Legal Studies Latest News as of 10/20/23

October 20, 2023


This is your one-stop-shop for support services.
1) Legalst Website
2) Core Classes
3) Course Offerings by Semester
4) Online Schedule
5) Lived Name/Pronouns
6) Grad Fair
7) Public Svc Talk
8) Forage Career Tool
9) HSI Intrnshp
10) Data Job 
11) Data C104 Seats
12) Resume Book
13)  Tell Your Story
14)  Activism In Labor/Health Panel
15) Environmental Scholarships
16) Democracy Camp
17) Pub Svc Career Panel
18) Pre-Law for 1st/2nd Years
19)  Berkeley Law Event
20)  Handshake Examples
21)  Dept of State Schlrshp
22)  Be Kind
1) Legalst Website
Legalst Website
Please always look at our/your website rather than the Berkeley Academic Guide.
There is much more info on our website, like 'Course Offerings by Semester'.
Legal Studies  dot  Berkeley  dot  edu
Bookmark it!
Click around to find useful info.
Look at it often!
Tell others about it!
2) Core Classes
Core Classes 
Only the classes on the short Core list on our website can fulfill the four Core requirements.
There are NO exceptions.
It's a short list, so spread them out as you go along.
Some classes are listed as counting as both a Core and in an Area or Areas.
You need to choose to count it either as a Core or as an Area, not both.
There are no overlaps or double-counting within the major.
My best advice is if a class can count as a Core, count it as a Core because it's such a short list and we can't offer all of them every semester.
If you take a Core that counts as both H (Humanities) and SS (Social Sciences), you don't need to worry about how the other three count, you'll be good.
The only way you could possibly get into trouble is if you were to choose all four Core classes that count as SS. Most people don't ever get close to doing that, however.
3) Course Offerings by Semester
Course Offerings by Semester
'Course Offerings by Semester' is the best page on our website to look for:
Legal Studies courses
Law-related courses
'Course Offerings by Semester' will show you how the 190 seminars count towards the major, who is teaching, and the course descriptions.
4) Online Schedule
Online Schedule
Go here to find out why you weren't able to enroll in a class.
Often it's because you chose a section that's full.
This info can be found in the online schedule of classes.
No need to write to me.
Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page for details regarding the discussion sections.
Go to the online schedule to find cool classes in other departments.
Go to the online schedule to filter for 2 unit courses or 3 unit courses.
Go to the online schedule to see if a course you're taking fulfills a breadth requirement.
5) Ethical AI
Ethical AI
Our Legalst 190 Ethical AI has two times listed.
You are required to attend both of those times.
It was the only way it could be scheduled for that time of the day, for that length of time, and with the space available on campus.
5) Lived Name/Pronouns
Lived Name/Pronouns
Yaaaaay!!! Finally!!!

Berkeley is pleased to announce that students can update their CalCentral account to provide the following:

  • A lived name (which is a self-chosen personal and/or preferred professional first, middle, and last name used instead of a legal name); 
  • Select which name (lived or legal) they want each of their delegates to see; and 
  • Indicate their gender identity, sexual orientation, and pronouns. 

It is important to note that unless there is an identified lived name, the name field will default to the legal name.Once you make these updates in CalCentral, this information will be synced across multiple University systems and you will see this reflected in your directory listing, bCourses, Google Workspace (bConnected, bCal, bMail, bDrive), Kaltura, and more. 

How do I update my CalCentral settings? 

To make updates to these new fields in CalCentral, please follow these steps:

  • Use your CalNet ID to log into CalCentral
  • Click your Avatar (in the top right corner).
  • From the dropdown menu, select Personal Profile. 
  • Select the Personal tab to review/update names; choose the Biographic tab to update gender identity, sexual orientation, and pronouns; review delegate name option

Why are these new fields available in CalCentral?

These new enhancements to CalCentral are part of a larger suite of projects currently in progress for the UC Gender Recognition & Lived Name (GRLN) policy and implementation across campus. The GRLN policy ensures that all students, employees, alumni, and affiliates are identified by their accurate gender identity and lived name on university-issued identification documents and in UC’s information systems by providing guidance on the collection and reporting of gender identity, lived name and sexual orientation. 

What is the difference between lived and legal name?

A student’s lived name will become the primary name available in campus systems so the campus community will know the correct name to use when communicating with them. Students can provide their lived name when seeking services from the University. Legal name access will be limited to only authorized staff with a legitimate business need. 

Who can I contact for assistance or to learn more?

Students needing technical assistance can contact the Student Tech helpdesk for assistance. You can read more about GRLN in this campus-wide message shared earlier this year or visit the FAQs page to find answers to frequently asked questions.

