Legal Studies Latest News

May 13, 2021


***Be Inspired***

1) AAPI Wellness Guide
2) Depositions!
3) Robinson Intrnshp
4) Two Su21 Classes
6) LS 137:  Cool Class
8) Career Survey Please!
9) Vanguard Crt Wtch Intrnshp
10) Volunteer for Tenants’ Rights
11) NavCal App Open
12) Career Cntr Su Programs
13) Fiat Justice Scholars Prog


***Be Inspired***

***Be Inspired***

Congratulations to Nayzak Wali-Ali for being one of the University Medalist finalists!!!

Woo Hooooo!!!

Read the article here and be inspired.


1) AAPI Wellness Guide

AAPI Wellness Guide

Here is the shared doc with lots of good resources.


2) Depositions!


Legal Studies Fall 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 Fall 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 during the semester in six (6) Tuesday afternoon classes from 3:35 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., on September 14, September 21, October 12, October 19, November 9, and November 16.  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.  During the pandemic, depositions were conducted remotely 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 hhecht@law.berkeley.eduby no later than Wednesday, September 1, 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 Friday, September 3, 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.


3) Robinson Intrnshp

Robinson Intrnshp

The Office of Berkeley City Councilmember Rigel Robinson is accepting internship applications for Summer 2021!

Candidates of all backgrounds are welcome to apply, so long as they are passionate about progressive policymaking and the future of the City of Berkeley. Interns and fellows attend a weekly virtual seminar and support the policy development process by drafting legislation, writing reports and memos, and conducting background research.

The office intern is stipended $500 for the semester and works a minimum of 10 hours a week. Fellows are unpaid, and work between 4 and 8 hours a week.

To apply, please fill out the application here by Sunday, May 16, 2021:


4) Two Su21 Classes

Two Su21 Classes

Matthew Specter is teaching a Legal Studies 190 for us this coming fall: Law, Justice & the Constitution in Modern German History.

He asked us to advertise his two Su21 PoliEcon courses in case you’re interested.

NOTE: The following courses do not count towards the Legal Studies major.

If you would like to know more about any of the three, please contact Prof. Specter:




Pipeline Initiative in Political Science (PIPS)

Political Science 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 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.

For enrollment details, including day/time:

Please apply here:

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.


6) LS 137:  Cool Class

LS 137:  Cool Class

Please note the unique timing and set-up of this course below.

LS 137: Equality Rights, Oppenheimer, 4 units, Area IV or V

Comparative Equality Law uses a problem-based approach to examine how the law protects equality rights in different jurisdictions. The course will comparatively examine US, European, and other national, regional and international legal systems (including those of India, Brazil, Colombia, Canada and South Africa) and provide a global overview of legal protection from and legal responses to inequalities. The course covers 5 topic modules: Theories and sources of equality law; Employment discrimination law (race, sex, age, disability, LGBTQ+); Secularism, human rights and the legal rights of religious minorities; Sexual harassment/Violence; Affirmative action (race, caste, origin), and gender parity.

Note the odd times at which this course meets!
Comparative Equality Law meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
The Tuesday class meets at 9:10 (9:00 “Berkeley Time”) for 50 minutes, in a classroom on the Berkeley campus. The Thursday class meets on Zoom at 15:00 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). For most of the semester that’s 8:00 am in Berkeley, but when we move from “daylight savings time” to “standard time” in November, 15:00 UTC becomes 7:00 am in Berkeley. Because the course includes students and faculty from at least eight time zones in North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia it is essential to set the course meeting time in Universal time instead of Pacific time. And, because most of our partner universities start their classes on the hour, we will not use “Berkeley Time” for our Thursday class meetings.




Global Community College Transfers presents:

The Institute for the Global Education of Transfer Students (IGETS) 

Thu, May 20, 2021 3:00 PM – Sat, May 22, 2021 5:00 PM PDT

The Global Community College Transfers collective is proud to announce that they will be putting on their second annual Institute for the Global Education of Transfer Students from May 20-22, 2021. They will have 10+ free workshops on topics ranging from foreign service, civil service, scholarships for language study abroad, and graduate programs overseas.

While this event targets community college and transfer students interested in public service, international affairs, or global education opportunities, all are welcome to attend. You will hear directly from community college & transfer students that became Marshall, Fulbright, Schwarzman, and Erasmus Mundus Scholars about their time abroad, along with representatives from our partners at the State Department, USAID, Boren, CLS, Gilman, Fulbright, and more!

Current or recent students will have the opportunity to apply to participate as a mentee in the Global Community College Transfers collective’s Summer 2021 Mentorship Cohort!

Register Here

This event is organized by the Global Community College Transfers and co-sponsored by the Institute of Governmental Studies, State Department, USAID, Peace Corps, Pickering, Rangel, Presidential Management Fellowship, CLS, Boren, Gilman, Fulbright, CBYX, PPIA, Truman Foundation, Cultural Vistas, and First Trip. 

Global Community College Transfers is a collective of community college and transfer graduates across the United States that aims to close knowledge and access gaps for diverse talent to access global education opportunities and careers in foreign affairs. The event schedule will be released shortly. Follow the link below or on the flyer to check out their work and register for this free event:


8) Career Survey Please!

