Legal Studies Latest News as of 1/25/22

January 25, 2022


1) Don't Get Dropped
2) Need an Extra Unit?
3) LS 190 w/Open Seats
4) Depositions Deadline Wed 1/26
5) GPP Minor
6) CalHPSA
7) Peace Corps
8) BLSA!
9) Pre-Law Summit
10) Career Peer Advisors
11) Career Center Videos
13) Vanguard at Cal
14) Global Intrnshps
15) Su Abroad Info Sess
16) Berkeley Su Abroad

1) Don't Get Dropped
Don't Get Dropped

Instructors are taking attendance (even with remote instruction) for the first two weeks of the semester, after which the enrollments will be finalized. Be sure to attend discussion sections beginning second week, even if you are on the waitlist.
Contact your Instructors in advance if you know you'll miss lecture or section. 
If you've already missed a class, send an explanation e-mail to the instructors.
Do not wait until after you've been dropped for non-attendance to explain why you were out.
There are usually plenty of students waiting to be enrolled who have attended every class for the first two weeks and who will gladly take your spot if you are dropped.
Don't lose your spot! Be proactive! Go to class! Notify instructors if you'll be out!
2) Need an Extra Unit?
Need an Extra Unit?
If you need a few more units, consider DeCal courses for one or two units each ( ). (But remember, you can only take 4 units of 98, 99, 198 and 199 per semester, and can only use 16 units of 98, 99, 197, 198 & 199 toward degree requirements).
Also consider Poli Sci 179 for one unit. 
This course can be repeated for credit as the speakers change each semester.
(NOTE:  DeCals and Poli Sci 179 do not count towards the Legal Studies major.)
Or maybe apply for the Depositions opportunity w/the 199 1 unit option.
See details below in number 4.
3) LS 190 w/Open Seats
LS 190 w/Open Seats

Course Number: 30069
Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation 
Th 3:30 - 6:30
Fulfills Area II or IV

This course presents the concept of the "Truth and Reconciliation" process as a response to state-sponsored violence. We examine Truth and Reconciliation Commissions in local and global contexts to better understand new approaches to justice that address the needs of those who have been harmed, enable accountability on the part of individuals and institutions, and promote peaceful co-existence, mutual respect and healing. 

Students will engage in research projects that dig deep into historical harms of California and the Bay area, and explore the possibilities of Truth, Justice and Reconciliation processes that include acknowledgement, recognition, self-determination, reparation, repatriation, policy changes, restorative justice, official apologies, museums and memorials, and the arts. 

This class meets from 3:30-6:30 pm on Thursdays. 

Check out all other 190's in 'Course Offerings by Semester' on our website.

And look at the online schedule to see which courses have open seats.

4) Depositions    (Deadline Wed 1/26)
Legal Studies 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, March 15, 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.  

Note:  At this point, there is uncertainty whether the class will be conducted remotely via Zoom or in person.  If any class will be conducted via Zoom, witnesses will receive a Zoom invitation.  If a class will be conducted in person, additional instructions will be provided.

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 sends e-mail), with a copy of your message to Monique Sanchez, his Faculty Support Assistant, at sends e-mail), 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.

Students' 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 depositions;  
v. Papers will be graded on a P/NP basis by Professor Perry.
NOTE: This one unit of LS 199 for the Depositions experience can be used towards the 32 upper division units for the Legal Studies major.

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.  
5) GPP Minor
GPP Minor

Cal Students,

We invite you to learn about the Global Poverty & Practice Minor!

The GPP Minor introduces students to the theoretical frameworks, methods, and practical skills necessary to engage with global poverty and inequality in effective ways. 

The minor requires five courses and a "Practice Experience."  This experience is a central component of the minor in which students partner with domestic or international non-governmental or community organizations, government agencies, or other poverty or development programs, on various dimensions of poverty action – from food security and sustainable technologies to economic justice and grass-roots political power.  The combination of the coursework for the minor and this real world experience allows students to connect theories and practices of poverty action. Funding is available to support students’ practice experiences.

The deadline to declare the minor this semester is Wednesday, March 9th.  There are no prerequisites required to declare.

