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JD Class of 2023 Profile 

Note: All data is valid as of the first day of class: August 17, 2020.

Applications

  • 5,667 applications received

1L Class

  • 355 entering students

Gender Identity

  • 66% female
  • 32% male
  • 2% are non-binary or trans

Age

  • 9% over 30
  • 21-46 age range
  • 25 average age

GPA 

  • 3.65: 25th percentile
  • 3.81: median
  • 3.92: 75th percentile

LSAT

  • 163: 25th percent
  • 168: median
  • 170: 75th percentile

Race/Ethnicity (based on counting people into a single category)

  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 20%
  • Black/African-American: 8%
  • Chicanx/Latinx: 6%
  • Middle Eastern/North African: 4%
  • Native American: 1%
  • White/Caucasian: 41%
  • Two or More: 18%
  • Did Not Indicate: 4%

Race/Ethnicity (based on counting people in multiple categories)

  • 41 students who identify as Black/African-American 
  • 47 students who identify as Chicanx/Latinx
  • 97 students who identify as Asian/Pacific Islander
  • 25 students who identify as Middle Eastern/North African
  • 9 students who identify as Native American

More Facts and Figures

  • 56% are students of color
  • 13% hold an advanced degree
  • 20% are members of the LGBTQIA+ community
  • 23% received a degree in a STEM field
  • 12 are current or former members of the U.S. Military
  • 48 identify as first generation college graduates (we define first-generation to be that neither of your parents earned a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent

 

Timeline for Applying

September

October

  • Application Review Begins
  • Last chance to take the LSAT, GRE, or GMAT for Binding Early Decision applicants 

November

December

January

  • Last chance to take the LSAT, GRE, or GMAT for regular decision applicants

February

  • February 15 – Application deadline for regular decision applicants

Binding Early Decision 

Requirements

  • CAS Report with all transcripts
  • 2-4 Page Personal Statement and any required or optional addenda
  • 2-4 Letter of Recommendation
  • Standardized Test taken by October 2020
  • Resume of any length
  • Signed Binding Early Decision Certification Form

Benefits of Applying BED

  1. Early Notification: admissions decisions are released in early December.
  2. No Denied Applications: If you are not admitted via BED, your application will be reviewed again in the regular decision pool. There is no application fee required.
  3. Gift Aid: If admitted, you will receive a guaranteed $75,000 scholarship, divided over all 3 years ($25,000 per year).
  4. Housing: If you plan on living in university housing, you will be the first to submit the housing application in February. 

Important Dates

  • September 1, 2020: Application Opens
  • October 2020: Last LSAT Accepted (October 31 is the last time to take the GRE or GMAT)
  • November 1, 2020: Recommended Submission Date
  • November 15, 2020: Deadline to Apply
  • December 7, 2020: Decisions Released

GRE/GMAT Eligibility

In order to use the GRE or GMAT in lieu of the LSAT, applicants must fall into one of the following five categories:

  1. Applicants who are applying concurrently to another degree program that requires the GRE or GMAT for admission.
  2. Applicants who are currently enrolled in another U.C. Berkeley graduate or professional degree program and who seek to begin a concurrent degree program the following fall.
  3. Applicants who are currently enrolled in a degree program eligible to be combined with a JD from Berkeley Law and seek to begin that combined degree program the following fall.
  4. Applicants who are currently enrolled in another degree program, but who are not seeking to pursue a concurrent degree program. This includes but is not limited to programs at U.C. Berkeley.
  5. Applicants who earned a graduate or professional degree within the previous three years at any institution. This includes but is not limited to programs at U.C. Berkeley.

In all instances outlined above, the GRE or GMAT must have been a requirement for admission to the graduate or professional degree program at the time of application. 

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