Career Survey Please!

If you’ve ever looked at the Career Center info regarding what students do after graduation and thought the data was weak…well, here’s your chance to make a difference with that info for future students. I wasn’t able to log in to see what the questions are, but I think it’s pretty short.

And you could win some AirPods ;-).

Hey Seniors! Share Your Post Graduation Plans With Us!

The Career Center invites you to tell us your plans after graduation.

This brief survey will take no more than five minutes, and by submitting your responses you will be entered to win a set of AirPods.

We understand this past year has been very challenging to many, which makes this information even more important.

Even if you’re ‘still seeking,’ this data is very valuable to our office.
Your access to Handshake will automatically continue after graduation.
Check out the services you’ll receive here.
Take the survey now, please!



9) Vanguard Crt Wtch Intrnshp

Vanguard Crt Wtch Intrnshp

The Vanguard Court Watch Internship would like to invite your students to join our program. If you could please send out this email to make them aware of this opportunity, we would appreciate it.

Become a Vanguard Court Watch Intern!

We are looking for students interested in an exciting and challenging program monitoring and reporting court cases in the local courts. This is one of the only opportunities for undergraduate-level interns to go into the courtroom to observe live trials.

Due to covid, we are offering both online or in-person opportunities.

The Vanguard Court Watch is a non-profit organization that covers criminal cases through the California courts. It offers student interns an opportunity to gain experience in the courthouse, watch and monitor cases, and develop their journalistic writing skills for a local online publication.

Interns are sent into a virtual courtroom or attend court in person to take notes, monitor cases, and report on the happenings, as well as record observations about current court cases.

We also have opportunities for them to work on wrongful conviction reports and our COVID 19 behind bars project.

(Course Credit available upon arrangements with the institution).

We will be hosting an open enrollment and informational session on May 25 at 6 pm. 

If you are interested in learning more or in applying, please join us via zoom on May 25 at 6 pm. Link below.

Topic: Court Watch Internship Informational Session

Time: May 25, 2021, 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 811 2928 9856

Passcode: 978774

If you have any questions, please email –


Volunteer for Tenants’ Rights

Volunteer for Tenants’ Rights

Comrades –
Tenants Together will be hosting another two-week introduction training series on Tenant Rights Counseling from 6:00 – 8:00pm on Tues & Thurs beginning May 18, 20, 25 & 27 that will be facilitated by current hotline counselors, and will include pertinent information on COVID-19 protections to continue to keep our communities safe. Please share the opportunity widely throughout your networks, as the hotline has been overwhelmed in the past few months with tenants fearful about their growing rent debt and threats of eviction. This training series is designed for the purpose of recruitment of Tenant Together volunteers to operate our Statewide Renters Right Hotline.

Even still, we would like to open the invitation to all of you within our coalition of member orgs, and partners to join us for this learning event. This training series will review political education of CA housing policy landscape, what are current protections for tenants, and how we can collectively advance towards policy driven from tenant experience. Tenants Together understands that to have strong resilient organizing movement we must invest in collective effort of developing the wisdom of people across California to define problems, imagine solutions, and channel their collective power to resist oppression and fight for change.

We are a leader-full collation and welcome your expertise and perspective into this learning space, to engage in a collective strategy and to assist in ensuring this information is disseminated for the liberation of those most impacted. Member orgs that register to attend this training series must also commit to sharing obtained knowledge at one (or more) of the following events: (Please select the initiative your available to support in the zoom registration)

  1. Attend the TCN event Train-the-Trainer and facilitate next Tenant Rights Counselor Training series
  2. Participate in Collective Community Callback event on TT’s Statewide Renter Right Hotline
  3. Support team of counselors at Tues bi-weekly Collective Support & Tenant Clinic
  4. Join the fight and become a volunteer with Tenants Together Statewide Renters Rights Hotline

Join us register today!
Tenant Rights Counseling Training Series

6:00 – 8:00pm

Tues & Thurs

May 18, 20, 25 & 27  2021

Hope to see you there!

 In solidarity,


Do you want to be a part of the fight for housing justice?

With the COVID-19 pandemic spiking once again across California our public health and rent crisis is escalating. During state of emergency evictions have caused over 400,000 COVID infections and 10,000 deaths nationwide, and 12 million renters will owe an average of $6,000 in back rent as of January 2021. Now more than ever it is imperative to keep our communities housed. Tenants have gotten organized in over 35 cities to bring tenants protections to the polls and to fight for more livable and affordable housing, and volunteer counselors on our hotline have supported over 3,500 tenants to fight for their rights.

It is time for all of us to fight back for those most vulnerable in our communities and take action against housing injustice & displacement in California. Join the fight and become a volunteer! We are seeking volunteer hotline counselors, researchers, graphic designers, fundraisers, organizing volunteers, & anyone who wants to share their skills and time to fight for housing.

Join us VIRTUALLY at our next training & get trained on tenants’ rights!

Tenants’ Rights Counselor Training

Tues. & Thurs.

May 18, 20, 25 & 27

6:00 – 8:00pm


To register fill out our volunteer form here!

