Berkeley Law School

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The School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, commonly referred to as Boalt Hall, is one of 14 schools and colleges at UC Berkeley. Boalt Hall is consistently ranked both as one of the top 10 law schools and the top public law school in the United States, making it one of the most elite law schools in the country. Over the past several years, Boalt Hall has had an acceptance rate of around 10%, the lowest of any law school in the United States except Yale Law School and Stanford Law School. Admitted applicants generally have an undergraduate GPA of between 3.7 and 3.9 and a Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score of between 164 and 169 (91st and 97th percentile). The 2008 U.S. News & World Report ranked Boalt Hall eighth overall among all law schools in the country. It was also tied with the University of Michigan Law School for the distinction of top public law school. Boalt Hall is renowned for having what is regarded as the best intellectual property program in the world, and has held the top spot in U.S. News and World Report rankings for 10 consecutive years running.

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Berkeley Law School Admissions

Berkeley Law School is considered a Moderately Competitive law school, which accepts only 22% of its applicants. Comparatively, Berkeley is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 5117 1084 (21.18%) 294 (5.7%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.66 3.78 3.90
LSAT 162 166 168

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $48,625 $52,576
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $24,324
  • Living off-campus: $24,324
  • Living at home: $24,324

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: N/A
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: N/A
  • Application Fee: $75

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Berkeley Law School Community

Berkeley Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Berkeley is Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 79
  • Part Time: 87


  • # Female Faculty: 68
  • # Minority Faculty: 33


11.9 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: No
  • Graduate Housing: No
  • Law Specific Housing: No

Berkeley Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Berkeley Law School 1L section size is 36% larger than law schools in California and 43% larger than all PUBLIC law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Berkeley Law School: 233
California Average: 150
PUBLIC School Average: 132

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 1325
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 198

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 167
  • Law Journals: 291
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 3.7%
  • Second Year: 1.2%
  • Third Year: 0.4%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Berkeley Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Berkeley Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 97% with 1% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 74.1%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 56.0%
  • Business: 3.0%
  • Government: 10.0%
  • Public Interest: 12.0%
  • Academia: 1.0%
  • California: 65%
  • New York: 10%
  • District of Columbia: 7%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 74.1%
  • First Time Takers: 289
  • Average School: 87.9%
  • Average State: 66.1%
  • Pass Difference: 21.8%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • California: 66.1%
  • Passed: 188 of 214 (87.9%)
  • State Average: 66.1%
  • Difference: 21.8%