At Berkeley Law, research is part of our DNA. Berkeley Law hosts more than a dozen research centers and initiatives where faculty and researchers seek solutions to wide-ranging challenges, from developing business strategies to combat global warming to safeguarding intellectual property in the global economy. Outside of our centers, faculty regularly tackle a wide array of socially important issues.


Berkeley Center for Law and Business

BCLB is the hub of Berkeley Law’s cutting edge research and teaching on the impact of law on business and the United States’ and global economies.

Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

The BCLT promotes the understanding and guides the development of intellectual property and related fields of law and policy as they intersect with business, science and technology.

Center for Law, Energy & the Environment

CLEE is a research center whose mission is to foster interdisciplinary environmental law and policy research and to translate that research into pragmatic solutions.

Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice

Established in 1999, the Henderson Center produces and fosters creative scholarship that examines the law through a lens of social justice, and works in partnership with communities to provide education to the general public.

The Center for the Study of Law and Society

The Center for the Study of Law and Society fosters empirical research and theoretical analysis concerning legal institutions, legal processes, legal change, and the social consequences of law.

California Constitution Center

The California Constitution Center is the first and only center at any law school devoted exclusively to studying the constitution and high court of the state of California.

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Korea Law Center

The Korea Law Center will address the development of the Korean legal, constitutional, and political systems by bringing together scholars, judges, and others to foster a robust exchange of ideas and research.

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Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice

The Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice is dedicated to broadening the conversation on reproductive rights and choices through legal scholarship, teaching and conferences, and by bolstering law and policy advocacy efforts.

Human Rights Center

The Human Rights Center promotes human rights and international justice worldwide and trains the next generation of human rights researchers and advocates.

Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies

The institute develops opportunities for research, programming, visiting scholars, colloquia and classes to strengthen academic inquiry and discourse related to Jewish and Israeli topics across the Berkeley campus.

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The Robbins Collection

The mission of the Robbins Collection is to promote and sponsor comparative research and study in the fields of religious and civil law, including Jewish and Islamic law and the various Christian traditions.

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The Institute for Legal Research

The Institute combines research, teaching, and public service in constitutional law and history, criminal justice, and environmental law and policy. It houses the Sho Sato Program in Japanese and U.S. Law, and the Law of the Sea Institute.

The Honorable G. William and Ariadna Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

The Miller Institute supports populations overlooked or unprotected by existing legal infrastructure, with a global focus on climate and energy justice, corruption, rule of law and human rights.

Kadish Center for Morality, Law & Public Affairs

The Kadish Center seeks to promote research and reflection on moral philosophical issues in law and public life, with special concern for the substantive aspects of criminal law.

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Statewide Database

The Statewide Database is the redistricting database for the State of California. The Statewide Database is a non-partisan resource on census data, elections and election data, districting on all levels, and voting rights.

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The Election Administration Research Center

The Election Administration Research Center seeks to improve the administration of elections, both within the US and internationally, through research, education, training, technical assistance, and public outreach.

Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy & Public Finance

The Burch Center promotes research in tax policy and public finance, disseminates this research to the academic and tax policy communities, and stimulates informed discussion of tax policies of national significance.