Legal Studies Latest News as of 1/18/23

January 18, 2023
1) Political Comp Sci Club
2) Cool Class
3) Open Breadths
4) LS 175 has lots of seats
5) Weil Legal Innovators Prog
6) Gardner Fllwshp
7) LS 190.1 Sp23
8) Johns Hopkins Law Rvw
9) Yamashita Prize
10) Fung Fellowship
11) Columbia Undrgrd Law Rvw
12) Pre-Law Events
13)  Ed Minor Info Sess
14)  UCD Abroad Opps.
15) Job @2240
16) PubPol 198
17) Legalst Decals
18) UCB Glbl Intrnshps
1) Political Comp Sci Club
Political Comp Sci Club
Political Computer Science is an amazing club that hosts events, projects, and discussions about the intersection of tech and policy. 
Political Computer Science strives to better understand the intersection of policy and technology. From analyzing algorithmic bias to evaluating tech policy, our club recognizes the imperfections within the tech industry and fosters conversations about how we may become better computer scientists, data scientists, lawyers, and people. We are fueled by passion, education, and conversation. 
2) Cool Class
Cool Class

NOTE: this course does not count towards the Legal Studies major.
Course: ISF 100D (Spring 2023)
Course Title: Introduction to Technology, Society, and Culture
Instructor: Rakesh Bhandari
Time: TuTh 3-3:30pm
Room: Giannini 141
In this course, we shall explore how advances in AI and genetic engineering may change not only society but the very idea of what it means to be human. In interdisciplinary fashion, we shall combine stimulating pieces from the sociology of science and technology with works of the imagination, such as “Ex Machina”, “Gattaca” and episodes of “Black Mirror”.
3) Open Breadths
Open Breadths
NOTE: These courses do not count towards the Legal Studies major.
Seats are available in the following Big Ideas Courses and L&S Discovery Courses! Big Ideas Courses and L&S Discovery Courses fulfill L&S breadth requirements, are designed to be accessible to students in any major, and are taught by some of the best teachers among the Berkeley faculty.
Instructors: Whendee Silver and David Sedlak
Class # 31279
L&S Breadth: Biological Science

LS 40F: Modernity and Its Discontents: American History and Culture at the Turn of the 20th Century [NEW L&S Discovery Course]
Instructor: Kathleen Moran
Class # 33050
L&S Breadth: Historical Studies

LS C60U / GERMAN C25: Revolutionary Thinking: Marx, Nietzsche, Freud [L&S Discovery Course]
Instructor: Karen Feldman
Class # 32861
L&S Breadths: Philosophy & Values, Historical Studies

LS 70C: Living on the Edge [L&S Discovery Course]
Instructor: Robert Kayen
Class # 23703
L&S Breadth: Physical Science

LS C70W / Physics C21: Physics and Music [L&S Discovery Course]
Instructor: Terrence Buehler
Class # 24004
L&S Breadth: Physical Science
4) LS 175 has lots of seats
LS 175 has lots of seats
Cool Class with LOTS of seats available.
And it's one day a week LEC with a Disc Sec.

Access to Justice: Comparative and Historical Perspectives

with Prof. Alexandra Havryshylyn, 4 units, Area III or IV

Access to justice is central to the mission of the courts.  Although the right to counsel is guaranteed to indigent defendants in criminal cases, many Americans still navigate critical civil legal issues without legal representation or assistance.  This course introduces the “civil justice gap,” or the unmet civil legal needs of Americans, as well as the laws and policies that have helped close the civil justice gap in California and beyond.  This course next examines some historic reasons for today’s civil justice gap and its disparate impacts on members of protected groups.  Drawing on international case studies, this course compares the pro bono approach prevalent in the United States to the legal aid approach prevalent in other countries.  During the semester, students will have opportunities to sharpen their critical reading and writing skills; learn to better express themselves orally; and develop and execute their own research project. 

As a result of this course, students can expect to be able to:

·      Define and measure the civil justice gap, identifying disparate impacts on members of protected groups;

·      Distinguish between the right to counsel in civil as opposed to criminal cases;

·      Explain historic reasons for today’s civil justice gap;

·      Compare access to justice projects in the United States to those in other countries;

·      Evaluate policies designed to close the civil justice gap in California and beyond.   

5) Weil Legal Innovators Prog
Weil Legal Innovators Prog

The Weil Legal Innovators Program (WLI) engages incoming law school students in addressing some of the most pressing social and legal challenges in our communities today. Each WLI class is comprised of incoming law school students who plan to attend a J.D. program at one of our law school partners. Innovators defer their first year of law school to work at a partner nonprofit organization for a paid public service fellowship, executing a strategic initiative designed to leverage their passion for justice and commitment to public service, while amplifying the impact of the nonprofits and their important missions.
Applications now open, learn more about how to apply.
6) Gardner Fllwshp
Gardner Fllwshp
Interested in a Public Service Career? 

