Legal Studies Latest News

July 29, 2021


1) New Transfers: Declare!
2) New Latinx Transfers!
3) Phil, Politics & Law Minor
4) SF Law Job
5) Recent Grad Career Help
6) Fung Fllwshp
7) SLC Su21 Help
8)  Fllwship Program
9) Courses by Profs from Israel
10) AmeriCorps
11) Checking for open seats


1) New Transfers: Declare!

New Transfers: Declare!

If you’re an incoming Transfer Student interested in declaring Legal Studies and signing up for Fa21 courses:

Please send me your completed application and essay asap and I’ll be happy to help you.

You can find the declaration info on our website under ‘About the Major’ then ‘Declaring the Major’. The essay prompt is on the application.

Hurry, Hurry!

If you’ve already sent me your paperwork, I will get to it asap.


2) New Latinx Transfers!

New Latinx Transfers!

Congratulations on your acceptance to UC Berkeley!

On behalf of the Raíces Recruitment and Retention Center (RRRC) and the Chicanx Latinx Student Development Office (CLSD) at UC Berkeley, we would like to invite you to attend our virtual bilingual Familia Orientation. “Están En Buenas Manos” is the theme for orientation. It’s symbolic of the caring and supportive staff, professors, students, and alumni in our comunidad that will welcome you and your familias as you start your journey at Cal.

Our Welcome event to transition into Familia Orientation week takes place on Sunday, August 8th to Friday, August 13th  

During Familia Orientation week students and their families will receive information on how to thrive on campus as a Latinx student. You will learn about campus resources and community support networks. Some of the workshops for the week include the following:

  • Parent Session – Orientación para padres y familiares: Juntos apoyando a su estudiante
  • Transfer students – Latinx Transfer Student Socials
  • Latinx Student Organizations
  • What is Graduate School?  – research and resources for new students
  • Life After Cal – Consejos from Chicanx Latinx Alumni

Please use this RSVP link: to register no later than August 4th, by midnight to confirm you and your family’s attendance. You will receive an email with the Zoom link for the sessions you signed up for.

Should you have any questions feel free to contact us at (510) 642-1802 or e-mail  We look forward to meeting you all soon!

Stay updated on the event via instagram: @clsd @theraicescenter @familiaorientation

En comunidad –

Adriana Rosales, Retention Coordinator – Raíces Recruitment and Retention

Sandra Barcenas, Political Awareness Coordinator  – Raíces Recruitment and Retention

Lupe Gallegos-Diaz, Director of Chicanx Latinx Student Development Office

Evelyn Rojo Flores, Assistant Director, Chicanx Latinx Student Development Office


3) Phil, Politics & Law Minor

Phil, Politics & Law Minor

I’m writing to let you know about a new Minor at Berkeley, called Philosophy, Politics & Law (PPL).  It aims to bring together a small cohort of intellectually-oriented students passionately interested in learning, discussing, and writing about problems of politics and law, both inside and outside the classroom, and across different departments and disciplines.  We welcome students from all backgrounds and majors – you just need a willingness to learn from each other and a commitment to becoming the best writer you can be.

For more information check out our website.

For advising on Fall 2021 course selection for the minor, please email me at

Christopher Kutz, C. William Maxeiner Professor of Law
Faculty Director, PPL MInor


4) SF Law Job

SF Law Job

Olivier Schreiber & Chao LLP is a small plaintiffs’-side litigation law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles.  We are seeking a full-time legal assistant/paralegal to join our team in the Bay Area.   We are willing to train the right candidate.  The selected candidate will be required to work at least 2-3 days per week in the office, and the rest of the time can be remote.

The firm handles civil rights, employment, and consumer cases and is active in the legal, non-profit, public interest, and political community.  To learn more about us, visit

The job requires flexibility, initiative, common sense, and good humor.  Must be an excellent team player.

Job duties include:

  • File and serve pleadings in state and federal courts
  • Prepare case-related documents – letters, briefs, proofs of service, discovery documents
  • Maintain case files in our cloud-based system
  • Conduct intakes of potential clients who contact the firm regarding legal representation
  • Working with attorneys and other staff on specific case-related and administrative projects
  • Handling mail, deliveries, FedEx. 

 Required Qualifications:

  • High proficiency in Microsoft Word (including tables of contents and tables of authorities), Outlook, Excel, Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • Strong internet research and proof-reading skills
  • Comfortable working independently and as part of a team

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience working in a law firm
  • Experience with electronic court filing, service, and research platforms, including ECF, Pacer, and Westlaw
  • Understanding of legal calendar deadlines, court rules and procedures, filing processes, and legal documents.  
  • Spanish speaking

This job comes with:

  • Pay commensurate with experience
  • Paid vacation and federal holidays
  • Health insurance benefits
  • Eligibility to participate in firm’s 401(k) plan after 1 year of service
  • This is a non-exempt position and eligible for overtime

To apply, send cover letter and resume to Katharine Chao at


5) Recent Grad Career Help

Recent Grad Career Help

Click here to watch a short helpful video on the Career Center’s YouTube. For more short and helpful videos, check out our YouTube Channel here. Alumni access to Handshake will automatically continue after graduation. Check out the services you’ll receive here.


