Legal Studies Latest News as of 8/31/20

August 31, 2020


1) Fri 9/4 Drop W/out Fee
2) Kappa Alpha Pi 8/31
3) Depositions!
4) Calapalooza
5) Perennial Jrnl
6) IIS Fllwshp
7) Berkeley Law Open House
8) On The Same Page
9) Canadian Studies Prog.
10) STEP
11) Intrnshp
12) Blueprint Job
13) CalTeach
14) BIJLIS Events/Progs/Fllwshps
15) Virtual Intrvws
16) CaHPSA
17) IGS Programs
18) UCDC Remote Prog
19) Pre-Law Event Fri 9/4
20) Eleven Journal Positions


1) Fri 9/4 Drop W/out Fee

Fri 9/4 Drop W/out Fee

Friday 9/4 is the deadline to drop a class without a $10 fee.

Sometimes people think this Friday is the absolute last day to drop a class…it isn’t…you have unitl 9/16 to drop, but after this Friday, you will be assessed a $10 fee. Make sure you drop any unwanted courses by Friday.


2) Kappa Alpha Pi

Kappa Alpha Pi

Come meet me (virtually) for Kappa Alpha Pi’s Fall 2020 Recruitment!

If you would like to join a tight-knit community of ambitious pre-law students at UC Berkeley, we are just a click away. Kappa Alpha Pi provides members with greater knowledge of the legal field, comprehensive professional development, and brothers and sisters who will guide you through it all. Join us from wherever you may be this semester, Berkeley and beyond.

Recruitment Timeline:

Meet the Chapter– 8/31

5:00-6:30 PM PST

Business Casual

Social Night– 9/02

5:00-6:30 PM PST

Campus Casual

Legal Night– 9/04

5:00-6:30 PM PST

Business Casual

Application Due- 9/06

11:59 PM PST

Sign up for recruitment updates:

Check out our website: for more details!


3) Depositions!


Legal Studies Fall 2020 Announcement: An Opportunity for Undergrads to Participate in a Berkeley Law JD Skills Class with the OPTION of earning 1 unit of LS 199 Individual Research Credit

In Fall 2020, 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 in six (6) classes Tuesday afternoon classes from 3:35 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., on September 15, September 22, October 13, October 20, November 10, and November 17, 2020.  During those sessions, 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.)

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 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 Thursday, September 3, 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 4, 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.


4) Calapaloooza


Upcoming Events

  • August 31, 4:00-6:00 PM PDT: Calapalooza
  • September 1, 6:35-6:40 PM: SERC Community Open House
  • September 3, 8:00-9:00 PM: Perennial Virtual Infosession
  • September 4, 4:00-6:00 PM: Calapalooza
  • September 4, 6:00-8:00 PM: CNR Virtual Tabling
  • September 6, 5:00-6:00 PM: Perennial Virtual Infosession


5) Perennial Jrnl

Perennial Jrnl

Perennial: The Berkeley Undergraduate Environmental Journal

Interested in environmental policy and action? Consider joining Perennial, UC Berkeley's premier undergraduate environmental journal! Our publication combines long-form journalistic articles and academic content at the local, national, and global levels. Through Perennial, students can share their insights and educate their peers on a wide variety of important topics, including climate change, environmental justice, and natural resources management.

What can you gain from joining us?

– The opportunity to write on a wide range of environmental topics

– Contribute to the design and content of our semesterly issue and our website

– Close one-on-one support from Senior Editors

– Workshops that improve your writing, research, and editing skills

– A close community of friends who share the same passion!

We’re recruiting for roles in editorial, design, finance, and tech. Check out our first issue here , and view department descriptions here !

To learn more, come to one of our info sessions on 9/3 from 8-9 pm and 9/6 from 5-6 pm. The Facebook event for our info sessions and tabling events are here .

Apply by Thursday 9/10 11:59PM PDT: .

Interviews will be conducted the following weekend. Feel free to contact us at or check us out on Facebook, Instagram (@calperennial), or LinkedIn.


6) IIS Fllwshp

IIS Fllwshp

The Undergraduate Fellows Program is a year-long fellowship and joint initiative offered by IIS and CPD. The program presents a unique opportunity for a highly selective group of undergraduate students to work side-by-side with IIS/CPD affiliated faculty and graduate- level research associates on conducting original research

What You Will Get:

Key skills such as statistical programming, map-making, and knowledge necessary to study the analysis of international affairs and/or the politics of developing countries.

