Latest News as of 1/24/19


1) Depositions! Ddln 1/25
3) Two URAP Positions
4) SLC Help
5) Fllw$hp$
6) Publish! GSJ
7) Su Intrnshp
8) Justice Talk
9) UCDC Fa19
10) Join Social Slice
11) Cool Class
12) Frosh/Soph Sem
13) LSAT Wkshp


1) Depositions!


Legal Studies Fall Spring 2019 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 Spring 2019, 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 February 5, February 12, March 5, March 12, April 9, and April 16, 2019. 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’s assistant Stephanie Dorton at, by no later than Friday, January 25, 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, January 28, 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:
Attend all class role playing sessions, and prepare for the role plays;

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;

Read materials, posted on bCourses, on participant observation methods; and consider how those method(s) apply to your own experience;

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;

Meet at least twice during the semester with Professor Perry; and

Papers will be graded on a P/NP basis by Professor Perry.




Deadline to apply to URAP for spring semester:
Monday, January 28th at 9 AM in the morning

For program details and application guidance,
visit the Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program website

The following URAP info sessions will be held:
-Tuesday, January 22, 2–3 p.m., 9 Durant Hall
-Wednesday, January 23, 1–2 p.m., 9 Durant Hall
-Friday, January 25, 10–11 a.m., 9 Durant Hall


3) Two URAP Positions

Two URAP Positions

The following two URAP positions are being advertised on the URAP website by Professor KT Albiston, law professor at Berkeley Law.
URAP website: Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program website

Deadline to apply to URAP for spring semester:
Monday, January 28th at 9 AM in the morning

***Women in STEM: Evaluating Equity in Faculty Recruitment

Open. Apprentices needed for the spring semester. Enter your application on the web beginning January 15th. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 28th at 9 AM.

When preferences for men over women for particular jobs were still legal in the United States, job advertisements could explicitly request men for male-typed jobs or women for female-typed jobs. Research found that such explicit sex labeling perpetuated gender inequality by discouraging women from applying, even when the job ads included a non-discrimination disclaimer. Even though the law no longer permits job ads to explicitly refer to male or female candidates, more subtle—but still visible—use of gender-related language in job advertisements persists. Moreover, the continued gender segregation of occupations encourages stereotypical assumptions about the gender characteristics of workers who fill them. Masculine traits are thought to be more essential for success in traditionally male dominated jobs, and men are seen as more likely to be successful in these stereotypically masculine jobs. It should not surprise us, then, to learn that job postings in male-dominated fields contain a higher proportion of stereotypically masculine traits than job postings in female-dominated fields, study participants believe that occupations described by masculine traits are populated mostly by men, and women find these jobs less appealing.

This project investigates the gender stereotyping of jobs by examining the prevalence of masculine traits in job advertisements for tenure-track university positions. Drawing on a unique data set of more than 1,000 job descriptions for tenure-track positions at nine research universities, this project uses computational text analysis to investigate variation in gendered traits in job descriptions among academic fields. It examines whether the language used in academic hiring is related to the representation of women in academic positions across multiple disciplines. We focus in particular on STEM fields relative to other university positions because it is well documented that academic positions in STEM fields are held primarily by men and are perceived to be stereotypically masculine. The findings thus address one potential mechanism that contributes to the underrepresentation of women in STEM fields. This project is part of a larger research effort analyzing various factors that affect equity in employment recruitment processes and is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Spencer Foundation.

Students who participate in the project will have the opportunity to contribute to scholarship for publication and presentations to academic and policy audiences. Students also will participate in lab meetings and will be invited to contribute to the project’s development and to learn more about research design and execution. For outstanding URAPs, future paid employment during summer and fall 2019 may be possible, work and grant funds permitting.

The work involved on this project may include:
• Assisting with analysis of language in faculty job postings using Python scripts;
• Using research findings to generate tools for third parties to evaluate gendered language in their job postings;
• Working with QDA Miner and WordStat to integrate our existing Python text processing routines;
• Assisting with database management using SPSS and STATA;
• Helping prepare publications and presentations based on findings for the study; and
• Literature reviews on text processing methods and techniques.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Matt Cannon, Graduate Student

Qualifications: Very basic familiarity with Python and GitHub are required, but no advance skills are necessary. A demonstrated interest in gender integration in the STEM fields is a plus. Familiarity with QDA Miner, WordStat, PowerPoint, and SPSS or STATA would be useful. The time commitment is six hours minimum per week, plus one hour lab meetings on an occasional basis.

