Latest News as of 8/20/19


1) Lauri’s Hours Wed 8/21
2) Vol. as Mentor
3) July LSAT Info
5) Letter Svc Ending
6) Data Sci Intrnshps
7) Hastings Intrnshp
8) Taking a non-UCB course
9) Research Wrkshps
10) Undrgrd Fllwshp


1) Lauri’s Hours Wed 8/21

Lauri’s Hours Wed 8/21

Lauri’s drop in office hours on Wednesday 8/21 are as follows:

8:30-11:30  and 2:30-4


2) Vol. as Mentor

Vol. as Mentor

Hi, my name is Abner Lozano (Legal Studies major) and I’m a chapter leader for Eye To Eye National. Eye to Eye is a national organization that helps middle and high school students with learning disabilities and struggles in school. Each student is paired up with a mentor that works closely with them in an art room. This year we are hoping to work with 15-20 mentors!

This is fun, relaxing and helps the kids bond with one another and find a community among themselves that is supporting.

More specifically, mentors meet with their students once a week for an hour in the art room to create an art project. Mentors must have a learning disability or difficulty in one subject in order to be a mentor.

Why join?? This looks good on resumes and it’s a great way to start building connections and a community as an incoming freshman!

if you would like to join, please fill out this application:


3) July LSAT Info

July LSAT Info
The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) has completed their analysis of the July LSAT exam, and scores are now being released one week earlier than previously stated. The July LSAT scores will now be released tomorrow, Wednesday, 8/21, instead of 8/28.

We’ve set up a scores back hotline (844-809-9289), available 7 days a week (including Labor Day), staffed with trained counselors ready to help students decide whether to keep or cancel their scores, when to reschedule, and how to prep for their next LSAT.

You can also check out our free e-book covering everything you need to know about the digital LSAT.

What you need to know about your July LSAT Score:

-You can cancel this test for free and retake your exam through April 2020.
-The cancellation deadline is Wednesday, 9/4, at 11:59 PM ET (8:59 PM PT).
-If you cancel, you do not need to decide which date you’re retaking the exam by the 9/4 deadline.
-Registration for the September LSAT has closed and is not included in the free retake option. No refunds will be given for anyone who registered for this test date.
-The first opportunity to take the LSAT for free is the Monday, 10/28 exam, which has a registration deadline of Tuesday, 9/10.
-Additional exams available for the free retake are: 11/25, 1/13, 2/22, 3/30, and 4/25.

Need help deciding to keep or cancel your score? Call Kaplan’s hotline at 844-809-9289 to talk to an expert teacher who can walk you through it.




The folks organizing the Golden Bear Orientation wanted to make sure all new Fa19 Transfer students received the following info…so here it is!  😉
Hello and Welcome, Transfer Students!

We look forward to welcoming you to the College of Letters & Science during Golden Bear Orientation (GBO). Each student will have a unique schedule for GBO – you’ll receive yours from your Orientation Leader once you arrive to campus. For listings of all the GBO events we encourage you to download and view the Cal Events app. When reviewing the myriad activities and events during the week, please seek out and and plan to attend any scheduled events for your intended major(s).


Here are some important events created just for L&S students for you to prioritize:

  • Thursday, August 22: College Day
    • College of Letters and Science Welcome (9am) Haas Pavilion
    • First Lecture Series (10:30am): Check theCal Events app for the lecture/s you want to attend based on your intended major
    • Making the Most of Your Time at UC Berkeley (1-5pm) Start at 1pm in Zellerbach Hall

During the next two years, we want you to launch the next chapter of your life. In this series of workshops for L&S transfer students, we introduce you to strategies for creating powerful learning experiences, seeking funding for projects, and building community at UC Berkeley in a way that will support your life goals. Workshop topics include:

  • Entrepreneurship at Cal
  • Transitioning to Cal – How to Thrive As a Transfer Student
  • Blueprinting for Academic Success – Owning Your Place at the Research University
  • Creative Discovery through Arts & Design
  • Social Justice at Cal, at Home and Abroad
  • Getting Started In Undergraduate Research


  • Monday, August 26: Session/s hosted by your intended major/s. Check the Cal Events app for specific dates and times.

Legal Studies Transfer Welcome
Monday August 26
Legal Studies building
2240 Piedmont Avenue
Check out a picture and tips for how to find us here:
We’ll have snacks, drinks and continuing transfer students to talk to at this casual event. Please come!  ~Lauri

If you’re ever unsure about where you’re supposed to be at a given moment during GBO, the GBO Help Desk located on Upper Sproul Plaza, will be open every day of GBO beginning at 8:00am and your Orientation Leader is knowledgeable about the overall schedules.  Please reach out to your Orientation Leader and the GBO Help Desk as resources throughout the week. More details about GBO can be found on the New Student Services website.


We look forward to meeting you when you arrive to campus soon!


5) Letter Svc Ending

Letter Svc Ending

Here’s an explanation of the Career Center’s Letter Service, which is currently being phased out:

The two outside letter services the Career Center mentions are:


Chronicle of Higher Education’s Vitae service


6) Data Sci Intrnshps

Data Sci Intrnshps

Applications for student opportunities at the Division of Data Science and Information are open and will close on August 23rd! There are many open positions and not all of them require a technical background, so we encourage all students from all backgrounds to apply!

