Application & Admission

The 2016-17 LL.M. application deadline has passed. The application for 2017-18 LL.M. programs will be available in August.

The 2016-19 J.S.D. application deadline has passed.  The application for the 2017-20 J.S.D. program will be available in October.

Important Notes on the LL.M. Application

Applicants may use the same application form to apply for admission to either the professional track of the LL.M., the traditional track, or both.  Please note that although the application term is listed as Fall, the application form allows you to apply for both tracks.

 If you decide to apply to both LL.M. tracks, please note:

  • Your application to each track will be reviewed independently. Admission to one will not affect your decision for the other. If you are admitted to both tracks, you must choose one; enrollment in both is not possible.
  • Berkeley offers rolling admissions for the professional track. The sooner you apply, the sooner you will receive an admission decision (within three weeks of submitting your compete application). Admission decisions for the traditional track are announced in March/April.
  • If you are admitted to the professional track, you will be asked to submit a nonrefundable deposit.  The deposit will be due before admission decisions are made for the traditional track.  If, after submitting the deposit, you are admitted to the traditional track and wish to transfer, we will transfer your deposit without penalty upon request.
  • The 2015-16 LL.M. professional track program is scheduled to begin on May 18, 2015.  In order to be eligible applicants must have completed the requirements for their first degree in law, and must be able to arrive in Berkeley, before that date.
  • Clinics and the thesis track are available to students in the traditional track only.  Please visit our professional track page for a list of summer course offerings.
  • The professional track is designed for international students; J.D. graduates from U.S. law schools are not eligible.

Applying through LSAC

Application Checklist

Application Timeline

All questions regarding the LL.M. or J.S.D. programs or the application process should be directed to the Advanced Degree Programs Office.