Application Forms & Procedures


This year, for the first time LSAC has offered the LSAT in January. We have received requests from some January test-takers to be allowed to apply once they have their scores (scheduled for release on February 18, 2019). We want to accommodate them, and to be fair to all others. To address this concern, we are reopening our application on a limited basis.
The application will remain open until 11:59 pm PT on February 28, 2019. Our hope is that this will afford people receiving January LSAT scores an opportunity to apply to Berkeley Law, should they wish to do so. In order to be considered, applications must be complete (including a CAS report) by the February 28 deadline. We will not accept applications after this date, nor will we accept the March 2019 LSAT for the 2018-19 application cycle.


The Juris Doctor (J.D.) Program

First-Year Applicants: The application for each fall term is available online via the LSAC website from September 5-February 1. As we employ a rolling review process, we strongly encourage you to submit a completed application as early as possible, ideally no later than Thanksgiving.

Note that our early decision program operates on a different application timeline. 

Advanced Standing Applicants: The application period for advanced standing (transfers and visitors) is April 15-June 15 and is available online via the LSAC website.

Application Fee

A non-refundable $75 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. Advanced standing applicants do not pay an application fee.

Application Fee Waivers

We do not offer merit-based waivers.

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, our 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, AmeriCorps, 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 each year on September 1.  If your request does not fall under the categories above, please see the form for further instructions.

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

In order to reapply, you must submit a new application, 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.

A decision from a previous year has no bearing on a subsequent application. However, we do not recommend that you submit the identical application again. This may require that you revise your personal statement, obtain additional work or other experiences, pursue a graduate degree in the interim period, and/or retake the LSAT. We will use the highest of multiple LSAT scores. If you took the LSAT more than five years ago, then you must take the test again. 

Financial Aid

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