Latest News as of 2/18/20


1) Sign Up to Walk
2) Nom Your GSI
3) Israel Talk
4) Pre-Law Summit 2020
5) Immigration Internship
6) Kaplan LSAT Prep
7) Get to the SLC
8) Ethnographic Rsrch Wkshp
9) Hamburg Grad Prog
10) Lgl Asst. Job
11) Fung Fllwshp


1) Sign Up to Walk

Sign Up to Walk
Sign up for the Legal Studies Commencement today!
Please fill out the short form even if you do not intend to walk in the ceremony.

It’s our only chance to get a little info from you before you leave.
Thank you so much!  ~Lauri

Ticket info will come later and will be sent out to this list.
The tickets are not available yet.
There is, however, plenty of info on our website.
Click on ‘Commencement’.


2) Nom Your GSI

Nom Your GSI

Nominate your favorite GSI for the Outstanding GSI Award!
Please reply to this e-mail asap with a few sentences to specifically describe why your GSI is outstanding.
See below for details, ideas of what to write and for the names of the folks who won last year…they can’t win twice…
Every year Graduate Division sponsors the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, with cash prizes (of $250) and recognition of distinction to select Graduate Student Instructors nominated by their departments and programs. Note that GSIs from outside the department (i.e., outside JSP) but who have taught in Legal Studies are also eligible for the award.


Nominees must have been GSIs during Spring 2019, Summer 2019, or Fall 2019.  The criteria for evaluation include capacity to motivate students; command of subject matter; skill in organizing, clarifying, and developing course material; and helpfulness to the instructor. Length of service also counts, so someone who has only served once as a GSI would not ordinarily be nominated. GSIs are only able to win the Outstanding GSI award one time during their graduate careers.


Legal Studies can only make a limited number of nominations, so please nominate only GSIs who have really been outstanding. Final screening will be by the Chair, Director, and Advisor for Legal Studies. Outstanding GSIs will be recognized at the Legal Studies graduation ceremony in addition to gaining campus recognition. Last Spring’s awardees from Legal Studies were Aniket Kesari, Celina Romano, and Pauline White Meeusen.


3) Israel Talk

Israel Talk

We hope you can join us for next week’s upcoming event, Desert in The Promised Land: Nature, Settlement, and the Politics of Space in Israel.
Yael Zerubavel joins us to tell the story of the desert from the earliest twentieth century to the present as well as revealing the complexities and contradictions that mark Israeli society’s semiotics of space in relation to the Middle East.


This event will take place in the Great Hall at the Bancroft hotel from 5:30-7:30pm on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

To learn more about this event or RSVP, click here.


4) Pre-Law Summit 2020

Pre-Law Summit 2020

Fri, Feb 21 12:00 pm PST – 4:00 pm PST
Career Center, 2440 Bancroft – Blue & Gold Room, 2440 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA

The inaugural Pre-law Summit is designed for those who are interested in law school or pursuing a career in the legal field, with or without a JD.

Come learn about:

  • the application process from current law students
  • fellowships for students from underrepresented backgrounds
  • how to finance your legal education
  • There will also be two professional panels with professionals from the US Department of Justice, Public Defender’s Office, Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, JusticeCorps, East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, & MORE.

Open to ALL majors. Sessions run concurrently. REGISTRATION ON HANDSHAKE IS REQUIRED!


5) Immigration Internship

Immigration Internship

Social Justice Collaborative
Seasonal Part-Time Internship, Berkeley, CA

Apply by Tuesday, Jun 30

Job Details


6) Kaplan LSAT Prep

Kaplan LSAT Prep

Your best score on the LSAT comes from the best prep. Start this month with a free, instructor-led bootcamp from Kaplan. Review test content, learn strategies, and have your questions answered by the experts. Save your seat.


7) Get to the SLC
Get to the SLC


Partner with the SLC Writing Program!

We offer tutoring formats that are highly individualized, allowing writers to receive personalized feedback that they can use to enhance their drafts and further develop their mastery of academic writing.

Undergraduates can talk with a tutor as early as today with our convenient Drop-in and Appointment services. If they are looking for more consistent support, our Weekly format is an excellent opportunity for students to thoroughly engage in the writing process over the course of the semester.


