Legal Studies Latest News as of 8/25/23

August 25, 2023


3) PubPol DeCal
4) Project Analyst 
5) Submit to Harper Rvw
6) Grad Fllwshps
7) Depositions

The UC Washington Program (UCDC) sends juniors and seniors from all UC campuses to live and take classes at the UC Washington Center and intern at agencies, offices, and organizations in the Washington DC area, including on Capitol Hill, Federal Agencies, think tanks, the Smithsonian, nonprofits, and international organizations.  All majors are eligible, financial aid is available.  

For more information, visit The UCDC website here!
Reach out with any questions, email

Upcoming Info Sessions

  • Tuesday, August 29, noon-1pm in 3401 Dwinelle Hall

  • Wednesday, September 6, 4-5pm in 3401 Dwinelle Hall

  • Thursday, September 14, 11am-noon on zoom at

Spring 2024 Application Deadline:
Thursday, September 21, 2023

URAP is the Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program where you can apply for research positions.

Fall 2023 URAP Applications are due soon! Attached here is the link to the open Fall 2023 projects. For more information on how to apply, please visit the URAP Applications website.

Fall 2023 Applications Deadline:

Monday, August 28, 2023 @ 4 PM PT

3) PubPol DeCal
PubPol DeCal

Cal students,

I’m happy to announce that [Public Policy 98/198: Applied Policy Lab] is now accepting applications! Please use this link to fill out the application to be considered for enrollment.

Applied Policy Lab is a space for students to analyze and craft public policy to address social issues. Students are free to select any topic that interests them, and they will be taught methods for researching, analyzing, and advocating their chosen policy topics. The class is lightweight and flexible in format. Students may take the course for 1, 2, or 3 units, and only one discussion section per week – either, 7-8 PM on Mondays at Dwinelle 219 or 5-6 PM on Wednesdays at Wurster 102.

The course is open to all majors and years. Students have the opportunity to explore any policy topic that interests them in a relaxed, supportive setting, and no previous experience with policy or social sciences is required. The course’s four class assignments center around building a portfolio on the student's policy topic, with one assignment due per month, with the assignments scaling for unit count.

Applied Policy Lab is organized by the Student Policy Institute at Berkeley, a student-led, interdisciplinary public policy think tank. Please reach out to with any questions.

Thank you,

Anika Kesavalu

4) Project Analyst 
Project Analyst 

My name is Francesca and I am currently a Project Analyst in the Boston office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo, P.C. I am contacting you because you are the advisor for legal studies students whom I believe may be interested in our firm’s unique Project Analyst Program.

We would love to see Berkeley well represented in the Project Analyst Program. To this end, we will be hosting three information sessions in early September. These information sessions are designed to provide an in-depth overview of the firm and Project Analyst program, as well as an opportunity for prospective applicants to raise questions about the program and the recruitment process. Information sessions will also include office-specific insights, per the descriptions here:

The Mintz Project Analyst Program

Mintz’s Project Analyst Program is an unparalleled opportunity for recent college graduates to gain experience within the legal and business environments of one of the country’s top law firms. There are currently 14 Project Analysts staffed across Mintz’s Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C. offices.

The Program provides the unique opportunity for Project Analysts to work in a wide variety of practice areas within the firm. Analysts in the Boston office rotate every eight months through various sections including: Business and Corporate Finance; Employment, Labor and Benefits; Healthcare; Intellectual Property; Immigration; Litigation; and Pro Bono; as well as Mintz’s consulting affiliate, ML Strategies. Project Analysts in the New York office similarly work across all sections of the office, but in a non-rotational structure with an emphasis on Litigation, White Collar Criminal Defense, and Emerging Companies. In Washington, D.C., Project Analysts work extensively in the Federal practice area and ML Strategies, as well as Communications, Healthcare, and Litigation.

The responsibilities of a Project Analyst range from financial analysis and trial preparation to client interviews and legal presentations. Analysts also coordinate and staff many of the firm’s pro bono and community service activities.

All applications are due by Friday, September 22nd at 11:59pm, and can be accessed via Handshake. Additional program information can be found on our website at

Project Analyst Program | Mintz.

5) Submit to Harper Rvw
Submit to Harper Rvw

We are The Harper Review, a review of politics and culture run by University of Chicago students that takes inspiration from publications such as UnHerd, The Baffler, The Point, The New Criterion, Compact, The Drift, The Hedgehog Review, The Atlantic, First Things, Tablet, and The Economist. We are now looking for essays and shorter “letters” for our fall issue. 

We’re interested in essays that:

  • Thoughtfully explore cultural and political phenomena

  • Don’t rely on academic jargon or vogue

  • Are written for a general audience without talking down or dumbing down

  • Are 1,500–2,500 words—we’re happy to look at longer or marginally shorter pieces, but we want to give writers space to fully flesh out their ideas

  • Argue something we may not hear from the blue check marks

  • Connect life on the ground to big ideas and vice versa

  • Take those that disagree seriously

Note: we don’t want academic papers—ideas from class papers often inspire our essays, but we are a general-audience magazine, not an academic journal.

We’re also looking for shorter “letters” (3–4 paragraphs or 400–500 words) responding to the statement “Friends should share your values.” Argue in favor, against, or that the statement itself is flawed—we want to hear it all.

If any of this sounds like your jam, shoot us a draft or a pitch and a writing sample at If you are interested in subscribing to our weekly email newsletter or reading pieces we’ve published in the past, please visit our website. We will be accepting drafts for our fall issue until September 18th—we hope to hear from you!