Tenants Together, California’s Statewide Organization (based in SF), is looking for new volunteers to support tenants across the state in rising up against real estate speculation, displacement and injustice.

Hotline Volunteers are key in the fight against gentrification and displacement. As a Tenant Hotline Counselor you will play a key role in defending housing as a human right by supporting those most impacted by the housing crisis to assert their rights and protect their homes and families. In many counties across California, the Tenants Together Hotline is the only service that offers information and support to renters.

Volunteers are expected to commit to at least 3-4 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months. Access to computer and internet are needed to participate. Tenants Together has transitioned our efforts to be conducted entirely online in order to participate remotely during the current health crisis. We are passionate about what we do, we enjoy our work, and we support each other.

We are in great need of Spanish speaking volunteers! Please consider volunteering if you speak Spanish fluently so we can make the hotline as accessible to monolingual folks and undocumented communities as possible.

Hotline Hours:

Tue. 5:30-8:30pm
Wed. 5:30-8:30pm
Thur. 5:30-8:30pm

Now more than ever, we need volunteers to support the fight against federal and state policies that put our elderly, LGBTQIA, black and brown, undocumented, disabled, and working class communities at risk of displacement. So join us in the fight!

Again, the next scheduled training series (all (4)days required) is

Tues & Thurs

6:00 – 8:00pm

May 18, 20, 25 & 27

ALL (4)DAYS are required to complete the counseling training. You will learn invaluable skills to help your community and become part of the fight for housing justice. Including timely information like the impacts of COVID-19 State of Emergency on our tenants and communities and how best to support.

Accessibility: This training series will only be offered online via video/teleconference. If you have any accessibility concerns, requests or comments please email

We aim to help build an anti-racist, feminist, multiracial, anti-oppressive tenant movement. This means we do not tolerate racism, homophobia, ableism, transphobia, islamophobia, classism, cis-sexism, or sexism. We also hope to continue working to make this event, and our office, as accessible as possible to everyone who is interested in being part of the fight for housing justice.

In solidarity,

Victoria Zacarias (She/Her)
Community Leadership Director
Tenants Together


NavCal App Open

NavCal App Open

The NavCal Summer 2021 application is out — and we’d appreciate it if you could share the following message/flyers among your networks:

NavCal is recruiting new/incoming nontraditional students to join the Summer 2021 cohort! We accept on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply asap.

The Rolling Deadline is Monday May 31st, 2021. The application link is here.

Now recruiting motivated students this summer to enroll in a fellowship.

The Fellowship (via Zoom) assists students’ transition to Cal & improves knowledge of resources and networking around campus.

NavCal: Acquiring Social Capital Theory in Action/Practicum

The Rolling Deadline is Monday, May 31st, 2021. Apply HERE. Thank you!


Career Cntr Su Programs

Career Cntr Su Programs

What kind of Summer programming do you need for Summer 2021?

Let them know.

The Career Center is focused on providing customized services to undergraduate L&S students and recent grads. In addition to being available for 1:1 appointments with students this summer break, we would like to get feedback from students about service offerings that may be of interest to them this summer.

We plan to use this information to drive summer offerings that will assist students with their career preparation. Responses are confidential and the survey closes on May 31st. Click HERE for the survey!


13) Fiat Justice Scholars Prog

Fiat Justice Scholars Prog

FIAT Justice Scholars Program

A new program focused on Tech Equity/Social Justice + Computational Skills + Professional Development + Community



*Timeline: Late June to December 2021

*2021 financial support: $1,500 per Fiat Justice Scholar

($200 on acceptance; $100 per activity x 11 activities; $200 at completion)

*Virtual event details: TBA, dates dependent on our cohort’s schedules to meet regularly each month

*Virtual orientation: Students will be introduced to their AJS cohort, review of program components, logistics, program leadership, and review our road map to success.


*Wed., May 19, 2021 (will start reviewing on this date and continue to accept applications until all our spots are filled).


*Registered undergraduate UC Berkeley student, with at least one semester completed at Cal, all majors welcome

*LGTBQ, Military Veterans, System Impacted, Student Parent, NavCal, EOP, Transfer, and DSP students are encouraged to apply

*Must have completed all parts of the FAFSA or state financial aid application and have a financial aid package at Cal

*U.S. Citizenship, permanent residents, or DREAMers

*GPA: 2.5+


*Participate in critical analysis and reflection workshops. Students will attend critical reflection workshops where students will explore the social and political, ethical and legal dimensions of technical practice.

*Participate in public interest technology lectures. Students will attend and have the opportunity to meet with speakers in a small setting to learn about their career paths and their stories of resilience, passion, and hard work.


*Computational skills workshop. Students will learn the basics of how to code in Python and will have access to participate in data science D-Lab workshops.


*Participate in career workshops around business core competencies (ex: resume preparation, interviewing, etc.). Plus gain exposure to research and internship opportunities.


*Mentorship. To match scholars to mentors from public interest/social interest technology.

*Network. Scholars will benefit from the leadership and additional mentorship from the School of Information, the Division of Equity & Inclusion, and the data science D-lab.


text or e-mail Diana Lizarraga  #510.778.5165 or