LL.M. facts

Tuition 52,323 USD

Duration 9 mths

Intakes August


University of California, Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)

Advanced Law Degree Programs
471 Boalt Hall #7200

Berkeley, CA 94720

United States


School Website
www.law.berkeley.edu

Berkeley Law - Full Profile

The University

The University of California, Berkeley is the flagship campus of the UC system. Listed at #4 in SJTU's Academic Ranking of World Universities (making it the top-ranked public institution in the world), Berkeley enrolls over 36,000 students in 130 academic departments. There are 7 Nobel Laureates, 32 MacArthur Fellows, and 4 Pulitzer Prize winners among the current faculty. A National Research Council analysis of U.S. universities concluded that UC Berkeley has the largest number of highly ranked graduate programs in the country: 48 out of Berkeley's 52 graduate programs rank in the top 10 nationally.

The Law School

Located in the vibrant San Francisco Bay Area, Berkeley Law is currently ranked among the top 10 law schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. All of our students are taught by distinguished professors at the top of their fields; we offer a superb education in both established and emerging fields of law.

Our intellectual property program was the first of its kind, and has been number one in the country for 15 of the last 17 years. We were legal pioneers of the Green Movement, creating the nation's first environmental law program. Our business law curriculum is informed by the innovation of nearby Silicon Valley, and our international law program is ranked fifth in the U.S.

Berkeley Law is distinguished by the extraordinary degree to which our students and faculty partner with people beyond the school: identifying challenges, creating alliances, solving problems, and sparking change, in Berkeley and around the world.

The Program

Our internationally recognized and highly competitive LL.M. program welcomes students from over 50 countries who contribute substantially to our diverse intellectual community. Here, there are two paths to an LL.M. degree: our traditional track, which takes place during the August-May school year, and the professional track, which takes place over the course of two consecutive summers.

PROFESSIONAL TRACK

The professional track of our LL.M. program is designed for lawyers educated outside the U.S. who want to enhance their careers by earning an advanced degree from an internationally renowned law school, but can’t leave professional commitments for an entire year. The professional track offers the same degree and the same world-renowned faculty as the traditional track, but with increased flexibility. With an innovative two-summer schedule, students return home between summers to maintain their existing professional and personal commitments. Each summer students may choose from two start dates based on their own scheduling needs.

Professional track students may earn Certificates of Specialization in:

- Business Law
- Law & Technology (Intellectual Property Law)
- Public Law & Regulation
- Energy & Environmental Law

Unique among top-tier law schools, the professional track allows students to meet all educational requirements to sit for the California Bar Exam. This focused, rigorous program offers in-depth immersion into the essential concepts of U.S. law.

Visit us at: https://www.law.berkeley.edu/academics/llm/profess... for more information.

TRADITIONAL TRACK

The traditional track of our LL.M. program, which takes place during the standard academic year from August to May, provides students with a range of study opportunities, from obtaining a basic knowledge of the U.S. legal system to undertaking original research on a particular aspect of law. Designed to integrate American and international law students at various levels of study, the traditional track allows candidates to satisfy degree requirements by enrolling in courses and seminars from among those offered to law students pursuing the J.D. degree. Aside from a few core curriculum courses specifically designed for international students, LL.M. candidates may select law courses as they see fit, with the exception of a few that are restricted to the J.D. curriculum. 

Traditional track students wishing to specialize in a particular area of law may earn Certificates of Specialization from among five topics:
- Business Law
- Law & Technology
- International Law
- Energy & Clean Technology
- Environmental Law

Visit us at: https://www.law.berkeley.edu/academics/llm/traditi... for more information.

THESIS TRACK

Simply put, the LL.M. thesis track is our traditional track with a twist – of research. Thesis track is designed for those who want the LL.M. degree but know they want to devote a substantial portion of their time to a substantial research and writing project – a thesis – supervised by a tenured faculty member. It is appropriate for students considering academic or government careers, those interested in researching a particular subject in depth, and/or those who’d like to work closely with a particular faculty member.

The thesis track takes place over one standard academic year, August through May. As part of their degree requirements, thesis students complete 8 units of independent study units that represent the work they complete on their thesis. Students complete mandatory courses in Fundamentals of U.S. Law, Legal Research and Writing, and Legal Scholarship. With remaining units, students can choose from the full range of law school offerings (courses to be approved by the student’s thesis advisor).

Visit us at: https://www.law.berkeley.edu/academics/llm/ll-m-thesis-track/ for more information. 

The Faculty

Berkeley Law professors are superb instructors as well as internationally recognized experts in wide-ranging specialties from international law to intellectual property.

Berkeley Law is the academic home to the recipients of 15 Fulbright and 20 Guggenheim Fellowships and to the authors of many casebooks that are used worldwide. Because teaching is at the heart of this enterprise, we made a strategic decision in 2004 to grow our faculty by 40 percent, enabling us to broaden our academic offerings and to reduce our student-faculty ratio. Our faculty is packed with ultra-high-achievers, but they're famously approachable and accessible too. Most look for ways to engage with students outside the classroom, whether by collaborating on a research project or simply meeting over lunch in our sunny courtyards.

