Legal Studies Latest News

June 30, 2021


1) ‘New Transfer’ Webinar Today
2) ‘New Transfers’ Courses
3) Pretrial Svcs Intrnshp
4) Berkeley Law Job
5) Poli Sci Pipeline Initiative
6) Depositions


1) ‘New Transfer’ Webinar Today

‘New Transfer’ Webinar Today

The following came from an advisor at the College…it’s all good info for new Transfer Students.

L&S is hosting this webinar on Wednesday, June 30th, 1:30pm-2:30pm (PST): 4 Steps to Success Webinar for Transfers

This will be a great tool for incoming Transfer students as they plan their Fall schedules. They can find the link to register in their GBA modules at the end.

Additionally, you can refer transfer students to the Transfer Student Center for additional support during their transition to Cal.

As a reminder, L&S College Advisers are not meeting with new, incoming first-year or transfer students until July 16th, unless those students are enrolled in Summer Sessions.  All of the critical information regarding L&S requirements is in the GBA Transfer modules, so please refer students in either of the following ways: 1) review Module 4 in their GBA bCourse, 2) attend the transfer workshop mentioned above, 3) for general L&S questions, they can visit our Virtual Front Desk.


2) ‘New Transfers’ Courses

‘New Transfers’ Courses

We wanted to highlight two awesome courses specifically for incoming transfer students:

This Fall 2021, the Transfer Student Center is offering fifteen sections of L&S 198: An Introduction to the Research University for Transfers. This 1 unit, pass/not pass transition course is a great introduction to student life, academic expectations, enrichment opportunities, and campus resources. The course addresses the unique experience and perspective transfer students bring as they prepare to launch into upper-division coursework. One key goal of this course is to provide transfer students with the support and information they will need to thrive at Cal.

You can find more information regarding our courses and services below or by visiting our website.  SCROLL down on the page for the class #’s.


HUM 100: Transfer Foundations

4 units, in-person

MW 4-5; Friday discussion sections

Prof. Maura Nolan (English)

This course is designed for new transfer students, and will provide the tools and support necessary to succeed in upper-division coursework in the Arts and Humanities at Berkeley. Working together in collaborative hands-on workshops in the Active Learning Classroom, students will master the major skills of humanistic study: critical reading, active listening, literary and cultural analysis, examination, participation, research, writing, and revision. Learning from panels of senior transfer students and visiting professors, this class will build a large and supportive cohort of new students, a community that is astoundingly diverse in its makeup but united in its aim to make Berkeley an intellectual home.


3) Pretrial Svcs Intrnshp

Pretrial Svcs Intrnshp

June 23, 2021

Job Announcement PSA SI 01-2021



The United States Pretrial Services Agency for the Northern District of California is currently accepting applications for a part-time Pretrial Services Technician (aka Student Intern). This position will provide operational support to one of three offices. More than one position will be filled by this announcement.



San Francisco, Oakland OR San Jose, California
July 16, 2021
18.02 per hour / bi-weekly (Classification Level 22 / Step 05) 16 – 24 hours per week

This is a When-Actually-Employed (WAE) Appointment. There is no pre-determined work schedule. Work hours are determined by the students’ school schedule and compensation is based on the actual hours worked.


  • Assist in completing reports and correspondence for the courts
  • Assist Officers with administrative duties such as scanning, shredding, copying, filing, andconducting database searches, chronological entries, etc.
  • Assist in conducting criminal record checks through local/national law enforcementdatabases
  • Maintain Chain of Custody Logs/Files for Drug Testing
  • Perform receptionist duties by greeting visitors/defendants in person and/or on thetelephone directing them to the appropriate staff member
  • Process outgoing mail/receiving mail and routing to the appropriate staff member
  • Perform other duties as assignedQUALIFICATIONS:
  • Applicant must be a high school graduate or equivalent
  • Applicant must be currently enrolled as a part-time or full-time student pursuing anundergraduate degree in social work, criminal justice, criminology, psychology, sociology,
    human relations, or a related field of study. Proof of enrollment must be provided
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Skill in using Windows-based personal computers and standard software applications suchas word processing, spreadsheets, electronic mail and web searches, etc.
  • Familiarity with standard office equipment such as scanners, copy machines and faxmachines
  • Proficient typing and data entry skills
  • Flexibility in adapting workplace changes

Student Intern
Job Announcement PSA SI 01-2021

In addition, the successful candidate should also possess the following abilities:

  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Work in a team setting
  • Meet required deadlines, maintain case-related tracking systems
  • Maintain concentration despite interruptions
  • Strong knowledge of office procedures, practices, and processes
  • Extensive knowledge of proper grammar usage and the ability to edit efficiently
  • General knowledge of the criminal justice system and legal terminology
  • Fluency in Spanish, Cantonese, or Vietnamese is helpful, but not requiredGENERAL INFORMATION:
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or eligible to work in the United States and have a valid driver’s license or state Identification
  • Work generally performed in an office setting (professional business attire required)
  • Some local travel may be required
  • Incumbent may have contact with persons with violent backgroundsTO APPLY:
    Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, current resume, two letters of recommendation (from instructors, advisors, or recent employers) and a copy of college transcripts to Due to the volume of applications received, the U.S. Pretrial Services Agency will only communicate with those qualified individuals who will be interviewed. Application documents must be received by the close of business, Friday, July 9, 2021.
    The Pretrial Services Agency requires employees to adhere to a Code of Conduct which is available upon request. The applicant will be subject to a background criminal record check before an employment offer is made. The courthouse is a smoke-free environment. Direct Deposit is required for payment of compensation for employees.
    When-Actually-Employed (WAE) Appointments are excluded from retirement, health, and life insurance coverage, tax deferred savings plans, vacation and sick hours.


4) Berkeley Law Job

Berkeley Law Job

The Berkeley Law Development Office has posted a position for a new student assistant. Interested students should search for job request #1615119667. Please send this out to students who are interested in learning more about law school and the legal industry in general.

(NOTE: this is all the info that was sent to me…please check the job posting for details.)


5) Poli Sci Pipeline Initiative

Poli Sci Pipeline Initiative

Pipeline Initiative in Political Science (PIPS) 

Political Science 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 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.

For enrollment details, including day/time:

Please apply here:

Students must be logged into their Berkeley accounts to access the form.

Applications are due 9am next Friday, 7/2/2021.


6) Depositions


Legal Studies Fall 2021 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 Fall 2021, 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 very 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 September 14, September 21, October 12, October 19, November 9, and November 16.  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.

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.  During the pandemic, depositions were conducted remotely via Zoom.)

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, by no later than Wednesday, September 1, 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, September 3, 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:

  1. Attend all six (6) class role playing sessions, and prepare for the role plays;
  2. 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;
  3. Read materials, posted on bCourses, on participant observation methods; and consider how those method(s) apply to your own experience;
  4. 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;
  5. Papers will be graded on a P/NP basis by Professor Perry.

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.