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

Related website:

***Democracy, Civil Society, and Public Interest Law

Open. Apprentices needed for the spring semester. Enter your application on the web beginning January 15th. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 28th at 9 AM.

Public interest law organizations (PILOs) play a significant role in policy formation in American society, most visibly through impact litigation cases such as Brown v. Board of Education that often are part of a larger social movement. More recently, organizations such as the ACLU have played critical roles in pushing back against legally dubious government policies regarding immigration and other issues. Over the past thirty years, public interest law expanded dramatically, crossed ideological and practice area boundaries, and weathered significant criticism and political attacks, yet most studies of the field date from the 1970s and 1980s. This study develops a contemporary picture of PILOs, their structure, and their relationship to their environment, with an eye toward the implications for social change. How do these organizations vary in strategy, structure, and mission? How have they changed from the early years of this field? How do geographical and resource dispersion among these organizations relate to stratification in access to justice? How do these organizations respond to environmental factors such as funding imperatives, counter-movements, or legal constraints on their activities? How do their characteristics and strategies relate to media attention, a key mechanism of social change? And, from a more normative perspective, what are the implications for access to justice, and for democratic values such as participation, liberty, and equality?

After writing several articles from data from a representative survey of more than 200 public interest law organizations, I am now writing a book that advances the argument that public interest law organizations are key institutions in democracy and civil society. How, theoretically, might public interest law organizations further democratic values and civil society? In what ways can public interest law organizations be understood as civil society organizations? What is the justification in a democratic society for public interest law organizations that engage in litigation as a social change strategy (e.g., the NAACP Inc. Fund and Brown v. Board of Education, or, more recently, the Center for Individual Rights and Grutter v. Bollinger)? If we examine empirically the activities, structure, and goals of these organizations, how well do these organizations live up to those justifications? Do these organizations enable or inhibit democratic governance and a vibrant civil society?

Qualifications: The URAP student will help me with a variety of substantive research projects related to the book. These include: – assisting with a literature review in political science, law and society, law, and the legal professions sociology literature regarding civil society organizations – drafting brief research memos about the literature on democracy and civil society – help to develop a qualitative analysis of modes or types of civil society organizations in the public interest field drawing on data from the study – helping prepare materials for a major presentation on the book For this project, I am looking for a student who is substantively interested in the topic and has some familiarity with the concept of public interest law (expertise not required). The student should have excellent writing skills and research skills with library research on social science literature, e.g., be able to use online resources that go beyond google scholar, such as the social science citation index, to find relevant articles, and also be comfortable with cross disciplinary research. Responsibilities will include regular meetings (every one to two weeks) with me.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrsRelated website:


4) SLC Help

SLC Help

Take advantage of the resources at the Student Learning Center:


5) Fllw$hp$

Fellowships and Grants from IGS and the Matsui Center!

All fellowships and grants are open to all Cal Undergraduate majors!

John Gardner Fellowship  

The John Gardner Fellowship selects six Fellows during the spring semester from among the graduating classes at UC Berkeley and Stanford University and provides each a $32,500 stipend to work in the governmental or nonprofit organization that most closely fits their public sector interests. Past fellows have been placed at the Department of State, the Council of Economic Advisers, and the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center. Fellows are matched with a senior-level mentor during their 10-month fellowship. The goal of the John Gardner Fellowship is to inspire UC Berkeley’s and Stanford’s best students to pursue a career in public service. We encourage students from all majors to apply.  For more information click here!
Application: Click Here to Apply!
Deadline: February 13, 2019
Info Session: January 23, 2019 at 4:30pm. 119 Moses Hall
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 U.C. 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. We encourage students from all majors to apply. The grant is made possible by a generous donation by Bill and Patrice Brandt. For more information click here!
Application: Click Here to Apply!
Deadline: January 30, 2019
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. The Matsui Local Government Fellowship allows you to work in local government anywhere in California for 8 weeks during the summer. We will help place you in the internship that you find most interesting, whether it is working in a mayor’s office or interning for a localschool board. The internship will involve full-time work during the summer. Students will receive a stipend ($1,000) to help with living costs and transportation.  Students accepted to the Fellowship are also automatically accepted into the Spring Break program Democracy Camp. This will allow Local Government Fellows learn more about public service opportunities and to build a cohort with other students. Participation is optional but encouraged. All students currently enrolled at UC Berkeley are encouraged to apply! For more information click here!
Application: Click Here to Apply!
Deadline: February 4, 2019

If you have any question please contact Sonia Moctezuma at:


6) Publish! GSJ

Publish! GSJ
The Global Spheres Journal at UC Santa Barbara is is calling for undergraduate submissions for our next issue in Spring 2019. The deadline for submission is: March 15.


