Legal Studies Latest News as of 8/8/23

August 8, 2023


1) Legal Intrnshp Hurry!
2) Rsrch Asst. 
3) Underground Scholars
4) Don't Forget the 190's!
5) Depositions
6) 190 Seminars Count
1) Legal Intrnshp
Legal Intrnshp
Paid Legal Intern Position Opportunity

Warren Law Firm, a rapidly growing immigration law firm in San Francisco, is currently searching for a legal intern for Fall 2023. This would be a part-time, paid position, with the possibility of an extension to the spring semester. This internship will be in person, in our San Francisco office. We recommend any student interested in immigration law to apply for this position. Our office is committed to the development of its staff, and anyone in this position will have plenty of opportunities to learn about the immigration legal field. Below are the role descriptions and qualifications:
Description: This position will have a combination of legal and administrative responsibilities.
• Assemble a variety of application packets e.g., Asylum Applications, Cancellation of Removal,
VAWA, U-Visas, Adjustment of Status, Consular Process, Citizenship cases;
• Assist with writing tasks such as drafting cover letters and taking client declaration notes;
• Ensure that the office looks professional at all times;
• Greet clients, give them our general intake form, and ensure the general intake form is filled out thoroughly;
• Organize confidential documents;
• Put mail away in the corresponding files and make sure the mail reaches the intended recipients;
• Assist with copying, scanning, emailing, and note-taking;
• Creating physical files for new clients and keeping the file cabinet organized;
• Providing daily support to attorneys and paralegals by completing urgent tasks;
• Making adequate translations of legal documents as required;
• Opportunity to take part in a variety of legal tasks depending on interest and skills.

• Must be fluent in Spanish;
• Must be able to work on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (at least 2 days out of the 3);
• Must commit to working 8 hour shifts on assigned work days;
• Responsible, punctual, and courteous, exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, a team player, and someone who takes initiative;
• Some college completed, education in law or legal studies preferred;
• Prior experience as a legal receptionist will be advantageous;
• Familiarity with legal terms, documents, and filing;
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
• Extensive experience working with word processing, spreadsheets, printers, copiers, scanners,
and appointment scheduling and call forwarding systems;
• Experience with declaration intakes preferred.

Application Process:
• Send a Cover Letter and Resume to, and
• The final deadline to submit will be Sunday, August 13, 2023. Applications will be reviewed
on a rolling basis.

Pay Range: $19-$22/hour Start Date: Mid-Late August
2) Rsrch Asst. 
Rsrch Asst.
My name is Alejandra, and I am a staff research assistant at the Risk Resilience Research (RRR) Lab at the University of California, Berkeley. Our lab, directed by Professor Jennifer Skeem, conducts policy-relevant research to improve justice, safety, and well-being for people and communities at risk. We're currently seeking undergraduate students for our Student Research Assistant role, which uniquely provides an opportunity to engage in live data collection.

Our projects include developing a prosocial video game with young advisors and implementing innovative interventions at Napa State Hospital. Duties include data entry, coding, and administrative tasks. We ask for a minimum commitment of 6-8 hours weekly.

If your students are interested, they can apply by sending a resume and cover letter to

More information about us is available on our website and see more below.
About Us
Risk-Resilience Research (RRR) is a fun, dynamic, interdisciplinary team of students, staff, and
scholars at the University of California, Berkeley. Our mission is to improve justice, safety, and
well-being for people and communities at risk, through policy-relevant research. The RRR lab is
directed by Professor Jennifer Skeem, a psychologist affiliated with the Goldman School of
Public Policy and School of Social Welfare. For more about us and our work, please see:
Student Research Assistant Opportunity

Playing for Change: the study involves working with local youth advisors (10-12 year old
students) and world-class experts to co-design a “serious video game” to prevent
aggression and promote prosocial development. Research assistants may engage directly
with youth in school settings.
Changing Institutions: the study involves working with staff at Napa State Hospital to
implement and evaluate an innovative intervention designed to prevent violence by
psychiatric inpatients. The intervention targets staff-patient relationships and other
environmental risk factors for violence. Research assistants may be tasked with the role of
engaging in live data collection
Student Research Assistant Role
We are looking for a student Research Assistant (RA) to join our team. The student RA will work
with RRR faculty, staff and students on several ongoing projects. Examples include:

