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 snapshot below gives you some sense of the excellence and diversity that define us. Our community is diverse in many respects, including race, religion, and sexual orientation. We are proud that our entering classes are always astoundingly bright and include students from a wide range of backgrounds, interests, life experiences, and perspectives.
Profile for Class of 2017
Number of Applicants: 5,699
Class Size: 274
Median LSAT: 167 (169 = 75th percentile, 164 = 25th percentile)
Median GPA: 3.79 (3.88 = 75th percentile, 3.67 = 25th percentile)
• Mean age: 24
• 5% age 30+
• 58% women
• 34% people of color
107 undergraduate schools represented. Most predominant are U.C. Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Stanford, U. Chicago, Yale, Harvard
51 undergraduate majors. Most predominant are political science, history, English, economics, psychology, philosophy
11% have a graduate degree (25 M.A. 5 Ph.D.). Ph.D.s in: neuroscience, cell biology, immunology, electrical engineering
A number are recipients of distinguished fellowships and grants: NSF, Fulbright, Truman, and CORO.
A 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
From the Sports World: NCAA varsity athletes in baseball, rowing, soccer, track, golf, volleyball, fencing, swimming
From the Art World: Aspiring thespians, artists, photographers, musicians, dancers and choreographers (Indian classical, hip hop, tap, traditional Vietnamese), a salsa dance instructor, and a classically trained soprano