The Berkeley Experience

The atmosphere at Berkeley Law nurtures the best in people, both intellectually and personally. We challenge students to extend themselves and to excel. But we discourage rivalry by refraining from assigning traditional letter grades, calculating GPAs, or assigning class rankings. While we place intense academic demands on our students, we also encourage participation in any of our current 35+ first-year, student-initiated projects and clinics, 17 research centers, 13 student-run law journals, and many student organizations.

Berkeley Law offers more fascinating activities than any student can possibly plumb. But student life doesn’t end at the school’s perimeter. It spills spontaneously across the Berkeley campus, the city of Berkeley, and the San Francisco Bay Area. The options are infinite, whether a person’s interests run to politics or poetry, food or film, nature or nightlife. Restaurants within a one-mile radius represent more than 30 cuisines from every continent but Antarctica. And our music, dance, and film scenes are every bit as international as our culinary landscape. 


Life in the Bay Area


Nestled in rolling hills that ring San Francisco Bay, the area immediately around Berkeley Law offers an unsurpassed variety of recreational possibilities. Watch this short video for a sample.  

Beyond Berkeley Law

When you are ready to venture beyond Berkeley, whether for a night out, a day trip or a weekend, it’s hard to beat what the Bay Area and Northern California have to offer.