Application Forms & Procedures

The Juris Doctor (J.D.) Program

First-year Applicants: The application for each fall term is available online via the LSAC website from September 1-February 1. As we employ a rolling review process, you are strongly encouraged to submit a completed application as early as possible, ideally before early-December.

Advanced Standing Applicants: The application period for advanced standing is April 1 – June 15 and is available online via the LSAC website.

Application Fee

A non-refundable $75 application fee is required at the time of application. Your application will not be processed without it. The fee cannot be used for processing applications to other law schools within the University of California System.

Application Fee Waivers

Berkeley does not offer merit-based waivers, nor do we  offer a fee waivers for transfer or visiting status applicants.

A need-based fee waiver program is administered by Law Services (LSAC). Information about their fee waiver program and how to apply for one is available here. If you obtain an LSAC fee waiver, Berkeley’s application fee will be waived automatically when you apply. 

In addition, Berkeley Law School offers a separate fee waiver program for applicants who participated in a program that is included in one of the three broad categories listed below. If you believe you qualify, submit a Berkeley Law Fee Waiver Request Form and be sure to attach proof of your participation:  

  • Honors/Research (e.g., Fulbright, Truman, Rhodes, Marshall)
  • Public Service (e.g., Teach for America, Peace Corps, current military or veteran)
  • Educational/Socio-Economic Disadvantage (e.g., CYDL participant, Gates Scholar, Pell Grant recipient)

Details and a list of qualifying programs are found on the form, which becomes available on September 1 each year.

The deadline to submit either fee waiver application is the end of business on January 1.  Applicants who do not receive a waiver or who miss the deadline must pay the fee.

Reapplying to the School

If you took the LSAT more than five years ago, you must take the test again. You must renew your CAS account and resubmit transcripts and recommendations if your account has expired. Contact LSAC to determine your status and then use their system to reapply online. Although a decision from a previous year has no bearing on a subsequent application, we recommend that you do not submit an identical application. This usually means providing a revised personal statement, obtaining additional work or other experiences, pursuing a graduate degree in the interim period, and/or retaking the LSAT. We will use the highest of multiple LSAT scores unless the scores are clustered closely together, in which case we will use the average.

Financial Aid

Refer to the Financial Aid section of the website for more information about financial aid.