Preparing to Apply
Advanced planning is an important component of the application process. The study of law should never be a default decision when taking the next step in your development.
Things to Consider Before You Apply
We seek to enroll a student body that demonstrates outstanding academic ability, integrity, problem-solving skills, commitment, mental agility, leadership potential, and intellectual curiosity. We want to ensure that our students will excel academically and that their experiences and perspectives will augment our learning environment. The only way we can learn about each of our applicants is through what is shared in their application. It is designed to help us learn as much relevant information about the human being behind the numbers as possible.
The median GPA and LSAT for successful Berkeley applicants are usually around 3.80 and 170, respectively. However, we utilize an holistic admissions review process because there is much more to our applicants than numbers. Nevertheless, admission to Berkeley Law School is competitive. We receive far more compelling applications each year than we can accommodate.
Admission to law school differs from admission to other professional schools because there is no prerequisite undergraduate major. The most popular pre-law majors are political science, philosophy, English, and economics. But many other majors are represented in our student body as well: engineering, journalism, anthropology, Spanish, rhetoric, international relations, accounting, and music to name a few. Completing a double major or adding a minor are not required nor even encouraged. You should select these options only if they match your personal interests and not because you hope they will improve the probability of your admission.
We recommend that you select courses to develop your analytical reasoning and writing, critical reading and thinking, and logical-reasoning skills. These skills are invaluable during law school because you will be expected to read and summarize large quantities of material and then to compare and contrast those materials. Consider taking courses in foundational departments like political science, English, philosophy, and economics.
There is no disadvantage if you begin your college career in a community college and then transfer to a four-year institution.
Qualifications for Admission to the Bar
Finally, in addition to the bar examination, each state has established character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. We encourage you to determine what those qualifications are in the jurisdiction(s) in which you intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the Nation Conference of Bar Examiners.