Access to various seminars and workshops where scholars from UC Berkeley and other top universities present their projects providing unique insight into the theories and methods used by experts, and exposure to the larger interdisciplinary research community. Workshops and seminar series include MIRTH, Global History, Global Security Policy and Comparative Politics Colloquium.

• A $1000 stipend awarded in two increments at the end of each semester, contingent upon completion of assignments.


Applicants must currently be enrolled at UC Berkeley and have completed at least one semester of study in residence. All majors are eligible and encouraged to apply. For more detail on specific research projects and related required qualifications, please visit

To Apply:

Please send an email to or with “Undergraduate Fellows Program” in the subject line and you will be contacted with instructions on how to apply.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, September 15th, 2020


7) Berkeley Law Open House

Berkeley Law Open House

Berkeley Law Open House, September 14-16

Join us for our 3rd Annual (virtual) Berkeley Law Open House, exclusively for UC Berkeley students. Thinking about going to law school? Want to experience a law school class and hear about the law student experience? We hope you will join us for three evenings of sessions designed to introduce you to Berkeley Law and prepare you to apply. Registration is required and is limited to current UC Berkeley students. To register, click on the session link below. All times are PDT.

Monday, September 14

5pm Admissions Information Session: Learn about the law school application process, timeline, requirements, and how to prepare to apply.

6pm Financing Your Legal Education:  Learn about the cost of law school, financial resources available, public interest funding, and other ways to help pay for your legal education.

Tuesday, September 15

5pm Mock law class with Professor Catherine FiskEmployment Law: Should Laws Protect Interns, Volunteers, or App-Based and Other Gig Workers?

Wednesday, September 16

5pm Law Student Panel: Hear from current law students who attended UC Berkeley for their undergraduate degree.


8) On The Same Page

On The Same Page

Dear students,

As you know, On the Same Page is the campus-wide book-in-common program for incoming students. We have a year-long selection process for the coming year’s book, and that process includes input from a team of undergraduate reviewers during the fall term. If you are interested in being one of our reviewers for the 2021 selection, please fill out this simple form. The first 50 students who sign up will be accepted onto the team.

All we ask of our reviewers is to read and give us input (again on a simple online form) on at least one of the 3-4 finalist texts for 2021. If you can read more than one, even better. Anyone who reads and gives us input on at least one book will receive a $25 Amazon gift card, and the thank-you gifts multiply the more books you read. We provide free electronic copies of all the books we are asking you to read.

If you are selected I will send you more details when they are finalized.

Alix Schwartz

Director of Academic Planning

College of Letters & Science


9) Canadian Studies Prog.

Canadian Studies Prog.

I’m writing to let you know that the Canadian Studies Program is hosting a virtual event next week on the US-Canada Safe Third Country asylum agreement, which the Canadian Federal Court recently suspended due to alleged US human rights abuses. We thought it would be of interest to students in the Legal Studies program. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Law & Society and will feature Berkeley Law professor Leti Volpp as a panelist.

No Safe Country for Refugees? The Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement Before the Canadian Courts

Sep 1, 2020 | 12:30 p.m.

Until recently, certain asylum claimants who entered Canada were routinely returned to the United States under the Safe Third Country Agreement. However, in July Canada’s Federal Court ordered the agreement suspended, asserting that the US is “not safe” for refugees due to the risk of imprisonment and other basic rights violations. Audrey Macklin, an expert in human rights law at the University of Toronto, joins Berkeley Law professor Leti Volpp to unpack the ruling and what it means for migrants and US-Canada relations. The conversation will be moderated by immigration scholar and Canadian Studies director Irene Bloemraad.

RSVP at for the webcast link.


10) STEP Technology

STEP Technology

Need a wifi hotspot or a laptop?

Apply for the STEP program.

If you qualify for technology, it will be sent to you on loan, to be returned 2 weeks after graduation in excellent condition.

If you are a student with an older computer, sharing a computer, or using outdated technology, we are here to help. Earlier this summer we launched the Student Technology Equity Program (STEP) for students who may need an up-to-date laptop, a Wi-Fi hotspot for internet connectivity, or other technology such as web cameras, noise-cancelling headphones, drawing tablets, or external microphones. STEP is an important way that UC Berkeley is investing in student success.