Apply for the John Gardner Public Service Fellowship:

Application Deadline: February 9, 2023

Application link:

Informational Meeting: Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 4 p.m. 119 Moses Hall (The Harris Room) 

The John Gardner Fellowship at UC Berkeley selects three seniors and provides each a $47,000 stipend to work in the governmental or nonprofit organization that most closely fits their public-sector interests for 10 months after graduation.

The goal of the Fellowship is to encourage UC Berkeley’s best students to pursue a career in public service. We welcome applicants from a diverse pool of students with a wide variety of service experiences. If you are committed to public service and have leadership experience, we urge you to apply.

To find out more about the John Gardner Fellowship, please come to an informational meeting on Wednesday, January 18 at 4 p.m. in 119 Moses Hall (The Harris Room). 

7) LS 190.1  Sp23
LS190.1  Sp23

Truth, Justice and Reconciliation in the United States:
Responding to State Violence

Professor Julie Shackford-Bradley

Wednesdays, 3-6

Area I or IV

Explore how Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation are taking many forms in the US, from sovereignty movements and repatriation to truth commissions, new historical research, official
apologies, memorials for historical harms, and reparations.
How do people and communities envision and enact justice in response to state-sponsored and state-sanctioned violence? How have TRCs (Truth and Reconciliation Commissions) and analogous approaches taken shape in the United States, in response to state-sponsored violence, including “legal violence”? With South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a foundational model, this course will examine an array of community- based strategies for surfacing truths about historical harms, pursuing accountability through apologies and reparations, and restoring relationships, communities, artefacts, and lands. We will also address the many challenges that arise in establishing official commissions, reaching out to communities, and following through with recommendations, especially when working with the same governmental and political structures that perpetrated or enabled the violence, and when the violence is ongoing. The course will “think globally and act locally” by presenting examples of TRCs around the world and in the US, and engaging students in research on the possibilities of TRC approaches for the Berkeley campus and Bay Area.
8) Johns Hopkins Law Rvw
Johns Hopkins Law Rvw
The Johns Hopkins Undergraduate Law Review is excited to open its submissions call for the Spring 2023 journal, and we would be grateful if you could relay this message and our submissions flyer, attached below, to your students. 
We are seeking thoughtful, engaging, and well-researched articles from upper-level electives/seminars, independent studies, and thesis programs that pertain to law and legal studies and reflect our core mission of providing accessible, informed, and thought-provoking legal analysis. While we have no maximum page length, we request all papers be a minimum of ten pages. Manuscripts should follow the Chicago Style of formatting, with endnotes and a complete bibliography. 
Submissions should be sent to by Wednesday, February 15, 2021. For more information on our submission guidelines, please visit

We truly appreciate your time and support, and eagerly look forward to reading all the articles we receive. 
9) Yamashita Prize
Yamashita Prize

UC Berkeley’s Institute for the Study of Societal Issues is now accepting nominations for the FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize, which is awarded annually to an outstanding emerging social change activist/scholar in California. The award of $2,500 honors a person whose work transforms the existing social landscape and serves as a bridge between the academy and the community. An awardee helps to build the capacity of community-based organizations and social movements to confront pressing issues by applying their academic expertise. Simultaneously, the awardee enriches academic scholarship by sharing the insights and knowledge produced from community engagement with the broader academic community.  
NOTE: The award is not limited to students or scholars, but an honoree's work should reflect a commitment to strengthening ties between the academy and communities. There is no age limit for this award, but the honoree should be in the early stages of their career as a social change activist/scholar and must be based in California.

Nomination Process
The FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize uses a nomination system, where someone other than the nominee identifies the nominee, their contributions, and the kinds of expertise they bring to understanding how change works. The nomination form and instructions are here.
(The Prize will be announced within six weeks after the deadline.)

Nomination due date: Monday, January 30th, 2023 by 5pm. 

10) Fung Fellowship

Fung Fellowship

Fung Fellowship Applications are Open

What is the Fung Fellowship?

The Fung Fellowship is a unique opportunity to create impact-driven solutions to address real-world challenges alongside our community and industry partners. Fung Fellows utilize an experiential learning process focused on collaboration, interdisciplinary tactics, and emerging technology in both of our offered tracks: Conservation + Innovation and Health + Innovation (formerly known as Conservation + Tech and Health + Tech).

As a Fung Fellow you will:

  • Explore and solve real-world problems in your chosen track
  • Experience the innovation and design process from prototype to product
  • Embed within communities and work with partner organizations to co-create solutions
  • Establish yourself as a leader in an emerging field

Fung Fellows attend a 3-unit course each semester, are supported in a summer internship, and have the opportunity to apply to a second year honors program.

