Admission Requirements

Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program

Application Deadline: January 10

Applicants for admission to the Master of Laws LL.M. program must have completed a regular curriculum at an accredited college and/or law school, and must hold a professional degree from a law school by the time they begin the LL.M. program at Berkeley Law.  Degrees which meet this requirement include J.D., LL.B., and Bachelor of Laws.  

List of minimum degree requirements by country

Applicants who already hold an LL.M. degree from an American law school will not be considered for admission.

English Language Requirement

Although we do not expect all students who are not native English speakers to be perfectly fluent in English, a student with serious language limitations will have great difficulty coping with the demands of a new cultural, social and academic environment.

The university and the law school require official score reports of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) before admitting an applicant whose primary language is not English. The minimum score required is 100 on the TOEFL Internet-based test, 600 on the TOEFL paper-based test, or 7.0 on the IELTS. For further details on the English language requirement, including how to request a waiver, please go to the Application Checklist page.

Application Evaluation

Berkeley does not have a minimum GPA requirement for LL.M. applications.  In evaluating LL.M. applicants, substantial consideration is given to grades and English language exam scores. We also consider personal statements, letters of recommendation, legal experience, and other significant professional achievements.

Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.) Program

Application Deadline: February 1

Applicants for admission to the J.S.D. Program must meet the same requirements as those for admission to the LL.M. Program, including the English Language requirement. In addition, applicants must have earned an LL.M. degree at Berkeley Law or another school with a comparable LL.M. program before applying to the J.S.D. program.  The LL.M. degree may be from a US school or international.  J.S.D. applicants must submit a dissertation proposal summary and a writing sample. 

The J.S.D. Program is severely restricted in size, and admission is normally limited to individuals who are engaged in or are outstanding candidates for academic work or other careers that emphasize legal scholarship. Applicants must demonstrate a high potential for completing a scholarly dissertation of the required quality, and admission is contingent upon the support of a suitable faculty member who agrees to serve as the student's primary adviser.

Application for Admission

Click here for the applicaiton link and more information on how to apply.