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January 29, 2021



It’s time to nominate your Favorite GSIs for the Outstanding GSI Award! Woo Hoo!

If your GSI hasn’t already won this award and they have GSId before, please reply to this e-mail with a few sentences including what class you took with them and when, and specific reasons why you feel they are an Oustanding GSI. GSIs can only win once. Here are the lists of past winners (in the yellow column on the right-hand side of the page). Thanks!


1) Depositions
2) Career Ctr Peer Adv Hrs
3) Su21 Enrollments begin 2/1
4) SAO positions
5) Study Buddy Prog Form
6) UCI M in Crim, Law & Society
7) Eleven Journal
8) Su21 Opportunities Fair
9) Submit to Ca Legal Stds Jrnl
10) Matsui Ctr Fllwshps
11) US Dpt of State Event
12) Intl Student $$
13) The Economist
14) Kappa Alpha Pi
15) Phi Alpha Delta
16) Berkeley Law Intl Jrnl Symp
17) Kudos Zoe!
18) Kudos Gracielle and Lesly!


1) Depositions


Legal Studies Spring 2021 Announcement: An Opportunity for Undergraduates to Participate in a Berkeley Law JD Skills Class with the OPTION of earning 1 unit of LS 199 Individual Research Credit

In Spring 2021, undergraduates will have a unique opportunity to play the role of witnesses in a Berkeley Law JD Professional Skills Class (Depositions: Law 246.3), taught by Professor Henry Hecht.

Professor Hecht seeks six (6) students to serve as role-playing witnesses.  Students selected will be expected to prepare in advance by reading a witness statement and a very limited amount of background material.  Witnesses will then be expected to participate in six (6) Tuesday afternoon classes from 3:35 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., on February 16, February 23, March 16, March 30, April 20, and April 7.  During those classes, you will play the role of a witness for either the plaintiff or the defendant in a mock case.  Students selected must be able to commit to attending all six (6) Tuesday afternoon classes.

Professor Hecht’s Depositions course is a lawyering skills course, in which Berkeley Law students, working in small groups, simulate the process of preparing witnesses for their depositions and then taking as well as defending their depositions.  Practicing Bay Area lawyers attend these sessions, observe the law students in action, and critique their performances.  (Note: A deposition is a pre-trial legal procedure in which witnesses in a civil lawsuit answer questions by the opposing parties under oath, typically in a law office rather than a courtroom.  This semester’s depositions will be remote via Zoom.)

Playing the role of a witness will allow you to gain insight into the US system of civil litigation and to see it in operation.  In addition, it will provide you with a chance to meet and talk with Berkeley Law students and Bay Area attorneys.  Finally, witnesses will earn a $50.00 Amazon gift card for their service.

To Apply:

Please apply by e-mail to Professor Hecht at, by no later than Friday, February 5, at 5:00 p.m.  Please include the words “Application to be a Witness” and your last name in the subject line of your e-mail.  In your cover message, please include a brief statement about why you are interested in taking part in this class; and attach your resume.

Students’ applications will be reviewed by Professor Hecht, and he will notify students of his decisions by no later than Monday, February 8, at 5:00 p.m.

OPTION: Earn 1 Unit of LS 199 Course Credit for Supervised Independent Research with Professor Perry

Students who choose this OPTION have the opportunity to earn one unit of LS 199 P/NP course credit for their service as a witness in Professor Hecht’s Depositions class under the supervisor of Professor Perry.  In order to earn this supervised independent research credit, students will be required to do some additional readings on the civil litigation process and on the participant observation method, which are described below.  At the end of the semester, students selecting this option must submit a paper of at least ten pages in length, exclusive of notes and bibliography.  The requirements for the LS 199 course credit, offered by Professor Perry, are described below.

Requirements for LS 199 credit:

  1. Attend all six (6) class role playing sessions, and prepare for the role plays;
  2. Take notes on what you did and what you observed, preferably in a small note pad, organized by the date of the session; and submit the raw, handwritten pages along with your final paper;
  3. Read materials, posted on bCourses, on participant observation methods; and consider how those method(s) apply to your own experience;
  4. Read two chapters, posted on bCourses, from Robert Kagan’s Adversarial Legalism: The American Way of Law, focusing especially on Chapter 6, which mentions depositions;
  5. Papers will be graded on a P/NP basis by Professor Perry.

If you want to pursue this option, specify that in your cover message to Professor Hecht when you apply; and he will let Professor Perry know.


2) Career Ctr Peer Adv Hrs

Career Ctr Peer Adv Hrs

Peer Advisor Drop-Ins
New Peer advising drop-in hours I M-F, 1-3pm I Jan 19 – Apr 30, 2021


3) Su21 Enrollments begin 2/1

Su21 Enrollments begin 2/1

This is your friendly reminder to check out the Summer 2021 schedule in
and Legal Studies class details on our website under ‘Course Offerings’.