STEP is for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and requires just a simple online application to receive this long-term loaner equipment. Request your laptop or other technology today. There will also be opportunities to apply and pick up equipment curbside at the Student Union during the first few weeks of classes. If you are living outside the Berkeley area, STEP will ship the equipment directly to you, free of charge.


11) Intrnshp



Campaign & Project Management (CPM) Internship

Virtual Internship Program Focused on Professional Development & Winning Battleground Campaigns


The Campaign & Project Management Internship is a 10-week virtual internship program focused on professional development, project management training, campaign experiences including digital organizing, political advocacy, and virtual networking with a national political campaign. Interns will have an opportunity to work with experienced consultants and campaign professionals, and to learn best practices in political organizing and communications.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCEDigital Organizing: Learning innovative methods to organize our next generation into political action.Advocacy & Direct Engagement: Learning advanced skills in voter engagement & direct marketing.Project Management: Learning skills and tools to develop and manage campaign projects.Campaign Consulting: Learning best practices in campaign strategy development & implementation.Virtual Network: Developing a multi-state virtual network of campaign professionals & activist leaders.

 EXPECTATIONS– Work 10-12 hours per week (flexible self-scheduled hours)– Participate in weekly professional development workshops and training seminars– Develop skills in the following: project management, campaign strategy development, advocacy, virtual/digital organizing, communications, content development, and strategic planning

BENEFITSSuccessful interns will be eligible for:– Leadership Positions & Opportunities– Letter of Recommendation– Professional Reference– Internship Credit for Applicable Majors– Professional Development Workshops & Seminars

INSTRUCTIONSPlease send resume to Michael Miller at michael@flipthewest.comPlease title subject line: Intern Applicant – “Your Name”


12) Blueprint Job

Blueprint Job

Blueprint Test Prep has some exciting news! We are currently hiring for a Campus Brand Ambassador to assist in our marketing efforts for the incoming school year. We’re looking for involved, highly motivated, and hardworking students to join our team.

This is a part-time job where students will get paid $20/hr to spread knowledge about Blueprint products to key student groups and relevant organizations on campus. CBAs will deliver presentations, drive bi-annual marketing campaigns, utilize social media, and build relationships on campus with your peers.

This is an excellent opportunity for students looking to bolster their resume and work a remote and flexible schedule, while committing 5 hours a week to core job responsibilities.Students who excel in networking will benefit from the experience, and can achieve bonus opportunities.

If interested please click here to apply.

Please email with any questions about the position.


13) CalTeach


My name is Geral Lowe and I am the Student Advisor for CalTeach at Berkeley. I am excited to meet you and more importantly work side by side in developing and supporting our students for this coming semester. I wanted to take a moment to share with you all about a new course CalTeach is offering. UGIS 82T is a two-unit course that allows students to learn about their particular learning style, guided twelve hours of virtual tutoring practice with students, and great training and experience in working to support classroom learning through one on one tutoring sessions, group tutoring sessions, and virtual classroom support.

If you would not mind, we as a program would greatly appreciate you sharing this course with your students and if you or your students have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to working alongside you this semester supporting student needs and learning. Best

Geral H Lowe M.Ed

Student Services Coordinator, CalTeach

Berkeley Science and Math Initiative

UC Berkeley



14) BIJLIS Events/Progs/Fllwshps

BIJLIS Events/Progs/Fllwshps

My name is Randy Cantz, and I’m a student assistant and fellow at the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies.

The Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies creates opportunities and engagements in Jewish and Israel Studies through academic engagements including courses, events and programs, and an undergraduate fellowship. Please see our website to learn more about us and the opportunities available for you and other Legal Studies students. I would also be happy to share more about my experience as a fellow and student engaged with the Institute’s work.

This year, we’re offering a number of fascinating classes such as Minority Rights in Israel and the US and Information, Media, and Public Discourse in Politicized Societies. In addition, we encourage all students to apply for our undergraduate fellowship, which is due September 7.

We look forward to hearing from you!



