Legal Studies Latest News as of 10/9/23

October 9, 2023


1) LegalSt Office Closed Mon 10/9

2) Discovery Hub
3) Public Svc Opps.
5) Alternative Breaks
6) Publish: BUJ
7) CA Supe. Thurmond
8) Poli Sci PhD
9) Grad/Law School Fair
10) Supreme Ct Talk
11) Splash
1) LegalSt Office Closed Mon 10/9
LegalSt Office Closed Mon 10/9
The Legal Studies Office is closed Monday 10/9 for Indigenous People's Day.
2) Discovery Hub
Discovery Hub
The Discovery Hub will be kicking off NTSW at the Transfer Center!

The Discovery Hub helps transfers quickly search and connect with the wide range of opportunities on campus for research, public service, entrepreneurship, creative projects, and more. We’ll log into the Discovery Opportunities Database, preview deadlines for Spring 2024 research opportunities and connect you with our getting started guides. Participants will be entered into gift card giveaways and food is provided. There will be two workshops offered and a quick questions table. Register for this event with the link attached here.
3) Public Svc Opps.
Public Svc Opps.

Serve as a UCAN Student Ambassador
Deadline: October 15
Want to make UC better for all students? Interested in getting experience with advocacy and public affairs? As a UCAN Student Ambassador, you’ll join a committed group of students from across UC who will represent student interests with state and federal lawmakers. 

Serve as a Campus Compact Student Design Fellow
Deadline: October 27

Student Design Fellows will work alongside Campus Compact staff, member campuses, and national partners to design initiatives dedicated to enhancing student civic leadership development across the country. Fellows will receive stipend, opportunties to present at conferences, and network with leading practitioners in the civic engagement field. Celebrating our diverse communities
We invite everyone to honor and celebrate our diverse communities this month and every month - Latinx Heritage Month (Sept 15 - Oct 15)Filipino American History Month (FAHM), and Disability Awareness Month

Become an State Campaign Associate with CALPIRG

CALPIRG is hiring a passionate, dedicated, and organized campaign associate to help lead our campaign to move Beyond Plastic in California. 

Every day Californians throw away millions of single-use plastic containers, wrappers, packaging and other plastic “stuff.” The big problem with all that plastic is that it can take hundreds of years to fully degrade and the vast majority of it can’t be recycled. That means that almost every piece ever made is still out there piling up in our landfills, littering our streets, and polluting our environment.

CALPIRG is working to eliminate the single-use plastics we’ve known for decades we can all live without. We are seeking a Campaign Associate who will spearhead this campaign and work with our experienced team of advocates, researchers, and digital and communications experts.

Key responsibilities

  • Build powerful coalitions: Reach out to like-minded organizations and affected constituency groups to demonstrate support for our campaign goals.

  • Earn traditional media and social media attention: Organize news conferences and write opinion pieces. Build a following on social media for your campaign.

  • Lobby elected officials: Meet with decision makers - from city council members to state legislators - to make the case for our campaign goals. When a critical vote is happening on your campaign, work to demonstrate the support you’ve been building on the ground to help line up the votes needed to win.

  • Research and write reports: Catalog and analyze data relevant to the issue and our policy proposals to help influence public debate and earn media attention for our cause.

  • Identify and cultivate donors: Reach out to foundations and major donors and ask them to fund your campaign.

  • Recruit new people to your team: Help build your team by recruiting volunteers, interns and full-time staff.

  • Run a grassroots campaign office each summer: Run a campaign office for the summer to raise money to support our campaigns, build our organization and membership, and help build critical and timely grassroots support to win key campaigns while honing your organizing and management skills.


Entry-level candidates are encouraged to apply. Though we expect you to take your campaign and run with it, we provide training on advocacy and organizing skills, as well as oversight by an experienced advocate. Ideal candidates will have leadership experience, top-notch written and verbal skills, an eagerness to learn, and be ready for a challenge. We value organizing experience, including building campus or community groups.


CALPIRG is an advocate for the public interest. We speak out for the public and stand up to special interests on problems that affect the public's health, safety and wellbeing. With a strong network of researchers, advocates, organizers and students in state capitals across the country, we take on special interests on issues such as product safety, public health, environmental threats and consumer protection, wherever those interests stand in the way of reform and progress. We recently helped pass the Plastic Pollution Reduction Act to reduce waste from single-use plastics in California. 

Compensation and Benefits

The target annual compensation for this position is $35,000. CALPIRG offers an excellent benefits package. Our benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and dependents, paid time off, our commuter benefit program, a 401(k) plan with employer match, parental leave, long term disability insurance, and may include needs-based student loan assistance. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement. 

Location: Los Angeles, CA


Apply online here:

Our Mission and Values

If you care more about making a positive difference in people’s lives than you do about labels like progressive or conservative; if you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and work hard; and if you’re willing to do what it takes to win on the issues—then we want to talk to you.

Why work with CALPIRG? Check out 10 reasons: 

CALPIRG Is part of The Public Interest Network, which operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to social change. Visit for things you should know about our network when you apply.

CALPIRG is an equal opportunity employer and will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

COVID-19: We take COVID-19 safety very seriously. Employees must follow our COVID safety protocols and be fully vaccinated and boosted. Accommodations are provided to the extent required by law.

