Social Justice and Public Interest


If your journey to law school has been inspired by an interest in how law can be a tool for justice, then Berkeley Law may be the right school for you.

You will join a community that has nurtured generations of social justice leaders. In 1974, four women at Boalt Hall who shared a passion for women’s rights “re-purposed” a room in the building set aside for “indisposed women” — and used it to provide legal services aimed at achieving women’s equality. Their efforts led to the formation of the Equal Rights Advocates, an organization that has been leading the fight for women’s equality for 40 years.

In 1988, law students at Boalt Hall motivated by the decline of federal funding for legal services and a strong interest in experiential legal training, established the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC). Today, EBCLC is the largest provider of legal services in the East Bay and is a model nationally of clinical education and innovation.

More recently Berkeley Law students have carried this torch, mobilizing students to meet critical justice gaps by providing much needed legal services in many areas, including to undocumented students and former veterans.

Berkeley Law has a strong tradition of supporting students who seek to put their legal training to use in the public interest. At the law school, you will find professors, staff, and public interest leaders to connect with, you will learn from fellow students and those who have come before you, and you will find plentiful opportunities for training, mentoring, learning, and doing.