Legal Studies Latest News

December 3, 2020


1) Change Grd Op Ddlne
2) Late Drop Ddln
3) Israel Courses
4) Free Speech Wkshp
5) Berkeley Law Events
6) MENAS Pre-Law Assoc.
7) Big Ideas Courses
8) Discovery Courses
9) UC Cntr Sac
10) New Data 94 class
11) RBSI Su21
12) Tutoring Job
13) Vol for Stanford Law
14) Fellowship
15) Stronarch Prize
16) Research Info
17) CA Legal Studies Jrnl
18) Su21 LS Courses


1) Change Grd Option

Change Grd Option

The deadline to change Grading Option in CalCentral is this Friday, December 4th.

Here’s a message that went out about the policy regarding Legal Studies.

Here’s the policy page from the College of Letters & Science.


2) Late Drop Ddln

Late Drop Ddln

The deadline to drop a class in CalCentral is this Friday, December 4th.

Here’s the policy page from the College of Letters & Science.

Only consider dropping if you won’t be able to earn at least a C- minus, otherwise, you might want to change to P/NP so that you can salvage all the work that you put into the class. You need a minimum of C- minus to earn a P.

Check with Financial Aid to be sure you won’t have to pay anything back if you drop below units.


3) Israel Courses

Israel Courses

****Note: the following courses cannot be used towards the Legal Studies major requirements.****

History of Modern Israel
Hist 100 M | M, W, F | 1:00 pm – 1:59 pm | Online Instruction
Class # 32436 | More info here
This course examines the formation and the development of modern Israel. The course focuses on the historical, social and cultural origins of Zionist ideology, Israel’s founding ideology, as well as on role of the Holocaust; the Arab-Jewish conflict; the Ashkenazi-Mizrahi and secular-religious divide in the development of contemporary Israeli society. Throughout the course students will engage with a variety of primary sources, from historical documents to literary and cinematic works, and a variety of secondary sources. Israel tends to dominate the headlines of media outlets around the world, in this course we will go beyond the headlines and explore from an intellectual and academic perspective the forces and conditions that have shaped the modern Israeli experience.
Tel Aviv: A City from the Sands
NESTUD 190C | TU, TH | 12:30 pm – 1:59 pm | Online Instruction
Class # 32608 | More info here
This course will follow the history of Tel Aviv, the first Hebrew city, from its birth in 1909 as “a city from the sands”, to its present position as a global metropolis. Tel Aviv, planned as a ‘Garden City’ quickly became the center of political and cultural activity in Israel. We will cover the city’s history, architecture, urban planning, culture, politics and the arts through photography, art works and exhibitions, poetry and popular songs, performance, theatre, and film.


4) Free Speech Wkshp

Free Speech Wkshp


January 12-14, 10am – 12pm PT (virtual)

Are you an activist?  An undergraduate student leader?  Do you want to learn about the contours of the First Amendment? Or about how to more effectively use your voice to support or protest issues that are important to you?

If you are answering ‘yes’, then consider applying to participate in this upcoming workshop: “Free Speech for Student Activists.” This opportunity is open to Berkeley undergraduate students and is co-sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement and the Mario Savio Social Justice Program housed at the Public Service Center – University of California, Berkeley.

Over the course of three two-hour zoom meetings, students will complete a deep dive into campus activism, the limits of free speech and the right to protest. Using an interactive format, participants will confront challenges such as how to respond to hateful expression without censoring speech. Topics will include:

–          the university’s responsibility to protect students and their rights;

–          how to build a more just and resilient campus community;

–          what to do when speakers from off-campus come to spread hate

–          how the global pandemic and online learning affect campus speech.

Upon completion, workshop participants will receive a certificate from the ACLU and the UC National Center as well as leave with a more robust understanding of the legal parameters of speech on campus.

