Apply for Admission

The JSP Program annually enrolls 8-10 students to maintain a cohort of about 50 graduate students. Our students come from a large variety of undergraduate backgrounds and institutions. Many have earned advanced degrees or completed significant work experience before beginning study at JSP. But many come to us straight from college, following the completion of the BA degree. No prior legal education is required for admission to the JSP Program.

What unites JSP graduate students in a shared interest in the social and philosophical study of law, legal institutions, and legal discourse, and the exploration of law’s connection with other cultural practices and norms. Those JSP students, who considered graduate study in more traditional departments, find it advantageous to be placed in a community of scholars who share their broad interests in law and society. This critical mass of students and faculty – trained in a variety of disciplines and combining disciplinary approaches in different ways – forms one of the special strengths and attractions of study at JSP.

The JSP Student Affairs Officer can provide additional information, and can help potential applications make contact with current students and faculty who share their academic interests or backgrounds.

Applying to the JSP Program

Students are admitted to the program by the Graduate Division of the University of California, Berkeley, on recommendation of the Jurisprudence and Social Policy admissions committee. Applications and other graduate forms can also be obtained from the UC Berkeley Graduate Division. Applicants are encouraged to use the web-based application form.

Additional information about the program may be obtained from:

Student Affairs
Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program
School of Law
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-2150
E-mail to:
Phone: (510) 642-3771

Along with the Graduate Division forms, applicants are asked to submit:

  •  transcripts of grades
  •  GRE aptitude test scores (waived for Fall 2021 cycle)
  •  three letters of recommendation
  •  a statement of purpose
  • a personal statement
  • a sample of past written work

If you would like to know more about the JSP program, feel free to contact us at


For admissions information regarding the

UC Berkeley School of Law
J.D. Admissions Office
396 Simon Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200

Phone: (510) 642-2274 
Fax: (510) 643-6222


For admissions information regarding the

UC Berkeley School of Law
Advanced Degree Programs
214 Boalt Hall #7200
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200

Phone: +1 (510) 642-1476


The application for the 2022-23 (entry in Fall 2022) Ph.D. Program in Jurisprudence and Social Policy will open in mid-September.

Click here to access application instructions for entry in Fall 2022. 

The online application will be submitted via the UC Berkeley Graduate Division

The application deadline is December 15, 2021 (by 8:59 pm Pacific Standard Time on the day of the deadline).

Please note that GRE scores will not be required this year due to Covid-19.

You may also contact the Graduate Student Affairs Officer, Eurie Nam:

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