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 ’19

Number of Applicants: 5,336

Class Size: 301

Median LSAT: 166 (169 = 75th percentile, 163 = 25th percentile)

Median GPA: 3.79  (3.89= 75th percentile, 3.65 = 25th percentile) 

Mean age: 24

5% age 30 or older

59% women

38% people of color

16% are the first in their family to receive a college degree

 

Academics

115 undergraduate schools represented. Most predominant are U.C. Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Brown, Georgetown, U. Chicago,  Harvard, Stanford, and Yale.

51 undergraduate majors. Most predominant are political science, history, English, economics, psychology, philosophy, and international relations.
9% 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 Marshall, Truman, and 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  producer
From the Sports World NCAA varsity athletes in track & field, hockey, rowing, basketball, tennis, swimming and water polo
From the Art World Aspiring thespians, artists, photographers, musicians, dancers and choreographers