Thanks for all your answers. I had already started to single out berkeley and everything you've said has only reinforced my belief.
Given the high diversity #s, whats your impression of the non-diverse (white) part of boalt's class? As in, do white males who haven't done anything mind-blowingly exceptional, but who otherwise have a strong GPA, very strong LSAT and a few unique experiences here and there have a reasonable chance of getting in? I am thinking about writing a additional "Why Boalt" in addition to my PS.
First, I just want to say that I don't recommend writing a "why Boalt." I think if you want to incorporate some specifics into your PS, that'd be great--but only if such details will be a natural extension of the rest of your essay. Boalt knows itself well enough to decide "why you." They donb't need you to convince them why you want to attend. They already know you want to come to Berkeley; why else would you apply?
As for your question regarding white admits... it varies. I am a white male and my softs are, without a doubt, what got me into Boalt. However, I know several students that, by their own admission, got in based on nothing more than their high numbers and a good PS. Stellar softs and high numbers are fairly evenly distributed throughout the class, as far as I can tell.
Along with this, do white men feel uncomfortable or discriminated against at all?
Not in any way whatsoever. Boalt is a uniquely diverse institution, yes; but it is not diverse in an exclusive manner (I know some of you may be scratching your heads saying "Diverse in an exclusive manner?" but I think that is possible and even common. Identity groups tend to be exclusive and people can feel like they don't belong if they don't "belong"). Boalt's diversity is truly inclusive. It is not "this group is exclusively for X race, or Y ethnicity" type diversity. It is more along the lines of "our focus is rooted in the issues typically faced by members of this community, but we encourage everyone to participate, contribute, and learn. La Raza is a great example. They host tons of lunches, events, and parties and everyone goes. In the past few weeks they hosted two events that were very popular: an immigration debate and a dance party at a local club. Everyone attended, latino or not.
Honestly, it is a very cool atmosphere.