Legal Studies Latest News as of 12/1/21

December 1, 2021
1) Dec 1st Event
2) Last Day for Late Changes
3) Pre-Law @ Chapman U
4) D-Lab Positions
5) Vanguard Court Watch
6) Legal Svcs for Prisoners w/Children
7) Leadership Intrnshp Prog
8) Black Undergrad Survey
9) Kaplan Discount
10) Reboot for Women
11) ASUC Positions
12) Depositions
1) Dec 1st Event
Dec 1st Event
Undergraduate Research in the Field of Carceral Studies
Description: UC Berkeley is an important place for innovative research, teaching, and organizing on issues of mass incarceration and racialized state violence. Undergraduates are at the forefront of this urgently important work, and this panel discussion brings together a handful of students to share stories about: their work and its implications, how they developed their projects, and what people and resources at UC Berkeley have supported their projects. We welcome all students to this event to learn more about opportunities to get involved in the field of carceral studies.
This event is part of the new campus series "Interventions & Innovations: Undergraduates in Conversation About Their Discovery Projects" hosted by the Discovery Hub."
Date: Wednesday, December 1, 12pm on Zoom
2) Last Day for Late Changes
Last Day for Late Changes

Friday December 3rd is the last day to make a Late Change of Class Schedule.
You have two chances to make late changes.
Please, if you are considering dropping a class, be sure that your financial aid will not be affected. Check with Fin Aid.
Here's where you can find info and the form.
3) Pre-Law @ Chapman U
Pre-Law @ Chapman U
Deadline: Dec 10
The Pre-Law Winter Institute will be held virtually via Zoom on Friday, January 7, 2022 and Friday, January 21, 2022 from 12:00pm-2:00pm PST. To apply for the program, please complete the following form by Friday, December 10, 2021. 
4) D-Lab Positions
D-Lab Positions
Open UTech positions at D-Lab!
D-Lab is hiring UC Berkeley undergraduate students for our Undergraduate Technician (UTech) positions for the spring 2022 semester! Please see below for information about our open UTech positions and the upcoming information session.

We are holding info sessions on Wednesday, Dec 8 from 4pm-5pm and Thursday, Dec 9, from 4pm-5pm for folks to learn more about D-Lab, the open UTech positions, and hear from current UTech. If you are interested in learning more and applying to be a UTech, please sign up here to attend the info session. Once we receive your sign up, we will follow up with a calendar invite to the info session.

Applications will be open starting Friday, December 10 until January 11, 2021. For more detailed information about the position, you can visit our website.

D-Lab UTech:
UTechs are the face of D-Lab’s virtual front desk, offering assistance to anyone who drops-ins by aligning them with the proper service or resource. This position is the front line support for D-Lab, and is often people’s first (and lasting) impression of D-Lab. Among other things, UTechs manage the “D-Lab Frontdesk” email inbox, contribute our weekly newsletter, contribute to workshop production and video curation, and assist with consultation requests and assignment to the proper resource or consultation service.

D-Lab is an open, inclusive culture that values diversity and open exchange. We will let you develop leadership in your particular area while working collaboratively with other students and staff.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our info sessions on Wednesday, Dec 8 from 4pm-5pm and Thursday, Dec 9, from 4pm-5pm.
5) Vanguard Court Watch
Vanguard Court Watch

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 cases 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 Dec. 3 at 6 pm. 

If you are interested in learning more or in applying, please join us via zoom on Dec. 3 at 6 pm. Link below.

Topic: Vanguard Informational Session
Time: Dec 3, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 873 2237 8410
Passcode: 217963

If you have any questions, please email -

6) Legal Svcs for Prisoners w/Children
Legal Svcs for Prisoners w/Children
Troy Williams, a Communications Manager at Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (a nonprofit based in Oakland), is looking for student volunteers to assist with the nonprofit's media communications and growing journalism! Troy is focused on creating visibility and publishing true narratives about the formerly incarcerated community, in addition to policy and legal advocacy for criminal justice reform. 
If you're interested in volunteering, you can email Troy at or reach him at (510) 717-7763. If you'd like a quicker response, Troy prefers that you text him your name and a little bit about yourself (he says that he's been receiving a lot of spam calls lately and won't pick up unknown numbers).
7) Leadership Intrnshp Prog
Leadership Intrnshp Prog
Leadership Launchpad Internship Program

The Leadership Launchpad is a Virtual Internship Program focused on leadership and professional development, designed for students interested in skills and experiences (such as project management) to help advance their leadership skills in government, industry and community affairs. This nine-week program, taking place during the Fall, is unique because it provides interns opportunities to put into practice skills that are valuable and transferable in multiple industry sectors.

