Latest News as of 6/10/20

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1) Statement from Director Marshall and Chair Lee
2) Apply for Honors!
3) GRADUATING SENIORS
4) Kaplan LSAT Rsrcs
5) Blood Drive
6) Submit Your Work
7) Cleo Pre-Law Help
8) Grad School Help
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1) Statement from Director Marshall and Chair Lee

Message for the Legal Studies Community

10 June 2020

We hope that you and yours are safe and healthy in what has been the most trying period we have experienced in quite some time. Right now the United States (and indeed the whole world) is confronting the accumulated pain and injustice of structural racism we have witnessed in the related crises of the Covid-19 pandemic and the state killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and scores of others in recent years. In this time of unprecedented challenge, we wanted to send a message of solidarity with all of you in the Legal Studies community. These weeks have been marked by pain and crisis, but they also have been marked by mobilization, organization, and protest in the name of justice and systemic change. We know that Legal Studies students and alumni are prepared with the intellectual framework, data, and arguments to make positive social change, and we support you in that effort. We of course hope that you read, read, and read some more about what is happening in this critical time, and that you will put your brilliance and energy into the work of social change and renewal that the United States, and the world, so desperately needs.

In solidarity,

Jon Marshall
Director, Legal Studies Program

Taeku Lee
Chair, Legal Studies Program

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2) Apply for Honors!
Apply for Honors!
For those who are interested in applying for the Legal Studies Honors Program, the deadline is coming up: June 15th. Check details here:
Submit your most beautiful writing and make sure your personal statement is written beautifully too. 🙂
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3) GRADUATING SENIORS
GRADUATING SENIORS
Many of you have asked why you haven’t seen your degrees posted yet.
The answer is that it takes a while for everything to be approved.
Once everything is approved, your degree will post in CalCentral.
I have no idea when paper diplomas will be mailed out. Most staff on campus are working remotely, so I assume it’ll be quite a while.
For those of you who completed Legal Studies Honors, that notation will show later in August.
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4) Kaplan LSAT Rsrcs
Kaplan LSAT Rsrcs

In light of the changing and increasingly virtual world, we understand that institutions and their students are seeking digital solutions for LSAT® prep. I am excited to announce that as of June 1, all of Kaplan’s comprehensive LSAT prep offerings will be integrated with the official LSAC® digital practice tool!

Digital LSAT Readiness

  • Access to authentic practice for the digital LSAT through the official LSAC digital practice tool
  • Exposure to digital LSAC tools such as highlighting, underlining, strikethroughs, timing, etc.
  • Practice with over 60 full-length digital exams
  • Integration with Kaplan syllabus for exclusive scoring, analytics, and explanations
  • Recommendations for further personalized instruction and learning

LSAT Law Path 

In order to access practice tests, students are required to have a subscription to LSAC.org. For students who have not previously purchased this subscription, Kaplan will cover the cost by deducting the $99 price of enrollment from their order.

Students can combine this course discount with other LSAT prep offers, like our 15% off* promotion running June 4 – 30, 2020 using code SUN15.

Other LSAT Reminders

  • The LSAC has announced that the July 13th in-person LSAT test date has been canceled
  • Test registration is open for future test dates through April 2021
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5) Blood Drive

Blood Drive

The Red Cross is in dire need of blood, but is struggling to find event spaces to hold the drives.  With tireless effort, my neighbor managed to secure this event space in Oakland on June 23.   You can make an appointment at https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=OAKLAND.
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 6) Submit Your Work
Submit Your Work
Agora creates a space for writers and artists to share bits of the places they’re from and put forward new, bold ideas. We are tirelessly interested in the present moment, and we aim to create a publication that patches together a global perspective on what makes the young(ish) person tick, what they’re curious about, and what they hold out hope for. Above all, our vision is to bring together creative voices from college campuses around the world, using our team as a base.

We are now taking submissions for our first issue. The kind of work we are looking for includes essays, multimedia art, creative nonfiction, and more. We are accepting submissions on a rolling basis through Monday June 29th. 

More info about the kinds of work we are looking for here. Please be in touch with your questions, pitches, and completed submissions to submissions.agora@gmail.com. We look forward to reading what you have in store.

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7) CLEO Pre-Law Help
CLEO Pre-Law Help
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8) Grad School Help
Grad School Help
The GiGS application for 2020-2021 is now open for undergraduate (mentees) and graduate (mentors) students! Getting into Grad School (GiGS) is a collaborative partnership between the Office for Graduate Diversity (OGD), and the Graduate Assembly (GA), whose ultimate goal is to encourage and prepare undergraduate UC Berkeley students to select, apply, and enroll in graduate school.
Attention JUNIORS & SENIORS interested in graduate school!

GiGS is a mentoring program and a collaborative partnership between the Office for Graduate Diversity (OGD), and the Graduate Assembly (GA), whose ultimate goal is to encourage, support and prepare African American/Black, Chicanx/Latinx, Native American, Southeast Asians, Pacific Islanders, and first generation, historically underrepresented, LGBTQ, undocumented, formerly incarcerated, and other diverse UC Berkeley undergraduates (juniors and seniors) to select, apply, and enroll in graduate school.

Data tells us that students of color are seriously underrepresented in higher education and this is especially noted in graduate education. GiGS is designed to help remedy the disproportionate representation of minorities by establishing a strong mentor program that provides knowledge, skills-based learning, and individual advising for undergraduates.

GiGS students will be matched with a current UC Berkeley graduate student who will provide mentorship, advice, support and guidance to the graduate school journey including the application process. GiGS mentors will share their own experiences as prospective students to graduate school, lessons learned along the way and genuine insights into graduate life for graduate students of color.

Overall goal is to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for all students to consider graduate school. Coordinators, mentors and program staff provide caring, compassionate and useful support and information for all GiGS students.

The GiGS class is set to take place Fridays from 1PM-3PM

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, August 7th, 2020 at 5PM.
You will be notified on your acceptance by Wednesday, August 19th, 2020.

Please share with undergraduates who would benefit from participation in GiGS.
For information and application, visit: http://diversity.berkeley.edu/programs-services/graduate/getting-graduate-school or contact gigs@berkeley.edu.
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