These updates are just the first of many changes we have underway. Students will soon have the option of using their lived name or their legal name on their official transcript. Please expect more information to come as progress on this project continues.

6) Grad Fair
Grad Fair

Find your fit at Berkeley.

You are invited to Berkeley’s Graduate Diversity Admissions Fair on October 30 - November 3. This virtual event will help prospective professional, master's, and doctoral students:

  • learn more about our top ranked graduate programs and award winning faculty

  • gain a deeper understanding of Berkeley’s culture and resources available

  • understand the application process, and important deadlines

  • consider funding options and opportunities

You can expect a lot to choose from. Over 50 sessions from UC Berkeley graduate programs in one hour info sessions, and discussion groups.

Register now to customize your fair schedule by signing up to the sessions that interest you

Berkeley is a place that fosters a supportive community that is at the heart of our students' success. Our graduate diversity programs aim to create a culture of belonging for all students. This fair is one example of that. Though the fair is open to all –  it's designed specifically for prospective students from historically excluded, and underrepresented backgrounds. 

7) Public Svc Talk
Public Svc Talk
Pathways to Public Service in California
Presentation and Panel Discussion
on Career Opportunities in State and Local Government
Thursday, November 9th
4:00pm - 5:30pm
This event will be followed by a light reception.

Institute of Governmental Studies Library
109 Philosophy Hall, Berkeley, CA, 94720

*This is a Hybrid Event that will be broadcast via Zoom*
California and many other states are experiencing hiring challenges as many local and state government positions remain vacant after the pandemic. With the additional challenge of an aging workforce beginning to retire, there's a rising need to recruit enterprising young graduates for these positions and prepare them with knowledge, networks, and resources to be successful.

This panel will provide valuable insights into the benefits of working in public service and learn about the various career paths available within state and local government. Attendees will also have the chance to connect with professionals in these fields. Please join us at the Institute of Governmental Studies Library (109 Philosophy Hall) on Thursday, November 9th at 4:00pm for "Pathways to Public Service in California", a presentation by Monica Erickson, Chief Deputy Director of CalHR followed by a panel discussion with Cal alums who work in state and local government. This event is open to all Cal students who are interested in exploring careers in public service, regardless of their majors or academic backgrounds. Whether you are studying political science, engineering, data science, or any other field, this event will provide valuable information and resources for you.

Presentation by:

  • Monica Erickson, Chief Deputy Director, California Department of Human Resources (CalHR)


  • Linda Yeung ‘87, Executive Director, Leadership Development Program, Department of Human Resources, City and County of San Francisco
  • Viviane Nguyen Pearson ‘15, Principal Management Analyst, Planning & Community Development Department City of Santa Cruz
  • Allyson Velez ‘22, Associate Governmental Program Analyst, California Health and Human Services Agency


  • Christine Trost, Executive Director, Institute of Governmental Studies and Director, Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics & Public Service
8) Forage Career Tool
Forage Career Tool
BCE (Berkeley Career Engagement aka The Career Center) excited to introduce a new tool we are offering to help students explore careers through virtual job simulations: 
We want to ensure that every student at Berkeley has access to invaluable career opportunities. 
Forage offers free online job simulations created by top companies, allowing students to develop real-world skills and experience (that they can include in their resume!) in various roles and industries. Each program is self-paced and takes 5-6 hours to finish.
➪ Students can sign up using their Berkeley email and explore Berkeley Career Engagement’s Forage dashboard
Upcoming events 

On this Google Doc, you'll find 13 upcoming events including: 

If you'd like a Handshake courtesy account to view these events in full, click here

9) HSI Intrnshp
HSI Intrnshp

Are you interested in public health, non-profits, a great internship, and earning units? Apply now to the Health Service Internship (HSI) program for a semester-long, 3 unit Pass/No Pass service learning opportunity! 
HSI consists of two main components: a 10-12 week internship with a local Bay Area non-profit organization focused on supporting underserved communities and a two-hour weekly discussion section on systemic health inequities and public health-oriented solutions. Thursday 10/19 at Dwinelle 246 7-8 pm. 
APPLY NOW  due on Sunday 10/22 at 11:59 pm! For more information, visit our website.
Additionally, check out our Facebook (Health Service Internship - HSI at UC Berkeley) or Instagram (@cal_hsi) to stay updated!

10) Berkeley Law Data Job
Berkeley Law Data Job


The Berkeley Law School is searching for researchers to work with faculty doing empirical legal research. Researchers will work for 1-2 years with 2-3 faculty members to create and clean datasets. They will create tables and figures to do both descriptive analysis and to study the effects of law and policy. Finally, they will assist professors in writing and presenting research papers to both academic and policy audiences.