Enrollments begin for UCB students on Feb 1.


4) SAO positions

 SAO positions

The Student Advocate’s Office is looking to connect with and better serve more communities on campus. SAO provides free and confidential casework services to students experiencing issues with the University. We help students navigate academic, grievance, conduct, and financial aid issues. Our services are only as helpful as they are accessible, and we would love to promote our services to students in the Legal Studies department.

We would like to invite students to apply to join our office as caseworkers!

Our goal is to ensure that our work is as effective and representative as possible, and that our services are accessible to all students.

The Student Advocate’s Office (SAO) is an executive, non-partisan office of the ASUC. We offer free, confidential casework services and resources to any student(s) navigating issues with the University, including academic, conduct, financial aid, and grievance concerns. All support is centered around students and aims for an equity-based approach. We also defend students’ rights and advocate for campus policies that promote equity and accessibility.

Each semester, we recruit a set of highly dedicated individuals to help resolve university disputes. The Student Advocate’s Office is committed to creating an office that reflects the diversity of the students we serve. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds and experiences to apply.

Caseworkers will have the option to receive stipends in Spring 2021, and we are working to secure funds for future semesters.

Find our application here: The soft deadline for applications is 11:59PM PST on Friday, Jan 29. The final deadline to submit your application is 11:59PM PST on Tuesday, Feb 2.

Register here for our info sessions!

  • Wednesday, January 27th at 7:30PM PST. This info session will feature a presentation, Q&A, and time to meet caseworkers from our office. Only the presentation portion will be recorded and posted on our social media.
  • Tuesday, February 2nd at 6:30PM PST. This is a 45-minute session to answer any questions about our office or our application process, and meet caseworkers. Please watch the presentation recording prior to attending.

You can also learn more about us at our websiteFacebook, and Instagram, and feel free to reach out to with any questions!

If you are passionate about advocacy and want to make a tangible impact on students here at Cal, please consider joining our office!

*Also, if you are in need of our casework services and have questions regarding academic policies, conduct procedures, financial aid packages/appeals, and/or grievance policies, please feel free to reach out to us at or through our website for more information.”


Aeri Hong

University of California, Berkeley, Class of 2022
Legal Studies/ Human Rights


5) Study Buddy Prog Form

Study Buddy Prog Form

This semester the Rausser College is implementing a study buddy request form for students to find classmates to study with in Spring 2021. The form is available at and it is open to students in any college for classes in any department outside of those that already have study groups or other support through the SLC. Submissions should be made by January 29th, with those coming in late being paired on an as-available basis.


6) UCI M in Crim, Law & Society

UCI M in Crim, Law & Society

Application Deadline for Fall 2020 is March 15, 2021 (priority) and May 15, 2021 (regular)

The GRE is not required.  Application fee fellowship offered to new students who enroll this Fall.

The online program’s flexibility allows our students to continue to work full-time while earning their Master’s degree in just two years.  It is currently ranked No.1 by US News and World Report 2020.
Learn more here.

Live Virtual Information Session
Friday, February 5, 2021
12:00pm (PST)

Live Virtual Information Session
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
12:00pm (PST)

Live Virtual Information Session
Friday, March 19, 2021
12:00pm (PST)


7) Eleven Journal

Eleven Journal

Interested in journalism and public relations? Looking for an opportunity to observe and learn about social science research?

Eleven: The Undergraduate Journal of Sociology is currently looking for Editorial and Public Relations Team Members. We are accepting applications from enthusiastic students of any discipline willing to contribute to creating one of the nation’s premier undergraduate publications. This is a great opportunity to not only build your professional experience and resume, but also gain a deeper understanding of sociological research and writing skills. Learn more about the journal and find our applications online at

 Applications are due by Saturday, January 30 at 11:59PM.

Please don’t hesitate to email our team at with any questions, or if you would like more information!


8) Su21 Opportunities Fair

Su21 Opportunities Fair

Wondering what to do this summer? Join Berkeley Summer Sessions and departments across campus for our virtual week-long Summer Opportunities Fair from February 8-12 to learn about exciting summer options through UC Berkeley including summer courses, study abroad, summer minors and certificates, student jobs and internships, research, volunteer and service, and more.

You will have access to a variety of live sessions as well as a Summer Opportunities Resource Catalog that you can access anytime. We will be featuring options for current Berkeley students, visiting and international students, and pre-college students. Whether you plan to be on campus this summer or you are looking for virtual and online experiences, there are lots of great summer opportunities to explore. We look forward to connecting with you! Please visit for more information.


