Outside Of Class

Explore the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley

Imagine yourself living in Berkeley, California, and learning from some of the most preeminent legal studies minds in the world.

In addition to providing you with world-class academics, we want to make sure that your time with us is enjoyable and that you get to experience life in Berkeley to its fullest.

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Career Counseling and Professional Development

Receive career counseling from qualified staff and faculty to discuss topics such as interview preparation, job search strategies and more. If you're interested in attending graduate school, take advantage of our graduate school admission workshops, where you'll learn admission tips and best practices to make your application as competitive as it can be.

Visits From Bay Area and National Private Law Firms and Public-Interest Law Organizations

Translate what you learn in the classroom to real-world case examples and scenarios. Hear from top legal professionals from the San Francisco Bay Area and across the United States to put your learnings into practice.

Networking Opportunities

Mingle with your fellow international students and Law School degree students to build connections and community. In particular, attend networking events hosted by the Berkeley Pre-Law Society. This group brings together a group of motivated, goal-oriented undergraduate students toward achievement within their prospective field of law through a variety of resources. Build relationships with current law students through our mentorship program, meet to discuss continuous legal issues and attend organized lectures and panels.

Cohort Lunches

At the beginning of the program, attend a welcome lunch — a chance to get to know your fellow students, as well as Law school faculty and staff. You'll also connect with your fellow students during cohort lunches throughout the program.

Immersive California Trips

The San Francisco Bay Area in particular and California in general offer beautiful scenery, exciting activities, world-class cultural events and so much more. There will be plenty of opportunities to take advantage of all that the area offers so that you can experience California like a native.

Plan Your Own Adventure!


You'll have a chance to participate in all events like a domestic student. For example, if you study with us during the fall semester, you can take part in all the many Homecoming activities. Take in a sports game. Exercise at our many student gyms. Peruse through stacks of books at our various libraries. There is a buzz when you're on campus and there are so many exciting things to do and see that you'll feel like a Berkeley student in no time.


In California, you can drive for a couple of hours in any direction for a completely different setting: mountains, ocean or desert. Here are some of the most iconic locations for a one-day or weekend getaway:

Napa and Sonoma: California wine country features wine tours and exquisite cuisine. Or for the more active, enjoy hiking, bicycling or hot-air ballooning. (45-minute drive)

Santa Cruz: Picturesque beaches and coastal redwood forests make this town the perfect backdrop for one of the best California surfing spots. Santa Cruz is home to several state parks and beaches, as well as a fun-filled Boardwalk. (1.5-hour drive)

San Francisco: You can easily take public transportation to get to San Francisco where you can hop on a streetcar, shop in Union Square, grab fresh seafood at Fisherman's Wharf, take in a baseball game or wander around our many culturally diverse neighborhoods. There are beautiful views to be had from any location. You could ride a bike across the Golden Gate Bridge, have a picnic with your fellow classmates on the beach. The city is known for its diversity and there are so many multicultural areas that are great to visit, wander around and sample new foods.

Tahoe: Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains between California and Nevada, Tahoe is where the Bay Area goes to ski in the winter and relax by the lake in the summer. Hit the beach, enjoy lake activities, or try your luck at one of the bustling casinos. (3-hour drive)

Monterey: Visit the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium; take in a jazz festival; or bike, hike or walk by the stunning, pristine California waterfront. (2-hour drive)

Los Angeles: If you're interested in visiting Los Angeles, Hollywood or other areas in Southern California and its sunny beaches, that's only an hour-long plane flight away. California has so much to do and enjoy!

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