5) Alternative Breaks
Alternative Breaks
Join Alternative Breaks this Spring!
Alternative Breaks explores social justice issues through community partnership supplemented with education and reflection. Participants enroll in a 2-unit DeCal course in Spring 2024 to prepare for their spring break trip with community partners. 
Our Spring 2024 experiences include:
Priority deadline: Oct 23 at 11:59pm
Final deadline: Oct 26 at 11:59pm 
*Economic Justice is looking for a Break Leader! If you're interested in teaching a Decal and organizing a Spring Break trip, please apply now
6) Publish: BUJ
Publish: BUJ

Berkeley Undergraduate Journal - Paper Submission Fall 2023

Looking for a chance to publish your excellent work? Please consider working with Berkeley Undergraduate Journal to share your research and writing. As Cal's oldest undergraduate research journal for the social sciences and humanities, BUJ publishes carefully reviewed and edited scholarly work from the humanities and social sciences on the University of California’s eScholarship website, highlighting the strength of undergraduate scholarship on the UC Berkeley campus from a variety of disciplines. 

To submit your paper, please follow the guidelines listed on our website The deadline for Fall 2023 paper submission is Monday, October 16th. If you have questions regarding paper submission, please contact our staff advisor Keila Diehl ( For all other inquiries, please email with the header [BUJ] Author Fa23 Submission Inquiry. 

We look forward to working with you and getting your work published!

7) CA Supe. Thurmond
CA Supe. Thurmond
In honor of World Mental Health Day, we are thrilled to invite students to an in-person gathering at the UC Berkeley campus on October 10th with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond in the ASUC Senate Chambers in Eshleman Hall. 
For decades, UC Berkeley has cultivated unique student-driven innovations, particularly in the health and wellness space. Superintendent Thurmond's leadership in securing unprecedented funding for mental health counseling and driving the development of suicide prevention programs within local education agencies will make for a meaningful discussion on how these efforts may be strengthened within higher education, in tandem with cultivating powerful student leadership across the higher education policy space.

This event will be an engaging and interactive session, serving as a platform for meaningful dialogue between students, members of the Berkeley community, and Superintendent Thurmond. Our program will unfold as a captivating 1-1 discussion, followed by an open audience Q&A to foster further discussions.

Date: October 10th
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: ASUC Senate Chambers (eshleman hall)

8) Poli Sci PhD
Poli Sci PhD
The Political Science department has created a program, known as the Pipeline Initiative in Political Science (PIPS, for short), which is designed to help students learn about what it means to earn a PhD in political science and how to prepare for and apply to PhD programs.  
The program is open to students who are in at least their second year of college studies. The program is focused on helping students who are first-generation college students, from historically minoritized or underrepresented groups, or from low-income backgrounds. 

Students who are selected for the program will participate in a series of workshops throughout the semester - scheduled for Mondays in the afternoon from 12 to 2:00 pm and will be advised on pursuing research opportunities as an undergraduate.   There may also be an opportunity to receive mentoring from graduate students and faculty. Students who pursue this may earn one credit unit for completing the program. Elective credit only.
Please apply here:    
For enrollment details, including day/time go here.
Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, but to have the best chance and to be considered for the first wave of admissions please submit the application by Wednesday, October 11th, 2023.
9) Grad/Law School Fair
Grad/Law School Fair

Graduate and Law School Fair, Virtual | Thursday, October 12th, 12pm-4pm

The virtual Graduate and Law School Career Fair is a great opportunity to meet with representatives from  40+ university programs. This fair will be hosted virtually within Handshake. Connect with university reps to gain a real advantage in the application process by getting to know admissions representatives, learn about application procedures, prerequisites and what makes an applicant successful, and find out where graduates from their programs are landing jobs. Check out the list of universities attending.

Registration is required to sign up for sessions and will open on October 5th. This fair will be hosted in Handshake!

10) Supreme Ct Talk
Supreme Ct Talk

Education, Equality and the Supreme Court
Thursday, October 19, 2023
12:50 PM – 2:00 PM  |  Hybrid: Special Event + CRG Sponsored Event
In Person - Room 100, Law Building – Click here to registerVirtual - Zoom – Click here to register

with Tolani Britton (Associate Professor, School of Education, UC Berkeley), Cary Franklin (McDonald/Wright Chair Of Law; Faculty Director, The Williams Institute; Faculty Director, The Center On Reproductive Health, Law, And Policy; UCLA School Of Law), Jonathan D. Glater (Professor of Law; Faculty Director, The Center For Consumer Law & Economic Justice; UC Berkeley School of Law), Jerry Kang (Distinguished Professor of Law & Distinguished Professor of Asian American Studies, UCLA School of Law), and moderated by Russell K. Robinson (Walter Perry Johnson Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Center On Race, Sexuality & Culture; UC Berkeley School of Law).


Tolani Britton
Associate Professor
School of Education, UC Berkeley

Cary Franklin
McDonald / Wright Chair of Law
Faculty Director, The Williams Institute
Faculty Director, The Center on Reproductive Health, Law, and Policy
UCLA School of Law

Jonathan D. Glater
Professor of Law
Faculty Director, The Center for Consumer Law & Economic Justice
UC Berkeley School of Law

Jerry Kang
Distinguished Professor of Law & Distinguished Professor of Asian American Studies
UCLA School of Law


Russell Robinson
Walter Perry Johnson Professor of Law
Faculty Director, Center on Race, Sexuality & Culture
UC Berkeley School of Law

Sponsored by:

Center on Race, Sexuality & Culture
Center for Race & Gender

11) Splash

Splash at Berkeley is an event each semester where high school students come to campus for a day of classes taught by undergraduates, graduates, and postdocs. These classes are between 1 and 3 hours (in hour multiples) and can be taught on literally any (appropriate) topic of your interest. Topics in the past have ranged from black holes to crocheting to poker. Anything you want to teach, you can! Our goal is to get high school students interested in the wide range of topics they can explore during college.
This fall, Splash will be on Saturday, November 18, and we would love for you to teach with us! Teacher registration is open until September 27th, so please sign up using the link below.
More info can be found at this link. If you have any questions about the program or teaching, please email me at Also, please encourage your friends to teach as well!
Thanks, Sajant Anand