University of Cal-BerkeleyThe University of California was founded in the wake of the gold rush by leaders of the newly established 31st state. Chartered in 1868, the flagship at Berkeley was established on the San Francisco Bay. Today the university occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. The University has 20 Nobel laureates to date with more than 350 academic programs. Scholars at Berkeley have conducted groundbreaking research in a multitude of different areas.
In recognition of its broad and deep excellence, UC Berkley has been repeatedly ranked at or near the top in fields ranging from engineering and the sciences to the social sciences, arts, and humanities.
In accordance with UC Berkley's "public" character, the university strives to provide outstanding teaching and research programs with broad access for students of all means. Close to 30 percent of UC Berkeley freshmen are the first in their families to attend college.
The law school
Berkeley Law offers outstanding education through a curriculum that provides a solid legal and ethical foundation, enriched by courses and hands-on experience in a variety of both established and emerging fields of law.
The intellectual property program remains dominant more than a decade after its conception and the School of Law created the nation’s first environmental law program. International law experts are tackling such issues as climate change, deep-ocean drilling, and privacy in the age of high-tech surveillance.
Since 2000, six new centers and institutes have been created, enlarging the teaching and research capacity.
Berkeley Law offers its students 105 graduate programs, all of which rank in the nation’s Top 10. One advantage of the Law School is the easy access to UC Berkeley’s 13 other schools and colleges and the connections on campus included dozens of concurrent-degree programs, joint-faculty appointments, interdisciplinary courses, and joint-research projects.
Students also have the option of participating in one or more of the legal clinics, legal journals, research centers, student organizations, public interest fellowships, or field placements.
The total tuition and fees are approximately $45,000.
Annual expenses for books and supplies are approximately $1,495.
Living expenses in the Bay Area are high.A single student should budget a minimum of around $2,260 per month.
Applicants to the LL.M. Program must have completed a course of study at an accredited college and/or law school, and hold a professional degree from a law school by the time they commence the LL.M. program. Applications are particularly welcome from and preference is given to students who are in or are likely to enter academic life or public service. Applicants already holding an LL.M. degree from an American law school will not be considered for admission.
Students who do not have English as their first language, must submit Official Score Reports of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 100 is required on the internet based test (IBT) or 600 on the paper based test (PBT). Test scores must not be more than 2 years old at the time of application. Alternatively, students may submit scores from the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), which is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL examinations
The Master of Laws (LL.M) program is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of the United States legal system and to allow them to undertake original research on a particular aspect of law.
International students enrolled on the LL.M. degree complete a program of resident study consisting of 21 units whereas US students complete a 20 unit course.
Students have the opportunity to tailor the program to meet their individual needs, taking into account their educational background and career objectives. The LL.M may be completed either as an academic year program (9 full months of study); or as intensive summer-only program covering 20 weeks in total and spanning two consecutive summers . Classes begin in May and end in July.
Summer Program/Distance Learning
Berkeley also offers a summer LL.M. program in which students can earn an LL.M. degree over two consecutive summers. It is currently the only accelerated LL.M. program which provides all of the courses necessary for the California and New York State bar exams. The Professional LL.M. Program is designed for lawyers educated outside the U.S. who want the prestige and career-boosting potential of a Berkeley Law LL.M., but who need the professional and personal flexibility of summer study.