Applications are due on: December 9, 2020 11:59pm

Participants will be notified by: December 18, 2020

If you have questions, please send an email to:, with the subject title: Free Speech Workshop for Student Activist

Your Instructors:

Emerson Sykes, Staff Attorney, ACLU

Emerson is a First Amendment litigator focused on the right to protest, campus speech, and the intersection of free speech and racial justice. From 2019-20, he was also host of “At Liberty,” the ACLU’s weekly podcast. Prior to joining the ACLU, Emerson was a legal advisor for Africa at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law. He was previously an assistant general counsel at the New York City Council and a senior policy fellow in the office of a Member of Parliament in Ghana. Emerson holds a J.D. from NYU Law, an M.P.A. from Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs, and a B.A. from

Michelle Deutchman, Executive Director, UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement

Michelle is the inaugural Executive Director of the UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement. Formed by the UC Office of the President, the Center explores how the fundamental democratic and academic principles of free speech and civic engagement should enrich the discovery and transmission of knowledge in America’s colleges and universities. In this role, Deutchman oversees a multidisciplinary national fellowship program and works across all 10 UC campuses to study and shape national discourse about free speech. Before joining the Center, Deutchman served as Western States Civil Rights Counsel and National Campus Counsel for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a non-profit organization that has been a leader in combating bigotry, prejudice and anti-Semitism for over a century. She holds a J.D. from , USC Gould School of Law and a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley


5) Berkeley Law Events

Berkeley Law Events


6) MENAS Pre-Law Assoc.

MENAS Pre-Law Assoc.

The Middle Eastern, North African, South Asian Pre-Law Association is a new club on campus looking to recruit members as well as those interested in applying for an officer position!
MENASPLA aims to provide a solid community for undergraduates that identify as part of the Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian (MENAS) communities pursuing law. The MENAS Pre-Law Association would allow students that are part of the MENAS communities a networking resource as well as a community to rely on for Pre-Law inquiries, connections, networking events, social purposes, etc.
We are currently working on Law School Panels with students from prestigious law schools such as Stanford Law, Harvard Law, Berkeley Law, etc. MENASPLA will also be hosting LSAT *zoom* study sessions and LSAT workshops. We are in the process of creating a newsletter for MENAS students that will connect them with internship opportunities, scholarships, etc.
AVAILABLE OFFICER POSITIONS: Director of External Affairs, Communications Director
Instagram: @calmenaspla
Facebook: MENASPLA at UC Berkeley


7) Big Ideas Courses

Big Ideas Courses

****Note: The following courses do not count towards the Legal Studies requirements.****

Thinking Through Art + Design @ Berkeley: Time-Based Media Art (AL breadth)

Climate Change and the Future of California (BS breadth)


8) Discovery Courses

Discovery Courses

****Note: The following courses do not count towards the Legal Studies requirements.****

Introduction to Western Art: Renaissance to the Present (pending AL and HS breadth, taught by a Distinguished Teaching Award winner, Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby)

The Bible in Western Culture (AL or SBS breadth)
Ideas of Education (AL or PV breadth)
Moral Provocations: Abraham, Moses and Job (PV or AL breadth)
Living on the Edge (PS breadth)
The Planets (PS breadth)
Physics for Modern Citizens (PS breadth)
Earthquakes in Your Backyard (PS breadth)

Physics and Music (PS breadth)


9) UC Cntr Sac

UC Cntr Sac

Boost Your Resume • Gain Work Experience • Create a Network • Conduct Research

Internship Opportunities with UC Center Sacramento!

Summer 2021 Application Deadline: Thurs, December 3, 2020


Want More Information?
Visit our website at UCCS.UCDAVIS.EDU

Meet 1:1 with a UCCS Advisor, Email: to schedule an appointment


10) New Data 94 class

New Data 94 class

****Note: the following course cannot be used towards the Legal Studies major requirements.****

If you’ve never programmed before, apply to take Data 94 this spring – and if you have, tell your friends about it! Here’s a short video about it.)

Hi everyone! If you’ve ever been curious about what computer science and data science were all about, but you never intended on taking Data 8 or CS 61A, we have the perfect opportunity for you! (And if you have, please forward this to anyone who might be interested!)