The internship provides the following professional experience:

Communications: Learning best practices for successful communication campaigns.
Marketing: Integrating proven strategies from tech-entrepreneurs, investors & politicians
Public Relations: Learning skills in direct outreach, public relations, and engagement
Virtual Network Building: Developing a virtual network focused on professional growth
Primary Research & Content Drafting: Writing research plans, analysis and reports
Project Management: Getting experience in strategic planning and project execution.

Interns will be expected to:

Work 10-12 hours per week via Zoom (flexible self-scheduled & virtual hours)
Workshop Series: Participate in weekly professional development workshops & training seminars

- Leadership Positions & Opportunities
- Letter of Recommendation
- Invitation for Future Programs
- Professional Reference
- Professional Development
- Internship Credit for Applicable Majors


Please send resume to Patrick Curzon at

Please title subject line: Intern Applicant - "Your Name"

Deadline: December 23rd @11:59pm

Thank you for your time and consideration. 

Best Regards, Patrick Curzon

Leadership Launchpad Internship APAPA Internship Program Director

8) Black Undergrad Survey
Black Undergrad Survey
My name is Sha Quasha Morgan, and I am a graduate student in the Counselor Education department at San Jose State. I am also an alum of Cal; I graduated in 2016 with a degree in American Studies. 

I am looking for participants for my Master’s thesis that involves research which focuses on the lived experiences of Black students at elite universities and uses UC Berkeley as a case study. The study asks for participants to be available for a 1 hour  Zoom interview.

Eligibility requirements:

Current UC Berkeley Junior or Senior

Identify with Black/African American ancestry
Identify with cisgender female/ male expression
Must be U.S. born/domestic
Spent at least (1) semester physically on campus

Access the survey link here.

Thank you for your time and consideration!

9) Kaplan Discount
Kaplan Discount
Kaplan is having their biggest sale of 2021 on LSAT® exam prep. It’s the best time to buy at their lowest price of the year (25% off Live Online and Small Class courses and $500 off all Tutoring and Bootcamp prep), so take a look and find a course that might be right for you. Preview the Black Friday sale here.
10) Reboot for Women
Reboot for Women

REBOOT before finals: Women* Resisting Self-doubt & Impostor Syndrome

(*all who experience life through the lens of woman in body, spirit, identity - past, present, future, and fluid)

Fri Dec 3, 2021


Hybrid (indoors at 202 Chávez and virtually Zoom Room)

Please RSVP ( since space is limited for in-person participation. If we meet our limit, you will be provided a Zoom link to join.

As the end of the semester and finals approach, self-doubt can creep up. Reboot was inspired by "End Imposter Syndrome in Your Workplace" by Ruchika Tulshyan and Jodi-Ann Burey. The goal of this event is to create a space to decompress, consider the conditions that cause self-doubt, share tools and strategies, and conclude with an optional end of semester social event over refreshments.

This hybrid event is comprised of two parts:

(1) 2:00-3:00pm Reboot Workshop (indoors at 202 Chávez and virtual Zoom Room)

(2) 3:00-3:30pm Socializing (outdoors at Chávez Patio)

Open to all genders and identities -prioritizing femme, nonbinary, trans, disabled and/or living with a disability, Black, Indigenous, People of Color.

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 with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.

Brought to you by Gender Equity Resource Center, Graduate Womxn's Project (GWP), and Womxn of Color Initiative (WOCI) at the Graduate Assembly.

Questions? Please contact cici at
11) ASUC Positions

ASUC Positions
My name is Ananya and I am the ASUC Elections Council Chair for this year. The Elections Council is tasked with facilitating the ASUC elections that take place each Spring semester and we are currently recruiting for multiple positions. 
There are several positions available that may be of interest to your students. Joining the Elections Council is a great way to take on a leadership role at Cal and get more involved with the ASUC. The positions available will provide students with valuable hands-on experience with governance and legislative analysis. 
We are currently accepting applications for all positions on a rolling basis, however, we will give priority to applications that are submitted by November 29th. The application for Assistant Chair, Elections Auditor, and Elections Prosecutor can be found here. The applications for Associate Auditors and Associate Prosecutors can be found here.  All applications can also be found at  
12) Depositions

Spring 2022 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 Spring 2022, 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 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 February 8, February 15, March15, March 29, April 12, and April 19. 
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.)

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, with a copy of your message to Monique Sanchez, his Faculty Support Assistant, at, by no later than Wednesday, January 26, 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.

Applications will be reviewed by Professor Hecht, and he will notify students of his
decisions by no later than Friday, January 28, 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:
i. Attend all six (6) class role playing sessions, and prepare for the role plays;
ii. 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;
iii. Read materials, posted on bCourses, on participant observation methods; and consider
how those method(s) apply to your own experience;
iv. Read two chapters, posted on bCourses, from Robert Kagan’s Adversarial Legalism:
The American Way of Law, focusing especially on Chapter 6, which mentions
v. 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.