What your first year looks like:

  • Engage in foundational experiences such as weekly lectures and hands-on lab sections, fall boot camp, spring retreat, and interdisciplinary team projects
  • Access to exploratory opportunities such as conferences, company site visits, networking events, workshops, hackathons, and career development services

Required qualifications:

  • Registered student at UC Berkeley
  • Class of 2025 rising junior or Class of 2024 rising senior (current sophomore or junior standing)
  • Passion for health, conservation, social impact, design, and/or technology
The Fung Fellowship accepts all majors into this program and there is no GPA minimum requirement. Applications are reviewed holistically.

Information to apply: 
  1. Learn more about the program at:
  2. Save the dates for our virtual info session on Monday, January 30, in-person info session on Wednesday, February 1, and Coffee & Connect office hours on Tuesday, February 7!
  3. Sign up for our interest form:
  4. Access the application:
  5. Deadline to apply: Friday, February 17, 2023 at 11:59pm PST

11) Columbia Undrgrd Law Rvw

Columbia Undrgrd Law Rvw

The Columbia Undergraduate Law Review, a journal of undergraduate legal scholarship based at Columbia University in the City of New York, is accepting submissions for its Spring 2023 issue. 

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, February 7, 2023, by 11:59 PM ET, but we encourage you to submit before that deadline. In recognition of the various paths undergraduates may take to study law, we welcome submissions of research articles, senior theses, and essays embracing a wide range of topics and viewpoints related to the field of law. Undergraduate students in any major, track, or class year should feel free to send us their work. Visit to view past journals or to read our mission statement.

 Submissions must be double-spaced in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx format, follow Chicago style citations, and include endnotes and a Works Cited section. Although we do not have a strict length limitation, the majority of published pieces range from 15 to 20 pages (excluding references). Longer papers should be shortened to fit this page length recommendation before submission, and excessive length or brevity may affect acceptance. 

In the document, please also include the following information: 

  1. Your name

  2. Current email address and phone number

  3. College/University and year of graduation

  4. Title

  5. 250-word abstract

  6. Short explanation of when and why paper was initially written

Please submit your article on our website under the "Submit" tab. Feel free to reach out to Jinoo Kim ( or Shaurir Ramanujan ( with any questions or concerns.

12) Pre-Law Events
Pre-Law Events
Pre-Law Advising Events:Pre-Law Summit (Day 1): Is Law School Right for Me?

Co-sponsered by L&S Advising, the Career Center, and the ASUC

Considering a legal career? Day 1 of the Pre-Law Summit is designed to help you gain clarity on questions such as:

  • What are different fields of law and specialization?
  • What is law school like? What should I consider when deciding if law school is right for me?
  • What are other potential opportunities in the legal field?

4:00-5:00pm Pathways in Law

5:00-6:00pm Current Law Student Panel

6:00-7:00pm Opportunities Beyond Law School

Pre-Law Summit (Day 2): Taking Action in the Application Process

Co-sponsered by L&S Advising, the Career Center, and the ASUC

Ready to take action and apply to law school? Day 2 of the Pre-Law Summit is designed to help drive you one step closer to your goal.


2:00-3:00pm Law School Application Process

3:00-4:00pm Preparing for the LSAT

4:00-5:00pm Financing Your Legal Education

13)  Ed Minor Info Sess
Ed Minor Info Sess
Are you interested in the Education Minor? Sign up for an information session about the minor today! These sessions will provide background information about the minor; review requirements and guidelines; and answer questions. Students interested in the Education Minor are strongly encouraged to attend an information session early on in their studies.The next info session is Tuesday, January 23 @ 4pm. RSVP Here!
14) UCD Abroad Opps.
UCD Abroad Opps.

Experiences in global and community development abroad in 2023!                                  

As a UC student, you are eligible to enroll and earn UC units in UC Davis Summer AbroadSummer Abroad InternshipsVirtual Summer Internships and Fall Quarter Abroad study abroad programs.

Enrollment opened January 11 for over 40 programs offered in 2023. Programs fill on a first-completed, first-reserved basis. 

Check out our upcoming Info Sessions and create a study abroad account to enroll or receive email updates about programs. Below are some programs that may be of interest to you. Note: UC Berkeley students should meet with a financial aid advisor to determine summer aid eligibility. Students can request a ninth unit of 199 to help qualify for summer aid.

UC Davis Summer Abroad

Bhutan - GIS in the Land of the Thunder Dragon

Learn how to use geographic information systems (GIS) in the peaceful, culturally rich, and biodiverse country of Bhutan in the Himalayan Mountains.