9) Submit to Ca Legal Stds Jrnl

Submit to Ca Legal Stds Jrnl

The California Legal Studies Journal was founded in 1981 as a forum for high-quality undergraduate legal research. Berkeley Legal Studies Association is now accepting submissions for the 2021 California Legal Studies Journal!

Undergraduate students from any major may submit a paper relating to this year’s journal theme of “Democracy”. This is a broad theme; we invite submissions pertaining to any element of a democratic society, including, but not limited to, social and racial equality, human and constitutional rights, civil liberties, voting and elections, and fair and equal representation. If you are unsure whether your paper fits this theme, please submit your paper anyway.

All submissions must be sent to by 11:59 p.m. PST of January 31, 2021. Please refer to the submission guidelines below:

Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions should relate to this year’s journal theme of “Democracy”
  • Submissions should be selected from your upper-division courses and seminars, independent studies, honor thesis, or elsewhere
  • Papers must be a minimum of 5 pages and should follow the MLA style of formatting
  • Send your submissions to by January 31st
    • In the subject line, write “2021 Journal Submission – First Name Last Name”
    • Please attach your paper as a PDF and as a DOCX
  • In your email please also include
    • Your contact information (email, phone number)
    • An abstract (minimum 100 words)
    • The term when the paper was written
    • Your graduation year
    • Your program of study
  • If you’d like to see previous years’ journals, click here

We look forward to hearing from you and reviewing your submissions. Any questions regarding submissions and/or the California Legal Studies Journal may be sent to

Best regards,
Rosie Ward

Chief Editor, California Legal Studies Journal


10) Matsui Ctr Fllwshps

Matsui Ctr Fllwshps

The Matsui Center is pleased to partner with the Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows in Government Service program to provide local government summer internships to Berkeley undergraduates interested in acquiring firsthand municipal experience in California’s political and policy making communities.

Schaeffer Fellows are selected by the Matsui Center through a competitive process. Matsui Center staff help place students in a 10-week full-time summer internship of their choice working with locally-elected officials or local government agencies. Students receive a $5,000 stipend to help with living expenses, along with other forms of professional development, mentorship, and networking.

Read more about the mission and benefits of this program here.

Students selected to receive a Schaeffer Fellowship are also automatically accepted into IGS’s Spring Break program Democracy Camp, where they learn more about public service opportunities and build connections with other public service-oriented students. Participation is optional but encouraged.

All students currently enrolled at UC Berkeley are encouraged to apply!  Questions? Contact IGS and Matsui Center Program Manager Sonia Moctezuma,

Apply Here


11) US Dpt of State Event

US Dpt of State Event

The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development Recruitment Event

Sponsored by the Institute of Governmental Studies
Thursday, January 28, 2021
12pm-1:30pm PT | 3:00-4:15pm ET
Webinar Hosted on a Secure Platform

Click here to join the event!*

From the Department of State and USAID:

The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are actively hiring for career Foreign and Civil Service positions. This webinar is one of several strategic outreach events targeting Universities across the U.S. to help meet our hiring targets and leverage the associated hiring authorities. The strategic outreach events are also designed to recruit new employees from the underrepresented groups. In collaboration with the Institute of Governmental Studies, we are cordially inviting you to join us to learn more about the career opportunities with our Agencies.

By partnering up with the University of California, Berkeley, the Department of State and USAID will have the opportunity to fill their ranks with talented and diverse groups of recruits.

In the webinar, recruitment staff from the Department of State and USAID will discuss with attendees:

 Their goal to increase the recruitment of Berkeley students, including advancing the diversity of employment candidates.

 Positions at both the Department of State and USAID; hiring authorities and how to be considered for employment.

Thank you and we hope you will join us on January 28th!

*If joining the BlueJeans webinar via phone, please dial either:
+ I (415) 466-7000 (US) PIN 4230241 #
+ I (760) 699-0393 (US) PIN 7634498353 #


12) Intl Student $$

Intl Student $$

Berkeley International Office offers limited, need-based tuition and fee grants as well as parent grants to international students who have completed at least one academic year in their current visa status. Our Spring 2021 applications are open Jan. 15 – Feb. 15, 2021.

  • BIO Need-based award for international undergraduates – This award goes toward tuition and fees only.
  • BIO Need-based awards for international graduate students – These awards go toward tuition and fees and also offer aid to graduate student parents.

If you are working with an international student who has unexpected financial need, please encourage them to apply for a BIO award.

More information on the awards and links to the applications are on BIO’s Financial Aid page.


13) The Economist

The Economist

As an ambassador, I am promoting The Economist to be a reliable news source for anyone to read. Being part of the legal studies department, I believe we should pride ourselves in being a group that keeps up to date with current events and social issues– especially during crucial times. This need for transparent and reliable media is one reason why I took this position.

