LAW STUDIES: Berkeley Legal Studies Global Access Program

Immigration. Copyright. Public Policy. All facets of our lives are impacted and shaped by the various aspects of the law. Learn how to become one of tomorrow’s legal innovators in a rapidly changing and globalized world by taking courses in our Legal Studies major. Join an elite cohort of students learning in a dynamic, experiential environment. You’ll learn from professors who not only bring their years of experience to the classroom but who also love to teach law. Study alongside U.S. undergraduate students who are also preparing for advanced studies in law, while experiencing student life in Berkeley, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Silicon Valley.

Admission Requirements

Applications are open to undergraduate university students or recent university graduates.

Minimum Academic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Coursework 2 years
  • GPA 3

Applicants must submit official evidence of English-language proficiency. Exceptions to this requirement are made.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements
ESL Level113


During your semester-long stay with us, you’ll take two 4-unit Core Courses, a 4-unit elective from our general Legal Studies curriculum and a 1-unit course that introduces you to UC Berkeley and prepares you to be a successful student.

Spring 2019 Core Courses

The Core Courses introduce you to the fundamentals of U.S. law, entrepreneurship, and legal change.

  • U.S. Supreme Court and Public Policy
  • Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship
  • How to Berkeley

Spring 2019 Electives

Specialize your learning with an elective in business law, constitutional law, criminal law, immigration law, intellectual property law or international law. By taking an elective, you’ll explore the brand impact of legal ideas and institutions through the lens of economics, history, philosophy, politics, psychology or sociology.

  • Foundations of Legal Studies
  • Theories of Law and Society
  • Punishment, Culture, and Society
  • American Legal and Constitutional History
  • Psychology of Diversity and Discrimination in American Law
  • Immigration and Citizenship
  • Law and Economics II: Government and Regulation
  • International Human Rights
  • Comparative Constitutional Law: The Case of Israel
  • Democracy and Diversity
  • Data Prediction and Law
  • Gandhi, Law and Civil Rights
  • Basic Legal Values
  • Wall Street/Main Street
  • International Law and International Relations
  • Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Law, Technology, and Regulations

*Courses subject to change.

Last updated May 2020

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