6) Fung Fllwshp

Fung Fllwshp

The Fung Fellowship application for Class of 2023 transfer students and veterans is due Fri. July 30.

What is the Fung Fellowship?

The Fung Fellowship is a unique opportunity for rising juniors, including incoming transfers, from all majors to create innovative solutions to address real-world challenges alongside our community and industry partners. Fellows utilize the iterative human-centered design process, area specific principles, and emerging technology. For the 2021-22 academic year, the Fung Fellowship has two track options: Health + Tech and Conservation + Tech.


7) SLC Su21 Help

SLC Su21 Help

Happy summer from the SLC Writing Program! We are excited to share that our Summer Sessions tutoring services are up and running, and we hope you will help us spread the word. Wherever students are in their summer coursework, they can connect with us for individualized conversations and strategies to thrive as writers at Cal.

Our service hours are 11 AM-7 PM on Mondays through Thursdays and 11 AM-5 PM (PDT) on Fridays. Students can book one-to-oneAppointments to discuss any aspect of their academic writing or sign up for ourWeekly service to partner with a tutor on a regular basis through the end of the summer.


8) Fllwship Program

Fllwship Program

The Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies is currently accepting applications for our Undergraduate Fellowship Program.

The fellowship consists of three components: academic engagement, professional development, and mentorship. Fellows engage on topical issues both in Jewish and in Israel Studies from an academic perspective, connect with experts in the field, and collaborate with the Institute to initiate student-focused programming. The program is quite interdisciplinary, engaging with Israel and Judaism through a variety of lenses. This semester, for example, some workshops include an Iraqi-Jewish cooking workshop, a conflict resolution training, and a panel on Jewish and Israeli nonprofit opportunities. Students will receive a stipend, and participate for 1 year with the possibility of extension.

The deadline to apply to our fellowship is September 22, 2021. To apply, please submit a current resume and cover letter via email to Learn more in the flyer attached, or at our website here.


9) Courses by Profs from Israel

Courses by Profs from Israel

The Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies also wanted to share this Fall’s Undergraduate Courses by Israeli visiting faculty.

NOTE: Only the undergraduate Legal Studies courses can be used towards the Legal Studies major. Check ‘Course Offerings’ for descriptions on our website.


10) Americorps


My name is Tracie and I’m reaching out to college professors to help spread the word to your current and former students about AmeriCorps National Teaching Fellowships for this upcoming school year with Citizen Schools in Northern California and Greater Boston. This teaching fellowship would be a good fit for recent college graduates or students who’ve completed at least 60 credits who are service and team-oriented and are passionate about closing the opportunity gap in education. I’ve included a bit more information below.

Can you pass on this information to anyone you think might be interested? If you’re able, can you also post on any departmental list-servs or other groups you’re engaged with? Please let me know if you do.

Citizen Schools is filling AmeriCorps National Teaching Fellowships in California (Oakland/Redwood City/San Jose/West Contra Costa) and also in Massachusetts (Somerville/Boston) for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. Citizen Schools helps all students thrive in school and beyond through hands-on learning and career mentors. National Teaching Fellows change the lives of middle school students by providing academic support, partnering with career mentors, and delivering critical hands-on learning experiences. National Teaching Fellows will also be part of the local community and affect change from within by building connections between students, families, schools, volunteers, and community resources. Since 2002, Citizen Schools has hosted over 2,000 AmeriCorps alumni, with AmeriCorps Teaching Fellows having served over 145,000 students. National Teaching Fellows receive an annual living stipend of $23,550; and are eligible to receive the Segal Education Award of $6,195; forbearance of student loans; and medical, dental, and vision insurance. Interested candidates that want to talk to an AmeriCorps alum can schedule a one-on-one chat with Tracie via calendly:


11) Checking for open seats

Checking for open seats

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about having to be on the waitlist as a declared major even though there are open seats for declared majors in a Legal Studies class.

It’s most likely because the discussion section you’ve chosen is full.

Here’s how you can find out if that’s the case:

In CalCentral ‘My Academics’, if you click on ‘Fa21’, then click on the course number in question, then click on ‘View Class Notes’ you’ll be able to see the course page in the online schedule.

Scroll down to the section info at the bottom of the right-hand column to see what the enrollment numbers are for the section you’ve chosen.

If that section you’ve chosen is full, you will remain on the waitlist until a seat opens up due to a student dropping.

It’s probably best to have a back up course plan, either by choosing a different section in that class, or a different class that has open seats in the section that works for you.