Spotlights

Powerhouse Professors

Across the world, Berkeley Law alumni are shining in academia. This surge in placing grads in leading law schools and other top departments is evidenced by 15 of our own professors being alums, along with many research directors, legal writing teachers, and fellows. In particular, our Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program offers a proven path […]

International Courting

Felix Aguettant LL.M. ’23 is the first Berkeley Law recipient of a highly selective fellowship at the International Court of Justice, aka the World Court, which settles legal disputes between sovereign states and gives advisory opinions on legal questions referred by U.N. entities. Fellows work under one of the court’s 15 judges. Aguettant is currently […]

Climate Progress

The California-China Climate Institute, part of our Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, hosted a two-day subnational climate action event with government leaders from across the U.S. and China. It led to progress on carbon capture, usage, and storage, a China-U.S. youth future climate leadership exchange program, a climate memorandum of understanding, and more. […]

Forward on All Fronts

Excellence and opportunity. Access and inclusivity. Representation and community. Berkeley Law’s ambitious public mission encompasses all of these far-reaching values, and our surging financial aid program unites them all. Financial aid expenditures have nearly doubled over the past five years. Importantly, more scholarships given, more money spent on them, and more types of prospective students […]

Pro Bono Passion

This year’s graduating class displayed Berkeley Law’s fervent commitment to pro bono legal work. They amassed a whopping 35,900 pro bono hours, 123 J.D. and 80 LL.M. students graduated with Pro Bono Honors, and 143 students led pro bono projects. Also, class of 2024 members co-founded five Student-Initiated Legal Services Projects and a Berkeley Law […]

Environmental Expertise

Berkeley Law received 4 of 10 California Lawyers Association Environmental Law Diversity and Inclusion Fellowships this year, which enable summer public interest or government work for students from diverse backgrounds and pair them with mentors in the field. Rising 2Ls Katya Perez (pictured), Jordan Perry, Diego Morales, and Cindy Nguyen will also receive $8,000 and […]

A Win for Student Loans

A major victory for student loan borrowers was recently achieved with the help of our Berkeley Center for Consumer Law & Economic Justice, when a federal court rejected a challenge to two government programs benefiting students who have long had their loans mismanaged. The center and the Student Borrower Protection Center filed an amicus brief […]

Prized Change Agents

Lilia Kazemi ’24 and Bola Hambolu ’24 received California ChangeLawyers Next Gen Scholarships, given to recent law school grads with “a clear commitment to building a better justice system.” Kazemi mentors first-generation law students and works to increase Middle Eastern representation in the law. Hambolu created a legal ethics course for students in Ghana and […]

Facing Food Insecurity

The Food Justice Project, one of our 40 Student-Initiated Legal Services Projects that operate within the school’s Pro Bono Program, serves UC Berkeley students who have been denied CalFresh benefits. The group provides direct client services to help these students navigate the appeals process, offers resources to help them obtain benefits, and conducts research on […]

A Towering Triumph

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jennifer Madden ’97 has won UC Berkeley’s Campanile Excellence in Achievement Award, which honors an alum for remarkable professional accomplishments. A prosecutor for 20 years before joining the bench, Madden has worked tirelessly to protect girls at risk of being forced into sex trafficking, mentored young lawyers and Berkeley Law […]