Latest News as of 3/29/17


1) Check Your Degree List
2) Advisor Hold!
3) Law & Hum Talk
4) Su17 Inst. for Humane Stds
5) Sen. Skinner Intrnshp
6) Job Search for Intl Students
7) Am. Wrkplce Rules
8) Blueprint Starts 4/2


1) Check Your Degree List

Check Your Degree List

If you are graduating in the near future, please check CalCentral to see that you are on the correct degree list.

Are you on the Spring 17 degree list?
Are you on the Summer 17 degree list?

The College of L&S now puts students automatically on the current degree list if you are ‘eligible’ to graduate.
You may want to take summer courses, in which case you’ll need to get yourself on the summer degree list.
Or maybe you had already planned for an additional semester because you are a double major, in which case you need to get off the Spring 2017 degree list and get yourself on for Fa17.

Add to Spring 2017 degree list, use this form:

Add to Summer 2017 degree list, you can use the above form or try looking in CalCentral first for the button to choose Su17.

Add to Fall 2017 degree list, follow the instructions  ‘Opting Out of (Dropping From) the Spring 2017 Degree List’ on this page:

Deadline to add to Sp17 degree list:  Friday April 14th (The official deadline was March 10th, but 4/14 is the absolute last day.)
Deadline to Drop from Sp17 degree list:  Thursday June 8


2) Advisor Hold!

Advisor Hold!

Anyone declared Legal Studies should now have an ‘Advisor Hold’ hold on their Fa17 registration in CalCentral.

The ‘Advisor Hold’ ensures that all declared students come in for advising at least once a semester in order to stay on track.

If you are on the Spring 2017 degree list and you have a hold, e-mail me. (If you already have, I’ll get back to you.) If you know for certain that you have completed all of the major requirements already and are on a different degree list, e-mail me.

If you are abroad or at UCDC, e-mail me.
Otherwise, everyone else come in, no e-mails.

If you need to declare (and you have an ‘undeclared senior hold’) come declare. Bring in the completed Legal Studies Application and your essay.

My drop in hours are 8:30-12 and 1:30-4.

March 27    Fa17 Schedule of Classes goes live
April 17th    Fa17 registration begins

Poke your head in my office to let me know you’re here and if I’m with someone, please hang out on the couch.



3) Law & Hum Talk

Law & Hum Talk

The Rhetoric Society & Friends Present:
Law & Humanities
With Speakers from Kent Law School, UK
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
7pm – 9pm
Dwinelle 7415

Join the Rhetoric Society with Legal Studies and other humanities departments on April 4th for a discussion about postgraduate experiences in law and humanities fields! Professors from Cal and from Kent Law School in England will discuss what the study of law and humanities entails, why it’s important, how they got interested in the study of law/humanities, and how formal study relates to the usual ways of thinking about the law and humanities. If you are curious about what professors both here and in the UK think about the future of law, then you will not want to miss this event. Come with questions about grad school and beyond!

** You are welcome and encouraged to attend the Symposium on Monday, April 3!

Speaker Bios:

Connal Parsley – Lecturer, Kent Law School
Professor Parsley’s research takes a critical stance on contemporary law and legal issues by drawing on political theory, critical jurisprudence, Italian critical philosophy, visual cultural studies, film, and visual art. Connal’s work examines political, legal and visual phenomena that occur against the backdrop of lawful force. Connal is an Advisory Board Member of Kent’s Centre for Critical Thought, and an alumnus of the Cornell School of Criticism and Theory (USA). In order to promote interdisciplinary critical scholarship, in 2015 Connal co-founded the global Kent Summer School in Critical Theory with Professor Maria Drakopoulou, held in Paris each year. Also with Professor Drakopoulou, he recently co-created a new Kent LLM pathway in “Law and the Humanities”, focusing on humanities-based legal scholarship and its potential to return questions of justice and ethics to the contemporary legal landscape.

Maria Drakopoulou – Reader, Kent Law School
Professor Drakopoulou’s research interests include feminist theory and jurisprudence, legal history, Roman law, and equity and trusts. Professor Drakopoulou is currently working on a book on the genealogy of feminist critique in law as well as a critical legal ontology that analyzes the sexual economy of Roman Law’s power. Professor Drakopoulou completed her undergraduate studies in law at the University of Athens before working as a barrister with a specialization in criminal law and pursuing her postgraduate studies at the Universities of Sussex and Warwick. Before joining Kent Law School in the 1990s, Professor Drakopoulou studied at the European University Institute in Florence with a Jean Monet Fellowship.

Professor Marianne Constable — UC Berkeley
Professor Constable is an expert on legal rhetoric and philosophy. Professor Constable’s most recent book, “Our Word is Our Bond: How Legal Speech Acts,” analyzes how spoken and written legal utterances can be considered law-in-action. Professor Constable received her JD and Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy here at UC Berkeley. Much credit goes to Professor Constable for conceptualizing this event.

*More Speakers TBA!
* Refreshments will be served

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4) Su17 Inst. for Humane Stds

Su17 Inst. for Humane Stds

Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University

We know college students are busy. If midterm exams, spring break, or other obligations prevented you from applying for this year’s Summer Seminars, you’re in luck: we’ve extended the deadline to apply.

You now have until April 12th to complete your application to attend one of this year’s seminars.

Apply here:

I hope you’ll take advantage of the extended deadline. Summer Seminars are a truly unique experience, offering you the opportunity to:

Have engaging, meaningful conversations with peers and professors
Apply key concepts from economics, philosophy, political science, and other disciplines to today’s problems
Challenge your preconceptions and consider new perspectives

Seminars are completely free to attend. IHS covers lodging, food, tuition, and materials. You just need to arrange your own travel, and limited travel scholarships of up to $500 are available.

