About Berkeley Law

Berkeley Law is one of the nation's premier law schools, located at one of the world's great universities, in one of the most vibrant places on the planet. Legal Studies is a department within our esteemed Law School.

Berkeley Law is one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley. It is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the nation.

The law school has produced leaders in law, government and society, including Chief Justice of the United States Earl Warren, Secretary of State of the United States Dean Rusk, American civil rights activist Pauli Murray, California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, president and founder of the Equal Justice Society Eva Paterson, United States Northern District of California Judge Thelton Henderson and Attorney General of the United States Edwin Meese.

Berkeley Law's Mission

Berkeley Law advances the University of California's teaching, research and service mission as follows:

  • Through teaching, the law school provides students with first-class training in legal theory; doctrine and practice; exposure to the political, social and economic forces that shape the law; and the opportunity for client service.
  • Through research, the law school supports faculty members who are leaders in their fields of scholarly inquiry, striving to expand and deepen legal and interdisciplinary thought while engaging students in rigorous academic and intellectual work.
  • Through service, the law school tackles some of the most important, challenging and timely problems facing the state, nation and world, harnessing our excellence in teaching and research to improve government, business and society.

The law school's distinctive public mission includes a commitment to access, affordability and career choice for a diverse range of students from all communities.

Berkeley Law's Learning Outcomes

Berkeley Law students achieve competency in the following learning outcomes:

  • Knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law
  • Legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, problem-solving, and written and oral communication in the legal context
  • Exercise of proper professional and ethical responsibilities to clients and the legal system
  • Other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation in the legal profession (such as interviewing, counseling, negotiation, fact development and analysis, trial practice, document drafting, conflict resolution, organization and management of legal work, collaboration, cultural competency and self-evaluation)
  • Using the law to solve real-world problems and to create a more just society
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