Admissions Policies


The submission of false or misleading information of any kind in support of an application for admission to the School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, may result in the permanent cancellation or rescission of admission by the law school. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all information is accurate and complete.


The State of California Information Practices Act of 1977 requires the university to inform applicants for admission who are asked to supply information about themselves that the principal purpose for requesting information is to process these applications. Maintenance of this information is authorized by university policy. Furnishing information that is not designated voluntary or optional is mandatory. Failure to provide such information will delay or may even prevent completion of the admission process. Information furnished may be used by various university departments for admission and other student-related purposes, such as housing and financial aid. This information will be transmitted to the state and federal governments if required by law. Individuals have the right of access to this record as it pertains to them. The official responsible for maintaining the information is the dean of the UC Berkeley Graduate Division.


The university is required by federal law to report social security numbers and other pertinent information to the Internal Revenue Service pursuant to the reporting requirements imposed by the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997. The university will also use applicants’ social security numbers to verify their identity. Social security number disclosure is mandatory. This notification is provided as required by the Federal Privacy Act of 1974.


The law school is required to provide reports to various federal and state agencies on the ethnic composition of the applicant population. Therefore, the J.D. Program application form includes an optional question regarding the ethnic identity of applicants. The university treats such information as confidential. The information will not be used for purposes of determining admission to the law school, nor will it be a part of any applicant’s admission file.


The University of California, in accordance with applicable federal and state law and the university’s nondiscrimination policies, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including sexual harassment), gender identity, pregnancy/childbirth and medical conditions related thereto, disability, age, medical condition (cancer-related), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran. This nondiscrimination policy covers student admission, access and treatment in university programs and activities. It also covers faculty (Senate and non-Senate) and staff in their employment. Inquiries may be directed as follows—age discrimination or disability discrimination and access: Derek Coates, 510-642-2795; sex discrimination and sexual harassment: Denise Oldham, 510-643-7985; other inquiries: Office of Ethics, Risk and Compliance Services, 510-642-2795.


The university maintains a reference guide of safety information and procedures, annual campus crime statistics, and emergency disaster preparedness information. To view or request a copy of the Safety Counts report, visit the website at


Each matriculated student is entitled by law and university policy to examine and challenge most of the records maintained by the university on that student. These records are confidential, and in most circumstances may be released to third parties only with the prior consent of the student. Such matters are detailed in the Berkeley Campus Policy Governing Disclosure of Information from Student Records. For a copy, please write to University of California, Berkeley; Office of the Registrar; 120 Sproul Hall; Berkeley, CA 94720-5404.


The University of California, Berkeley, reserves the right to add, amend, delete or otherwise modify its policies, information, rules, and regulations. This includes, but is not limited to, the modification of its degree programs or courses of study; its rules affecting the admission and retention of students, or the granting of credit and degrees; the academic calendar, course offerings or course content; and its fees, tuition and other charges, whenever it deems such changes desirable or necessary.


Inquiries about disability accommodations should be directed to the Disabled Students’ Program at (510-642-0518; 510-642-6376 TTY).