Legal Studies Latest News

March 29, 2021


1) Legl Stds Grad Info
2) New Moot Court
3) Be a Peer Mentor
4) SSDP Drug Policy
5) Career Peer Advsr Jobs
6) Entrtnmnt Law Event
7) SEO Pre-Law Prog
8) Journeys Toward Justice
9) Greek/Latin Wkshp Su21
10) Perennial Jrnl
11) Library Prize
12) Berkeley Stdy Abrd Schlrshp
13) PreLaw Scholars Prog


1) Legl Stds Grad Info

Legl Stds Grad Info

A message from the Chancellor regarding the general commencement was scheduled to go out today to all Fa20, Sp21 and Su21 degree list candidates (meaning if your EGT in CalCentral is Fa20, Sp21 or Su21). If you are on one of these degree lists and you didn’t get the message, let me know.

Legal Studies will not be holding a virtual commencement ceremony. We will be posting content on our website under the ‘Commencement’ tab the morning of the general commencement 5/15/21.

Here’s the message from the chancellor in case you didn’t get it:


Dear Students of the Class of 2021,

Your last three semesters at Cal have been anything but typical — and I share your frustration that graduating from college isn’t following the traditional script. Yet I also want to reflect back what I see: a class that has embraced the constant unknown with determination, open-mindedness, creativity, and kindness toward each other. These skills will serve you as powerfully as your Berkeley degree.

I would like to share the following plans for May 2021 commencement, which apply to all undergraduate and graduate students graduating in fall 2020, spring 2021, and summer 2021.

  • Virtual campuswide commencement — At 9 a.m. on May 15, 2021, all undergraduate and graduate students will be invited to join a virtual ceremony that will include speeches and the conferring of degrees. You will be able to share this online occasion with your family and friends.
  • In-person, student-only procession — To honor a cherished part of graduation, we will hold an in-person, student-only procession at the Greek Theatre from May 16-20, 2021. Only a certain number of graduates will be permitted to cross the stage per hour to maintain safety, which is why we are allotting five days so that everyone has the chance to participate. You will be able to schedule your walkthrough when it works for you and can coordinate with your friends to sign up for the same time. Please note that no guests, including family, will be allowed in the theater or on campus, but the procession will be live streamed.
  • Virtual department graduations (organized by departments) — Many schools, colleges, departments, and student organizations will hold their own virtual ceremonies or receptions in May. Check with your group for details.

The number one question I hear is, “Why can’t we celebrate in person?” As a public university, we must adhere to several public health guidelines at the local, state, and national level. While the vaccine is becoming more available and circumstances may improve by May, it takes months to plan a ceremony of this magnitude for some 60,000 visitors from around the world. We cannot predict what the guidelines will recommend for that time, yet we are committed to celebrating your achievement in as safe, equitable, and shareable a way as possible. We believe the virtual commencement and in-person, student-only procession are the best solutions.

The second question I hear most is, “Can I bring guests?” As you may know, the campus is currently closed to the public to comply with state orders, and we cannot predict when that order will be lifted. The opportunities to gather, either on or off campus, are both limited and discouraged. I encourage you instead to plan a small celebration with your loved ones as your local guidelines allow.

We will share further details for each option as they are confirmed. Look for an email in early April inviting you to register for the virtual campuswide commencement, your virtual department graduation, and the in-person procession. Thank you for your flexibility and patience, and I wish you success in these final weeks.

Visit for the latest updates, or contact or 888.UNIV.CAL (888.864.8225) if you have any questions.

Fiat Lux, 

Carol Christ

This message has been sent to all UC Berkeley students on the Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 degree lists. 



2) New Moot Court

New Moot Court

New Moot Court Team at UC Berkeley:

If you are interest in joining the new moot court team at Cal please fill out this form by April 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST:

Moot Court is a student organization that simulates appellate advocacy with an optional brief writing component that helps undergraduate students prepare for law school and learn valuable legal advocacy and writing skills. The American Moot Court Association (AMCA) releases a case problem on the 1st of May each year. The case problem is fictional and takes place in the “51st U.S. State of Olympus.” The case deals with 2 constitutional issues. If you’d like more information on the organization or are interested in previous cases, feel free to check out the AMCA website at

Undergraduate students compete in regional and national tournaments across the country winning speaker awards and brief writing awards.

