Legal Studies Latest News as of 4/6/22

April 6, 2022


1)  Communication Wkshp
2)  Entrtnmnt Careers
3)  PIPS Apps Due 4/15
4)  College Corps $$$
5)  Honors Info Session
6)  Death Pnlty Clinic Intrnshp
7)  UCDC Apps Re-opened
8)   Moot Court (UMCAB)
9)  AA Organizing Fllwshp
10)  Police Accountability Panel
11)  CalPIRG
12)  SLC Expanded Svcs
13)  Lavender Graduation
14)  AARC/PACH Prog $$$
15)  GenEq Jobs
16)  LS 138 Fa22

1)  Communication Wkshp
Communication Wkshp
Thursday, April 7, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Come and join us for this exciting workshop where we will talk about speech anxiety (presenting to a class/ small group), sounding confident even when you’re nervous, and more!
2)  Entrtnmnt Careers
Entrtnmnt Careers
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 5:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
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!
3)  PIPS Apps Due 4/15

PIPS Apps Due 4/15
The Political Science department has created a program, known as the Pipeline Initiative in Political Science (PIPS, for short), which is designed to help students learn about what it means to earn a PhD in political science and how to prepare for and apply to PhD programs.  
The program is open to students who are in at least their second year of college studies. The program is focused on helping students who are first-generation college students, from historically minoritized or underrepresented groups, or from low-income backgrounds. 

Students who are selected for the program will participate in a series of workshops throughout the semester - scheduled for Tuesdays in the afternoon from 12:30 to 2:00pm  and will be advised on pursuing research opportunities as an undergraduate.   There may also be an opportunity to receive mentoring from graduate students and faculty. Students who pursue this may earn one credit unit for completing the program. Elective credit only.
Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, but to have the best chance and to be considered for the first wave of admissions please submit the application by Friday, April 15th, 2022.
4)  College Corps $$$
College Corps $$$
The state of CA launched a new statewide program, College Corps, that will offer $10,000 in funding to offset college expenses and debt of students who commit to 450 hours of community service over the course of the year.

We're recruiting the first group of UC Berkeley College Corps students now. 
The deadline is April 28, and the service placement would run from Aug 2022-July 2023. 
We're prioritizing first generation students and students with financial need.
Please attend the Zoom Info Session (details at the bottom).

Apply to be a College Corps Fellow for 2022-2023!
Deadline: Thurs, April 28, 2022
Are you passionate about an issue like food or climate justice, K-12 education or youth well-being? Commit to a year of community service while reducing your college debt. Through an exciting new statewide initiative, students accepted as College Corps Fellows will:

  • Receive $10,000: a $7,000 living stipend & $3,000 Education Award after 450 hours
  • Serve 450 hours (Aug 2022-July, 2023) in an in-person community service placement
  • Focus on an issue: Food or Climate Justice, Education, or Youth Behavioral Health & Well-Being
  • Participate in training, professional development, & networking
Check your Eligibility&come toa Zoom Info Sessionto learn more!
5)  Honors Info Session 
Honors Info Session

There will be an informational session on the Legal Studies Honors Program for 2022-2023 on Tuesday April 12 at 5 PM, on Zoom.  More information on the Legal Studies Honors Program may be found here

Zoom information was sent out to declared students on the e-mail list.

6)  Death Pnlty Clinic Intrnshp
Death Pnlty Clinic Intrnshp
SUMMER 2022 DPC Internship Announcement                

The Berkeley Law Death Penalty Clinic is seeking undergraduate work-study interns for Summer 2022. These positions pay $16.32/hour and may include both remote and in-person work. It may be possible to continue the internship into the fall.

The Death Penalty Clinic is a law practice engaged in direct representation of individuals facing capital punishment. Interns work with the faculty, paralegal, and law students, and will be held to strict confidentiality requirements.

