Legal Studies Students Come From a Variety of Backgrounds

A breakdown of Fall 2017, Spring 2018 student demographics

For the past few years, UC Berkeley has been ranked the #1 public university by U.S. News and World Report, by the Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University and by the World Reputation Rankings by Times Higher Education in the UK.

We are also #4 on the Best Global University Rankings.

We are proud of this achievement as our mission is to provide a world-class education to an increasingly global community of learners. And this is no surprise as 24% or 10,000 of our students come from countries outside of the United States! And these students are coming from 92 different countries across the globe.

One of our 14 colleges and schools at UC Berkeley is the highly esteemed Legal Studies department within our prestigious Law School. The Legal Studies major attracts a wide variety of undergraduate students who are interested in learning more about the law to complement their undergraduate degree or who are interested in studying law at the graduate level. And they come from across the globe, with their own unique perspectives and drive to learn.

Each student brings their own rich cultural heritage to the classroom, fostering lively debates, engaging conversations and an overall understanding of what a global community of learners looks like. This past academic year (fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters) brought together undergraduate students from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures interested in Legal Studies:

Graph showing backgrounds of Legal Studies current students



In the classroom, students from across the globe—with different cultures and backgrounds—discussed United States law: its meanings, values, practices and institutions, and its impact on a global economy.

As a student in our Legal Studies Global Access Program, you too can bring your unique cultural values and never-ending desire to learn into the multicultural classroom. Your views—shaped by your family, your home university, your country—will guide lively class discussions while you learn from and listen to those who come from a different background.

And at the end of your semester of study, you’ll have made friends with other inspiring students from across the globe—all of whom bring their legal studies knowledge into their current majors or are preparing for Law graduate school or are planning on entering the workforce after graduation.

When you combine this rich diversity of opinions and thoughts with the academic rigor and high-quality education Berkeley offers, you will be prepared to make an impact in our global community.

Are you ready to learn Legal Studies from a top-ranked university in a culturally diverse classroom and city?