From the AMCA Website:

“The American Moot Court Association is the largest intercollegiate moot court organization in the U.S. The AMCA establishes the rules of competition and supervises regional and national tournaments that are open to all college and university students. Last year, more than 475 teams registered to compete in fourteen qualifying tournaments to attempt to win a bid to the Championship Tournament that was held at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA.Each year, students from additional colleges and universities decide to participate in the challenging and rewarding opportunity provided by intercollegiate moot court.

This website provides several resources to explore if you have interest in starting a moot court team, including the current case problem, AMCA rules, a list of the regional tournaments, videos of the final rounds of previous national tournaments, and other resources.”

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Please write your questions into the Google form (link listed above).

DEADLINE TO APPLY: April 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PSTThe team will be formed by May 15, 2021.


3) Be a Peer Mentor

Be a Peer Mentor

The Berkeley International Office is beginning recruitment for our annual Peer Mentorship Program. Please share out the following information with your students who may be interested in mentoring incoming international students and helping them to connect with the overall UC Berkeley community in Fall 2021.

Becoming a Peer Mentor is a great opportunity to help new international students connect with campus and one another. You will play an invaluable role in aiding in their transition to campus while gaining skills and experiences that will help you with your future plans—and you’ll have a lot of fun in the process!

Visit our Be a Peer Mentor webpage to learn more, and fill out this Google Form by 11:59pm on Monday, April 5, 2021 to apply!


4) SSDP Drug Policy

SSDP Drug Policy

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is back in UC Berkeley! We’ve just re-started the chapter and would love for more people who are passionate about drug policy to come join us. To join, email to be added to our email list! You can also follow us on Instagram @ssdp_berkeley


5) Career Peer Advsr Jobs

Career Peer Advsr Jobs

Peer Advisor Recruitment

Deadline to apply: April 7th

Working directly with and supervised by two staff Career Counselors, Peer Advisors are trained to be extremely knowledgeable about Career Center services, counseling techniques, and will assist students through providing daily customer service in the Career Center, one-to-one service, and conducting workshops.


6) Entrtnmnt Law Event

Entrtnmnt Law Event

Career Connections: Entertainment Industry

Thursday, April 1st, 5:00-7:00pm

Interested in an exciting career in the entertainment industry? At this event, you can connect with alumni in a variety of roles in areas such as entertainment law, music production, film, television, writing, law, fashion, and more!


7) SEO Pre-Law Prog

SEO Pre-Law Prog

Black, LatinX, or Native American students who are freshman, sophomores, or juniors may want to apply for this career development program. Current law students of color who were a part of this program, speak very highly of it.

To apply:



8) Journeys Toward Justice

Journeys Toward Justice

Join a multi-college collaboration spotlighting changemakers across the country who are driving justice and equity forward!  This remote series is inspired by the alternative spring break trips that our universities typically support this time of year. All sessions are at 3:00pm-4:30pm PST unless otherwise noted.  Please share with students

Learn more about Journeys Toward Justice

RSVP for a journey!

Journeys include:

  • 3/23: Disrupting the Lost Cause Narrative (University of Richmond)
  • 3/26: Border Stories – Immigration and Humanitarian Work (Harvard University)
  • 3/30: Re-Entry: Support Systems for Ex-Offenders (Yale University)
  • 3/31: Speak Their Names (University of North Carolina)
  • 4/6: Stanford and Native American Lands
  • 4/7: Mapping Social Justice Movements in Durham (5pm PT; Duke University)
  • 4/9: The Real Montgomery Bus Boycott (Brown University)
  • 4/13: Public Art as a Form of Activism (Tulane University)
  • 4/16: History Revoiced: Opening the Classroom to Stories that Change Our World (University of California, Berkeley)
  • 4/20: Beyond the Dream (3pm ET / 12pm PT; University of San Francisco)
  • 4/20: Change with The Trenton Circus Squad (Princeton University)
  • 4/21: Climate Change in Boston: Social Determinants, Equity, and Action (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • 4/23: Closing Reflection


9) Greek/Latin Wkshp Su21

Greek/Latin Wkshp Su21

Applications are open for students enrolling in summer 2021 Greek or Latin Workshops,. The Department of Classics has up to eight tuition rebates of $3,000 available. Two are reserved for UC Berkeley students, while the rest are open to all, including Berkeley students.

For Berkeley students only, the rebates can be paid directly for summer tuition and fees.