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the LL.M. program must hold a professional degree from an accredited law school. Applicants whose primary language is other than English must submit a TOEFL/IELTS of at least 100/7.0. 

For further application requirements, see the Berkeley Law website at:
https://www.law.berkeley.edu/academics/llm/applica....

Application Procedure

Each year we attract an exceptional and talented group of students from all over the world. We look at applications holistically, with the goal of building a rich and diverse student body.

Prospective students can apply to either the traditional track, professional track, thesis track, or all three, using the same online application form available on LSAC. For both programs, the deadline to apply is January 10. The professional track has a rolling admissions policy to better serve working attorneys; decisions are usually reached within a few weeks of receipt of a completed application. Traditional and thesis track applicants are notified of admissions decisions in March.

For more information about admission, visit us as: https://www.law.berkeley.edu/academics/llm/application-admission/

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are the same for all tracks.

For more information on tuition and fees, visit us at: https://www.law.berkeley.edu/academics/llm/tuition...

Financial Aid

The Advanced Degree Programs Office offers several selective, merit- or citizenship-based scholarships, which are awarded to a few outstanding LL.M. students each year. Scholarship applications for all tracks are made available to admitted students only. There is no process to apply for these scholarships before you have been admitted to the LL.M. program.

For details on our scholarships, visit us at: https://www.law.berkeley.edu/academics/llm/tuition-financial-aid/scholarships/

Location

The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most desirable locations in the world. Home to an astonishingly diverse and creative population, it offers easy access to sophisticated cultural experiences, expansive professional networks, and the majestic natural beauty of Northern California. Michelin-starred restaurants, famous tourist attractions, museums, arts and theater are found across the Bay Area - many of them right here in Berkeley. The business and technological innovation of Silicon Valley permeates the intellectual life of the region, making Berkeley Law a vibrant place to live and study.

Accommodation

UC Berkeley offers some graduate student housing, but the majority of students choose to rent private apartments or share homes off-campus, most within minutes of campus by foot or public transit. 

For housing tips and resources, visit us at: https://www.law.berkeley.edu/academics/llm/housing-ll-m-students-2/

Student Life

At Berkeley Law, we pride ourselves on creating an atmosphere that recognizes and nurtures the best in people, intellectually and personally. You'll become an integral part of a close-knit student body and build close connections with our distinguished faculty. Berkeley Law culture promotes a keen camaraderie that's evident throughout our seminar rooms, hallways and courtyards.

Each program provides distinct benefits to students. Professional track students enjoy the undivided attention of the same full-time J.D. faculty who teach during the academic year. Traditional and thesis track students get the chance to take classes with J.D. students. All of our programs provide students the opportunity to develop a worldwide network of peers, not to mention the chance to explore the San Francisco Bay Area and beautiful Northern California.

Summer Program

Berkeley Law offers two programs in the summer months, May - August: 

1. Degree Program

LL.M. Professional Track Degree: The professional track of our LL.M. degree allows students to earn our general LL.M. degree in an innovative, flexible two-summer format. Please see "Program" above for details.

2. Non-Degree Program

Professional Legal Education (PLE): The Professional Legal Education program gives a select number of non-degree students the opportunity to take courses offered in our LL.M. summer program. Participants gain the unique opportunity to expand their expertise, revisit fundamentals, or take a deep dive into a new practice area, while learning from our world-class faculty and studying with our LL.M. degree candidates.

Non-degree students can choose from our most popular courses, ranging from business to IP, international to environmental law, and more, all taught by internationally renowned Berkeley Law faculty as part of our our LL.M. professional track degree program. Non-degree students have the unique experience of attending classes with Berkeley Law LL.M. degree students, and receive the same in-depth education.

The summer program offers a flexible course schedule with modular and intensive courses (1-3 weeks long, meet for more hours per week than a standard academic year course) offered May through August.

Non-degree participants may choose to take individual courses in a variety of subjects, or choose to focus their studies with a Certificate Program. All participants receive Certificates of Completion. Non-degree students are not matriculated, do not take an exam, and do not receive a grade or a transcript.

Please visit https://www.law.berkeley.edu/academics/professional-legal-education/ for more information.

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Programs at Berkeley Law

Full-Time

Languages
English
Intakes
August
Duration
9 months
Concentrations
Business Law
Energy & Clean Technology
Environmental Law
International Law
Law & Technology
60,000 USD
Languages
English
Duration
36 months
Features
  • California residents eligible for reduced tuition rate in first year of program

Part-Time

Languages
English
Concentrations
Business Law
Law & Technology
Public Law & Regulation
Features
  • Program is delivered over two consecutive summer terms

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