Application Forms & Procedures

The Juris Doctor (J.D.) Program

First-year Applicants:  The application for each fall term is available online via the LSAC website from 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.  

Advanced Standing Applicants:  The application period for advanced standing is April 1 - June 15 and is available online via the LSAC website.

Application Fee .

A non-refundable $75 application fee is required at the time of 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.

Fee Waivers

A need-based application fee waiver program is administered by Law Services. If you obtain an LSAC fee waiver, our application fee will be waived automatically when you apply to Berkeley. Information about the LSAC fee waiver program and how to apply for one is available here

Merit-based waivers are not offered. We do not offer a fee waiver program for transfer or special status applicants. 

Fee waivers also are available to applicants who can 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, or active or recently-separated members of the military. Click here to access the application form. Submit the form with proof of your participation in a public service program or the military.

The deadline to submit a fee waiver application is the end of business on January 12. Applicants who do not receive a waiver or who miss the deadline must pay the fee. 

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 the LSAC 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 that reapplicants not submit an identical application. This usually means submitting a revised personal statement, obtaining additional work or other experiences, pursuing a graduate degree in the interim period, and/or taking the LSAT again. We will use the highest of multiple LSAT scores unless the scores are clustered closely together, in which case we will use the average. 

Financial Aid

Refer to the Financial Aid section of the website for more information about financial aid.