Application Forms & Procedures
The Juris Doctor (J.D.) Program*
First-year Applicants: The application for the 2014 fall term is now available online via the LSAC website. The application period for first-year applicants is September 1-February 1. As we employ a rolling review process, you are strongly encouraged to submit a completed application as early as possible, ideally before mid-December. Submit your application form electronically through the LSAC website.
Advanced Standing Applicants: The application period for advanced standing is April 1-June 15. We currently are not accepting transfer and special status applications for Fall 2014. We will release the 2014 advanced standing application on April 1.
A non-refundable $75 application fee must be paid by a check or money order drawn from a U.S. bank and made payable to "U.C. Regents", or by an international money order in U.S. currency. You may use a credit card if you apply online through Law Services. The fee must accompany the application. Your application will not be processed without it. The fee cannot be used for processing applications to other law schools within the University of California System.
We offer a need-based application fee waiver program which is administered by Law Services. If you obtain an LSAC fee waiver your application fee will be waived automatically when you apply to Berkeley. Information on the LSAC fee waiver program and how to apply is available here.
Merit-based waivers are not offered.
Fee waivers also are available to applicants who provide documentation that they are current or recently-separated (within last calendar year) participants in public service programs (i.e., Peace Corps, Teach for America, AmeriCorps), participants in a PPIA program, active or former members of the military, or applicants who may have special circumstances.
If you have special circumstances, you should include supporting documents via our online fee waiver application form.
Submit the form with proof of your participation in a public service program and/or other supporting documentation.
The deadline to submit a fee waiver application is the end of business on January 15.
Applicants who do not receive a waiver or who miss the deadline must pay the fee.
We do not offer a fee waiver program for transfer or special status applicants.
Reapplying to the School
If you took the LSAT more than five years ago you must take the test again. You must renew your CAS account and resubmit transcripts and recommendations if your Law Services account has expired. Contact Law Services to determine your status and then use their system to apply online. Although a decision from a previous year has no bearing on a subsequent application, we recommend reapplicants not to submit an identical application. This usually means submitting a revised personal statement, obtaining additional work or other experiences, pursuing a graduate degree in the intervening period, and/or taking the LSAT again. We will use the highest LSAT score except when two or more scores are clustered closely together, in which case we will use the average.
Please refer to the Financial Aid section of the website for more information about financial aid.
*If you are disabled and experience difficulty accessing the application and instructions on our website, please contact Minara Mordecai at (510) 642-2274 for assistance.