Berkeley Law is one of the nation’s premier law schools,
and our academic demands are intense. But that’s only part of our educational picture.


Berkeley Law students are bright, intellectually curious, and remarkably collegial. They come to us to partake of our rich curriculum, to experience a supportive learning environment, and to learn the law under an unusual grading system that encourages them to compete with themselves, rather than against one another. Our professors—even the most legendary—are approachable and accessible. Our alumni are members of an extended, world-wide family, actively engaged with the School in a multitude of ways in any given year. And our administrators are constantly looking for ways to improve the experience for everyone.

Being a member of the Berkeley Law community is an experience not just for three years, but for life.

Welcome letter from
Admissions Dean, Edward Tom

Dear Law School Applicant:

Not many people can say that they have a dream job, but fortunately I am one of them. After almost 30 years of directing the admissions program at Berkeley Law, I remain astounded by the number of extremely bright, intellectually curious, and compassionate people I meet every day. I am surrounded by an amazing community of students and faculty, and moreover, they all seem to like learning from each other!

We attract a large applicant pool each year because Berkeley Law is well-known for the depth and breadth of its curriculum and the caliber of its faculty and students. Yes, our admission process is quite selective, but not in a way that focuses exclusively on numbers. Instead, we also consider the myriad subjective factors that define each of us as human beings. In fact, our admissions policy states that “numbers alone are not dispositive.” I can assure you that our evaluation process is both comprehensive and holistic.

I hope you will consider applying to join our community of engaged scholars. The combination of Berkeley’s academic possibilities, extracurricular activities, quality of life, weather, and diverse cultural experiences is unparalleled, and your degree from Berkeley Law will be recognized wherever you go in the world.

I look forward to receiving your application.

Edward Tom
Dean of Admissions