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 high. However, we utilize an holistic review process because we believe that there is more to our applicants than numbers. Nevertheless, admission to Berkeley Law School is competitive, and we receive far more compelling applications each year than we can accommodate.  

Admission to law school differs from admission to other professional schools because we do not required a particular undergraduate major. The most popular majors are political science, philosophy, history, English, and economics. But many other majors are represented in our student body. These include engineering, journalism, anthropology, 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 admission.

We recommend that you select courses to develop your analytical reasoning and writing, and critical reading and thinking skills. These skills are invaluable during law school because you will be expected to read and summarize large quantities of dense material and then to compare and contrast those materials. Consider taking courses in 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

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.