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Boalt Hall

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Boalt Hall's law library was expanded in 1996 with the North Addition, pictured above.

The School of Law, commonly referred to as Boalt Hall, is one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley. The School features specialized curricular programs in Business, Law and Economics, Comparative Legal Studies, Environmental Law, International Legal Studies, Law and Technology, and Social Justice.

The School has approximately 850 J.D. students, 30 students in the LL.M. and J.S.D. programs, and 10 students in the Ph.D. program in Jurisprudence and Social Policy. Its admissions process is highly unorthodox. The school is known to value a high undergraduate GPA far more than a high LSAT score. The school has both the highest GPA median and lowest LSAT median of the top national law schools.

The average age of admitted students is 24 years old, over a range of ages from 20 to 48 years old. Approximately 88% of students receive financial aid. After graduation, 92% of students find full employment, with a median salary of $125,000 and an average salary of $104,154. There are 57 faculty.

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History

The Department of Jurisprudence was founded at Berkeley in 1894. In 1912, this department was elevated to the School of Jurisprudence, which was then renamed the School of Law in 1950.

The School was originally located in Boalt Memorial Hall of Law, built in 1911 with funds largely from Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt donated in memory of her late husband, John Henry Boalt. In 1951, the School moved to its current location in the new Boalt Hall, at the southeast corner of the central campus, and the old Boalt Hall was renamed Durant Hall.

Centers at Boalt Hall

  • Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (est. 1995)
  • Center for Clinical Education (est. 1998)
  • Center for Social Justice (est. 1999)
  • Center for the Study of Law and Society (est. 1961)
  • Death Penalty Clinic (est. 2001)
  • Earl Warren Legal Institute (est. 1963)
  • International Human Rights Law Clinic (est. 1998)
  • Kadish Center for Morality, Law and Public Affairs (est. 2000)
  • Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance (est. 1994)
  • Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic (est. 2000)

Law Journals at Boalt Hall

  • African-American Law and Policy Report
  • Asian Law Journal
  • Berkeley Business Law Journal
  • Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law
  • Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice
  • Berkeley Journal of International Law
  • Berkeley La Raza Law Journal
  • Berkeley Technology Law Journal
  • Boalt Journal of Criminal Law
  • California Law Review
  • Ecology Law Quarterly

List of noted alumni

Sandy Cohen, fictional character on Fox's "The O.C."

List of noted faculty

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