8) Ethnographic Rsrch Wkshp

Ethnographic Rsrch Wkshp

The Center for Ethnographic Research (CER) Workshop provides mentorship, hands-on research experience, and advanced training in designing and executing a project using qualitative methods for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students.  The CER Workshop will provide students with six weeks of intensive accelerated methodological training in the design and practice of qualitative methods. The topics in the seminars include the following:

  • The Logic and Practice of Qualitative Research Design
  • Participant Observation
  • In-Depth Interviewing
  • Qualitative Data Analysis

In addition to weekly seminars led by advanced graduate students, participants receive regular feedback on research project development and design.

During the CER workshop, students develop an empirical research project proposal for an honors thesis, master’s thesis, advanced methods class, scholarly article, or conference presentation. In this process, students develop hands-on research and logistical experience and receive structure and guidance in the development of an independent and original project. Students will walk away with a refined 6-page research proposal for their project. They will also gain first-hand experience in qualitative research data collection and analysis methods through a collective research project conducted during the six weeks of the workshop.

The workshop runs from June 15 – July 24. In-person group seminars will take place twice/week for three hours each, days and times TBD. In addition, participants are expected to meet regularly with the graduate mentors on their individual projects. Participants should expect to spend about 20 hours per week in seminars, meetings, and completing assignments.

Cost and Scholarships
The six-week training course costs $1,200 per student.  There are four scholarship spots available for UC Berkeley students majoring in Sociology and two scholarship spots for students from any college or university focusing on contemporary Native American issues.  Scholarships will be awarded based on an assessment of the student’s academic record and proposed project.  Scholarships cover $1,100 of the program costs (students will pay $100).  Scholarships do not provide funds for room and board.


The application and more information are available here.
Review of applications will begin March 1, 2020. Applications received after March 1 will be considered if space is available. Everyone who applies by March 1 will be notified by March 21. Those who apply after March 1 will be notified within three weeks.
Still have questions? Contact: (510) 642-0813
Please note, we also offer a one week intensive workshop for advanced graduate students, faculty, and professionals.


9) Hamburg Grad Prog

Hamburg Grad Prog

• Doctoral research at one of Germany’s top-10 universities
• Attractive working conditions and salary for three years
• Interdisciplinary research environment and networks
• Perfectly organized and with funding for international research visits,
workshops, etc.
Send us your application by March 31, 2020 to
For further information please visit:


10) Lgl Asst. Job

Lgl. Asst. Job

LEGAL ASSISTANT/FILE CLERK – North Berkeley Small but busy estate planning/elder law office on Solano Avenue in Berkeley seeks a part time legal assistant particularly to help with file management. DUTIES INCLUDE • Open, maintain and close files for different case types: probate, trusts, trust administration, conservatorships/guardianships, real estate transactions • Prepare exhibits for legal pleadings • Prepare documents for court filings and legal service • Assist with tracking filing and service deadlines • Scan or download and preserve files in organized digital form • Set up and maintain contact lists for reference and conflict checks This work requires becoming familiar with and extracting key information (title, dates, parties, etc.) from many kinds of complex legal documents in which that information may not be clear on the face of the document REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES • Excellent reading, writing, and word processing skills, and attention to detail • Prior related experience is a plus HOURS: Flexible 8 – 12 hours/week. Flexible duration, with option for summer employment with additional hours COMPENSATION: $20/hour HOW TO APPLY: If interested in this position, please send a cover letter and resume in pdf format to The position will remain open until February 28 or until filled.


11) Fung Fllwshp

Fung Fllwshp

We are ONE week away from the Fung Fellowship’s application deadline on Friday, February 21st, 2020 at 11:59PM PST.

What is the Fung Fellowship?

The Fung Fellowship is a unique opportunity for rising juniors from all majors to create innovative solutions to address real-world challenges alongside our community and industry partners. Fung Fellows utilize the iterative human-centered design process, area specific principles, and emerging technology in either of our offered tracks.

Health & Tech:
Passionate about wellbeing, health systems, and/or technology
Interested in public health challenges such as social isolation, nutrition, housing, home health and more

Conservation & Tech:
Passionate about preserving our planet’s biodiversity
Interested in conservation challenges that address global extinction from natural resources, to ecosystems, to species

As a Fung Fellow you will:
Explore a new interdisciplinary landscape
Experience the design process from prototype to product
Embed in communities to co-create with them
Establish yourself as a young leader in an emerging field

Selected Fung Fellows attend a 3-unit course each semester, are supported in a summer internship, and have the opportunity to apply to a second year honors program.

How to Apply:
Learn more about the program at:
Deadline to apply February 21st, 2020 11:59PM PST 


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