The Declaration Form and additional information about the minor can be found at:

Information Sessions about the minor will be held at the following times:

Friday, January 21st, 12pm - 1pm (Remote)
Thursday, January 27th, 12pm - 1pm (Remote)
Tuesday, February 1st, 4pm - 5pm (Remote)
Monday, February 7th, 5pm - 6pm (Remote)
Friday, February 25th, 11am - 12pm (Blum Hall B100 A/B)
Wednesday, March 2nd, 4pm - 5pm (Blum Hall B100 A/B)
All Info Session details can also be found on the GPP Website.

Contact with any questions.

6) CalHPSA

Interested in health advocacy, healthcare, or public policy? Interested in learning and advocating for a more sustainable and equitable healthcare system?

The California Health Professional Student Alliance is UC Berkeley’s premier health advocacy student organization, dedicated to healthcare advocacy and the empowerment of student leaders. With CaHPSA, you can get certified as an enrollment counselor with Covered California, participate in statewide advocacy with our network of chapters, and so much more! We believe that health and healthcare are universal rights and through our advocacy and outreach efforts, we can change California!

Some of past and current activities include:

  • Ongoing training and certification for Certified Enrollment Counselors (become one today!)
  • Lobby Day! Come join us at the Capitol for a day of legislative visits and grassroots healthcare lobbying with CaHPSA members statewide
  • Panel with CaHPSA alumni in public health, medicine, public policy, etc.
  • Advocacy campaign to support individuals using drugs and mitigate overdoses in the Bay Area
  • MORE!!!

Feel free to email us to ask about current and future advocacy efforts, career development opportunities, and membership!


Due: February 16, 2022 11:59 PM PST



7) Peace Corps
Peace Corps
Peace Corps: Opportunities at Home and Abroad
February 10, 2022 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM PST

Attend this panel discussion featuring representatives from the Peace Corps, Americorps NCCC, and Teach for America to learn about volunteer experiences, ask questions about service, and gain knowledge about the application processes. To register, click here. Additionally, sign up for coffee chats with Peace Corps recruiter to learn more about the program, click here.
8) BLSA!

The BerkeleyLegal StudiesAssociation (BLSA) strives to create a community of individuals interested in law. BLSA events include LSAT workshops, lunches with LegalStudies professors, speaker panels, The Living Catalogue (where professors speak about their upcoming classes), and many, many other enjoyable and interesting opportunities!

BLSA also organizes and publishes the California LegalStudiesJournal, a forum for high-quality undergraduate research relating to a large range of law-related topics.

For more information and event updates, please feel free to join our Facebook page at is external

Our contact email is sends e-mail

The application link is
9) Pre-Law Summit 
Pre-Law Summit 

The Career Center Pre-Law Summit will begin March 1st, 12-2
Find details here and here in Handshake.
10) Career Peer Advisors
Career Peer Advisors
Take advantage!
11) Career Center Videos
Career Center Videos
If you've wanted to attend a Career Center event but weren't able to, lately they've been recording and posting their events on YouTube!



GET INVOLVED NOW: Internships & Volunteering Available. Help fight plastic pollution, make textbooks affordable, and more!

CALPIRG Students is a student organization here that works to protect the environment, make college more affordable, and promote civic engagement. Last Fall we helped nearly 10,000 students register to vote in California and got the UCs to release new policy to phase out single-use plastics to protect our oceans! Sign our petition to fight plastic pollution in Berkeley and check off Volunteering/Internships/Careers to get involved.

Now we’re working to tackle plastic pollution. From plastic bags to foam takeout containers, so much plastic ends up in our environment harming wildlife and polluting our parks and communities for hundreds of years. That’s why we’re working to get Berkeley to serve as the green model for the rest of our state with a complete plastic bag ban in the city! 

As a volunteer or intern with CALPIRG you can:

  • Work with the media and help organize park press conferences with experts and elected officials

  • Increase voting accessibility and voter turnout in elections

  • Advocate for increased Pell Grant funding for students and free, open textbooks at the UCs

  • And more!

Learn skills, build your resume, and work with issues that matter. Get involved today.

13) Vanguard at Cal
Vanguard at Cal
The Vanguard at Berkeley is a student-run branch of the Davis Vanguard ( The Vanguard provides community-based news and publishings related to local government, criminal justice, and prison reform. We aim to bring transparency, accountability and fairness to our local government and courts. The Vanguard @ Berkeley was established in Spring 2021—so we are still new and hoping to grow!

Interested in observing and writing about court proceedings? Prison reform? Social justice? General events in Northern CA? Do you want to interview members of the community? Have an issue you’re passionate about and want to investigate? Want to see your writing published?

