Latest News as of 2/17/17


1) Check Your Schedule
2) ADD/DROP Deadline
3) BLSA Blueprint Event
4) For People of Color Conf
5) Berkeley Institute Fllwshp
6) Fllwshp for Rcnt Grads
7) Hum Rts Lab


1) Check Your Schedule
Check Your Schedule
Friday Feb 17 is the ADD/DROP deadline.
Changes to your schedule after the deadline will have to be an appeal to the Deans at the College of Letters & Science.

2) ADD/DROP Deadline
ADD/DROP Deadline
Friday, February 17
This is it.
The ADD/DROP deadline.
Check your schedule.
Check your schedule.
Check your schedule.
Don’t assume changes will happen automatically.
Make sure you check your schedule to that it’s as it should be.

3) BLSA Blueprint Event

BLSA Blueprint Event

BLSA (Berkeley’s Legal Studies Association) is hosting a Blueprint LSAT workshop where you can learn more about the LSAT, receive a discount on a Blueprint prep course and get some FREE FOOD (pizza). Please come out and join us, it will be a lot of fun and who does not love free pizza? Especially since the pizza will be from SLIVER!

When: 7pm on Thursday March 9th, 2017
Where: 141 Giannini Hall

Here is a link to the event on Facebook:


4) For People of Color Conf

For People of Color Conf

Dear campus community,

The Coalition for Diversity at Berkeley Law will be hosting the annual For People of Color Conference on Saturday, February, 25, from 8:30am-5:00pm. This is a fantastic event designed to demystify the law school application process for underrepresented communities who often face substantial structural disadvantages that make law school seem inaccessible. Past conferences have included wonderful speakers from the law school student body, faculty, and administrators, and powerful guest speakers from the legal profession. For more information, please click here.

RSVP: If you want to learn about how to get into your dream law school, or even figure out whether you want to go to law school, this event is for you. To attend the FPOC Conference, you must register here. (This event is free and open to the public.) Since food will be provided and the amount ordered will be based on registration numbers, please make sure you can attend the conference before registering.

Volunteer: This event cannot take shape without the help of volunteers. We need volunteers to help with setting up, cleaning up, reviewing personal statements, conducting tours, talking to conference attendees, etc. Volunteers who are interested in facilitating conference activities should sign up here.

Volunteers are truly the driving force in making the For People of Color Conference a memorable event. Please join us in demonstrating that Berkeley Law remains a site committed to social justice, inclusion, and diversity!

Spread the word: Please distribute this email widely to those interested in participating or volunteering. Thank you for your help and support!

With much appreciation,
Coalition for Diversity


5) Fllwshp for Rcnt Grads

Fllwshp for Rcnt Grads

John Friedman, Nathaniel Hendren, and I are looking to hire several students for our Equality of Opportunity Project pre-doctoral fellows program. These positions will be based either at Stanford or in Washington DC for academic year 2016-17.

We are looking for students to work with us for 1-2 years after they graduate from college (or a Masters program). In addition to working closely with us as research assistants, the pre-doctoral fellows typically co-author papers with other students or faculty. The program thus serves as a good bridge between college and graduate school for students interested in applied microeconomics.  Further details and application instructions are available on this website:

We are accepting applications until March 1.

Full-Time Research Assistant Positions
Professors Raj Chetty, John N. Friedman, and Nathaniel Hendren

We are looking to hire several full-time pre-doctoral fellows for the academic year 2017-18 to work with our research group on the Equality of Opportunity Project. The overarching mission of the project is to understand the key determinants of intergenerational mobility and thereby develop policies that empower low-income families to rise out of poverty. Current projects study the long-term impacts of neighborhoods, the role of colleges as a pathway to upward mobility, the relationship between income and life expectancy, the determinants of innovation and entrepreneurship, and how social networks may affect poverty.  The research uses “big data” and quasi-experimental methods to identify causal effects and test the predictions of economic and sociological models. Recent results from these projects have appeared in the New York Times and have been cited in the President’s State of the Union address.

The positions will be based at Stanford or in Washington D.C. under the direction of Professors Chetty, Friedman, and Hendren. The fellowship will include a variety of tasks that provide preparation for graduate school, such as analyzing data, developing statistical mdoels, creating presentations, and editing research papers. In addition to working with faculty as research assistants, the pre-doctoral fellows frequently co-author papers with other students or faculty members.  Fellows will interact regularly with professors and their collaborators – such as Matthew Desmond, Matthew Jackson, and Emmanuel Saez –in a team-oriented lab environment, with weekly lab meetings and other informal events. The program serves as an ideal bridge between college and graduate school for students interested in empirical economics. Most previous fellows have gone on to top Ph.D. programs.  Salary will be competitive.

Applicants should be completing (or have completed) a Bachelors or Master’s degree and have strong quantitative and programming skills. Candidates with research experience are strongly preferred, especially those with experience in Stata, SAS, Matlab, Python, or Hadoop. Candidates need not be Economics majors, though they should have a strong interest in and some experience with Economics.  Candidates would ideally begin on June 1, 2017 and work for us for one to two years before applying to graduate school in Economics or another quantitative social science.
To apply, please:

1)    Submit a formal application through Stanford (Job Number: 73827)
2)    Upload your resume, cover letter (optional), resume, transcripts, and a writing sample through our group’s online form.

Questions can be directed to Priyanka Shende at We will review applications, conduct interviews, and make offers in two rounds: one in mid-fall and one in late-winter. Applications received by October 30, 2016, will be eligible for the first round. First-round decisions will be announced around November 15, 2016. All applications received before March 1 will be considered for the second round, and those decisions will be made around March 15, 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions

*   Do you sponsor visas for international candidates?
Yes, we sponsor J-1 and H1-B visas.

*    What kind of writing sample should I submit?
The writing sample should ideally be an economics research paper, but you may submit whatever you feel best demonstrates your analytic and writing abilities. It can be any length.

*    Can I get feedback on my application?
Given the number of applications we receive, we are sorry that we cannot provide individual feedback.

*    What are you looking for in an applicant?
Successful applicants have strong transcripts including advanced courses in economics, math, or computer science. We look for demonstrated interest in and experience with economics research, through the writing sample and resume. US citizens with a background in computer science are particularly encouraged to apply.

*   Are there any summer research assistant opportunities?
Our group only hires full-year pre-doctoral fellows. We encourage students to apply in the final year of their undergraduate or master’s program.


6) Berkeley Institute Fllwshp

Berkeley Institute Fllwshp

The Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies invites any UC Berkeley undergraduate student from any discipline or background to apply for the Berkeley Institute Fellowship. The fellowship position is offered for one year with a possibility of extension and fellows receive a $500 stipend per semester. The fellowship consists of 3 components: Academic Engagement, Professional Development, and Teamwork.

Fellows are responsible for engaging in critical issues from a variety of perspectives, crafting individualized plans for professional growth, and collaborating with a group of passionate individuals. During a typical week, a fellow is expected to commit approximately 3-5 hours to various projects of the Institute including self-initiated events. Past projects have included: DeCals on Journalism and Innovation & Entrepreneurship, research on topics such as Israel-Palestinian waterways, events about government and minority rights, law, and energy policy.

To apply, please send your resume as well as a few paragraphs on why you are interested in this position to the Outreach Coordinator, Hana Rothstein ( by March 5, 2017.


7) Hum Rts Lab

Hum Rts Lab
Shout out to all the Legal Studies majors who work at the Human Rights Investigations Lab!
Watch on the PBS News Hour from this week:

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