Each year the admissions office recruits and admits some of the country’s most promising, diverse, and dynamic students to the Berkeley Law student body. Although we are 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 profile provides some sense of the excellence and diversity that define us. Berkeley Law students are astoundingly accomplished and come from a wide range of backgrounds, interests, life experiences, and perspectives.
|Sample of Past Positions Held and Passions Pursued Before Law School|
|From Business & Finances||Founder of a kombucha company; Corporate Paralegal; Paralegal for the FTC; Worked with States’ Attorneys General to update YouTube’s content policy; Negotiated a multimillion dollar housing contract as Student Government President; Author of a thesis investigating the legal/financial feasibility of a new form of investment fund incorporating fantasy sports/sports gambling; Worked for the Google Legal team.|
|From Journalism||Editor in Chief of campus student newspaper; Radio DJ and talk show host; Jazz radio show host; Intern for ABC News supporting the coverage of the 2020 Impeachment Trial; Founder of a neighborhood newspaper; Editor of a cannabis magazine; Ghostwriter for a national publishing house; Traveled across the country for the HuffPost’s “Listen To America” tour.|
|From Public Service||Summer camp teacher; Worked for an organization that supports queer prisoners in the Pacific Northwest; Interned at an NGO that trains Muslim- Americans to run for political office; Taught 7-week-long philosophy courses in both a women’s prison and a juvenile detention center; TA for a sociology course on Rikers Island; Dog handler at an animal shelter; Organizer of a climate strike on campus.|
|From Sports||Division 3 Rugby player; Long distance thru-hiker; Marathon runner; Rode a bicycle 6,000 miles across the U.S. from Maine to Seattle; Ski instructor in New Zealand; Archery Coach.|
|From Arts & Entertainment||Fashion Buyer; Built guitars and a makeshift music studio; Professional classical ballet dancer; Planned a spirit rally that involved the designing and building of a 14 foot high structure with 6 fire columns and fire dancers; Featured in an episode of a law-related reality TV show.|
|From the Sciences||
Researched the human T-cell response to large-genome pathogens; Environmental Consultant for the construction of the largest carbon capture initiative in North America; Earned a PhD in Chemical Engineering; Worked on a wolverine survey in the Cascades that entailed climbing trees to hang skunk scent and cow femurs; Recipient of the Advocate Fellowship from the Society for Science and the Public; STEM program developer for Girl Scouts; Designed a new high school mathematics curriculum; Clinician at an Autism Center; Lived on a sailboat for 5 months in New Zealand while sailing and doing oceanographic research.
|From Government & Politics||Legislative Deputy at the Mayor’s Office; Ninth Circuit Docket Clerk; Municipal Intern for a small city in Greece; 2020 presidential campaign field organizer; Led arms control inspections of U.S. nuclear weapons; Zoom court moderator; Intern for a lobbyist firm; Worked for the Governor of Wisconsin; Fellow for policy research on migrant education in China; Intern for U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris; Worked on the Vetting Team for the Biden for President Campaign; Worked on the Dakota Access Pipeline Litigation.|