Applicants will receive mentoring from faculty within a tight-knit research community at Berkeley Law, and have access to a broad range of activities at UC Berkeley. This is a good opportunity for candidates interested in spending 1-2 years developing research skills in anticipation of attending law school and/or PhD programs in the social sciences. As such, in addition to providing research mentorship, faculty will help researchers to engage in additional education and training, such as auditing courses, participating in research seminars, etc.

A research program will be strengthened when a diversity of backgrounds, identities, and viewpoints are represented. We thus encourage members of historically underrepresented groups in the social sciences to apply, including women, non-binary, LGBTQ+, Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and first-generation low-income (FGLI) college students, among others. We also encourage applications from individuals with past experience and future aspirations to study issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and identity.


• Collect data through policy research and web scraping in Python
• Clean and manage large datasets
• Conduct statistical analyses of data using Stata, R, and Python
• Prepare literature reviews, background research, and other content for grant proposals and academic papers
• Draft project reports, research protocols, and other project documents

11) Data C104 Seats
Data C104 Seats
NOTE: This course does not count towards the Legal Studies major.
We're excited to make more seats available specifically for students in the social sciences in Human Contexts and Ethics of Data (Data C104, cross-listed with History and Science, Technology, and Society). This is our flagship offering in Data Science on the social impacts of data technologies and AI. This class can count toward the Human Context & Ethics requirement for the Data Science major or minor, and is also approved to meet the Historical Studies or Philosophy & Values breadth requirement.
In Spring 2024, there are 60 seats reserved for Social Science majors, including Legal Studies, which we will hold until the end of Phase 2.
12) Resume Book
Resume Book
Are you excited to build a career affecting change in the policies and laws that govern our lives? Submit your resume to the Careers in Government, Law, & Public Policy Resume Book!
Submit your resume to gain visibility and get your profile in front of companies interested in hiring for a variety roles within government and law such as attorneys, service or program officers, policy analyst, general council, paralegals and more!
Note: By submitting your resume you are giving permission to distribute your resume to recruiters and hiring managers.
Submit your resume to the resume book by October 31st.
13)  Tell Your Story
Tell Your Story
Tell Your Story: Project Completion and the Power of Your Discovery Narrative
Oct 24 | 12 - 1pm | Moffitt Library, Room 405

Attend this workshop to learn how to tell the story of your Berkeley experience by reflecting on 1) what you learned about yourself and the world while at Berkeley and 2) how to frame these experiences to open doors for the next chapter of your life after graduation. Open to all UC Berkeley undergraduate students, but particularly useful to graduating students. 
Free lunch for all attendees.
14)  Activism In Labor/Health Panel
Activism In Labor/Health Panel

Walking Through History: Activism In Labor And Health
Oct 26 | 4:00 - 7:00 pm | I-House

This will be a community conversatorio with activists for labor and human rights of health involving the Latinx community in the Central Valley. Panelists are Dolores Huerta, Lupe Martinez, Yolanda Chacon-Serna, Roberto Bustos "El Capitán", and Ruth Martinez.
15) Environmental Scholarships
Environmental Scholarships

$ Student Environmental Resource Center Scholarship Opportunity
Deadline: Oct 27 

Environmentalists of Color Scholarship and the Brian Gialketsis SERQueer Scholarship applications are open! Both will award 5 students $2,000 scholarships (10 scholarships total). Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply.
16) Democracy Camp
Democracy Camp

Experiential Learning with Democracy Camp
Deadline: Nov 5

Interested in enhancing our democracy through public service? Check out Matsui Center's Democracy Camp in Berkeley and Washington DC
17) Pub Svc Career Panel
Pub Svc Career Panel

Pathways to Public Service in California
Nov 9 | 4:00 - 5:30 pm | 109 Philosophy Hall

This panel will provide valuable insights into the benefits of working in public service and learn about the various career paths available within state and local government. Attendees will also have the chance to connect with professionals in these fields. 
18) Pre-Law for 1st/2nd Years
Pre-Law for 1st/2nd Years
Tuesday, October 24th 2023 I 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm I Virtual
19)  Berkeley Law Event
Berkeley Law Event
Wednesday, November 15th 2023 I 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm I Berkeley Law School
20)  Handshake Examples
Handshake Examples
Application Deadline: December 1, 2023 
Application Deadline: December 8, 2023 
Application Deadline: March 21, 2024
Application Deadline: April 4, 2024
Find more opportunities on Handshake!
21)  Dept of State Schlrshp
Dept of State Schlrshp
Application deadline: Tuesday, November 14, 2023
An intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program that provides intensive language instruction and structured cultural activities designed to promote rapid language gains.
22)  Be Kind 
Be Kind

This is my message to all of you.
Be kind to yourself and be kind to those around you.
You may never know what others are going through.
Being kind is easy, doesn't cost anything and is the right thing to do always.