To apply, please send the following materials via email attachment to the Department Chair, Ellen Oliensis ( by March 26, 2021:

  • a statement (not to exceed 500 words) explaining your academic reasons for wanting to do the workshop as well as your financial need. It is most helpful to the committee when applicants discuss their financial need in some detail (including any current financial aid)
  • copies of all transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)
  • a letter of support from a faculty member at your current or previous institution (to be sent directly by the recommender to Chair Oliensis)

The Department also encourages prospective students to explore other sources of funding.  Here are three to consider:

For questions about the program please send an email to


10) Perennial Jrnl

Perennial Jrnl

Perennial is Berkeley’s premier undergraduate environmental journal that seeks to provide an accessible and diverse platform to showcase the work of the environmental community. We aim to raise awareness about the earth’s most critical issues and inspire innovative solutions to tackle them.

We are accepting research paper submissions for our Spring 2021 issue, which will include articles and papers centered on the theme of Momentum. In this issue, we want to highlight the numerous solutions and ways to bring about long-term structural change for a more sustainable future.

Deadline to submit is April 18th.

Submit here.



11) Library Prize

Library Prize

As you review drafts of your students’ papers and projects, please encourage undergraduates with strong research projects to apply for the Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research.

The prize is open to Berkeley undergraduates from any discipline and class level, and includes a cash award ($1,000 upper division; $750 lower division) with multiple possible winners in each category. We especially encourage submissions from lower division students, whose projects are judged separately from those of upper division students. Students who have completed research projects in previous semesters are also encouraged to apply.

To be eligible, research projects must have been completed in a credit course at UC Berkeley during one of these terms:

  • Lower division: Spring 2020 Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021
  • Upper division: Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021

Application instructions and additional details are available on the Berkeley Library website. The application period closes Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Thank you for helping us find and celebrate the best undergraduate research on campus.


12) Berkeley Stdy Abrd Schlrshp

Berkeley Stdy Abrd Schlrshp

The Berkeley Study Abroad Scholarship is available to eligible Berkeley students. Qualified students will receive awards of $1,200 for a summer 2021 program. No application is necessary.

To qualify, you must:

  • Be a current UC Berkeley student (Expected Graduation Date of summer 2021 or later)
  • Be a current Berkeley student eligible for financial aid
  • Be a participant in a 2021 Berkeley Virtual Global Internships program (all locations), or the 2021 Berkeley Summer Abroad Virtual Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation program.
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $50,000 or less
  • Have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the term of participation
  • Have remaining financial need after all other eligible gift aid and scholarships have been calculated towards your program’s cost of attendance
  • Enrolled in a minimum of 6 semester units in summer 2021

—-> You can estimate your financial aid in CalCentral! Log into CalCentral, go to My Finances, navigate to the Financial Resources area on the right side of the page. Scroll down to the Summer Sessions heading and click on Summer Cost and Aid Estimator.


13) PreLaw Scholars Prog

PreLaw Scholars Prog

The Barnes & Thornburg’s Prelaw Scholars program is a new opportunity designed to help undergraduate students hurdle obstacles in the way of pursing a law degree.

 Applications must be completed on line and submitted by April 30, 2021.

Thinking seriously about going to law school? Whether you are destined for a


Undergraduate students who are interested in law school apply to be a Prelaw Scholar. We cover the cost of taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and the LSAT prep course. After you have successfully taken the LSAT, we help you offset the cost of your applications to law schools by providing funds for a credential assembly service to help you gather, organize, and present application materials. The program also provides attorney mentors to help guide you through law school. Below are requirements and next steps:


  • »  Be a college senior or graduate from an accredited college whose background, experience, personal attributes,
    and characteristics contribute to Barnes & Thornburg’s diversity, equity, and inclusion commitment and goals
  • »  Demonstrate excellent academic and personal achievement
  • »  Be planning to take the LSAT in the next 12 months
  • »  Demonstrate financial needHOW TO APPLY:
  • »  Complete online application
  • »  Provide resume and two letters of recommendation
  • »  Provide transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • »  Submit a personal statement describing how you meet the listed criteria
  • »  Submit copy of most recent FAFSA or Student Aid Report from undergraduate school


When is the deadline to apply?

Applications will be accepted through April 30, 2021.

Do transcripts need to be certified/official?

No, unofficial transcripts are fine.

What if I do not have all of the requested documents?
Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please have all documents uploaded by the deadline.

When will I know if I am selected?

All applications will be reviewed and top candidates will be contacted in early May to schedule interviews with the selection panel. Scholarship recipients will be notified in early June.

What do I get if I am selected?

Scholars are eligible to receive up to $2,500 to help pay for their LSAT application, LSAT study course, credential assembly service, and law school application fees. Scholars are also paired with attorney mentors to help guide and provide support and advice throughout the law school application process and in law school.