U.C. Berkeley's School of Law (Boalt Hall) is the
preeminent law school at a public university.
In the face of increasingly conservative and reactionary
jurisprudence and politics, Boalt Hall is on the cutting
edge of legal education for students of color who seek
to serve, learn from, and advocate for their communities'
vitality and against all forms of subordination.
With the dynamic leadership of our new dean, Christopher
Edley, and the good work of the past Interim Dean, Robert
C. Berring, Boalt Hall provides engaged students with
significant resources, administrative support, and collaborative
opportunities. Beyond the law school, an entire campus
of intellectual stimulation thrums. At Boalt you will
find a group of peers who live the tradition of educación
and community activism.
First year students find a world of immediate opportunities.
From clinical education programs like C.A.R.C., wherein
new students assist asylum seekers, or the East Bay
Community Law Center's Workers' Rights project, where
new students make wage claims on behalf of unpaid workers;
to the Berkeley
La Raza Law Journal, the nation's longest continually-running
law journal that is dedicated to the intersections of
Latina/os and the law; to direct political action around
housing rights, immigration, the juvenile justice system,
voter registration, workers rights, restoring
affirmative action in California and resisting the resegregation
of higher education elsewhere -- countless opportunities
exist to transform your legal education by remaining
(or becoming) politically active in the community.
¡Juntos sí podemos!
Anthony Bestafka-Cruz, Co-Chairperson,
Jose Perez, Co-Chairperson,
387 Simon Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
Office & Fax: (510) 642-3368
to read a letter from our co-chairs.
For a list of our current executive board, click here.
Outreach and Recruitment:
Each fall semester, we collaborate with other student
organizations and the Coalition for Diversity
to hold the Annual Law School Admissions Workshop.
Look for further information in September.
In the spring our focus shifts from applicant outreach
to recruit admitted students. We hold an array of activities
focused on Admitted Students Weekend
We are also a member-chapter of the National
Latina & Latino Law Students Association (NLLSA),
a recently inaugurated association designed to coordinate
the currently existing Latina/o law student organizations,
to encourage the creation of new such organizations,
and to catalyze a national resurgence of Latina/o social
Many excellent scholarship opportunities are available.
Below are some good links.
Boalt Hall Financial Aid:
Berkeley Law Foundation's Phoenix Fellowship:
East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association:
Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship:
Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund: