Legal Studies Latest News as of 10/27/22

October 27, 2022


1) BLSA Event Tonight!!! 10/27

2) P/NP Ddln 1028
3) 190.4 Sp23  2 units
4) 30 Upper Div Units
5) Core vs. Area
6) Legal Studies Website
7) Law Job
8) Creative Intrnshp
9) Critical Lang. $$
10) Moderator Job
11) $$ for Research
12) Stdy Abrd Info 
13) 5 Tips for L&S appts
14) Reproductive Justice Watch Party

1) BLSA  Event Tonight!!!
BLSA  Event Tonight!!!

On Oct.27, BLSA will host our 1st guest speaker panel with Rohit Naimpally, the director of innovation from the Possibility Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy to come and share the insights of Data-Driven Innovation in Policy Analysis!

If you're interested in law and policy analysis, don't hesitate to join us via zoom on Thursday, Oct.27, 2022, 7:00-8:00 PM PST to learn more!

Do you believe data should drive decision-making? The Possibility Lab brings together public policy experts who are committed to evidence-based policymaking and who use quantitative, participatory, and experimental methods to understand the potential of new ideas to improve people’s lives.

Rohit has over ten years’ experience in the impact evaluation space, with a focus on randomized evaluations and early-stage research studies. He manages overall strategy and the Lab’s Innovation workstream under the California 100 Initiative. He believes in using rigorous, community-centered research as part of public policy.

You can find our zoom link in our RSVP google form! Please submit your questions and RSVP!

RSVP Link:
2) P/NP Ddln 10/28
P/NP Ddln 10/28
Friday is the deadline to change a class to P/NP in CalCentral.
After 10/28, you would need to use one of your two chances to make a late change to class schedule (that form can be found on the L&S advising Forms & Petitions page).
Do not use the P/NP option lightly.
Often students change to P/NP and find out at the end of class that they would have earned a decent grade if they'd kept the class for a letter grade.
Only use it if you really need to.
Admissions committees would rather see letter grades.
Berkeley already offers a lot of courses that are only P/NP, so the P's can add up on a transcript.
If you miss the deadline this Friday, you can use one of your two Late Changes to Class Schedule. The form is on the L&S advising site under 'Forms and Petitions'.

3) 190.4 Sp23  2 units
190.4 Sp23  2 units
Just wanted to point out that one of our 190 seminars for Sp23 is a 2 unit course because it meets for fewer hours.
So if you choose to take LS 190.4: Therapeutic Criminal Justice with Professor Hadar Dancig-Rosenberg Sp23, it will fulfill Area I, but it will only earn you 2 units.
Please don't let this discourage you from taking it, just be certain you will have 30 upper div units for the major by the time you graduate. Plan ahead.
4) 30 Upper Div Units
30 Upper Div Units

I've sent this out multiple times before, but it "bears" repeating:
Beginning Su22, Legal Studies requires 30 upper div units total for the major.
This means you can take up to two 3 unit Area courses if you like.
We used to require 32 upper div units which caused lots of trouble in the past.
All fixed!
5) Core vs. Area
Core vs. Area
Here's another topic I get a lot of questions about.
If a course is listed as a Core and an Area, you need to decide how you want to count it. It's either one or the other, not both.
There are no overlaps within the major.
You can think of it this way, Legal Studies requires 8 upper div requirements (4 Core classes and 4 Area requirements). This means 8 distinct courses for a total of at least 30 upper div units. You would not be able to reach 30 upper div units if you double-counted classes.
I always advise that if a course is listed as a Core class that you count it as such.
This is because the list of Cores is short and we cannot offer all of them every term.
It's also a good idea to spread them out so that you don't get to the end of your time here and realize you need to do a summer session to finish that last Core class.

6) Legal Studies Website
Legal Studies Website
I get lots of questions that can be answered by looking at our official Legal Studies website.
Get to know it! Especially 'Course Offerings by Semester' for descriptions, lecturer names, Areas for the 190 seminars, etc.
Many of you are still looking at the Berkeley Academic Guide. 
I can tell by your questions.
Please bookmark the official Legal Studies website and use it rather than the BAG info.
We (fairly recently) combined our site with our PhD Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP) site, so that we look more like other departments on campus, so undergrads might consider applying, and so the prospective PhD applicants around the world will see how cool our undergrad program is!
7) Law Job
Law Job
My name is Laura Malfavon, I am a recent UC Berkeley graduate with majors in Legal Studies and Political Science. I work at Warren Law Firm, a rapidly growing immigration law firm in San Francisco. 
Our office is currently searching for a legal receptionist, and I was hoping you could pass on this opportunity to your students. I recommend any student interested in immigration law apply for this position. Our office is committed to the development of its staff, and any one in that position will have plenty of opportunities to learn about the immigration legal field.
Below is the role description and qualifications: 


  • Welcoming clients and visitors upon arrival at reception, giving them the appropriate general intake form, and answering any questions regarding how to fill out the general intake form.
  • Assist the customer service team with making phone calls or responding to clients in a professional manner.
  • Assisting clients and visitors with the location of legal staff.
  • Scheduling and confirming appointments, as necessary.
  • Observing business etiquette and maintaining a professional appearance.
  • Ensuring that the office looks clean, neat, and professional at all times.
  • Putting mail away in files and making sure the mail reaches the intended recipients.
  • Maintaining inventory of office supplies.
  • Managing the maintenance and repair of office equipment.
  • Assisting with copying, scanning, faxing, emailing, and note-taking.
  • Creating FedEx labels.
  • Making labels for files and keeping file cabinet organized.
  • Providing daily support to attorneys by completing urgent tasks
  • Organize confidential documents
  • Process client payments
  • Making translations of legal documents as required.
  • Opportunity to learn legal work and take part in legal tasks depending on interest and skills.


  • Spanish speaking
  • Responsible, punctual and courteous.
  • Some college completed
  • Formal qualification in office administration, secretarial work, or related training.
  • Qualification in paralegal studies or similar preferred.
  • Prior experience as a legal receptionist will be advantageous.
  • Familiarity with legal terms, legal documents, and filing.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Extensive experience working with word processing, spreadsheets, printers, copiers, scanners, faxes, and appointment scheduling and call forwarding systems.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.

Application Process:

8) Creative Intrnshp
Creative Intrnshp
Creative Discovery Internship Program: Spring 2023Internships listed below are part of the new Creative Discovery Internship Program hosted by Berkeley Discovery with campus partners including Art of Writing, BAMPFA, and City of Berkeley. Students selected for the internships will enroll in a 1 unit Creative Discovery Course (HUM 197) to receive credit for their internship experience and a stipend of $3,000 per semester. The course is designed to support students in creative internships to shape and reflect on their internship experiences.
  • Los Angeles Review of Books Communications Intern
  • The Dial Magazine Editorial Intern
  • Libraries Without Borders Communications & Marketing Intern
  • Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive Education Intern
  • City of Berkeley Civic Arts Program Intern
Application due Monday, November 7th, 2022. Positions are open to all undergraduate students. Students eligible to receive need-based financial aid are prioritized for this internship program. To apply, review the internship descriptions and application process here.
9) Critical Lang. $$
Critical Lang. $$
Are you interested in an immersive summer opportunity to learn languages abroad?

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) is part of a U.S. government effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering 14 foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. It is a fully-funded 8–10-week overseas language and cultural immersion program for a diverse range of American undergraduate and graduate students at every level of language learning. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.
The application deadline is November 15, 2022, 5:00 pm (PDT)!
For more information about CLS, please visit HERE
10) Moderator Job
Moderator Job
(Compensated Opportunity for UC Berkeley Students only) Sustained Dialogue Institute Retreat Moderator Applications: The UC Berkeley Sustained Dialogue Retreat focuses on helping students build relationships across lines of difference and taking collaborative action to address inequalities affecting their campuses and communities. UC Berkeley's Sustained Dialogue 
Retreat moderators receive thorough training from the Sustained Dialogue Institute in how to facilitate the Sustained Dialogue Retreat curriculum which blends: education about structural inequality, small group dialogue, relationship building activities, and action planning to create an empowering educational experience for participants. Retreat moderators will be compensated $1,500+ for attending both of the online training workshops and then facilitating the 3-day Sustained Dialogue Retreat but will also gain invaluable connections with other student leaders, skills in facilitating diverse cross-group conversation, robust training in conflict resolution, a deeper sense of community on UC Berkeley's Campus, and more! For more information  
11) $$ for Research
$$ for Research

Charles H. Percy Undergraduate Grant for Public Affairs Research
The Institute of Governmental Studies will award up to four research grants in the amount of $500 each to UC Berkeley undergraduate students who are conducting research on an aspect of American politics, including public opinion, electoral behavior, civic participation, government institutions, social movements, and public policy. We encourage students from all majors to apply. More information about eligibility and requirements can be found at the application link.

Application Deadline: Sunday, November 13 at 11:59pm
Program Contact: Megan Collins, Matsui Program Manager,

The grant is made possible by a generous donation from Bill and Patrice Brandt.  Apply here.
12) Stdy Abrd Info 
Stdy Abrd Info 

Join us to learn more about studying abroad through UC Berkeley!

LGBTQIA+ Out in The WorldOctober 17 | 3:00 pm I Join here
 UCEAP Peace Corp Prep Information Session
October 18 | 4:00 pm I Register here Bears Going Global: Financing Study Abroad
October 18 | 6:00 pm I Register here
 Study Abroad for Rausser College Students
October 26 | 2:00 pm | 260 Mulford, Student Resource Center
Global Internships Program Information Session for International Students
October 27 | 3:00 pm I Register here Global Internships Haifa Virtual Information Session
October 28 | 12:00 pm I Register here
13) 5 Tips for L&S appts
5 Tips for L&S appts
The College just sent out a newsletter and in it were tips on how to book an appt with them.
Here's the page on their website that explains everything.
14) Reproductive Justice Watch Party
Reproductive Justice Watch Party

A Conversation on Reproductive Justice with Loretta J. Ross

Wed, Nov 2, 2022

5:00 - 7:00pm

Webinar + Watch Party



RSVP FOR GENEQ WATCH PARTY (Doors Open 4:45pm)  -


Join UC Berkeley Gender Equity Resource Center, ASUC Event Services, Center for Race and Gender, and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies along with UC San Diego Women’s Center for a moderated discussion and audience Q&A with Reproductive Justice and Human Rights Advocate and 2022 MacArthur Fellow, Loretta J. Ross. This is a free online event.

Moderated by Prof. Courtney Desiree Morris, the conversation begins with an introduction outlining the Reproductive Justice Framework, then discussing the impact of the Roe overturn. The talk will include strategies for gender inclusion, individual and community healing, as well as, thinking radically about abolition, reproductive freedom and community care. 

How will Roe overturn continue to affect our communities, particularly, low-income communities of color and rural communities? What other liberties are at stake? And what can we do as individuals, students, faculty, staff, and organized groups? We hope Loretta Ross will provide wisdom in addressing these questions as well as inspiration and hope moving forward.

Loretta Ross is an award-winning, nationally-recognized expert on racism and racial justice, women's rights, and human rights. Her work emphasizes the intersectionality of social justice issues and how intersectionality can fuel transformation. Ross is a visiting associate professor at Smith College (Northampton, MA) in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender, teaching courses on white supremacy, race and culture in America, human rights, and calling in the calling out culture.

 Courtney Desiree Morris is a visual/conceptual artist and an assistant professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She teaches courses on critical race theory, feminist theory, black social movements in the Americas, women’s social movements in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as race and environmental politics in the African Diaspora.

GenEq Watch Party will be an indoor event. GenEq adheres to all current DPH guidelines, and masks are encouraged.

If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about campus mobility access features in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Joanna Villegas at (510) 230-3254 or with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.

Questions? Contact with “Loretta Ross event” in the subject line