How to Get In: University of California—Berkeley School of Law

What can you do to set yourself apart in your application? Admissions officials have the answers.

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9. What are some of the most common mistakes that applicants make that hurt their chances of being accepted?

The most common mistakes that applicants make are: 1. Not reading our application directions carefully, 2. Applying just before the application deadline, and 3. Using a template personal statement culled from a book.

10. Can you describe the archetypal student for your school?

Our students are exceptionally bright. But we look for equally important qualities, including respect for others, maturity, and purpose. We look for people who are entrepreneurial, adventurous, and vibrantly engaged in life.