Latest News as of 1/11/17


1) Depositions!
2) LS 190’s w/Space!
3) King Hall Outreach UCD


1) Depositions!


Deadline to Apply: No later than Wednesday, January 24, at 5:00 p.m

Legal Studies Spring 2017 Announcement: An Opportunity for Undergrads to Participate in a Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) JD Skills Class with the OPTION of earning 1 unit of LS 199 Individual Research Credit

In Spring 2017, undergraduates will have a unique opportunity to play the role of witnesses in a Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) 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 limited amount of background material.  Witnesses will then be expected to participate in six Tuesday afternoon class sessions from 3:35 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., on the following dates: 2/7; 2/14; 3/7; 3/14; 411; and 4/18.  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 Tuesday afternoon classes.  (Note: Witnesses will role play during only the first one-half of class or during the second one-half of each class only, unless they are seeking LS 199 credit, as described below, in which case they must attend the entire class.)

Professor Hecht’s Depositions course is a skills course, in which Boalt Hall 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’s assistant Stephanie Dorton at, by no later than Wednesday, January 24, 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 Tuesday, January 31, 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.  At the end of the semester, these students 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 afternoon 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 the 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.    Meet at least twice during the semester with Professor Perry.
vi.    Papers will be graded on a P/NP basis by Professor Perry.


2) LS 190’s w/Space!

LS 190’s w/Space!

The following Sp17 Legal Studies 190 seminar classes have lots of space.
Consider taking a seminar!
As of this week, 190.1 has 10 seats available, 190.2 has 25 seats available and 190.4 has 26 seats available!!!
These are great courses that can fulfill the distribution requirements which are indicated below.
Seminars don’t have discussion sections or GSI’s, so they can be a great choice if you have a packed schedule.
190.1: Constitutions in Comparative Perspective, Shapiro, 4 units, Area V

An examination of constitutional decision making in a number of countries based on selected high court opinions.

190.2:  Basic Legal Values, Dan-Cohen, 4 units, Area II

Although everyone agrees that law promotes some values, what these values are is often unclear and controversial. This is increasingly the case the more we come to recognize cultural diversity and moral pluralism faced by the law. In this seminar we will examine a number of values that have been advanced within the liberal tradition, such as well-being, autonomy, and dignity, and consider their potential role in shaping or explaining a wide range of legal disputes. The seminar will divide into two parts. In the first, we’ll get acquainted with these values in the context of the two main strands in liberal moral theory – utilitarianism and Kantianism – and consider some general issues concerning the meaning of these values and their interrelationships. The second part will consist of student presentations on specific substantive topics in which the general issues discussed in the first part arise.

190.4: Race in American Law, Emily Bruce, 4 units, Area II or IV

From our founding documents to our immigration policy to our criminal justice system, ideas about race are embedded into America’s legal institutions. Yet despite the ubiquity of race in the structures that govern us, many of the actors who shape our legal landscape operate under unexamined assumptions about what race really is and what role it should and does play in our society. In this course, we will investigate how legal institutions in the United States have defined race in ways both subtle and overt. We will also consider the role we think race should play in America’s public policy in light of the ideals and values our governing documents articulate.


3) King Hall Outreach UCD

King Hall Outreach UCD

NOTE:  The deadline is today, but here’s a quick note from a current Legal Studies major who has been through the program already:

“I know the deadline is today, but….  this is a great opportunity for aspiring law school students.  I was accepted to this program last summer, and it was highly beneficial and very, very insightful as to the admissions process at law schools.  If there are eager-beavers out there, they will still have time to put together the information necessary for the application and submit it.  Also, I believe they ask for letters of recommendations.  In my experience last year, they were willing to accept letters of recommendation after the application deadline (by a few days).  The main thing is that students need to turn in the application on time.  My suggestion would be that students that can turn in the application, even if they don’t have letters of recommendation at the moment, then contact UC Davis Outreach program and work out the details on the letters of recommendation.

  On a second note, there was a summer program (the email is for the winter KHOP program).  So, even if students cannot put things together for this winter session, I believe there will be a summer session (if I recall correctly, the application was due in April).  Lastly, UC Davis did choose a couple of people from UC Berkeley, which made it so people could carpool to Davis.”
January 11, 2017 is the last day to apply for KHOP Winter 2017!  
Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of our award-winning program!

The King Hall Outreach Program (KHOP) is a no-cost program consisting of four Saturday workshops to prepare college students and recent graduates from underrepresented communities to excel in the law school application process.

Over 41 percent of KHOP alumni have graduated from, or enrolled in, ABA accredited law schools including UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Hastings, Northwestern University, Boston University, and many others.

In 2016, KHOP received the American Bar Association Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Award For Excellence in Pipeline Diversity for its important role in cultivating racial and ethnic diversity in legal education.

Click here to learn more about KHOP and to download application materials.
The deadline is Wednesday, January 11, 2017.
Please direct questions to Joe Schneider, Director of Admission and Outreach, at


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