UC Berkeley School of Law

The University of California - Berkeley (UC Berkeley) School of Law (known as Berkeley Law or Boalt Hall) is one of the most selective law schools in the nation. It was the first U.S. law school to offer M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Jurisprudence and Social Policy.

Degrees offered include:
J.D. (Juris Doctor)
LL.M. (Master of Laws)
J.S.D. (Doctor of the Science of Law)
M.A. (Masters in Jurisprudence and Social Policy)
Ph.D. (Doctorate in Jurisprudence and Social Policy)

Law Journals at the School include Asian American Law Journal, Berkeley Business Law Journal, Berkeley Journal of African American Law & Policy, Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, etc.

Centers at Berkeley Law include Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE); Center for the Study of Law & Society; Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice; Institute for Legal Research; Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy & Public Finance; etc.


- 6th among top law schools in the US, tied with the University of Chicago (US News & World Report 2010).

- 1st in the Law Specialty: Intellectual Property Law (US News 2009).

- 8th in the Vault's ranking of Top 25 Law Schools 2008.

- 5th for "Toughest to Get Into" (The Princeton Review: Best 170 Law Schools Rankings 2008).

- 3rd in the Leiter Law School Rankings by Faculty Quality Based on AAAS Membership (2006).