UC Berkeley LLM

UC Berkeley LLM Program

UC Berkeley, School of Law offers two Master of Laws (LLM) programs to students interested in pursuing additional legal education. These two programs are:

Traditional Track LLM

UC Berkeley, School of Law’s Traditional Track LLM program is designed to integrate U.S. and international students in the study of law over a standard academic year period of nine months starting in August and ending in May. Students are required to take three core courses amounting to five of the 21 units the student must complete in order to receive their LLM. These core courses are Introduction to U.S. Law, Fundamentals of U.S. Law and Legal Research and Writing. Beyond the three core classes, students have access to nearly all of the courses available to UC Berkeley, School of Law JD candidates. This allows international students unprecedented access to the law school’s impressive staff and curriculum and freedom to design their own course of study in line with their career goals. Students can choose one of two tracks: a Coursework option, in which students can gain an overview of the U.S. legal system or pursue a particular area of law by taking courses and seminars, or a Thesis option, which allows students to pursue their own research and writing project under the supervision of a faculty thesis advisor. For this latter option, the courses Introduction to U.S. Law and Fundamentals of U.S. Law are required, in addition to 12 units of approved courses and 8 credits of independent study.

Academic Year LLM – Specialization Options

Students pursuing an Academic Year LLM at UC Berkeley, School of Law have the ability to pursue five certificate options:

Each certificate has its own academic requirements in addition to the LLM program.

Professional LLM

UC Berkeley, School of Law’s Professional LLM allows international students to pursue an LLM in the United States over two 10- or 13-week summer semesters. This allows students to balance their personal lives and professional commitments while pursuing their academic goals. The Professional LLM is also a 21-unit program with a more traditional course schedule. Students are required to take courses in U.S. law, intellectual property, and business law in the sequence offered over the short three- to six-week quarters. The program allows students access to a speaker series by U.S. attorneys and to sit for the California Bar Exam if they so choose.

Professional LLM – Specialization Options

Students pursuing a Professional LLM at UC Berkeley, School of Law have the additional option of earning a Certificate in Business Law or Law and Technology (IP).

  • The Business Law Certificate requires the completion of the foundational Business Associations course, the completion of four additional business law courses from the school’s approved list and the completion of a research paper on a business or tax law subject.
  • The IP Certificate requires completion of the foundational Intellectual Property course, three additional law and technology courses, and a research paper on a law and technology topic.

UC Berkeley LLM Admissions

UC Berkeley, School of Law handles admissions to both LLM programs on a rolling basis. Students are able to apply for admission to both programs, although it is only possible to participate in one of the programs. Students admitted to both programs must select one course of study. The 2013-2014 application deadline for the Academic Year LLM program is December 15, and applicants receive decisions in March and April of the following year. The deadline for the Professional LLM program is the same, though applicants receive decisions from September to December on a rolling basis.

Both programs use LSAC for application submission and require the following documents in addition to the application form:

  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Personal statement
  • Thesis proposal summary (thesis-track applicants only)
  • Official academic records
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL/IETLS score (minimum 600 paper-based, 100 Internet-based for TOEFL, 7.0 for IELTS) or Certification of English Language Proficiency Form, if the applicant is requesting a waiver

UC Berkeley LLM Tuition

UC Berkeley LLM tuition and fees for both programs can be found on the school website. This cost for the Professional LLM program is paid in two installments before each summer session. Students will also need to account for food, books and supplies, personal expenses and the cost of living in Berkeley, California, when evaluating the total cost of either LLM program.

UC Berkeley LLM Scholarships

UC Berkeley Law School offers a number of scholarships to LLM students. Applications for scholarships Admitted Students page website due week after receiving offer . For the country-based scholarships, applicants must submit proof of citizenship and residency in their home country and a Statement of Intention explaining how they intend to use their LLM degree upon return to their home country, and maintain above a ‘P’ (pass) grade in all of their classes during the first summer to stay eligible.

  • South Asia Scholarship of $15,000 for students from India, the Maldives, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka
  • Guzman Scholarship: full-tuition scholarship for students from Africa
  • Least Developed Countries Scholarship: $20,000 scholarships for students from UN-designated LDCs
  • LLM Traditional Track Scholarships: $15,000 merit-based scholarships for the top academic percentage of applicants

UC Berkeley LLM Employment

The UC Berkeley Boalt School of Law Career Development Office (CDO) is an incredibly valuable resource for LLM students seeking employment opportunities after graduation. The CDO staffs a full-time LLM Career Counselor, publishes several LLM Guides as resources to assist students with resumes, cover letters, job search strategies, and LLM careers, maintains an online job database, presents workshops and panels on career and job-search topics, helps students with Visa regulations and bar admission, and participates in LLM job fairs including the International Student Interview Program, the West Coast International LLM Job Fair, and the Fall and Spring On-Campus Interview Program.

UC Berkeley LLM Contact

UC Berkeley School of Law
Advanced Degree Programs
214 Boalt Hall #7200
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
Phone: +1 (510) 642-1476
Email UC Berkeley School of Law: LLM@law.berkeley.edu