Minimum Requirements:                         

  • Must be a U.C. Berkeley undergraduate, preferably a junior or senior                       

  • Must be able to commit 15-20 hours per week to the clinic

  • Must be dependable, responsible, and good at time management                

  • Must be trustworthy due to the serious responsibility of working on capital case              

  • Must be compassionate, dedicated to confidentiality, and team-oriented

      Must be detail-oriented
  • Responsibilities may include:                 

  •   Inventorying and analyzing electronic files                       
  • Researching information online relevant to cases                    

  • Preserving, managing, and collecting records

           Updating databases

    As an intern, you will be exposed to the realities of working on a capital case and engage in projects that contribute to the professional work of the organization. Once fall classes resume, if you are invited to continue into the fall you will also be invited to audit (attend but not actively participate in) most of the Death Penalty Clinic classes law students attend in the clinic. This class is on Wednesdays, 3:35 pm-5:25 pm. Attendance is an optional perk for interns to learn more about the death penalty and get to know the law students. It is not required and is not paid.                     
    For more information regarding the Clinic, see our website at:                   

    To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest to Heather Canfield, Clinic Paralegal, at by Sunday, April 10th at 11:59 pm (midnight). Please submit materials in one combined PDF, starting with your cover letter, and title the document as follows: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME – Application. We plan to interview select applicants via Zoom in mid-to-late April, though this timeline is subject to change.                      

7)  UCDC Apps Re-opened
UCDC Apps Re-opened
Are you interested in spending a semester in Washington DC taking classes and interning for UCB academic credit? UC Berkeley is increasing the number of Cal students in UCDC next semester, and we have reopened the application for fall!
The UCDC program sends juniors and seniors to live at the UC Washington Center, located in the heart of DC, while taking exciting classes and participating in a wide variety of prestigious internships. UCDC gives students the opportunity to gain valuable real-world work experience, build professional networks, and make lifelong friendships.
UCDC is open to all majors. Financial support is available for all participating students, including international students who go to DC in fall 2022. Grants range between $2,500-$5,000 depending on financial need.
The extended priority review deadline for Fall 2022 is Thursday, April 7. Applications received after that will be reviewed on a rolling basis depending on available spots. More information and application available at
Attend an upcoming information session or make an appointment with the program advisor. The UCDC StudentAmbassadors (peer advisors) are also available to answer questions about the student experience and tell you about their time in UCDC.
8)  Moot Court (UMCAB)
Moot Court (UMCAB)

Interested in appellate advocacy and enhancing your argumentation skills? Want to participate in oral and written arguments in a mock-Supreme Court setting? Then join the Undergraduate Moot Court Association at Berkeley (UMCAB). UMCAB is a 100% student-run organization dedicated to competing in moot court competitions across the country. We are a member of the American Moot Court Association (AMCA), and compete in AMCA invitationals, Regionals, and Nationals tournaments. Every May, AMCA releases a case packet containing a fictional US Supreme Court case, and it is our task to read and analyze a number of REAL US Supreme Court opinions to formulate arguments on this fictional case. Invitational tournaments are held throughout the fall semester, before Regional tournaments are held in November, and Nationals (for those who qualify) are held in January. There is also a legal brief writing competition due in December.

We are entering only our second year of operation, but have already achieved a nationally-ranked status with AMCA. If you are interested in appellate advocacy, improving your law school resume, and learning about how our constitution and legal system operate, join Moot Court today!

Apply at this link: to reserve a spot at tryouts at the end of April - early May (we will update you soon on set dates).

Please reach out to Sam Ratcliffe if you have any questions or concerns. My email is

Thanks for your time, hope to see you at tryouts, and Go Bears!

9)  AA Organizing Fllwshp
AA Organizing Fllwshp
MOVE: AA Community Organizing Fellowship aims to bridge the on-campus and off-campus Asian American (AA) community and develop the next generation of AA community organizers.

MOVE partners with community-based organizations (CBOs) that serve AA communities across the bay to provide year-long fellowship experiences to UC Berkeley students. Fellows work 8-10 hours per week at their CBO and receive a stipend of $1,000 per semester.

For the academic year 2022-2023, we have partnered with the following organizations: AYPAL: Building API Community Power, Asian Health Services Youth Program, Chinese Progressive Association, Banteay Srei, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, the New Breath Foundation, and API Legal Outreach.

