UC Berkeley School of Law
UC Berkeley School of Law
University of California, Berkeley School of Law Law Building #7200 Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
The University of California Berkeley School of Law was founded in 1894. This public university is located in Berkeley, California and has an acceptance rate of 13.66%. For the class entering the program in fall of 2021, there were 7,948 applications, 1,086 were accepted, and 343 students chose to enroll.
Students have a median LSAT score of 169 and a median GPA of 3.83. 19% are first generation college students, 62% are women, 52% are racial or ethnic minorities and 22% are members of the LGBTQ+ community. Students are 25 years old, on average. 18% of students were STEM majors in their undergraduate. Additionally, 14% have already earned some form of graduate degree.
The school does not conduct interviews during the application process, but students may submit two to four recommendation letters to demonstrate their abilities and strengths. Although the LSAT is preferred, the GMAT/GRE may be accepted under certain conditions.
Tuition at UC Berkeley School of Law is $44,244 for in-state students and $52,245 for out-of-state students. Financial awards are typically renewed all three years of the program, which provides students ease when financial planning. Additionally, there are GI Bill benefits available for military students.
There are eight concentration options at UC Berkeley School of Law including Social Justice and Public Interest, Business and Start-ups, Law and Technology, Environmental Law, Criminal Justice, International and Comparative Law, Constitutional and Regulatory, and Law and Economics. Students interested in a dual degree may work on an MBA, MSW, JSP, MPP, or other degree while completing their JD.
UC Berkeley School of Law has a relationship with Harvard Law School and each year since 1978, around five students from the school have gone to Harvard for their final year of the program. Likewise, five students from Harvard come to Berkeley for their final two semesters.
95.72% of students are employed within ten months of graduation and graduates earn a median salary of . Most students work in the Pacific region, the Mid-Atlantic region, or the South Atlantic region.
99.69% of students pass the bar exam within two years of graduating with their JD. 305 graduates from the class of 2021 are employed in a position which requires bar passage. 32 graduates are employed in small law firms (250 or less) and 190 graduates are employed in large law firms (251 or more). 13 are employed in government and 35 are employed in public interest. Additionally, 36 graduates earned clerkship placements. 25 hold a federal clerkship position and 11 obtained a state, local, or territorial clerkship.
There are more than 80 student organizations to interact with while in the JD program at Berkeley. Students can get involved with student-run journals and clinics, research laboratories, and many other experiences which offer hands-on, real-world law experience. Additionally, the San Francisco Bay Area has much to offer including a plethora of restaurants with over 30 cuisines, a large music and art scene, and plenty of nature to explore.
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Employed 10 months post graduation:
- • First Generation Students: 19
• International students: -
• Average age(years): 25
• Minority students: 52%
• Women: 62%
• Veterans: -
• LGBTQ: 22%
• Graduates that passed the bar exam within 2 years: 99.69%
• Number of graduates employed by law firms (by size) 250 and less: 32
• Number of graduates employed by law firms (by size) 251 and above: 190
• Median salary of graduate: -