Apply here:

I hope to review your application soon! If you have any questions, please contact us at

Lindsey Grudnicki
Manager, Summer Seminars
Institute for Humane Studies


5) Sen. Skinner Intrnshp

Sen. Skinner Intrnshp

Senator Skinner is seeking interns in her District Office for Summer 2017

The deadline to submit all required documents to Michael Deegan-McCree is April 16.

More about Senator Skinner:
Elected in November of 2016, State Senator Nancy Skinner represents California’s 9th Senate District, which includes the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, El Sobrante, Hercules, Kensington, Oakland, Piedmont, Pinole, Richmond, Rodeo, San Leandro and San Pablo. She serves as the Chair of the Public Safety Committee, Chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Public Safety, Corrections, and The Judiciary, and is a member of the Budget, Environmental Quality, Transportation and Housing, and Energy, Utilities and Communications Committees. Senator Skinner has had a successful career in public service, serving in the State Assembly from 2008 – 2014, and previously on the Berkeley City Council and the East Bay Regional Park District Board, as well as in the environmental non-profit sector advocating to fight climate change. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Skinner co-founded the labor union representing graduate student instructors and was a leader in the UC South Africa Divestment movement.


Room 2059
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-4009

1515 Clay St. #2202
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 286-1333

District Office Internship Opportunities

State Senator Nancy Skinner was elected in 2016 to represent the East Bay cities along the I-80 corridor from Rodeo to San Leandro. Senator Skinner previously served in the State Assembly from 2008-2014 where she successfully passed many progressive laws to prevent gun violence, restore justice to the criminal justice system, reduce income inequality, fund early childhood education and advance renewable, clean energy. Now in the State Senate, Skinner serves as the Majority Whip and Chair of the Public Safety Committee and the Budget Sub-Committee on Public Safety and Corrections. Legislation Senator Skinner has introduced for 2017 can be seen here

Senator Skinner is committed to training, mentoring and exposing young leaders to government and public service and offers interested high school and college students a hands-on and engaging internship opportunity. She seeks individuals with strong organizational skills, commitment, and a passion to learn.

In the District office, intern duties may include:
•    Answering constituent phone calls and requests, and following up accordingly;
•    Reviewing constituent emails and correspondence, and drafting constituent letters;
•    Conducting research on current and future legislation;
•    Attending community events, Select Committee hearings, and various meetings;
•    Shadowing Senator Skinner at events, briefings, and internal meetings; and
•    Monitoring news sources and conducting research for media projects.

Season                  Internship Dates*        Application Due Date
Summer               May – Aug                            April 16
Fall                        September – December     August 15
Winter/Spring     February – May                  January 23

*Dates vary by school

To Apply:

Send a resume, writing sample, and the application below to: using the the subject line Skinner Internship Application.

Internships are unpaid and may be full-time (28-32 hours/week) or part-time (at least 8 hours/week).


Senator Skinner
Representing Senate District 9

Internship Application

Name: _________________________  Date of Birth: __/__/___   School: _______________________     (If applicable)
Email: _____________________________________     Cell phone: _____________________________
* Why are you interested in interning for Senator Nancy Skinner? (Please answer in 150 words or less)

* What experiences have prepared you for the responsibilities of this internship? (150 words or less)

* What do you hope to learn from this internship opportunity? (150 words or less)

* What issues are you interested in? Why? (150 words or less)

* What is your availability for this internship? Please also list any dates/times you are unable to intern.


6) Job Search for Intl Students

Job Search for Intl Students

On-campus Job Search for International Students

Monday, April 3rd 2017, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM, Gold Room – Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA)

On campus research, projects and jobs can also be valuable opportunities for you to gain work experience in the U.S., apply knowledge and skills in real situations, build up your leadership, problem solving and other competencies employers crave, and enrich your college life overall. Think beyond internship for this summer! Come and learn the resources for on campus job and other opportunities (e.g., volunteering) search and how to “sell” those experience through your resume and in your networking and interviewing with employers in the fall.

Please log into your Handshake for more details and RSVP to attend these events!


7) Am. Wrkplce Rules

Am. Wrkplce Rules

Unwritten Rules of the American Workplace for International Students
Wednesday, April 5th, 2017, 4:00 PM -5:30PM, Gold Room – Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA)

Want to know what it takes to succeed in the U.S. workplace and finding internship/job in the U.S.? What cultural differences should you consider? Come and learn from the Career Center career professional: – Cultural differences to be aware of during U.S. recruiting process (Networking, interviewing, following up, etc.) – How to adjust to working in the U.S. workplace – Building relationships with diverse group of teammates and colleagues – How to cultivate a mentor This session is open to international students of all majors and degree levels.

Please log into your Handshake for more details and RSVP to attend these events!


8) Blueprint Starts 4/2

Blueprint Starts 4/2

Blueprint LSAT Prep’s Spring classes to prepare for the June 12th LSAT will be starting soon and they have offered all UC Berkeley students a $200 discount on a classroom course. The Berkeley area class is beginning this Sunday, April 2nd and is filling up quickly so if you want to take a course in Spring you should reserve your spot ASAP!
To make use of the discount, use the promo code SPRING200 when enrolling online or call into the office. Their phone number is 888-4-BP-PREP (888-427-7737) and they are open Mon-Fri 8am-6:30pm and Sat/Sun 9am-3pm PST. If you have any questions about the discount or the Spring courses, you can email them to
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