Apply to be a reporter! No experience required, just a desire to learn and write!

We’re holding two infosessions (starting on BerkeleyTime):
January 25th 7:00-8:00 PM: Virtual (Link; Meeting ID: 946 5252 5236, Passcode: 2022)
February 1st 7:00-8:00 PM: Virtual (Link; Meeting ID: 579 281 2981, Passcode: 2022)

We hope to see your application!

For more information:
Instagram: @vanguardatberk
LinkedIn: The Vanguard at Berkeley
Application link: 
You can email or or DM our Instagram page if you have any questions!

Thank you!
Anna Judson
Anna Judson
B.A. Candidate, Legal Studies, Public Policy and Human Rights Minor
University of California, Berkeley | Class of 2022
Vanguard @ Berkeley, Co-Editor in Chief
14) Global Intrnshps
Global Intrnshps
Join an info session to learn more about Berkeley Summer Abroad and Berkeley Global Internships programs. Applications open February 1!

Global Internships Info Sessions: Ready to talk to a Global Internships adviser? Book an appointment here.

Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and work experience through an academic internship this summer. Berkeley Global Internships offers project-based in-person and virtual academic internships in a variety of industries in both domestic and international locations. 
  • One-on-one program advising.
  • Placement in an internship based on your academic background, experience, and interests.
  • Professional development workshops to prepare you for your internship.
  • Financial aid applies.

Domestic, in-person locations:
-Atlanta, Georgia
-Boston, Massachusetts
-Los Angeles, California
-New York, New York
-SF Bay Area, California

International, in-person locations:
-Dublin, Ireland
-Haifa, Israel *Scholarship available!*
-London, UK
-Madrid, Spain
-Paris, France
-Stockholm, Sweden
-Toronto, Canada 

Virtual internship regions:
-Latin/South Americas
-Domestic US

15) Su Abroad Info Sess
Su Abroad Info Sess
Summer Abroad Info Sessions: Additional info sessions will be listed on the individual program pages.

Ready to talk to a Summer Abroad adviser? Book an appointment here.
16) Berkeley Su Abroad
Berkeley Su Abroad

Berkeley Summer Abroad offers intensive summer abroad programs built around Berkeley courses and led by Berkeley faculty.
  • Earn Berkeley credit (or UC credit for visiting students) while diving deep into a topic with an international focus.
  • Live, study, and travel with other program students and study special topics, languages, and cultures.
  • Courses can satisfy Breadth Requirements and/or Major/Minor Requirements. See individual program pages for more details.
  • Financial aid applies.
  • Barcelona, Spain: The Other Side/El Otro Lado: A comparative look at migration and refugees along the Mediterranean and US-Mexico borderlands

    Engage deeply with the histories and contemporary realities of migrant and refugee communities in the vibrant city of Barcelona, Spain. Participants will meet with local NGOs, migrant collectives, and scholars working with refugees in Europe.
  • Dublin, Ireland: Sport, History, and Cultural Identity *** NEW! ***

    Explore the cultural history of sport in Ireland and the United States. Learn how these popular practices reflect social and national identity (and forms of nationalism), and how sport infuses meaning into cultural participation, consumption, and a shared experience.
  • Greece: Mediterranean Nutrition and Food Systems *** NEW! ***

    Examine the key elements of the Mediterranean dietary pattern, including food culture in the Mediterranean, and discuss how the various factors combine to promote health. We will study food systems through specific ingredients produced in Chios, Greece such as honey, citrus, wine, olive oil, herbs, and mastic, an evergreen tree grown only in Chios for its culinary and medicinal properties.
  • Madrid, Spain: Spanish Language and Culture

    Sharpen your Spanish language skills and settle into the Spanish pace of life in Madrid, the stunning cosmopolitan capital of Spain. In this program, students will immerse themselves in the day-to-day life of a Madrileño/a.
  • Paris, France: French Language, Culture and Society

    Dive headfirst into French culture in Paris, one of the most beautiful and storied cities in the world! This program is designed to immerse students in the language and day-to-day rhythms of French culture. 
  • Portugal: Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe

    Join the European Innovation Academy in Porto, Portugal for an intensive, fast-paced learning experience, where you will learn from venture capitalists, serial entrepreneurs, executives from Silicon Valley companies, and experts from across the globe.
Learn more here.