Randy D. Cantz

B.A. Candidate, History, Public Policy Minor

University of California, Berkeley | Class of 2021

President, Phi Alpha Theta


15) Virtual Intrvws

Virtual Intrvws

As companies have switched to virtual interviewing, you need to know what to do as well as what not to do to ace your virtual interviews. Click HERE to learn about the most important do’s and don’ts when it comes to succeeding in a virtual interview!


16) CaHPSA


Interested in advocacy? Want to change our healthcare system? Then join CaHPSA! The California Health Professional Student Alliance (CaHPSA) seeks to cultivate leadership and advocacy skills among students to effect change in the healthcare system.


17) IGS Programs

IGS Programs

Institute of Governmental Studies

Student Opportunities

Applications are now being accepted for the following IGS and Matsui Center programs:


Each year the Matsui Center’s Cal-in-Sacramento program sends approximately 30 Cal students to California’s capital for eight-week public service internships. Cal-in-Sacramento is the University of California’s largest — and one of the nation’s most prestigious — campus-based public service internship programs. Click here to learn more.

Deadline to apply: Friday, October 23, 2020 by 4PM

Democracy Camp:Over Cal’s Spring Break, students gain exposure to different facets of a public service career: legislative paths, community organizations, local, state and federal government, and philanthropy. Participants learn from presenters about the opportunities available in these fields and network with presenters and amongst themselves to create a cohort on campus—and beyond—to support their career goals. Click here to learn more.Deadline to apply: Friday, October 30, 2020 by 4PM

Matsui Local Government Fellowship:The Matsui Local Government Fellowship offers students the opportunity to get firsthand municipal experience in California’s political and policy making communities. Matsui Center staff help place students in a local government internship of their choice. The internship involves full-time work during the summer and students receive a $1000 stipend to help with living costs and transportation.Deadline to apply: Monday, February 15, 2020 by 4PM

Charles H. Percy Undergraduate Grant for Public Affairs Research:The Institute of Governmental Studies will award up to four research grants in the amount of $500 each to UC Berkeley undergraduate students who are conducting research on an aspect of American politics, including public opinion, electoral behavior, civic participation, government institutions, social movements, and public policy. Click here to learn more.Deadline to apply: Monday, November 30, 2020 by 4PM

Mike Synar Graduate Research Fellowship:The Institute of Governmental Studies will award three Synar Graduate Research Fellowships of $3,000 each. The Mike Synar Graduate Research Fellowship is awarded to distinguished UC Berkeley graduate students who are writing their dissertations on an aspect of American politics, including comparative research across nations with the United States as a major case. Click here to learn more.Deadline to apply: Monday, November 30, 2020 by 4PM

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


18) UCDC Remote Prog

UCDC Remote Prog

Did you know that the UCDC Remote Program for Spring 2021 will offer exciting virtual internship opportunities, challenging online courses taught by DC experts, a mentorship network made up of UC alums working in DC, a speaker series featuring established DC professionals, career development workshops, and a chance to build community with students from across the UC?  Plus, there’s even a Giant Panda cam at the National Zoo so you can keep tabs on the new panda cub!

Applications for the SP21 UCDC Remote Program are due on Thursday, September 17th.  If you have any questions about the program or application process, come to an info session or sign up for a zoom appointment . More information at


19) Pre-Law Event Fri 9/4

Pre-Law Event Fri 9/4

A Pre-Law department in the ASUC has put together a pre-law orientation event for new students. We know that many incoming students may be finding it difficult to find all the organizations that they can join and all the resources they have access to. We want to help spread resources and information to all prospective pre-law students starting out their journey at Cal. The event is taking place THIS FRIDAY, September 4th, 2020 from 5-7pm. Please fill out this RSVP form if you would like to attend and we will send you the zoom link the day before the event. You can contact for more information. The following pre-law student groups will be represented:



20) Eleven Journal Positions

Eleven Journal Positions

Interested in journalism and public relations? Looking for an opportunity to observe and learn about social science research?

Eleven: The Undergraduate Journal of Sociology is currently looking for Editorial and Public Relations Team Members. We are accepting applications from enthusiastic students of any discipline willing to contribute to creating one of the nation’s premier undergraduate publications. This is a great opportunity to not only build your professional experience and resume, but also gain a deeper understanding of sociological research and writing skills. Learn more about the journal and find our applications online at

 Applications are due by Wednesday, September 9 at 11:59PM.

Please don’t hesitate to email our team at with any questions, or if you would like more information!