Data 94 ( is an exciting new course being offered this spring that is designed to introduce students to programming and data science, in a small, personal environment. In Data 94, students will establish fundamental Python programming skills, learn how to work with interesting real-world data, and create their own visualizations. Compared to Data 8, this course will spend most of its time on programming and computational thinking, rather than spending time on statistics and inference; students will be well-equipped to take Data 8 after taking this course.

This is a particularly unique opportunity to learn more about programming and data science in a small class environment (enrollment will be capped to 30 students). In order to enroll, you must fill out the brief application* here. Enrollment is first-come first-serve; the application process only serves to ensure that you are not overqualified to take the course and that you don’t have any time conflicts with the course.

More information can be found on the course website. Some relevant logistical information can be found below; feel free to email the instructor with any questions!

Instructor: Suraj Rampure,

Lecture: MWF 11AM-12PM; Lab: F 12PM-1PM
Units: 3
Faculty Advisors: Ani Adhikari, Josh Hug

*Note: The course has not yet officially been scheduled, and is still pending administrative approval for scheduling purposes (though the content has been approved). Students will receive permission codes on CalCentral as soon as the course is officially listed, which will be some time in mid-December.


11) RBSI Su21


Applications are now open for the 2021 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Program (RBSI). RBSI is an annual, intensive five-week program held each summer at Duke University. The program is designed to introduce the world of doctoral study in political science to undergraduate students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. The program is also open to students who are interested in broadening participation in political science and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting underrepresented groups or issues of tribal sovereignty and governance.

Program dates will be confirmed prior to the application deadline. Additional information about the program and eligibility criteria is available on the RBSI webpage. Please email with any questions. Applications are due January 15, 2021.


12) Tutoring Job

Tutoring Job

My name is Lily Rausser and I’m a Campus Ambassador for TutorTree. As a student myself, I understand the challenges of finding a job that allows me to balance work and school. That’s why I want to propose TutorTree for your students!We’re a digitally and financially accessible platform for college students to find pre-screened peer tutors on their campus. With online classes becoming the new norm, virtual tutoring is becoming more and more vital for the success of college studentsWe are currently looking to hire more tutors.Unlike other tutoring companies, our tutors make their own schedules and keep most of the compensation.Would you be willing to share this opportunity with the students that you work with?
If so, the application can be found here.
Thank you,Lily Rausser

UC Berkeley Campus Ambassador


13) Vol for Stanford Law

Vol for Stanford Law



Flexible time period. We hope for volunteers to start immediately and work for however long they are available to contribute to this project.


Assist with the research of Professors John J. Donohue and Abhay Aneja on ongoing research project, assessing racial disparities in charging and sentencing decisions in Harris County, Texas. This project seeks to replicate a previous study by Donohue published in 2014 about the Connecticut death penalty system and will likely be cited in ongoing civil rights litigation challenging the constitutionality of capital punishment.

As a background to this field of work, various empirical studies have examined racial gaps in capital charging and sentencing in multiple settings. For example, reviews published by the U.S. General Accounting Office and Baldus et al. find that almost all studies published from 1972-2003 suggest that death is more likely to be imposed in capital cases on behalf of white victims. Donohue’s 2014 study examines 205 death-eligible cases in Connecticut from 1973-2007, finding that minority defendants who kill white victims are capitally charged at higher rates than minority defendants who kill minority victims. Philipps (2015) analyzes 504 cases adjudicated in Harris County from 1992 to 1999 in which the defendant was indicted on a capital charge. He finds that the DA’s office is more likely to pursue a death sentence against black defendants than white defendants. This project aims to expand the scope of that conducted by Philipps, assessing all cases in which the defendant could have been convicted for a capital felony.

Volunteer responsibilities in all aspects of the research process include:

  •   Assessment of homicide cases adjudicated in Harris County to determine capital and death eligibility.
  •   Reviewing trial and institutional documents alongside news accounts to collect offense, case, defendant, andvictim related information.
  •   Coding such information in a word document and organizing sources in a project folder.Volunteer qualifications:
  •   Experience using Microsoft Word and Excel.
  •   Acute attention to detail to precisely and accurately collect and record information on each case.
  •   Eagerness to take initiative and solve intricate problems.
  •   Excellent time-management skills and ability to work effectively with minimal supervision.
  •   Prior research experience and coursework in the empirical social sciences is preferred, but not required.How to volunteer:

    Please email to express your interest in volunteering. We will then contact you to discuss the project and provide an overview of your role. In your email, please note when you are available to start.

