Eligibility & Admission Standards

Applicants for admission to the 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.

Click here to review our 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.

Applicants who hold a J.D. degree from a U.S. law school are eligible to apply.


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, and we do not require or accept the LSAT or GRE.  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.


Application for Admission

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