Editors of The Harper Review
6) Grad Fllwshps
Grad Fllwshps

Early fall deadlines for five graduate scholarship opportunities: 

Schwarzman (Tsinghua), Pickering and Rangel (State Department), McCall MacBain (McGill), and Knight-Hennessy (Stanford)

Prospective applicants for any of these programs should make an individual advising appointment with Keila Diehl at their earliest convenience ( 

Be sure to subscribe to Berkeley's Scholarships Newsletter!

Deadline: September 19, 2023
Schwarzman Scholars supports up to 200 Scholars annually from the U.S., China, and around the world for a one-year M.A. in Global Affairs at Beijing’s Tsinghua University. The curriculum bridges the academic and professional worlds to educate students about leadership and about China’s expanding role in the world. The residential program also provides Scholars with learning opportunities with leaders from China and the world through high-level interactions at lectures, an internship program, a mentor network, and intensive deep-dive travel seminars. Each cohort of Schwarzman Scholars will join a global network of the young leaders who are helping to build stronger links between China and a rapidly changing world.
Eligibility Requirements
 -hold an undergraduate degree or first degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent by as of August 1st of your Schwarzman Scholars enrollment year
- be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of August 1st of your Schwarzman Scholars enrollment year
- be proficient in English
Selection Criteria
- reflect the diversity, vibrancy, and promise of the world at large
- embrace the opportunity to understand other cultures, perspectives, and positions
- exhibit excellence in the following areas: leadership abilities, exemplary character and integrity, academic aptitude and intellectual ability, empathy and intercultural competency, open mindedness, and entrepreneurial spirit
Deadlines: September 21, 2023 (Pickering) and September 28, 2023 (Rangel)
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship and Rangel Graduate Fellowship are funded by the U.S. Department of State to prepare outstanding young people for Foreign Service careers in which they can help formulate, represent, and implement U.S. foreign policy. Recipients are supported through a 2-year master's degree program of their choice, internships in DC and abroad, mentoring, and professional development activities. Fellows who successfully complete their graduate program and fulfill Foreign Service entry requirements have a five-year commitment to work as Foreign Service Officers, serving in Washington, DC and at a U.S. embassy, consulate, or diplomatic mission around the globe, where they promote human rights, assist American citizens overseas, enhance prosperity and development, deepen ties between the U.S. and people around the world, and support U.S. global values and interests. Both programs welcome applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the State Department, women, and those with financial need. 
Eligibility Requirements
- U.S. citizen
- cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application
- in the senior year of their undergraduate studies, graduating by June 2024, or a college graduate
- seeking admission to a two-year, full-time, on-campus, master’s degree program at a U.S.-based graduate institution to begin in the fall of 2024 in an academic field relevant to the work of the Foreign Service (public policy, international affairs, public administration, business, economics, political science, management science, organizational development/leadership, sociology, or regional studies)
Selection Criteria
- represent ethnic, gender, social, and geographic diversity
- have a clear interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State
- strong academic background, diverse interests in areas such as international affairs and government, cultural sensitivity, and strong writing skills
- demonstrated leadership skills and commitment to service
- financial need for graduate school
- ability to overcome obstacles
Deadline: September 27, 2023
The McCall MacBain Scholarship provides a fully funded master’s or second-entry professional undergraduate program at McGill University in Montréal, Canada. The scholarship covers tuition and fees for the full normal duration of the program, a living stipend of $2,000 CAD per month during academic terms, summer funding options, and a relocation grant for moving to Montréal. As part of a cohort of scholars from different fields, participants also receive leadership training and mentorship. Note: This program requires a campus nomination (unless you received your undergraduate degree prior to 2021).

Eligibility Requirements
- have an undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree or its recognized equivalent, or be on track to graduate with one, by August 2024
- intend to apply for Fall 2024 admission to a full-time master’s or second-entry professional undergraduate program at McGill University. Programs with Summer 2024 admission only are also acceptable.
- be proficient in English
Selection Criteria
- exceptional character
- community engagement
- leadership potential
- entrepreneurial spirit
- academic strength and intellectual curiosity
Deadline: October 11, 2023
Eligibility Requirements
- be applying to enroll in a full-time graduate degree program at Stanford (e.g., JD, MA, MBA, MD, MS, or PhD), or planning to pursue one of Stanford’s joint- and dual- graduate degree options (e.g., MD+PhD, JD+MA, MBA+MS)
- have earned, in January 2017 or later, a U.S. bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a college or university of recognized standing
- complete the entire application process for the graduate program, including any standardized test that your discipline requires (GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc.) and, if needed, an English proficiency test
Selection Criteria
- independence of thought
- purposeful leadership 
- civic mindset
7) Depositions

Legal Studies Fall 2023 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 2023, 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 19, September 26, October 17, October 24, November 14, and November 12. 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.)
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 Monique Sanchez, Professor Hecht’s Faculty Assistant, at sends e-mail), by no later than Wednesday, September 6, 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 Monday, September 11, 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:

i. Attend all six (6) class role playing sessions, and prepare for the role plays;
ii. 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;
iii. Read materials, posted on bCourses, on participant observation methods; and consider
how those method(s) apply to your own experience;
iv. 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; and
v. 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 (sent to sends e-mail) when you apply; and he will let Professor Perry know.