Duties include data entry, data coding, assistance with administrative tasks, and other duties as
required. Applicants must have a good GPA, relevant interests, and be available for more than
one semester. They should be interested in involvement in our lab, including professional
development activities that can contribute to successful graduate school applications. The
position is based at UC Berkeley and is unit bearing. Weekly Hours: 6-8 minimum

How to Apply
Please send resume/curriculum vitae and cover letter outlining your qualifications and
experience to Alejandra Hilbert:
3) Underground Scholars
Underground Scholars
We are reaching out to invite Black-identifying formerly incarcerated and systems-impacted students to join Black USI. Black Underground Scholars Initiative is a subdivision of Underground Scholars. Our mission is to provide dedicated support and resources to Black USI members.  Please fill out the form linked here if you fit this category. No one who wishes to join will be excluded. If you know of anyone who we should invite, please share this link with them. Thank you.
UC Berkeley Black Underground Scholars
4) Don't Forget the 190's!
Don't Forget the 190's!

Here are just can find all of the 190's and how they count towards the Area requirements for the major in 'Course Offerings by Semester' on our website and you can find out if they have seats available by looking at for Fa23.

Religion, Gender, and Law: The Case of Israel

Masua Sagiv
The course will explore the intersection of gender, religion, and law in Israel, as manifested in social movement activism through law and society. The course will illustrate and reflect upon different strategies and spheres for promoting social change, by examining core issues involving gender, religion and law in Israel: religious marriage and divorce, gender equality in the religious establishment, spiritual leadership of women, free exercise of religion (at the Western Wall and Temple Mount), conversion, and segregation in education. Spheres of activism to be covered include parliament, state courts, alternative private initiatives and courts, and social media.

Memory in Legal Principle and Process

Daniel Levy
Human memory plays a key role in legal thought, institutions, and procedures. In a wide range of circumstances – evaluating the reliability of testimony, appreciating challenges to judges and jurors in learning and retaining information presented during a trial, assessing intent and culpability for plagiarism, or considering the admissibility of a plaintiff’s repressed memories– assumptions about the nature of memory play a vital role. For each topic, the relevant basic cognitive psychology and neuroscience information will be introduced in non-specialist terms. We will then consider the implications of those insights for philosophical attitudes, legal processes, and societal institutions, including memory in restorative justice, and collective memory in public spaces and monuments.
Steven Solomon
This class will explore the intersection of antisemitism and the law.  It will begin by covering the history of law as a vehicle for institutionalizing antisemitism, law as a vehicle for combating antisemitism, and law as a political tool to combat antisemitism.  Historical topics will include, the Dreyfus case, the Holocaust denial trial of Irving v. Lipstadt, the Damascus blood libel trial of 1840, the blood libel trial of Mendel Beilis, and the impact of the lynching of Leo Frank.  We will also review discriminatory laws in the United States and other areas and countries against Jews, including in Nazi Germany.  Other topics covered will include the intersection of legal antisemitism definitions and anti-Zionism, the intersection of free speech laws and antisemitism (e.g., the Skokie march), the historical discrimination of college and university campuses against Jews through admission quotas as well as the modern day application of Title VI of the Higher Education Act to issues of antisemitism on college and university campuses. 
5) 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
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.
6) 190 Seminars Count
190 Seminars Count

Our Legal Studies 190 seminars count towards the major! 
Find out how they count towards the Areas by looking in 'Course Offerings by Semester' for the semester in question. We recycle the numbers each semester, so you have to look in 'Course Offerings by Semester'.
These seminars are smaller in size, do not have discussion sections (no GSIs), so you'll have more contact with the professor, and the topics are amazing. 
You could potentially take four 190's to fulfill the Area requirements for the major if you wanted to. They count just as our lecture courses do.
Yay for the 190's! 
There are lots of seats available.
Check them out!