Latest News as of 9/5/19


1) Depositions Ddlne!! At 5pm!
2) LS 198.5 The Census decal
3) Glbl Urbn Hum Inititve
4) China Law Assoc.
5) Daily Cal Hiring
6) Big Ideas Data Opp.
7) Law Intrnshp
8) Law Job
9) Big Ideas Contest


1) Depositions Ddlne!!

Depositions Ddlne!!

New contact person for submitting application: Lisa Bazan at

LegalStudies Fall Fall 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 Fall 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 September 17, September 24, October 15, October 22, November 12, and November 19, 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 Lisa Bazan at, by no later than Thursday, September 5, 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 Friday, September 6, 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:i.  Attend all class role playing 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 those 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;  v.  Papers will be graded on a P/NP basis by Professor Perry.


2) LS 198.5 The Census decal

LS 198.5 The Census decal

The Census DeCal is a 1 Unit DeCal (P/NP) that meets every Monday from 10am-12pm, 51 Evans
The purpose of the class is for students to come away with an understanding of the origins and implications of the Census.Through this course, students will discuss critical ideas regarding the Census (e.g. the citizenship question, undercounts, and hard to reach populations) and will conduct a final project that will allow them to further research a particular aspect of the Census. Presentations of final projects will be open to the public/Berkeley community.


3) Glbl Urbn Hum Inititve

Glbl Urbn Hum Inititve

The Global Urban Humanities Initiative offers undergraduate and graduate students unique opportunities for interdisciplinary, project-based, fieldwork-based learning on cities and urban culture with a focus on arts and humanities, architecture and city planning. We offer a certificate program and support research, exhibitions, publications, and symposia. GUH is a joint project of the College of Environmental Design and the Arts & Humanities Division of the College of Letters & Science.

Sept 5 4-5p in 305 Wurster
Sept 6 11a-12p in 305 Wurster
You can also find information about the certificate program and download application forms from our website: Or send your questions to


4) China Law Assoc.

China Law Assoc.

China Law Association at Berkeley Law is a student organisation founded on the mission to connect legal scholars and practitioners who share interest on Chinese laws , which members are primarily JD candidates and LLMs at the law school. They are currently out reaching to undergraduate students at Legal Studies program. Their various workshops and coffee chats are great opportunities for undergraduate students to network with scholars, current and future lawyers in China.



5) Daily Cal Hiring

Daily Cal Hiring

The Hiring Team at The Daily Californian would like to announce that applications for our editorial, business and technology positions are now open for Fall 2019! We would greatly appreciate your distribution of the following message to the students in your program or department:
The Daily Californian, Berkeley’s student-run newspaper, is recruiting artists, writers, content creators and business leaders! Recognized as one of the top college newspapers in the country, the Daily Cal trains its 300+ person staff in areas of journalism, media, business and other professional industries. More than 25 positions are open, including projects developer and online developer.
Learn about the application process and meet editors and business/technology managers at our infosessions:
Business/Tech: Monday, Sept. 9 8:30-10:00 p.m. at 102 Moffitt Library
Editorial: Tuesday, Sept. 10 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Graduate School of Journalism Library
There will also be an application workshop on Sept. 12 at a TBD location.
Applications are found at and due Friday, Sept. 13 at 11:59 p.m. Contact with any questions.


6) Big Ideas Data Opp.

Big Ideas Data Opp.

Opportunity Through Data Fall Recruitment 9/02/19 5:53 PM
Opportunity Through Data, a Big Ideas funded data science education initiative, is accepting applications! Our goal is to make data science more accessible to underrepresented communities. Members will focus on developing our curriculum activities and those interested will train to become teachers. Learn more on our website!

Our application is linked below. The deadline is September 13th but we will be scheduling interviews on a rolling basis so apply ASAP! We will be hosting an info session on September 10th, 2019 in Soda 606 from 7:30 to 8:30


7) Law Intrnshp

Law Intrnshp

Hello all! I am a Berkeley alum and I work for GW Law Group, an immigration law firm in the heart of Oakland and we are looking for qualified people to join our team! We are looking for interns who can commit at least 16-20 hours per week. Applicant’s MUST be fluent in Spanish, no exceptions.

We do anything from deportation defense to all sorts of visas, asylums, inadmissibility waivers etc. A lot of what we do intersects with other types of law such as criminal defense and family law. You would work closely with the attorneys and be responsible for cases
from start to finish. We write motions for court, translate documents, prepare clients for their hearings, prepare necessary paperwork, do extensive legal research, and work directly with the clients. It’s a small boutique firm so we really do get a lot of hands on experience.

Prior legal/ law firm experience is not necessary, but you must have a passion for learning and an interest in law. We are looking for people who are fluent in Spanish, have excellent writing skills, and can advocate for others, however anyone is welcome to apply. If you or someone you know is interested, send me your resume and transcripts to


8) Law Job

Law Job

From a UCB student:

I currently work at Levin Simes Abrams LLP, a personal injury law firm. I have been working there for about four months now and I enjoy the environment. I am now a junior accountant but spent a couple of months doing receptionist work and I was able to get to know the paralegals and attorney’s very well. It is a women-led law firm that offers various opportunities for those that are looking to find work in the legal field. They are located in San Francisco by the piers.

LEVIN SIMES ABRAMS LLP has an immediate opening for a Case
Assistant to join our firm. This position is a great way for a future law
student or paralegal in training to get exposure to the practice of law.

Job Summary
Entails extensive phone and written contact with clients, data entry,
obtaining records, case tracking, and support to the team litigation
paralegals and attorneys. Candidates must have a B.A. or B.S., be
detail-oriented, collaborative, articulate, personable and resourceful.

Candidate must also have computer knowledge and proficiency
using Microsoft Office Suite. Critical thinking, ability to prioritize, and
exercise good judgment is a must. Science background is helpful,
but not required.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to….
1. Interviewing new clients
2. Speaking to clients as directed by the attorney or paralegal
3. Corresponding with clients
4. Ordering medical records
5. Reviewing records & creating a medical summary spreadsheet
6. Updating our case management system

Benefits include health, dental, PTO, commuter checks & 401k!
See our website:
Apply at:


9) Big Ideas Contest

Big Ideas Contest

The Big Ideas Contest is Back! 

Now in its 14th year, the Big Ideas Contest is back and ready to support early-stage innovators and their transformative projects! This year’s contest will feature new tracks, including Financial Inclusion and Education & Literacy, and increased award levels (up to $20,000!) If you are an undergraduate or graduate student from an eligible campus with an innovative solution to a pressing social challenge, you are encouraged to apply (deadline November 20). Not sure if your idea/project/team is a good fit for Big Ideas? Sign up for an online or in-person advising session to discuss your big idea and to learn more about the contest criteria.

Big Ideas Information Session: Featuring Kaloum Bankhi, 2019 Big Ideas Winner Thursday, September 12, 6pm PT | B100 Blum Hall, UC Berkeley 

Attend the first info session to learn about the contest requirements, get feedback on your idea, and network with fellow innovators. In addition, come hear from Matt Turlock of Kaloum Bankhi (2019 winner) share his Big Ideas experience and how it helped shape him as a social innovator. (Live-stream will be available) RSVP Here!


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