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University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Besides offering premier J.D. and J.S.D. programs, we were the first U.S. law school to offer M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Jurisprudence and Social Policy. Most recently, we expanded our LL.M. program to offer two paths to a degree: our standard nine-month program as well as a new six-month curriculum spanning two consecutive summers. And-true to our interdisciplinary orientation-we offer more combined-degree programs with other institutions than any other Top 10 law school, plus concurrent-degree programs with a dozen schools and departments on campus. Like those of our peer schools, our curriculum offers a rich array of courses for students aiming at corporate litigation, public interest law, criminal prosecution, international law, or any one of a dozen other fields. But unlike most of those schools, we offer our first-year J.D. students the opportunity to choose electives during their second semester-a chance to begin customizing their legal education early on. Among the intriguing possibilities are: Mergers and Acquisitions in High Tech, Prosecution of War Crimes, Disasters and the Law, Feminist Jurisprudence, Global Migration Issues, Biotechnology and Chemical Patent Law, Insider Trading, and Current U.S. Supreme Court Cases.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 857
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 163 - 170
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.68 - 3.91
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 86.78%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 96.0%
In State Tuition $48,068
Out of State Tuition $52,019

Overview

Overview

About University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Besides offering premier J.D. and J.S.D. programs, we were the first U.S. law school to offer M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Jurisprudence and Social Policy. Most recently, we expanded our LL.M. program to offer two paths to a degree: our standard nine-month program as well as a new six-month curriculum spanning two consecutive summers. And-true to our interdisciplinary orientation-we offer more combined-degree programs with other institutions than any other Top 10 law school, plus concurrent-degree programs with a dozen schools and departments on campus. Like those of our peer schools, our curriculum offers a rich array of courses for students aiming at corporate litigation, public interest law, criminal prosecution, international law, or any one of a dozen other fields. But unlike most of those schools, we offer our first-year J.D. students the opportunity to choose electives during their second semester-a chance to begin customizing their legal education early on. Among the intriguing possibilities are: Mergers and Acquisitions in High Tech, Prosecution of War Crimes, Disasters and the Law, Feminist Jurisprudence, Global Migration Issues, Biotechnology and Chemical Patent Law, Insider Trading, and Current U.S. Supreme Court Cases.

Reviews

UC Berkeley School of Law is indisputably one the nation’s most celebrated citadels of legal education. The curriculum includes a great mix of legal theory and practical courses, and the breadth of specialized courses is dazzling. “Students have the opportu­nity to pursue virtually any sub-genre of the law and receive credit for it,” says a satisfied 3L. “There are extensive externship opportunities at nonprofit organizations and govern­mental agencies.” There are nearly a dozen journals. Unlike at most law schools, all of them (except for the Law Review) are open membership, and students are allowed to participate immediately. Students tell us that the immense clinical opportunities “are the absolute highlight of Boalt,” though. “We get to start clinical opportunities, just like journals, from day one,” gloats a 1L. “There are a number of 1L clinics in employment, education, immigration and asylum, tenant rights, homeless aid—you name it.”The “illustrious” faculty at Berkeley Law is crammed with “almost frighteningly brilliant” professors who are “some of the most well-known and well-respected scholars in the field.” The “quality of instruction can vary widely” “from the poor to the most excellent,” but it’s always worth showing up to lectures for the dynamic classroom inter­action. “Boalt’s intellectual rigor is most evident in class discussions,” reports a 2L, “where students’ learnedness, insightfulness, and curiosity come shining through.” Outside of class, professors are “incredibly devoted,” “always approachable,” and “want to develop relationships.” Sipping coffee with faculty members is practically customary, and it’s not uncommon to go to a professor’s house “for sushi and great wine, while discussing the Uniform Commercial Code.” Some students are “disgruntled” with the top brass, especially in light of ever-increasing tuition. However, even the harshest critics admit that management “runs things fairly smoothly.” “The administration is always ready to help,” declares a 1L, “whether it’s dealing with the crashing of a laptop during a final or hearing and considering an idea for school improvement.”Like every other law school, Berkeley Law is engaged in “a constant arms race to be better positioned for firm hiring.” The difference is that Berkeley usually wins. The “name has street cred,” and the Career Development Office “can and will help you find a job.” Job opportunities are beyond plum, and the school’s prestigious reputation helps students land summer associate jobs and extravagantly salaried full-time positions at prestigious firms around the country. Also, the loan repayment assistance program for students who choose to go work in the public interest is one of the best in the nation.“No one picks Boalt for its facilities,” and “Boalt’s exterior will never be much to write home about.” However, the interior of the school is “generally quite up-to-date,” if not “freaking gorgeous.” “Classrooms are pretty standard, not really good or bad,” but they’re “modern and laptop friendly.” The newly renovated library boasts a pretty striking reading room and, as you would expect, world-class resources.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 301

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

From time to time, students pursue joint degrees as follows: J.D./M.A. and J.D./Ph.D. Economics; J.D./M.B.A. School of Business; J.D./M.A. Asian Studies; J.D./M.A. International Area Studies; J.D./M.C.P. Department of City and Regional Planning; J.D./M.J. Graduate School of Journalism; J.D./M.P.P. School of Public Policy; J.D./M.S.W. School of Social Welfare; J.D./M.A. and J.D./Ph.D. Information Management Systems; J.D./Ph.D. History (Legal History); J.D./M.S. Energy and Resources Group. Students can arrange other combined degree programs on an individual basis, subject to approval from each participating institution. J.D./Masters combined degrees average four years to completion. J.D/Ph.D. combined degrees vary in years to completion.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Corporation Securities
  • Environmental
  • International
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 159
Full-Time Faculty 84
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 11
Part-Time Faculty 64
Faculty Gender 60% Male
39% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 11 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 43% Male
57% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 48%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 13%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 8%
Ethnicity Unknown 9%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 17%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $48,068 Same as On-Campus
Housing $15,485 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $63,553 $48,068

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $52,019 Same as On-Campus
Housing $15,485 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $67,504 $52,019

Financial Aid

88% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$43,749 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: February 1

Average Age Admitted: 25

Application Fee: $75

Incoming Class

University of California, Berkeley, School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 163 - 170
LSAT Total 163 - 170

University of California, Berkeley, School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.68 - 3.91
Total 3.68 - 3.91

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Recommendations, State Residency, Interview, Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#4 Toughest To Get Into
#6 Best Career Prospects
#10 Best Classroom Experience
#10 Most Liberal Students

U.S. News & World Report

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 77%
First Time Pass Rate 87%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 72%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 450
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 96%
Average Starting Salary $160,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 10 3%
Firm Sized 11-25 5 2%
Firm Sized 26-50 7 2%
Firm Sized 51-100 4 1%
Firm Sized 101-250 12 4%
Firm Sized 251-500 29 10%
Firm Sized 501+ 127 43%
Business Industry 15 5%
Government 27 9%
Public Interest 28 9%
Federal Clerkship 21 7%
State Clerkship 7 2%
Academia 5 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 9 3%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 3 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
NY 8%
DC 9%
CA 61%
International 2%

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