Entering Class Profile

Each year the Admissions Office recruits and admits the country’s most promising, diverse, and dynamic students to join the Berkeley Law student body.


Although Berkeley is one of the most selective law schools in the country, our admission philosophy reflects a commitment to admitting human beings and not simply numbers. We hope that the following snapshot provides you with some sense of the excellence and diversity that define us. Our community is diverse in many respects. We are proud that our students are astoundingly bright and include individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, interests, life experiences, and perspectives.

Profile for Class of ’18

Number of Applicants: 5,136
Class Size: 294
Median LSAT: 166 (168 = 75th percentile, 163 = 25th percentile)
Median GPA: 3.79  (3.91 = 75th percentile, 3.67 = 25th percentile)
• Mean age: 24
• 5% age 30 or older
• 62% women
• 45% people of color

• 17% are the first in their family to receive a college degree

120 undergraduate schools represented. Most predominant are U.C. Berkeley, UCLA, Cornell, Harvard, Stanford, Yale, UCSB

51 undergraduate majors. Most predominant are political science, history, English, economics, psychology, philosophy, international relations

11% have a graduate degree (31 M.A. 2 Ph.D.)

8% majored in engineering or a science

A number are recipients of distinguished fellowships and grants, including 5 Fulbrights

Sample of Past Positions Held and Passions Pursued Before Law School

From the Financial World: Securities and financial analysts and economic consultants

From Journalism: News reporters and editors from mainstream and campus papers, magazines, blogs, web sites, and journals; an Emmy Award winning documentary producer

From the Sports World: NCAA varsity athletes in basketball, football, rowing, gymnastics, track, rugby, ice hockey,  cross country, volleyball,swimming, judo

From the Art World: Aspiring thespians, artists, photographers, musicians, dancers and choreographers