Latest News as of 6/14/18

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1) Honors Prog Ddln 6/15
2) Lauri Out Fri 6/15
3) Cngrsswmn Lee Intrnsp
4) Cultural Peer Mentor
5) Job for Recent Grad
6) Fld Studies Position
7) Colwrit 9N

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1) Honors Prog Ddln 6/15

Honors Prog Ddln 6/15
The deadline to apply for the 18-19 Honors Program is tomorrow, Friday June 15th.
Check here for details/instructions:

Legal Studies Honors Program

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2) Lauri Out Fri 6/15

Lauri Out Fri 6/15

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3) Cngrsswmn Lee Intrnsp

Cngrsswmn Lee Intrnsp

The Office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) is welcoming applications for Fall 2018 interns.  Please share this opportunity with college students who live in or attend school in the 13th Congressional District (Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, Piedmont, San Leandro) and are interested in gaining invaluable work experience in government. 

Application Deadline: Friday, July 6, 2018

Please advise interested students to submit their applications online via https://lee.house.gov/helping-you/for-students/internships, and email a resume and cover letter to Lee.Internships@mail.house.gov.

Internship Details: Interns may be asked to do a variety of things, including day-to-day administrative tasks such as answering phones, drafting correspondence, and providing constituent services. In addition, interns may assist staff with policy research, constituent casework, and community outreach events.  Although all internships in all offices are unpaid, the hours are flexible to accommodate students’ course and work schedules.

For more information about Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s internship program, please contact either Kevin Figueroa in the Washington DC office (202-225-2661) or Jared Mitchell in the District office (510-763-0370).

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4) Cultural Peer Mentor

Cultural Peer Mentor
Apply To be a Cultural Peer Mentor!

  • Are you interested in making new friends from various countries?
  • Are you eager to learn about different cultures and languages?
  • Do you want to increase your leadership, event planning, and intercultural skills?

Who Are We?

The Cultural Peer Mentors (CPM’s) serve to provide guidance, resources, and support to visiting international students who are studying at UC Berkeley as part of the Berkeley International Study Program (BISP). We are here to assist BISP students to make successful cultural and academic transitions at UC Berkeley. We aim for Cal students and international students to develop awareness of other cultures and acquire intercultural competency through frequent interaction with each other. These skills are essential in an increasingly globalized economy and for working across differences.

Each semester, the Berkeley International Study Program (BISP) welcomes well over 200 international students from around the globe who come to study ​at UC Berkeley ​for 1-2 semesters, and the Cultural Peer Mentors are instrumental in assisting them with their transition!

In this program, you will:

  1. Meet friends from diverse backgrounds and life experiences.
  2. Share your passions and interests with BISP students by planning events for your own group of mentees.
  3. Become an ambassador to visiting international students and show them what life in the U.S. is truly like, beyond what they see on TV.
  4. Work with a dynamic team of Cultural Peer Mentors to develop your leadership, event planning, and intercultural skills!

Requirements:

  • Be a current undergraduate student at UC Berkeley with at least one academic year of study remaining.
  • Strong leadership skills and willing to take the initiative.
  • Be empathetic, able to interact effectively and patiently with people from diverse cultural backgrounds and with different levels of English proficiency.
  • Possess positive communication and teamwork skills.
  • Plan at least 3 activities per semester for a group of ~40 mentees with your co-leader.
  • Assist in planning and execution of 2-3 bigger events per semester for the mentees.

This is a year-long volunteer position with an event-planning budget.

If you are interested in becoming a Cultural Peer Mentor, please complete the online application here: https://tinyurl.com/CPMApp2018

Interviews will be held in person and via Skype throughout the summer.

PRIORITY DEADLINE: Saturday, June 30

FINAL DEADLINE: Friday, July 27

Questions? Write to Rachel: bispinsoc@berkeley.edu

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5) Job for Recent Grad

Job for Recent Grad

Please see the link below regarding an opening in the Immigration Assistant position with Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP in Walnut Creek. This position would be ideal for graduates from the legal studies program.

Those interested can read more about the position and apply here:

https://uscareers-balglobal.icims.com/jobs/2074/immigration-assistant—bal018/job

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6) Fld Studies Position

Fld Studies Position
Field Studies in Labor and Community Organizing

Public Policy 290-025: Field Studies
Course number: 15477
Schedule: Monday, 3 PM – 4:30 PM

This field studies course is designed for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in exploring their passion for social and economic justice while practicing new organizing and research skills. Students can earn 1 – 3 academic credits based on the number of hours spent in the field with a union or community organization that promotes the interests of working families in the Bay Area. Classroom-based skills development and guided reflection will complement the fieldwork. This experience can open the door to life-long careers as organizers, researchers, policy analysts, political lobbyists, communication specialists and influential leaders in the labor movement. In order to facilitate the most effective placement, students planning to enroll must fill out an application by August 22, 2018.

Past field studies projects have included:

  • A campaign for immigrant casino workers to win living wages and health insurance
  • Outreach and education to community members in the Fruitvale District about Oakland’s minimum wage and paid sick day benefits
  • A campaign organized by local child care teachers, directors, providers, parents, and organizations to secure more investment in the child care system
  • Recruiting and retaining low-wage immigrant restaurant workers into job training programs, and support the advancement of Know Your Rights workplace justice campaigns

And more!

Contemporary Labor Issues: Challenges and Innovation

Public Policy 290-008: Graduate Seminar
Course number: 15462
Schedule: Wednesday, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Please note new time!

This applied research and project-based seminar offers students the opportunity to study labor and economic justice issues in depth, while developing and honing research skills that can shape campaigns to improve the lives of working families. In partnership with local labor unions and worker organizations, we will address priority questions that have emerged in ongoing organizing and advocacy campaigns. Students will work hands-on with existing data sets or engage in original data collection, with training and guidance in the application of data science tools to support workers’ interests in the Bay Area. The specific campaigns, to be identified by our community partners, are likely to address the affordable housing crisis, responsible technology development, and immigration insecurities. The class will culminate in presentations of findings, analyses, and policy recommendations to key community stakeholders and policymakers. Through a combination of lectures, key readings, and active participation in a “live” research initiative, students will develop an understanding of the current challenges that the labor movement in California faces and contribute to innovative policy solutions.

For more information, please contact Alicia Flores at Alicia.flores@berkeley.edu or visit our website at http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/labor-studies/.

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7) Colwrit 9N

Colwrit 9N

Due to the overwhelming interest in our Colwrit 9N course (Legal English and U.S. Law), we have opened a new online section of the course.  This online version offers the same introduction to the foundations of the American legal system and opportunities for intensive English practice. It does not require that students be onsite at all, so it is perfect for students who may be starting an LL.M. in the fall but cannot arrive before August, who want more practice but cannot be on campus for the summer, and/or who have very busy schedules that they need to work around.

Course information:

Colwrit W9, Section 5
Class # 16363
Session D
02 July – 10 August (weekly modules)
2 units, P/NP or S/U only

Students will become familiar with the federal and state court systems, judge and jury trials, the case law method, and selected areas of law based on student interest (e.g., contracts, constitutional law, criminal law, torts). Students will also practice new vocabulary and idioms; read and analyze judges’ decisions; organize, write and edit legal arguments; and participate in formal and informal discussions.
Note: The deadline for visa applications to summer sessions has past, but students do not need a visa for this online-only course.

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