The University of California Berkeley's Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies is a liberal arts degree that is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the legal process. During this degree, students will learn about legal ideas and legal institutions to better understand how the law works. Students take courses in topics such as American legal history, philosophy of law, property law, and the criminal justice process. While this degree isn't specifically created to prepare students for law school, many students who intend to go to law school do select this major.
Outstanding students in this program have the opportunity to join the Legal Studies Honors Program as seniors. Students enrolled in the Honors Program can conduct research on a topic of their interest and present their work at the Legal Studies Undergraduate Research Conference in the spring. Students who wish to apply to the Honors Program must have an overall UCB GPA of 3.5 or higher, and their Legal Studies Major GPA must also be at least 3.5.