University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

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With one of the highest bar pass rates and post-graduation employment rates in the region — at 90.7 percent and 91.1 percent respectively — the UC-Berkeley School of Law is a strong presence in the San Francisco Bay Area market and ranks among the top law schools in the country.

However, you must be a vegan to apply. And rely on bikes or public transportation. Yes, we embellish, but the school is based in one of the nation's more progressive areas. There's a wealth of social activism that takes place. 

Under the leadership of Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, the nation's top constitutional law scholar, Berkeley Law offers an intellectually vibrant community within which to learn the law. In addition to courses instructed by Berkeley Law's renowned faculty, students learn practical lawyering skills through engagement with legal clinics and multidisciplinary research centers, including the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT). The first of its kind, BCLT has garnered worldwide distinction for its research and instructional program exploring the most pressing technology law and policy issues.

PreLaw magazine ranked it among the nation's most diverse law schools. It earned an A- in the magazine's analysis. 

"I think that Berkeley is a really exciting place to be intellectually because you are around so many people that have such drive," Jaylyn Andrus, a student from the Class of 2018 said. "Everyone wants to make a difference in the world."

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75th Percentile1703.90
25th Percentile1653.64
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$22000
Percent receiving grants64.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 94.00%
NJ Employment91.1
Bar Passage90.70%
Academic Profile
Best Law Schools 2019: Most Diverse: 
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Human Rights
Intellectual Property Law
Technology Law