Global Societies Journal (GSJ) is a peer-reviewed and open-access journal based in the Global Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. This interdisciplinary publication explores and analyzes globalization and global-scale issues from a variety of  perspectives and disciplines. Our journal is seeking to publish articles that bridge the social science and humanities through a discussion of various global issues through an interdisciplinary approach.


We would really appreciate if you could forward the attached Call for Participation to undergraduate students in your department and any others who you feel may be interested in submitting their work for consideration. Please visit our website ( for more information.

The deadline to submit all manuscripts is March 15th.

Please feel free to let us know if you or any of your students have specific questions about the journal or the selection process for publication.


7) Su Intrnshp

Su Intrnshp
June 17–August 9, 2019

Learn ORGANIZING or RESEARCH AND POLICY SKILLS for Social & Economic Justice
Applications due: Monday, February 25, 2019, 11:59 PM (PST)

The UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education (Labor Center) and co-sponsor San Francisco Central Labor Council are offering students an opportunity to spend their summer learning about social and economic justice and reflecting on the intersections of race, class, gender, and immigration in the labor movement. Labor Summer is a full-time, PAID, intensive eight-week educational internship program. Students learn from and work with labor and community organizations in Northern and Central California, applying their skills in real-world settings on issues vital to the state’s working people.

The Learn Organizing Skills Track introduces students to learning about organizing campaigns in unions and community-based organizations. Interns will learn the tools of the trade such as campaign planning, communications, coalition-building, worker education and training, and campaign evaluation.

The Applied Research and Policy Track teaches students research skills that make an impact in unions and community-based organizations. Students get the opportunity to learn from union researchers involved in some of the nation’s most exciting and important organizing and policy campaigns. As a part of the orientation, Applied Research and Policy interns participate in the Labor Center’s two-day Strategic Research Workshop where they are joined by researchers working at labor unions and community-based organizations. Together they learn the basics of strategic and policy research in a labor environment and some labor economics.

“Labor Summer has helped me grow tremendously as an organizer, working on actual campaigns and gaining skills to use in other organizing as well.”Labor Summer intern, 2018

“Labor Summer completely changed my perspective on the value and dignity of work, and has helped me learn what kind of work I aspire to do in the future.”—Labor Summer Intern 2018

Find out more and apply to the UC Berkeley Labor Summer Internship Program.

Host a Labor Summer Intern at your union or community organization!


8) Justice Talk

Justice Talk
On WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23 at 6:00 PM, we will be hosting C. Dixon Osburn, the Executive Director of the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) for a talk entitled ‘Bringing Genocidaires to Justice: The Perspective of an NGO in the Trenches.’ Mr. Osburn will be discussing the mission and accomplishment of CJA, a non-governmental organization based in San Francisco that prosecutes war criminals throughout the world.


We think that students and faculty within the Legal Studies Department may be interested in this free and unique opportunity, and we would appreciate it if you could pass this information along. Additional details and tickets are available on our Facebook page:


9) UCDC Fa19


Whether you’re studying politics and government, art history, public health, economics, legal studies, etc., UCDC is an amazing chance for Berkeley students to gain invaluable experience in the professional world.

Each fall and spring semester, UCDC sends ~30 Berkeley students to live, learn, and intern in Washington D.C. alongside students from across the UC system. Berkeley students take on prestigious internships with a variety of organizations, businesses, museums, government agencies and take 2 classes for UC Berkeley approved academic credit.

Recent participants have said: “UCDC was a transformative experience,” and “UCDC was my best semester at Berkeley!”

Applications for the Fall 2019 cohort are due on Thursday, February 21st at 4PM. Applications must be submitted both online and in person at 2422 Dwinelle Hall.

Upcoming INFORMATION SESSIONS (9 Durant Hall)

  • Fri, Jan 25, 11 a.m-12 p.m.
    •Tue, Jan 29, 4-5 p.m.
    •Wed, Feb 6, 2-3 p.m.
    •Mon, Feb 11, 11 a.m-12 p.m.

