Legal Studies Latest News as of 12/14/22

December 14, 2022


1) Legal Studies/JSP Commencement 2023
2) JusticeCorps
3) Open Theater Courses
4) Finals Week SLC
5) Center Point Inc Jobs
6) Global Intrnshp Israel
1) Legal Studies/JSP Commencement 2023 
Legal Studies/JSP Commencement 2023 
The Legal Studies/ Jurisprudence & Social Policy Commencement will be held:
Sunday, May 14th
Zellerbach Auditorium
This is the first year we will be combining our PhD candidates from the Jurisprudence & Social Policy Program! Usually there are maybe 3 students graduating each spring.
More info will be sent to this list and posted on our website as it becomes available.
2) JusticeCorps


Interested in Law, Community Service, and Social Justice? Learn about the law and life outside the classroom while helping others through JusticeCorps!

Applications for the upcoming 2023-2024 JusticeCorps Program are now available! Continuing students and graduating seniors interested in Public Service, Law, Social Justice, and/or community service can find the applications here. (JusticeCorps is an academic year program. If you are interested in a summer internship click here to learn about the Access to Justice Summer internship.)  

JusticeCorps is an AmeriCorps program that will engage approximately 55 continuing university students from Bay Area Partner Universities and 8 graduate fellows in intensive volunteer service in the self-help centers of the Superior Courts of: San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, and San Francisco Counties for the 2023-2024 program year. The self-help centers assist litigants, who cannot afford an attorney; help themselves resolve their legal matters.

Unlike many other fellowship, internship and volunteer programs JusticeCorps members work directly with people in need and do not do administrative work.  All members will participate in a mandatory 2-day weekend orientation and training on Saturday, September 9th, & Sunday, September 10th, 2023 and receive over 40 hours of training over the course of the year. 

Students commit to serve for 300 hours, which is roughly equivalent to 2 4-hour shifts each week over the course of the academic year. The two shifts can be served on the same day or on separate weekdays (Training time counts towards the required hours.)  

Fellows commit to 1700 hours of service over 11.5 months beginning August 15, 2023.

Benefits for all JusticeCorps members include:

  • The opportunity to serve their community

  • One on one interaction with litigants

  • Practical law and social services related experience

  • Daily opportunities to work with lawyers

  • Courtroom observation

  • Shadow days with judicial officers

  • Field project or internship credit

  • Letters of recommendation for law school or graduate school

Student JusticeCorps members also earn an AmeriCorps education award. Currently $1,459.26 (This award can be used to pay back loans or for future education). Student members also receive transportation reimbursement 

Graduating seniors should apply for the full-time JusticeCorps Fellowship. In addition to the benefits above, Fellows receive:

  • A $33,000 living allowance,

  • Medical insurance

  • Loan forbearance (for qualifying student loans)

  • Education awards totaling $10,000 including an AmeriCorps Eli SegalEducation award and the California For All Award. These awards can be used to pay back qualifying loans or saved for future education

  • Childcare benefits.

We’ll also be hosting an online Info Sessionon December 20th at 12pm noon, click here for the link to join!

For more information and our application please visit our website:

  • Fellow Applications are due by 2/12/2023
  • Student member Applications are due by 2/19/23

Please contact Lexi Hernandez, Bay Area JusticeCorps Specialist with any questions:

3) Open Theater Courses
Open Theater Courses
Note:  Theater 166 and 25AC do not count towards the Legal Studies major.
Spring 2023 / Theater 166
Taught by Philip Agyapong
with live drumming
Open to all UC Berkeley students! No audition required.

This course is an introduction to the techniques, choreographic devices, and elements of traditional and neo-traditional dance forms from West Africa. Movement phrases and vocabularies from these traditional dance forms will serve as the foundation to our movement exploration, composition, and choreography. Students will also develop their own dances, building from fundamental African dance techniques. Through dance forms, chants, and storytelling, students will be immersed in and understand the poly-rhythmic movements, aesthetic diversity, and societal purpose of dance. Students will also explore the traditions, value systems, and history of dance forms.

Class Details:
Mon/Wed/Fri • 2pm–4pm
Class # 30781 • 3 Units
Spring 2023 / Theater 25AC
Taught by Prof. Roshanak Khesthi
What is race? What is performance? How do these social phenomena intersect? How have public performances of civil disobedience changed racial discourses? What is a performance of civil rights? This course introduces students to core performance studies concepts through an examination of race and racialization in the US. We examine performance art, street performances and the intersection of the two to examine where civil society intersects with artistic expression.

Class Details:
Mon/Wed/Fri • 11am–12pm
Class # 26007 • 4 Units
  • Fulfills Arts & Literature, L&S Breadth
  • Fulfills American Cultures Requirement
4) Finals Week SLC
Finals Week SLC

We are thrilled to share some exciting Finals Week offerings at the SLC: 

  • In addition to our wonderful atrium space, we will be opening up our classrooms, typically reserved for our program services, for students to collaborate and study with their peers! Our RRR and Finals Week hours are 10am-10pm

  • Healthy snacks and tasty treats

  • We have transformed one of our rooms into a wellness zone, where we will be offering guided yoga & meditation activities throughout the day!

  • Exam reviews, topic reviews, tutoring, and more! Check out our program pages to learn more

We want you to know the SLC is here to support your Finals Week studying. Additionally, we encourage you to follow our Instagram to get real-time updates of our Finals Week offerings!

5) Center Point Inc Jobs
Center Point Inc Jobs
Center Point Inc. offers employment, educational, SUD, domestic violence classes, and anger management classes, as well as offering transitional housing to men and women on state parole. We are currently hiring for these open positions:

6) Global Intrnshp Israel

Global Intrnshp Israel


Haifa, Israel

Experience Israel’s complexity and diversity in the coastal city of Haifa, Israel, and broaden your view of the Middle East.

Berkeley Global Internship participants will work in local nonprofits, public projects and grassroots organizations working in the fields of education, women’s rights, immigration, and others. The program will be run in partnership with Yahel Israel, an Israeli nonprofit specializing in running service learning and social action programs in Israel, and The Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies.

Internships will be three to four days a week, with two days of the week consisting of program-related coursework and field trips. Internship opportunities may include:

• Curriculum Development in English

• Evaluation – assistance in ongoing data collection and analysis

• Resource development – including grant-writing, donor research, foundational research, assistance with fundraising campaigns etc.

• Media and marketing – creating website content, building websites, maintaining social media platforms, creating marketing materials in English and more.

• Assistance with program and event planning

• Assistance with local projects – second hand-store, projects with the elderly

• Community based research - community mapping

• Secondary research – research on methodologies from around the world that may apply to local work

• Direct English activities with children and youth


Israel: June 19 - August 11, 2023

Online Course: June 5 – August 12, 2023

Dates and programs are subject to change. Please see our website for any updates.


Scholarships of $5,000 are available for this location to all admitted students (including visitors) to assist with program costs and living expenses, courtesy of the Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies. No additional application is required!