About us

Berkeley Law is one of the premier law schools in the United States. A Berkeley Law degree means studying law at one of the top law schools in the United States, a public institution committed to academic excellence, social engagement, and intellectual and cultural diversity. It means coming to a place where we’ve been teaching LL.M. students for over 60 years; J.D. students, more than 100. It means learning from and engaging with internationally renowned faculty and distinguished scholars. It means creating long-lasting relationships with legal professionals from around the globe.

LL.M. Program 

Berkeley Law has a diverse and constantly evolving curriculum, including our top-ranked Intellectual Property, International Law, Social Justice, and Environmental Law programs. Faculty members—some of the best legal minds in the business—embody the school’s commitment to academic vigor, multidisciplinary research, and intellectual diversity. One of the hallmarks of the J.D and LL.M. programs is the diversity of its student body, faculty, and curriculum. Such diversity is critical in a law school, which must train its graduates to analyze and interpret the law, reflect on competing viewpoints, present persuasive arguments in a variety of forums, and develop insightful and effective policies affecting broad swaths of society.

But what sets Berkeley Law apart is its real-world focus. Experiential learning opportunities, like pro bono work, clinics, journals, and practica, give students the chance to gain hands-on legal and public policy experience. Our major think tanks—home to some of our most forward-looking research and outreach—serve as laboratories where law students can collaborate with some of the most innovative thinkers in the legal profession.
Berkeley Law’s LL.M. is a general degree program that allows for customization based on individual interests and goals. Our LL.M. curriculum, taught by Berkeley Law’s world-class faculty, is designed to provide a strong basis in the fundamentals of U.S. law while allowing for specialization. Students have the option to focus their studies and earn certificates of specialization, pursue eligibility to register for a U.S. Bar Exam, or complete a thesis.

Berkeley Law provides three paths to the LL.M. degree: the traditional track, the thesis track, and the executive track. Students can choose the path that best fits their schedule.

Berkeley Law LL.M. students can specialize in the following areas: Business Law, Law & Technology, Public Law & Regulation, Environmental Law, Energy and Environmental Law, Energy & Clean Technology Law, International Law.

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Scholarships / Financial Aid Information

Please click below for detailed information on Cost of Attendance (tuition, fees, and estimated cost of living), Financial Aid, and Scholarships for the Berkeley Law LL.M. program.

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Application requirements

Berkeley Law requires that applicants submit their application online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website. The LSAC is an independent, nonprofit organization that manages admissions for the majority of American law schools. 

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