Entering Class Profile
Each year the Admissions Office recruits and admits the country's most promising, diverse, and dynamic students to join the Berkeley Law student body.
Although Berkeley is 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 snapshot below gives you some sense of the excellence and diversity that define us. Our community is diverse in many respects, including race, religion, and sexual orientation. We are proud that our entering classes are always astoundingly bright and include students from a wide range of backgrounds, interests, life experiences, and perspectives.
Profile of the Class of 2015
Number of Applicants: 7,027
Class Size: 263
Median LSAT: 167 (170 = 75th percentile, 163 = 25th percentile)
Median GPA: 3.81 (3.91 = 75th percentile, 3.68 = 25th percentile)
• Mean age: 24
• 9% age 30+
• 51% women
• 40% people of color
109 undergraduate schools represented. Most predominant are U.C. Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford, UCSD, Brown, Yale, Cornell, and Princeton
57 undergraduate majors. Most predominant are political science, history, English, economics, international relations, philosophy, sociology
14% have a graduate degree (33 M.A. 8 Ph.D. 1 M.D. ) Ph.D.s or candidacies in: Philosophy, Computer Engineering, Literature, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Environmental Policy Studies, Biology, History
A number are recipients of distinguished fellowships and grants like the Truman, Carnegie, and Frank H. Buck Fellowships. Eight are recipients of the Fulbright and two each of the Rotary Ambassadorial Fellowship and the National Science Foundation Grant.
A 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
From the Sports World: NCAA varsity athletes in swimming, rowing, rugby, lacrosse, volleyball, football, tennis
From the Art World: Aspiring thespians, artists, photographers, musicians, dancers and choreographers, a lead singer in a jazz band, and a taiko performer