at Hastings is more than smart enough to do the work. Thoughts below.
I have some thoughts on the role of prestige in legal hiring, but don't want to bore you all with that here. If you're interested in what that means for you, PM me and I'll get back to you.
ASW is basically a giant infomercial for the school. Pay little, if any attention to anything anyone tells you. Focus on the facilities (library, Gold Room, etc.), and think about whether you would be happy there.
I didn't pay enough attention to clinics, but I suggest you look into this for every law school you apply to. Hastings happens to have a clinic that I'm really interested in, but I didn't really think about the value of clinics until this year.
With Hastings, you have to recognize that it "works out" for about 60 kids each year. "Works out" means these people ended up in Biglaw, or an Article III clerkship. Other than that, you're going to have to hustle/network for a job, which is more difficult than it sounds.
One thing that is particularly unfortunate about Hastings, (and I haven't been through this process yet, so this is word of mouth) is that the Administration doesn't negotiate with transfers, and doesn't really increase merit $$, regardless of 1L performance. This seems to be a radical departure from other schools. SCU, for example, gives large scholarships to 1Ls that do well (though SCU also stacks certain sections with scholarship kids, something Hastings doesn't do.)
tl;dr: I like Hastings overall. It's a decent (but not great) school, and I'm relatively happy here. There are a number of unfortunate things about Hastings, including low job placement numbers.