Student teams and interns are instrumental in driving the efforts of the Division forward. These students work directly with faculty to create new data science content for courses across campus. They analyze student surveys and course enrollment data and derive conclusions that help shape the future of these programs. They write blog posts, create social media followings, produce videos, and serve as ambassadors of our program everywhere they go. The students are the heart of our program!

Learn more about all of the open positions and apply here:


7) Hastings Intrnshp

Hastings Intrnshp

Please check out the fall student internship opportunities at the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) in San Francisco, in case of interest to your students in the Legal Studies program. We have always so appreciated the contributions of our Cal interns.


8) Taking a non-UCB course

Taking a non-UCB course

If you have recently taken a course elsewhere, while taking classes at Cal, read the following tightening up of the rules:

At a spring 2019 meeting, the L&S Executive Committee (EC) reviewed its regulation on Concurrent Enrollment (CE). For the purpose of this letter, Concurrent Enrollment is defined as simultaneous enrollment at UC Berkeley and UC Extension or non-UC Berkeley institutions during a fall or spring term. L&S Regulation 130 states:

Concurrent enrollment in courses offered by University Extension (including correspondence courses) or at other institutions is not permitted except in extraordinary circumstances, and no credit will be given for such courses unless the approval of the Associate Dean responsible for undergraduate advising has been obtained prior to enrollment.

The EC affirmed the regulation, and the College’s current practices will align with this policy. Effective Fall 2019, L&S will adhere to the following practices in regard to concurrent enrollment:

  • Approval will be granted when the student requests it via a petition in advance, and the petition documents an extraordinary circumstance that would prohibit the student from taking the course(s) on campus. (Reasons for requesting concurrent enrollment will remain the same on the updated Concurrent Enrollment Form.)
  • If a student does not receive approval before starting a concurrent enrollment course in Fall 2019 or later, no credit will be given on the Berkeley transcript for that course.
  • Simultaneous Degrees: Students declared for simultaneous degrees (i.e. two Colleges) must be approved as required by the rules of both Colleges.

If your incoming transfer students require concurrent enrollment approval, please inform them of our procedures during Golden Bear Advising and Golden Bear Orientation, and direct them to the Concurrent Enrollment Form and L&S Advising if they have any questions.

Some students may have already enrolled in off-campus courses during the summer for fall 2019 classes. For fall 2019 only, L&S will make one-time exceptions for late concurrent enrollment forms (i.e. CE requests that are submitted after a student has already enrolled in a course at another institution). We will use this opportunity to inform students during this transitional semester that they have been given a one-time exception, and remind them that any future CE requests must be submitted before enrolling in the course at another college or their request will be denied.

Although this is not a change in the Regulations, this is a change in practice going forward. Students who have completed courses at another college Spring 2019 or earlier and have not yet requested Concurrent Enrollment approval, can still make a request for late approval until the end of fall 2019, although they should be encouraged to make that request as soon as possible.

Starting spring 2020, retroactive CE requests will no longer be accepted. If the student has an extraordinary circumstance (e.g. CE requests from fa19 inactive students), they are welcome to submit a CE request along with a written explanation to the L&S Associate Dean.

L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising is working on a full advertising campaign to widely spread this information to our students. We ask that you assist us in this effort, and help students with their CE requests in a timely fashion. Please share this information with appropriate student support staff, and update any necessary advising materials.


9) Research Wrkshps

Research Wrkshps

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop
August 7 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall
August 22 | 2-3 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall, Auditorium
August 22 | 3-4 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall, Auditorium
August 27 | 10-10:45 a.m. | 160 Kroeber Hall
August 27 | 1-1:45 p.m. | 160 Kroeber Hall
August 29 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop
August 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 14 Durant Hall

Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program Info Session
August 27 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 159 Mulford Hall
August 27 | 2-3 p.m. | 159 Mulford Hall
August 28 | 1-2 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall
August 30 | 10-11 a.m. | 9 Durant Hall

How to Email a Professor to Get a Positive Response: Workshop
August 28 | 2-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


10) Undrgrd Fllwshp

Undrgrd Fllwshp

The Center on the Politics of Development (CPD) is offering a paid, year-long fellowship opportunity that allows undergraduate students to work side-by-side with CPD faculty and graduate students to conduct original research.

Center on the Politics of Development
Undergraduate Fellows Program


The CPD Undergraduate Fellows Program is a year-long fellowship that offers a highly selective group of undergraduate students a unique opportunity to work closely with political science faculty and graduate students to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to study the politics of developing countries. In addition to working side-by-side with CPD research associates to conduct original research, fellows have the opportunity to attend workshops where scholars from UC Berkeley and other top universities present their projects. This gives fellows a unique insight into the theories and methods used by experts studying development. Fellows also have a chance to develop key research skills, like statistical programming and map-making, among others.

Project descriptions and ideal qualifications can be found on the CPD website.

Application Instructions: 

Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter to in an email titled “Undergraduate Fellows Program Application.” Interviews will be scheduled in early September.


Open to any UC Berkeley student who has completed at least one semester of study in residence at Berkeley. All majors are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Stipend Amount: 

Students will receive a $1000 stipend distributed over two semesters; $500 in Fall 2019, $500 in Spring 2020.

Application Deadline:  Tuesday, September 3, 2019



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