The Economist offers 12 weeks of unlimited access to students for $19 and adults for $25. I hope you can kindly consider or pass this information on to colleagues or students that may be interested in learning more or subscribing. If so, they can use my link to subscribe to keep track of sales!

Niluksha De Alwis
B.A. Legal Studies | Class of 2022


14) Kappa Alpha Pi

Kappa Alpha Pi

If you would like to join a tight-knit community of ambitious pre-law students here at Cal, we are just a click away. Kappa Alpha Pi, UC Berkeley’s premier pre-law fraternity, provides members with greater knowledge of the legal field, comprehensive professional development, and brothers and sisters who will guide you through it all. With over 35 active members and a close alumni network, our organization helps students explore their interests and career aspirations in law. Join us from wherever you may be this semester, Berkeley and beyond. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at, or check out our website

Thank you for your time, and we look forward to meeting you!


15) Phi Alpha Delta

Phi Alpha Delta

Interested in pre-law? Do you want to join the ranks of 1 in 6 attorneys, 5 sitting Supreme Court Justices, and 6 US Presidents? Phi Alpha Delta, UC Berkeley’s oldest and largest pre-law fraternity, is recruiting!

If you’re looking for a community, a professional network, resources for law school and a career in law, or to make the huge Berkeley campus feel a little smaller, visit our website at

To apply, visit If you would like to receive email updates about our recruitment events, please RSVP here:


16) Berkeley Law Intl Jrnl Symp

Berkeley Law Intl Jrnl Symp

The Berkeley Journal of International Law’s 2021 Riesenfeld Symposium, Global Speech Under Pressure: The Promise and Challenges of Free Expression and Digital Rights will be held virtually this year at 8:30am to 1:00pm Pacific Time on Friday, February 12th and Saturday, February 13th.

The keynote speaker is Nani Jansen Reventlow, founding Director of the Digital Freedom Fund and leader in the international development of speech rights. She will be joined by a slate of outstanding speakers across five different panels who will discuss their research and work on topics such as online hate speech, citizen media, and content regulation. The two days of this Symposium will be an examination of the ways in which societies need to balance freedom of speech and the protection of safety and human rights in a world that has never been more digitized.


17) Kudos Zoe!

Kudos Zoe!

A quick note to let you know that (so far) two undergrads from the Fall Big Ideas course that Sarah and I taught on membership and migration have published on-line opinion pieces on the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative’s Medium blog channel. As you might know, Medium posts can be read by thousands from around the world.

Sarah and I are particularly proud that these students drew on material and discussion from the fall class to make recommendations for future US (and global) migration policy. Links to the posts below. Please feel free to share with undergrads and others, including funders. We might have two additional posts in the coming weeks.

Pelin Ensari is a Political Science major.

Zoe Lee-Park is a Legal Studies (and Environment) double major.

Irene Bloemraad
Class of 1951 Professor of Sociology, University of California Berkeley
Faculty Director, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative
Thomas Garden Barnes Chair of Canadian Studies


18) Kudos Gracielle and Lesly!

Kudos Gracielle and Lesly!

Friday, February 26, 2021
12-1pm (PT) / 2-3pm(CT) / 3-4pm(ET)
Zoom Webinar Event

Join us as we congratulate the 2021 recipients of the Charles H. Percy Undergraduate Grant for Public Affairs Research and the Mike Synar Graduate Research Fello.wship. Student awardees will offer brief presentations of their research projectsThe 2021 Synar Graduate Research Fellowship awardees are:

  • David Foster (Political Science), Formal Models of Presidential Unilateral Action
  • Joe LaBriola (Sociology), For Rent: Local Residential Development, Rising Housing Costs, and Inequality
  • Mary Shi (Sociology), Large Scale Infrastructure Projects in American State Formation: The Erie Canal, the Transcontinental Railroads, and the Hoover Dam
  • Joseph Warren (Political Science), Formal Models of Early American State Development

The 2021 Percy Undergraduate Grant awardees are:

  • Gracielle Li (Political Science, Legal Studies, Psychology), How to Disintegrate a State: A Comparative Analysis of 21st Century US and 1990s Yugoslav Politics
  • Lesly Avendaño (Legal Studies), The Roots of Migration and Political Movements of Oaxaqueños: A Case Study on Its Legal and Political Importance in California
  • Nabeela Syed (Business Administration & Political Science), The Role of Political Extremism on Voter Turnout by Race
  • Tara Madhav (History & Political Science), The Politics of School Closure in East Palo Alto, California, 1958-1986

The Percy Grants and Synar Fellowships are made possible by a generous donation from William Brandt and Patrice Bugelas-Brandt. These fellowships were created to honor Congressman Mike Synar of Oklahoma, who was Bill’s mentor when he first became active in politics and public policy, and Senator Charles H. Percy of Illinois for whom Patrice worked as a press secretary.