Entering Class Profile

StudentStairs_1200Each year the admissions office recruits and admits some of the country’s most promising, diverse, and dynamic students to the Berkeley Law student body. 

Although we are one of the most selective law schools in the country, our admission philosophy reflects a commitment to admitting human beings and not simply numbers. We hope that the following profile provides some sense of the excellence and diversity that define us. Berkeley Law students are astoundingly accomplished and come from a wide range of backgrounds, interests, life experiences, and perspectives.

Profile for Class of ’21*

*Accurate as of the first day of classes of the fall 2018 semester

Number of Applicants: 6,039

Class Size: 314

Median LSAT: 168 (170 = 75th percentile, 165 = 25th percentile)

Median GPA: 3.80  (3.90= 75th percentile, 3.64 = 25th percentile) 

Mean age: 25

9% age 30 or older

58% women

46% people of color

8% are the first in their family to receive a college degree



120 undergraduate schools represented. Most predominant are UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, UCSD, University of Chicago, Georgetown, Northwestern, UC Irvine, University of Michigan, Yale, and Washington University.

58 undergraduate majors. Most predominant are political science, history, English, economics, psychology, philosophy, and international relations.
14% have a graduate degree (35 masters and 10 Ph.D.)
16% majored in engineering or a science
A number are recipients of distinguished fellowships and grants, including Boren, Truman, and Fulbright scholars.


Sample of Past Positions Held and Passions Pursued Before Law School
From the Financial World Securities and financial analysts and economic consultants
From Journalism News reporters and editors from mainstream and campus papers, magazines, blogs, web sites, and journals; an Emmy Award winning  producer
From the Sports World NCAA varsity athletes in softball, field hockey, rowing, basketball, tennis, track, water polo, squash, soccer, and water polo
From the Art World Aspiring thespians, artists, photographers, musicians, dancers and choreographers