6600 Hastings College of the Law
Program Descriptions

5530 - This program provides support for the College. Expenditures are for the following purposes:


Instruction is designed to prepare students for their responsibilities to the community as members of the legal profession through theoretical instruction, practical experience, specialized training as lawyers, and necessary support services.

The principal objectives of instruction are to (1) develop in the students the required competency in substantive law demanded by the legal profession; (2) develop students' skills in research and writing; (3) provide students with an adequate background in the law through the study of the development of the legal system and the role of the legal profession, both in the United States and abroad; (4) instill in students, through theory-practice clinical courses, a level of professional competence and skill that will shorten the period of training in the law office; and (5) develop special skills in advocacy for trial lawyers.


The law library supports the legal education curriculum by providing sufficient access to reference and research materials to allow students and faculty members to research questions of law in preparation for classroom presentations and assignments, moot court, trial practice, and legal clinic assignments, and to support legal scholarship. The law library also supports the legal research needs of the larger community, including local attorneys.


Student services includes admissions, records, financial aid, career services, the Academic Support Program, the Legal Education Opportunity Program (LEOP), and the Disability Resource Program. Through these offices, students are provided a fair system for admittance to the law school and information about their academic performance. Students are assisted in securing necessary financial assistance to complete the instructional program and in identifying employment opportunities. Support services include academic advising, accommodations for students with disabilities, the Academic Support Program, which provides analytical skills and writing instruction to qualifying students, and the LEOP program, which includes small group tutorials and other services to supplement regular instructional activities for disadvantaged students.


Institutional support includes executive management and management support, human resources, fiscal services, public safety, community relations, and administrative services.


Operation and maintenance of plant consists of the management of the physical environment, as well as the planning and administration of maintenance and renovation activities of the College's student fee-supported plant.


Extramural programs are supported by grants, contracts, gifts, and endowments for activities that are not essential to core operations but enhance the mission of the College. Self-supporting auxiliary enterprises such as student housing, student health services, and the parking garage, are also included.