University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

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With the second-highest bar pass rate and post-graduation employment rate in the region — at 87.7 percent and 96.2 percent respectively, the UC-Berkeley Law School is a strong presence in the San Francisco Bay Area market and rates well against other law schools across the country.

Another thing that sets Berkeley apart is the type of student who enrolls there, according to Edward Tom, dead of admissions.

“We tend to attract the kind of people who are very bright, have a lot of intellectual curiosity, and want to be in a place that fosters that,” Tom said. “They’re not looking to be cookie cutter lawyers.”

Tom characterized the atmosphere at Berkeley as a non-competitive one, where students who are used to competition still don’t take themselves too seriously.

As evidence of the school’s intellectual focus, Tom pointed to the extensive interdisciplinary curriculum. For example, Berkeley offers over 40 courses in law and philosophy and has ten economists on faculty, Tom said.

Berkeley also stands out in the diversity department, with its entering class in 2011 consisting of 59 percent women and 54 percent minority students. For the first time in the school’s history, the school has more than half of the class composed of minority students, Tom said. That significant spike in diversity is something Tom thinks Berkeley will try to maintain.

The school’s brand new library, which opened this summer, meant Berkeley outspent other schools by almost three times as much on information and library resources.

Berkeley offers a competitive tuition rate for California residents, second lowest at $35,907, but the price tag for non-residents is a weighty $48,152, highest in the region.

Published Summer 2011

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75th Percentile1693.89
25th Percentile1633.65
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$20000
Percent receiving grants64.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 94.00%
NJ Employment91.11
Bar Passage91.19%
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