Steps to Apply

Applying for the J.S.D. program can be a complex, multi-step process. Read through the steps below to learn more about the application process.

Step 1: Sign up for an LSAC account & purchase LSAC services

When to do it: Now, or any time before you start the application process

Register for an LSAC account here if you do not already have one.

We strongly advise applicants to register for the Credential Assembly Service well in advance of the application deadline. LSAC recommends applicants register at least four to six weeks before their first application deadline.

Berkeley Law requires the use of LSAC’s Electronic Application Service ($39USD) and the Document Assembly Service ($55USD plus $34 report fee). The International Transcript Authentication & Evaluation Service ($140USD) is optional but highly recommended for applicants educated outside the U.S. LSAC’s CAS site provides more details about each service and the associated cost.

Step 2: Have your supporting materials sent to LSAC

When to do it: Now through the application deadline

It is recommended to have supporting materials sent as early as possible to allow sufficient time for processing. This includes academic records, English language test scores, and letters of recommendation. We are aware that it takes a few weeks for LSAC to evaluate and assemble documents from the time they are received; as long as materials are sent by the February 1st deadline they are considered on time.

LSAC keeps materials on file for five years. See our Application Checklist for more information on how to submit these materials.

[Note: Berkeley Law LL.M. students and graduates may be able to submit some supporting materials directly to Berkeley Law; see the Application Checklist for details.]

Step 3: Search for a Faculty Advisor

When to do it: Now through the application deadline

Only applications with a signed Faculty Advisor Agreement Form will be reviewed by the admissions committee, and admission is contingent upon the support of a suitable faculty member who agrees to serve as your primary advisor. See the Application Checklist for tips on searching for a faculty advisor and a link to the Faculty Advisor Agreement Form

Step 4: Apply online

When to do it: August to February 1st

Access the application form on our Application Form & Deadline page.

You can complete and submit your online application form even if your supporting materials are not ready yet; this creates a record for you in our system and enables us to see that you have begun the application process, and allows you to check your application status.

Step 5: Check your application status

When to do it: Any time after you apply

You will receive an email from the Advanced Degree Programs Office with your Applicant Status Online username and password after you have submitted your online application, and then you can check your application status here.

You can also check the status of your supporting materials through your LSAC CAS account.

Please check your status both through our site and with LSAC LLM CAS before contacting our office to inquire about your application status.

Step 6: Admission decisions announced

When it happens: April

The majority of applicants will receive their decision by early April 2024.