Interested in applying? The deadline is April 20 (11:59pm PT).
Learn more about the MOVE Fellowship >
Apply >
10)  Police Accountability Panel
Police Accountability Panel

Panel Discussion on Police Accountability

The Berkeley Legal Studies Association (BLSA) and their partners at The Alliance for Civic Engagement (ACE) will be hosting a panel discussion on Monday, April 11th from 4 – 5 PM PST, on different approaches to improving police accountability. This conversation will give a special focus on how these three approaches either fail or succeed to constrain police behavior involving racial prejudice and excessive force. Our panelists represent three different approaches: The current legal regime, Pattern and Practice Investigations by US DOJ, and Community Oversight. Be a part of the conversation by submitting a question to the panel through the provided link below. A zoom link and question submission form can be accessed through the link below. We hope you’ll consider joining us for this important discussion!


Join Zoom Meeting


Professor Jonathan Simon (Berkeley Law).  

Jonathan Simon joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 2003 as part of the J.D., JSP, and Legal Studies programs. He teaches in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, criminology, legal studies and the sociology of law. His scholarship deals with mass incarceration and the role of crime and risk in modern government. Simon’s scholarship concerns the role of crime and criminal justice in governing contemporary societies, risk and the law, and the history of the interdisciplinary study of law. Professor Simon currently serves as Co-Chair on UC Berkeley’s Independent Advisory Board on Police Accountability for UCPD.


Dean Erwin Chemerinsky (Berkeley Law) - The current legal regime

Erwin Chemerinsky is Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law. His work as a constitutional law scholar has helped to elucidate how legal doctrines, established through Supreme Court rulings, have affect racial prejudice and excessive force in policing. Dean Chemerinsky will share with us, some areas where some of these doctrines have enabled problematic police behavior. He frequently argues appellate cases, including in the United States Supreme Court.  In January 2021, he was named President-elect of the Association of American Law Schools.

Professor Christy Lopez (Georgetown Law) - Pattern and Practice Investigations by US DOJ

Christy E. Lopez is a Professor at Georgetown Law. From 2010 to 2017, Professor Lopez served as a Deputy Chief in the Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division at U.S. DOJ. Professor Lopez directly led the team that investigated the Ferguson Police Department and was a primary drafter of the Ferguson Report and negotiator of the Ferguson consent decree. From 2003 to 2010, Professor Lopez served as a federal court monitor of the Oakland (California) Police Department for Senior District Judge Thelton E. Henderson of the Northern District of California. Professor Lopez holds a juris doctor from the Yale Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Riverside.

Rashidah Grinage (Coalition for Police Accountability, Oakland, CA) - Community Oversight

Mrs. Rashidah Grinage joined People United for a Better Life in Oakland (PUEBLO) in 1994, after a police-involved shooting that took the lives of her beloved husband, Raphael and son, Luke. She has served as the Director of PUEBLO from 2005-2014 when she stepped down to serve as the Coordinator of the Coalition for Police Accountability which proposed the now passed Charter change that created the independent police commission for Oakland. She has done extensive research on police practices and served on several advisory boards including the Community Policing Advisory Board, the Task Force reviewing the Rand-funded study of Racial Profiling in Oakland (spearheaded by former Capt. Ron Davis), and Mayor Dellums’ Task Force on police issues.

11)  CalPIRG

Become a State Campaign Associate with CALPIRG

CALPIRG is seeking a Campaign Associate to help lead our Beyond Plastic campaign.

Everyday, Californians throw away millions of single-use plastic containers, wrappers, packaging and other plastic “stuff.” The big problem with all that plastic is that it can take hundreds of years to fully degrade and the vast majority of it can’t be recycled. That means that almost every piece ever made is still out there piling up in our landfills, littering our streets, and polluting our environment.

CALPIRG’s Beyond Plastic campaign is working to eliminate the single-use plastics we’ve known for decades we can all live without.

We are seeking a Campaign Associate who will spearhead this campaign and work with our experienced team of advocates, researchers, and digital and communications experts.

Entry-level candidates are encouraged to apply; we provide training on advocacy and organizing skills, as well as oversight and on-the-ground training by an experienced advocate. Ideal candidates will have leadership experience, top-notch written and verbal skills, an eagerness to learn, and be ready for a challenge. We value organizing experience, including building campus or community groups.


