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Berkeley Law c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018)

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:44 am
by AlPastor
Didn't see a thread for Berkeley and we needed to get one started! I will be updating this post with the relevant format and info.

I don't have the ability to post images, so I would appreciate if a mod can edit this post with the img /img codes so we can display the banner and stats. (Please PM if resizing is needed)

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Profile - Class of 2020

Number of Applicants: 5,467
Class Size: 304
Median LSAT: 167 (168 = 75th percentile, 164 = 25th percentile)
Median GPA: 3.79 (3.88 = 75th percentile, 3.66 = 25th percentile)
Mean age: 24
6% age 30 or older
65% women
42% people of color
9% are the first in their family to receive a college degree

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C/O 2018 Applicants
C/O 2017 Applicants

Re: Berkeley Law c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018)

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:45 am
by AlPastor
Saving post for future poll results. Also checking TF in

Re: Berkeley Law c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018)

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:48 pm
by rachelac
Checking in! Not gonna lie, pretty annoyed they aren't doing fee waivers til October...all my stuff is done.

Re: Berkeley Law c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018)

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:00 pm
by heyduchess
CHECKING IN CHECKING IN CHECKING IN.

This tech-loving, pro-bono-obsessed vegan is ready to rumble...

Re: Berkeley Law c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018)

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:12 pm
by jel2184
So I need some advice. I am scheduled to take the December LSAT (wasnt ready for September) and my application is pretty much done minus my LSAT score. Do you think this will hurt my chances or turning in my application early January will be ok? Im not sure how the ED program will affect my chances this cycle, Berkeley is my top choice so I really want to maximize my chances here. Thanks!

Re: Berkeley Law c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018)

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:13 pm
by Platopus
Was thinking of applying, but I don't think I could stand the culture.

Re: Berkeley Law c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018)

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:50 pm
by dietcoke1
1L at Berkeley. Only been here a month but I'm open to answering any questions.

Re: Berkeley Law c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018)

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:24 pm
by heyduchess
dietcoke1 wrote:1L at Berkeley. Only been here a month but I'm open to answering any questions.


I creepily stalked your cycle via the Stanford and Northwestern (I think?) threads and am so happy to see you landed at Berkeley! No questions here. Just hype for ya!

Re: Berkeley Law c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018)

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:55 pm
by chanel1302
dietcoke1 wrote:1L at Berkeley. Only been here a month but I'm open to answering any questions.


damn I would have thought for sure you ended up at Stanford. How do you like Berkeley

Re: Berkeley Law c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018)

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:04 pm
by dietcoke1
heyduchess wrote:
dietcoke1 wrote:1L at Berkeley. Only been here a month but I'm open to answering any questions.


I creepily stalked your cycle via the Stanford and Northwestern (I think?) threads and am so happy to see you landed at Berkeley! No questions here. Just hype for ya!


Thank you! Let me know if you end up having any questions about Berkeley or admissions in general. Good luck to you.

Re: Berkeley Law c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018)

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:14 pm
by dietcoke1
chanel1302 wrote:
dietcoke1 wrote:1L at Berkeley. Only been here a month but I'm open to answering any questions.


damn I would have thought for sure you ended up at Stanford. How do you like Berkeley



I like it a lot. Professors and faculty seem to genuinely care for us and the atmosphere here seems to live up to its reputation (people are nice and down to earth). Chemerinsky has so far lived up to the hype. He had all the 1Ls over at his house for dinner and the things he has planned seem to be exactly what Berkeley needs.

Re: Berkeley Law c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018)

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:30 pm
by urmlaw17
I have an appointment with an admissions counselor next week.

Has anyone gone to one? What did you ask?

Re: Berkeley Law c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018)

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:54 pm
by dm1683
Checking in. Kinda bottom of the list for me, but I'm LGBT and a super lib so it would probably be a good fit.

Re: Berkeley Law c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018)

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:47 pm
by AaronCarter
Checking in!

Re: Berkeley Law c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018)

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:26 pm
by etramak
Platopus wrote:Was thinking of applying, but I don't think I could stand the culture.

I hear ya, campus politics notwithstanding, the school's own marketing videos came off to me as a bit too much on the errrr "unserious" side of things. Law school doesn't have to be three years of hell but I'm not paying money for carpool karaoke. Hopefully I don't sound too stuffy. Nevertheless its a great school that seems to care a lot about its students on a personal level and I will apply and possibly attend if given the chance

Re: Berkeley Law c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018)

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:40 pm
by NavyNuke
Checking in! Has anyone who filled out the waiver request on their site heard back from them yet?

Re: Berkeley Law c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018)

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:15 am
by sillymints7962
Checking in!

Re: Berkeley Law c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018)

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:13 am
by rowdy
Checking in, not above the GPA floor but why not, right?

Re: Berkeley Law c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018)

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:19 am
by Jack_Kelly
Have essentially 0 chance but will apply! I think I'd like it there.

Re: Berkeley Law c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018)

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:50 pm
by Incrementalist
Check in as well. Good luck to everyone

Re: Berkeley Law c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018)

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:30 pm
by soca_dancer
Checking in

Re: Berkeley Law c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018)

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:47 pm
by DowsingForAJD
Are you all writing a Why Berkeley?

Re: Berkeley Law c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018)

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:47 pm
by soca_dancer
DowsingForAJD wrote:Are you all writing a Why Berkeley?



I did, I have an interest in the intersection of business, law, and social justice so spoke to that and I previously met one of the admission staff at a forum so I mentioned their name and some of the programs we discussed that interested me. I think if you can develop 3-4 reasons why Berkeley really interests you, do research and include specific details further expounding on them in a 1-page format it would be worth while.

Re: Berkeley Law c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018)

Posted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:38 am
by Impressionist
dietcoke1 wrote:
chanel1302 wrote:
dietcoke1 wrote:1L at Berkeley. Only been here a month but I'm open to answering any questions.


damn I would have thought for sure you ended up at Stanford. How do you like Berkeley



I like it a lot. Professors and faculty seem to genuinely care for us and the atmosphere here seems to live up to its reputation (people are nice and down to earth). Chemerinsky has so far lived up to the hype. He had all the 1Ls over at his house for dinner and the things he has planned seem to be exactly what Berkeley needs.


Two questions.

First, has Chemerinsky indicated anything about admissions going forward? Berkeley is known for being one of the most stingy schools when it comes to GPAs. However with their plummeting LSAT median, and subsequent falling in the polls, do you think he will tell admissions to be more splitter friendly? His time at Irvine shows he knows how to game the rankings, and a large part of that has to do with the medians. I can't see that happening without letting in more splitters and/or significantly increasing scholarship offers. Since they are actually losing funding from the state and he hasn't been around long enough to fundraise much, I can't help but feel they will have to be more splitter friendly this cycle. Any thoughts?

Second, do you feel like the stuff we see in the news concerning the main campus and politics/protests are spilling over to the law school? Wasn't Ben Shapiro just there? Did the disruptions affect the law school? Thanks.

Re: Berkeley Law c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018)

Posted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:02 am
by rachelac
DowsingForAJD wrote:Are you all writing a Why Berkeley?


Yeah, based on other posts/LSN they seem to be the least numbers-predictive of any T14, so I wanted to be safe.