Upcoming Info Session: January 23, 12 p.m., Register on Zoom

Ecuador - Environmental Justice in Indigenous Ecuador

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with indigenous groups and see parts of Ecuador not available to traditional tourists. Upcoming Info Session: February 3, 12 p.m., Register on Zoom

Thailand – Climate Resilience in Thailand (NEW)

Discover why Bangkok is considered “the Venice of the East” by exploring the significance of water in the culture, design and planning of this Southeast Asian mega-city. Watch info session recording.

Uganda – One Health Uganda

Study global “One Health" issues connected to human, livestock and wildlife interaction in Sub-Saharan Africa. Watch info session recording.

UK - Perspectives in Global Management

Study how firms develop new ideas and distribute products and services to international markets, and how they respond to changing winds of trade. Watch info session recording.

UC Davis Summer Abroad Internships

Thailand—Education Internships

Spend five weeks as a teacher’s assistant in a traditional Thai temple school in Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand.

Upcoming Info Session: January 31, 12 p.m., Register on Zoom

Environment, Green Tech, and Sustainability Internships (New Zealand, Spain – Limited Space)

Intern in fields of environmental science, environmental engineering, architecture and urban planning, research and policy, green technology, sustainability, and more.

Upcoming Info Session: January 25, 12 p.m., Register on Zoom

Virtual Summer Internships (Worldwide)

Expand your global network by working virtually with companies around the world. Placements available in environment, green tech, and sustainability and social impact and public health.

Upcoming Info Session: January 25, 11 a.m., Register on Zoom

About UC Davis Study Abroad and Internship Abroad Programs:

  • Open to students as all UC campuses
  • Open to all majors, first year through graduating seniors
  • Financial aid applies – check with your campus Financial Aid office to determine aid eligibility
  • UC Davis courses led by UC Davis faculty = UC units

·         Guaranteed placement for internship programs

15) Job @2240
Job @2240
Program Assistant (4722C), Berkeley Law - #47765
Find details here.
Full-time Department Receptionist for JSP/CSLS/LS providing high- quality, responsive, day-to-day office support for all three units.
NOTE: this job would be for someone who has already graduated.
16)  PubPol 198
PubPol 198

NOTE: This course cannot be used towards the Legal Studies major.

[Public Policy 98/198: Applied Policy Lab] is now accepting applications! Please use this link to fill out the application to be considered for enrollment.

Applied Policy Lab is a space for students to analyze and craft public policy to address social issues. Students are free to select any topic that interests them, and they will be taught methods for researching, analyzing, and advocating their chosen policy topics. The class is lightweight and flexible in format. Students may take the course for 1, 2, or 3 units, and only one discussion section per week – either, 6-7 PM on Tuesdays at Mulford 240 or 6-7 PM on Wednesdays at GPB 107.

The course is open to all majors and years. Students have the opportunity to explore any policy topic that interests them in a relaxed, supportive setting, and no previous experience with policy or social sciences is required. The course are four class assignments center around building a portfolio on the student's policy topic, with one assignment due per month, with the assignments scaling for unit count.

Applied Policy Lab is organized by the Student Policy Institute at Berkeley, a student-led, interdisciplinary public policy think tank. Please reach out to with any questions.

17) Legalst Decals
Legalst Decals
NOTE: Decals cannot be used towards the Legal Studies major.
23426 198.1 Criminal Psychology,  56 Social Sciences, M 6:30p 8p
23427 198.2 British Parliamentary Debate,  219 Dwinelle, W 6:30p 8:30p
23428 198.3 Pre-Law DeCal,  247 Cory, F 12p 2p
23429 198.4 Copwatch,  289 Cory, M 5p 6:30p
25972 198.5 Organizing for Social Change, 102 Wheeler, W 6:30p 8p--
More info can usually be found here as soon as spring 2023 is posted.
18) UCB Glbl Intrnshps
UCB Glbl Intrnshps

Berkeley Global Internships - Deadline Extended!

The application deadline has been extended to Monday, January 30 for the following Berkeley Global Internships locations. Applications are still reviewed on a first come, first served basis so apply soon to make sure you get your priority location.

International Global Internships programs: Extended deadline

  1. Buenos Aires, Argentina

  2. London, UK

  3. Paris, France

  4. Prague, Czech Republic 

  5. Toronto, Canada

The Haifa, Israel program deadline is extended on a case-by-case basis. Students interested in this location should email

Domestic Global Internships programs: Extended deadline

  1. Atlanta, Georgia

  2. Boston, Massachusetts

  3. Los Angeles, California

  4. New York, New York

  5. SF Bay Area, California

Virtual Global Internships programs: Extended deadline

  1. Asia

  2. Domestic USA

  3. Europe

  4. Latin and South Americas