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