Cause Area

  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Justice & Legal
  • LGBTQ+
  • Race & Ethnicity


PO BOX 3954BERKELEY, CA 94703 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The mission of the Berkeley Law Foundation (BLF) is to fund new lawyers and innovative public interest law projects that serve disadvantaged people. BLF members invest directly in the public interest work of our peers, emphasizing a shared-income approach to social change. We make this choice because we recognize that lawyers have a personal and professional responsibility to dismantle inequalities and to improve access to justice. Recognizing that the responsibility to challenge systemic inequality applies equally to the structure of our organization, BLF incorporates diversity as a core value. Our approach to funding public interest law, first established by BLF in 1976, empowers lawyers to pursue careers in the public interest, launches creative public interest projects and organizations, provides legal services to thousands of disadvantaged people, and deploys the power of the law in the service of social justice.


The Berkeley Law Foundation (BLF) is an income-sharing organization comprised of Berkeley Law students and alumni who are dedicated to providing legal services to historically under-served communities. Started in 1976 by Berkeley Law students, BLF was the first organization of its kind in the nation.

BLF funds year-long fellowships for law graduates and new attorneys from around the country. Our grants enable the recipients to work on innovative and critical projects that provide desperately needed legal services to communities all around the nation.

Besides providing crucial funding for legal services, BLF works to ensure diversity in legal education and the profession. To this end, BLF created the Broussard Phoenix Fellowship, which provides several outstanding Berkeley Law students of color funding to do support their legal education.


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