FAQs

What is the purpose of Berkeley Law Online?

The goal of Berkeley Law Online is to expand Berkeley Law’s academic offerings to new audiences that may want instruction in certain aspects of law. This is not a replacement for a professional law degree, and Berkeley Law has no plans to offer a law degree online. Potential audiences include legal professionals, prospective law students, or others who want to learn about a particular area of law. Course offerings will vary based on demand and our ability to build and offer them.

How are Berkeley Law Online courses different than traditional law courses?

Our courses are built from the ground up with online instruction in mind. Our experienced instructional designers collaborate with our pre-eminent faculty to build courses that immerse students in the content. We apply the same rigorous academic standards to our online courses as we do to our in-resident courses. Our courses are not for students with a passing curiosity about law. Our courses are challenging; they are designed for legal profesionals, prospective law students, or those seeking high-quality instruction from an established, top-tier law school.

Can I complete a degree online?

No, Berkeley Law Online is not a degree program. Some courses receive UC Berkeley credit, but they cannot be applied to a Berkeley Law degree.

Will the credits I receive transfer?

In some instances, Berkeley Law Online credits may be applicable at other colleges or universities.

What are Berkeley Law Online’s admissions requirements?

Because Berkeley Law Online offers single courses and not degree programs, there is no formal admissions process. However, we recommend that students have strong English writing skills. We may also require that students take some courses in sequence. And we reserve the right to require prerequisites for some courses or certificates.

What are Berkeley Law Online’s registration deadlines?

Students may register for classes up to the first day of instruction, or until the class has reached capacity. This will vary depending on the course. However, in some instances, the instructor may request that you register earlier so that you complete certain pre-class requirements.

How long are classes?

Course lengths vary. Please refer to the description of each course.

How much time per week should I expect to spend on each class?

You should prepare to spend 3 1/2 to 4 hours for instruction per week, with 12 hours spent reading and preparing.

Are online courses self-paced?

No, most are not. Depending on the instructor, you will have assignments that require you to communicate with other students just as you would in a face-to-face course. Most online courses require you to adhere to due dates for assignments, quizzes, tests, etc. If you register for an online course, expect to finish the course on the instructor’s timeline, not yours.

Will I ever have to physically come to Berkeley?

Most likely not. Most instructors of online courses have you do all of the work online.

Are there textbooks?

Probably yes. Check the course description on this site to see what, if any, materials are needed for the course. Don’t want until the last minute, as you may need to order the book or materials online.

How do I interact with my classmates and instructor?

We provide a variety of mainstream technology tools to make interacting with other students and your instructor easy. These include discussion forums, email and video chat.

What type of computer do I need to take online courses?

Most modern computers are adequate for our online courses. For more details, please see our Technology Requirements page.

What if I want to drop a class?

An online drop request must be received by Berkeley Law through the course registration site no later than the date and time denoted in the Terms and Conditions document, usually five days after the first day of instruction. Once logged into the registration site, select Academics > Current Sections > Request Drop and follow the prompts to drop a course. Student will receive a refund of the registration fee minus a non-refundable processing and administrative charge of $300 for a dropped course. If Berkeley Law does not receive the drop request by the deadline, the student may request an Incomplete or withdraw from the course if there is appropriate justification. Course drops after the deadline or course withdrawals are not eligible for refunds.

What if a course is cancelled after I register?

If a course is cancelled by Berkeley Law, a full refund, including the $300 processing and administrative charge, will be granted. The student may also request a transfer to another Berkeley Law course. Refunds will be issued in the manner payment was received.

What if I want to withdraw after the drop deadline?

After the drop course deadline, a Berkeley Law student may request to withdraw from the course by logging into the course registration site. Once there, select Academics > Current Sections > Request Drop and follow the prompts to drop a course. All withdrawal requests must include a justification to be included in the comment box provided in the drop process. Requests must be received by the last day of instruction. Requests submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Berkeley Law’s Assistant Dean of Students or his/her designee will make the decision whether to approve a request for withdrawal. There are no refunds of the course fee or registration fee for a withdrawal.

What is the grading scale?

Our online courses will use a traditional, non-law A-F grading scale.

Is there a grading curve?

At this time, there is no plan to implement a grading curve in our online courses.

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