University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall)


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Berkeley Law’s “curriculum offers a rich array of courses for students aiming at corporate litigation, public-interest law, criminal prosecution, international law, or any one of a dozen other fields.” (Berkeley Law Website)

During the first year, students engage in traditional substantive courses while also receiving instruction in legal research, legal writing as well as written and oral advocacy. In addition, as early as the second semester of the first year, students gain the opportunity to choose an elective. During their second and third years, students can decide to focus on a particular area of interest or choose from a variety of available electives and other opportunities. For example, some students participate in Berkeley Law’s clinics, which include the Death Penalty Clinic; International Human Rights Law Clinic; Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic; East Bay Community Law Center; and the Domestic Violence Clinic. In addition, “since 1978, approximately five Berkeley Law students per year have taken their third year at Harvard Law School, and the same number of Harvard students have taken their third year at Berkeley Law.” (Berkeley Law Website)

For those interested, students can earn a J.D. and a master’s degree (and in some cases a PhD) from another Berkeley school or department. Students can also pursue a master’s at another school, such as the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University or the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

For those students wishing to obtain an advanced degree, the school offers to LL.M; J.S.D; and M.A. and PhD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy.

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