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Boalt Hall (UC Berkeley School of Law)

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Application Deadlines

Admissions Criteria

Financial Aid

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About Boalt Hall

Boalt Hall, or University of California’s Berkeley Law was established in 1894 and it is one of the top ten law schools in the United States. Berkeley Law has an inter-disciplinary approach to law and it associates itself with other schools within the University of California. Berkeley is well-known for its programs in international law, environmental law, and intellectual property law. It offers courses in additional topics, such as criminal law, family law, legal studies, jurisprudence, social justice, and public law.

boalt hallBerkeley Law centers and institutes have expanded over the years and this has allowed it to be able to continue to grow in the areas of legal research and scholarship. Boalt Hall law students are active in the local community through the East Bay Community Law Center. Also, Boalt Hall has a center that focuses on researching California law. Besides the law center clinic, there are three additional clinics, including the International Human Rights Law Clinic and Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic.

Upper classmen have the chance to work in the field through the Field Placement Program. These externships are local, national, and international. Field placements within the United States have been in government offices located in Washington D.C. and major cities within California. International field placements have been in places from Egypt to New Zealand.

Collaboration between faculty and students is essential. Boalt Hall allows students to take on research projects with professors. At Berkeley Law, student life is vibrant and students have the opportunity to join law organizations. Due to the low student to faculty ratio, students are able to be able to interact with professors more often in the classroom. Berkeley Law has over 16,000 alumni throughout the world and the United States. Alumni have pursued careers in the areas of business, law, writing, media, and international policy.

Contact Information

University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Admissions Office
2850 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 500
Berkeley, CA 94705-7220

Phone: (510) 642-1741

Email: admissions@law.berkeley.edu

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted until February 1. Applicants, however, would be wise to submit their applications as early in the cycle as possible.

Newly admitted Boalt Hall students must start in the fall.

Admissions Criteria

Number of 2016 applicants: 5,117

Number of 2016 matriculants: 294

Median LSAT: 166

LSAT range (25 to 75 percentile): 162 to 168

Median GPA: 3.78

GPA range (25 to 75 percentile): 3.66 to 3.90

Financial Aid

In-state tuition (2016-2017): $48,625

Out-of-state tuition (2016-2017): $52,576

Room, board and other: $24,324

Estimated in-state cost of attendance: $72,949

Estimated out-of-state cost of attendance: $76,900

Students who receive grants: 60.6%

Median grant amount: $18,887

Boalt Hall does not award conditional scholarships.

Score Card

Bar passage differential: 21.80%

Transfers out: 7

Net transfers: 42