    If you have any additional comments or questions, please feel free to contact the email above.


14) Fellowship


The John Gardner Public Service Fellowship Program selects three Fellows from the graduating class of UC Berkeley and provides each a $35,000 stipend to work in the governmental or nonprofit organization that most closely fits their public sector interests. Fellows are matched with a senior-level mentor during their 10-month fellowship. Past fellows have been placed at the Department of Justice, UN Global Pulse, and California Governor Newsom’s office. The goal of the John Gardner Fellowship is to provide meaningful postgraduate leadership opportunities for UC Berkeley’s best students.  Applications can be found here.
Deadline to apply: Friday, January 29, 2021.

To receive information on Matsui Center fellowships and programs, please sign up here.  Questions? Contact IGS and Matsui Center Program Manager Sonia Moctezuma,


15) Stronarch Prize

Stronarch Prize

The Stronach Baccalaureate Prize supports recent Cal graduates to undertake a public service, creative, or community-based research project in the year following graduation. Recipients are awarded up to $25,000 for projects that serve the public good and heighten awareness of issues of social consciousness.
Application deadline: Monday, March 1, 2021.  The dates and times of upcoming information sessions will be posted on the website. Interested students are highly encouraged to make an appointment with the program manager to discuss their project ideas.


16) Research Info

Research Info

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop (for those with topics only)
December 17 | 2:30-4 p.m. |  Register here

Haas Scholars Program Info Session
December 17 | 12-1 p.m. |  Register here

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop
December 16 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Please pre-register, using your BERKELEY.EDU email, at the following link

For detailed listings of all events, see the undergraduate research calendar.


17) CA Legal Studies Jrnl

CA Legal Studies Jrnl

Berkeley Legal Studies Association is currently accepting submissions for the 2021 California Legal Studies Journal.

The California Legal Studies Journal was founded in 1981 as a forum for high-quality undergraduate legal research. Berkeley Legal Studies Association is now accepting submissions for the 2021 California Legal Studies Journal!

Undergraduate students from any major may submit a paper relating to this year’s journal theme of “Democracy”. This is a broad theme; we invite submissions pertaining to any element of a democratic society, including, but not limited to, social and racial equality, human and constitutional rights, civil liberties, voting and elections, and fair and equal representation. If you are unsure whether your paper fits this theme, please submit your paper anyway.

All submissions must be sent to by 11:59 p.m. PST of January 31, 2021. Please refer to the submission guidelines below:

Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions should relate to this year’s journal theme of “Democracy”

  • Submissions should be selected from your upper-division courses and seminars, independent studies, honor thesis, or elsewhere

  • Papers must be a minimum of 5 pages and should follow the MLA style of formatting

  • Send your submissions to by January 31st

    • In the subject line, write “2021 Journal Submission – First Name Last Name”

    • Please attach your paper as a PDF and as a DOCX

  • In your email please also include

    • Your contact information (email, phone number)

    • An abstract (minimum 100 words)

    • The term when the paper was written

    • Your graduation year

    • Your program of study

  • If you’d like to see previous years’ journals, click here

We look forward to hearing from you and reviewing your submissions. Any questions regarding submissions and/or the California Legal Studies Journal may be sent to

Best regards,
Rosie Ward
Chief Editor, California Legal Studies Journal


18) Su21 LS Courses

Su21 LS Courses

The Summer 2021 Schedule should go live December 10th.
In the meantime, here’s a sneak peak of the courses that we are planning to offer:

Session A: 102, 138, 145, 160, 161, 164
Session D: 100, 110, 132AC, 147, 157, 159, 182

We don’t yet know when Su21 enrollments will begin…usually it’s pretty early in the new year.

Stay tuned.