Entering Class Profile

StudentStairs_1200Each year the Admissions Office recruits and admits some of the country’s most promising, diverse, and dynamic students to join 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 bright, accomplished, and come from a wide range of backgrounds, interests, life experiences, and perspectives.

Profile for Class of ’18

Number of Applicants: 5,136

Class Size: 294

Median LSAT: 166 (168 = 75th percentile, 162 = 25th percentile)

Median GPA: 3.79  (3.90= 75th percentile, 3.66 = 25th percentile) 

Mean age: 24

5% age 30 or older

62% women

45% people of color

17% are the first in their family to receive a college degree



120 undergraduate schools represented. Most predominant are U.C. Berkeley, UCLA, Cornell, Harvard, Stanford, Yale, UCSB

51 undergraduate majors. Most predominant are political science, history, English, economics, psychology, philosophy, international relations
11% have a graduate degree (31 M.A. 2 Ph.D.)
8% majored in engineering or a science
A number are recipients of distinguished fellowships and grants, including 5 Fulbright scholars.


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; an Emmy Award winning documentary producer
From the Sports World NCAA varsity athletes in basketball, football, rowing, gymnastics, track, rugby, ice hockey,  cross country, volleyball,swimming, judo
From the Art World Aspiring thespians, artists, photographers, musicians, dancers and choreographers