Please see our website at for more information, or contact us at You can also stop by our office at 2422 Dwinelle Hall.

Hope to see you soon!


10) Join Social Slice

Join Social Slice
My name is Fionce and I am the co-lead for Social Slice, UC Berkeley’s Social Media Advisory Team. As an undergraduate student adviser/officer, could you please forward this opportunity to your department’s students? We at Social Slice are recruiting again for the spring semester, and would like to invite students from all years and majors to join our group, as we want our social media content to reflect the diversity of our student body.

Although we are open to students of any background, it is a plus if they are talented in data analytics, videography, graphic design, photography, copywriting and/or project management!

Thank you for your time. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Here is the link to the event page with more information.

“Brainstorm + Create + Share” as a member of the UC Berkeley Social Media Advisory Team (aka Social Slice). Applications are due no later than 11:59 pm on 1/27. Go Bears! 💙🐻💛

*** Link to application: ***

Social (media) butterflies, right this way. We need a slice of student life! Is your finger on the pulse of student life? Come share your opinions on all things social media and create content and campaigns that make you proud. Sliver pizza will be served!

• Any class standing (first-year students are welcome to apply) and any major (all majors welcome!).
• Motivation to learn and passion for UC Berkeley and social media marketing.
• Past experience with social media marketing and technical skills — such as content creation, i.e. Instagram Stories, videography and photography — listed on your resume are a plus.

• Work with Berkeley’s social media team on the university’s social media strategy and content.
• Garner hands-on experience with social media marketing, content creation and management, acquisition and engagement strategy, and data analysis.
• Letter of recommendation upon completing two terms with exceptional performance.
• Network with current members and alumni who have gone on to become members of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 and work at companies like Apple, Samsung, Ford, Microsoft, Nvidia, Triple A, Salesforce, Deloitte and more!!

Questions? Email


11) Cool Class

Cool Class

***NOTE: This course does not count towards the Legal Studies major requirements.***

American Studies 102, Sec. 4
“Oakland | City” (4 units)– Class # 26447

MW 12-2
110 Barrows                           I
Instructor: J. Winet

“Oakland | City” will investigate the unique dynamics of the Bay Area’s third largest city, closest to the Campanile, and home to many Cal students.

In concert with in-class lectures and presentations highlighted by visits from civic and community leaders, students will direct individual and collaborative public digital humanities research in areas to include but not limited to the City’s sports teams, emerging film scene, political activists, cultural organizations, museums, DIY initiatives, galleries and music clubs, library, police department, neighborhood business improvement districts, advocates for the homeless, and city government.

Class activity will also include technical training on audio, video and photography production.
Integral to the class are one or two field rips to Oakland, and final public and online multimedia research presentations.


12) Frosh/Soph Sem

Frosh/Soph Sem

***NOTE: The following course does not count towards the Legal Studies major requirements.***

German 39P, Section 2
Law and Literature (4 units, LG) SEATS AVAILABLE
Professor Chenxi Tang
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00-10:00, 250 Dwinelle Hall, Class number: 33213

For many people, law is the subject of law school, while literature belongs to the humanities. In this seminar, we will see that law and literature, professional school and the humanities, are in fact closely related. We will read some great authors in world literature (including Aeschylus, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Melville, Kleist, Kafka), watch a number of classic films, and discuss how they engage with the key issues of law—legitimacy and legality, justice and equity, rights and obligation, crime and punishment. At the same time, we will read legal texts and see how law operates by telling stories.

Instructor Bio:

Chenxi Tang studied comparative literature, German literature, and philosophy at Peking University, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, and Columbia University (PhD 2000). He taught at the University of Chicago before joining the Berkeley faculty in 2007. Professor Tang’s research and teaching interests include modern German literature and intellectual history, legal humanities, and comparative literature.

Faculty web site:


13) LSAT Wkshp

LSAT Wkshp


Hello students,

Blueprint LSAT Prep and UC Berkeley’s Phi Alpha Delta have teamed up to offer a free Law School Admissions Workshop on campus in Moffitt 101 on January 31st at 8pm. Mark your calendars and make sure you don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the ins and outs of the law school admissions process! Hope to see you there.

Becca Zeglovitch
Blueprint LSAT Preparation
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