About This Site
Welcome to the new Berkeley Law website. This site is the result of many months of work by the IS&T and Communications teams at the school, and the Oakland web development firm White Whale Web Services.
The site you're looking at was completely rebuilt from the ground up. The goals were to convey the new Berkeley Law identity, improve the content, and make the site easier to use and more visually appealing and contemporary. We also installed a new application on the back-end that should make it considerably easier for people at the school to manage their online content.
Charged with developing a Web presence that more completely captures the spirit of Berkeley Law, White Whale created an ambitious new site-wide design that showcases the dynamism of the institution by calling attention to news, blogs, videos, and other featured content from all areas of the school.
A lot has changed on the site, and some longtime users of http://www.law.berkeley.edu/ may be understandably disoriented at first. Here's a rundown of some of the important changes.
We cleaned house
The old Berkeley Law site had become a bit of a mess over the years. Finding what you were looking for wasn't always easy without a pickaxe and a headlamp. So, working with White Whale, we tore up the structure of the old site and replaced it with one that we hope better serves our internal and external audiences and tells the story of Berkeley Law.
At the top of every page are tabs with quicklinks for Students and Faculty and Staff. We expect most people at Berkeley Law to use them to quickly get to the parts of the site they visit most often. We also have two links portals, one for students and one for faculty and staff.
While still useful to the internal audience, the main navigation bar was designed to also help prospective students and other outsiders see all that Berkeley Law has to offer.
A Berkeley Law institution, the Boalt Bulletin Board was in danger of dying this year. But instead of letting it wither away, we tried to make it more user-friendly and timely. Instead of a weekly announcements and events newsletter, the BBB becomes a daily blog, searchable and sortable by category. In this way, the BBB becomes more like a physical bulletin board, with law school people tacking up items on a board. We've included email subscriptions, so readers can get regular BBB updates sent to their in-boxes. On any day when there are new items, subscribers will receive an email with all that day's content. Down the road, readers may be able to subscribe to specific sections of the BBB, limiting email alerts to notices from the Registrar or the Career Development Office, for example.
A lot happens at the school that goes unnoticed by most people. On the home page, we've created a feature called Spotlight, which we'll use to spotlight much of the interesting work being done at the school.
We have events galore at this school, but until now, we haven't had a fully-featured events calendar to capture everything in one place. With this launch, we're rolling out a new Berkeley Law Events calendar. You can see it in list form here or as a traditional grid here. On the grid calendar, you can download events to your personal calendars or get email alerts for new or rescheduled events. Individual units within the law school that want them will be getting their own calendars to better promote their own events. The events calendar is still a work in progress. So if you notice bugs or have suggestions for improvements, let us know through our feedback form.
Links to the old site
There are thousands of pages on the Berkeley Law site, and we were not able to move all of them over to the new site by our August 18th deadline. Once in a while, you will find yourself at an old law school site page. Over the coming months, we'll continue to migrate content to the new site, including the centers and clinics that did not make the first migration round.
We hope you enjoy the site and find it more useful. Nothing is perfect, though. And over the next many months, we'll be improving and growing the site to make it better. In the meantime, if you have comments, questions or concerns, direct them here, and we'll respond as quickly as possible.
The Communications and IS&T teams