University of California--Berkeley

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Berkeley, CA 94720

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The School of Law at University of California--Berkeley has an application deadline of February 1. The full-time program application fee at the School of Law at University of California--Berkeley is $75. Its tuition is full-time: $48,058 per year (in-state) and full-time: $52,009 per year (out-of-state). The student-faculty ratio is 12.5:1. The School of Law at University of California--Berkeley has 132 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

The UC-Berkeley School of Law does not use letter grades or GPAs. Students are also not ranked amongst their peers. The law school has pioneered curriculums like intellectual property law and technology-related law and offers specialized curricular programs in areas such as Energy and Clean Technology Law and Environmental Law. Students can tailor academics to their interests from the second semester onward. The school also offers unique survey courses, like Wine Law, and students can create their own electives, too.

Students might find opportunities to get involved through clinics, on-campus think tanks and more than 10 student publications. Advanced law students can take their classroom education up a notch through the school’s Field Placement program, which places students in organizations like the Federal Trade Commission and the Sierra Club Environmental Law Program.

For a break from studying, students can venture into nearby San Francisco or take a quick trip to local beaches. Students can live in nearby university-owned housing, though most choose to live elsewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Notable graduates include David Estrada, former YouTube managing counsel at Google Inc., and Terdema Ussery, chief executive officer of the Dallas Mavericks.

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Year founded 1894
Public/private Public
Law school designation National


Application deadline February 1
Full-time program application fee $75
Part-time program application fee N/A
Admissions phone (510) 642-2274
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 132
Student-faculty ratio 12.5:1
Total faculty 160

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 854
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 290


Tuition and fees

full-time: $48,058 per year (in-state)
full-time: $52,009 per year (out-of-state)

Room and board $17,176


Employed at graduation2 80.8%
Median private sector starting salary $160,000
Median public service starting salary $60,000


Total volumes and volume equivalents 958,428

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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