Entering Class Profile

StudentStairs_1200Each 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.

Profile for Class of 2022*

*As of  8/16/2019 

Number of Applicants: 5,870 

Class Size: 325

Median LSAT: 168 (170 = 75th percentile, 165 = 25th percentile)

Median GPA: 3.81  (3.90= 75th percentile, 3.64 = 25th percentile) 

Mean age: 25

7% age 30 or older (age range is 20-47 years)

60% women

49% people of color

11% are the first in their family to receive a college degree

 

Academics

139 undergraduate schools represented. Most predominant are UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis, UCSD, Stanford, Georgetown, Northwestern, Brown, Columbia, Yale, and the University of Texas at Austin.

68 undergraduate majors. Most predominant are political science, history, English, economics, international relations, philosophy, psychology, and biology.
12% have a graduate degree 
21% majored in STEM fields
A number are recipients of distinguished fellowships and grants, including Truman, Bobby Jones, and Fulbright scholars.

 

Sample of Past Positions Held and Passions Pursued Before Law School
From the Financial World Securities and financial analysts, economic consultants, entrepreneurs/start-up creators
From Journalism Radio talk show host, CNN photo editor, worked on Emmy-winning television shows
From the Sports World Managed the NBA Twitter account, coxswain, rock climbers, marathon runners, boxing coach, synchronized swimmer, All-American in track & field
From the Art World Choreographer, fire dancer, musician with songs on Spotify, legal intern with Pandora, ballet dancer, Irish dancer, theater performer, appeared on Sesame Street
From the Science World Pediatric oncology researcher, microbiologist, python-catcher for wildlife research in Borneo, worked at NASA jet propulsion lab, research on DNA computing, published organic chemist, hammerhead shark tagger
From the Political World Interns for Senators, campaign staffers, field organizers, congressional aide, lobbyist, U.S. Senate page, worked on nuclear proliferation issues at the U.S. State Department