Fill out our online application:


Oakland or Sacramento

We’re also hiring Campaign Associates to work on other campaigns in locations across the country. We accept applications on a rolling basis. The position starts August 2022.

CALPIRG is an equal opportunity employer.

12)  SLC Expanded Svcs
SLC Expanded Svcs
With a month left in the semester, we’re excited to reach out again about our support for undergraduate writers. We’ve just expanded our service hours to provide more appointment openings and drop-in flexibility, so now is a great time to send students our way.

As they look ahead to their final papers or find themselves juggling multiple writing assignments, we hope you’ll remind them that we’re here for their process. Whether they need support writing, revising, or simply planning ahead, we can help them seize the moment and strategize effectively. For a complete and accessible breakdown of our free hybrid offerings, please direct students to our website. If they have any questions, we welcome them to come by during our open hours (Monday-Thursday, 10 AM-6 PM, and Friday, 10 AM-4 PM) to speak with us.
13)  Lavender Graduation
Lavender Graduation
Friday, May 6th at Alumni House
Graduates and Guests must register:
To apply to speak at the Lavender Graduation:
14)  AARC/PACH Prog $$$
AARC/PACH Prog $$$

The Asian American Research Center is partnering with the Pipeline for Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Community Health (PACH) Program to offer two undergraduate awards of $500 each in Spring 2022. The funding is made possible by a California Endowment Grant.

(1) Research Essay Award

We are interested in research-based essays that examine any aspect of Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) experience in relation to epidemics or pandemics, past or present. These essays can examine a wide range of topics, including but not limited to the effects of epidemics/pandemics on specific groups, community responses, the role of health practitioners, public health policies, and the racialization of disease. Community engagement is strongly encouraged but not required. Papers should be 12-15 pages long (and definitely not to exceed 4,000 words), double-spaced. 

(2) Creative Project Award

We seek creative projects that explore the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on AANHPI communities. Projects can be personal narratives, poetry, visual arts, photography, podcasts, videos, etc.

All submissions, with author’s consent, are eligible to be included in the AAPI Community COVID Archival Project that is housed at UC Berkeley’s Ethnic Studies Library.

Judging Criteria:

1) Relevance to the theme – connection, significance of the issue being discussed.

2) Originality – uniqueness, novelty, and authenticity of ideas.

3) Clarity – well-written, clear, persuasive 

4) Insights – a fresh way of looking at the topic, a critical view of the subject.


  • Undergraduate students enrolled at UC Berkeley
  • UC Berkeley alumni who graduated in May 2021 or thereafter

SUBMISSIONS DUE Monday, April 25, 2022

Email to

15)  GenEq Jobs
GenEq Jobs

The Gender Equity Resource Center (GenEq) is looking to hire students with a commitment to supporting women*s and LGBTQ+ communities!

Open Positions: 

  • Program Assistant (4)

  • Marketing, Outreach & Volunteer Coordination (2)

  • Trans Student Wellness Initiative (1)

  • LGBTQ+ Alumni Engagement & Fundraising Assistant (1)

  • Videographer (1) 

  • Student Assistant:

    • to the Assistant Director of Student Programs and Leadership (2)

    • to the Student Assistant to Director of LGBTQ+ Advancement & Equity (1) 

    • to theStudent Assistant to Director of Women's Resources (1)

  • Our Monologues Program Assistant (2) 

Please read the linked Information Packet with job descriptions, and apply by filling out the google form application.

More information about these paid opportunities can be found at The application is on a rolling deadline through April 8, 2022 at 11:59pm

Apply Now
16)  LS 138 Fa22
LS 138 Fa22
We have a very special professor teaching LS 138 Fa22.
While there are a lot of seats in the class, we do not believe there will be room for visitors/auditors.
We will be looking into course capture so that those who are interested, can listen to lectures.
There is no formal way to audit a class, I've been getting questions about that.
Please do not contact the Dean to ask about sitting in.
I will send out details at a later date about the class.
Thanks for your understanding.