Illustration of man carrying yellow road dividers on his back
Illustration by Andrius Banelis
Illustration of man carrying yellow road dividers on his back
Illustration by Andrius Banelis


Throughout Berkeley Law, students have access to trailblazing organizations with a meaningful history and a lasting impact. Here are four that recently celebrated milestone birthdays:

Center for the Study of Law & Society (60th)

  • First center of its kind that has had more than 300 visiting scholars from across the world working on criminal justice and law and society issues
  • Supports empirical research on vital issues at the intersection of law and society in contemporary and historical contexts
  • Challenges conventional legal and policy wisdom and seeks to reframe legal decision-making and discourse
  • Called “without a doubt the premier law and society research center in the world” and “a magnet for scholars all over the world whose international influence is incalculable” by past Law and Society Association presidents Howard Erlanger and Lawrence Friedman

Ecology Law Quarterly (50th)

  • One of the nation’s oldest and most-cited journals in the field
  • Focuses on groundbreaking environmental law topics, including renewable energy, environmental justice, and international environmental law
  • Publishes four print issues a year and maintains an online companion publication called Currents
  • Awards students public interest summer fellowships, writing prizes, and a diversity scholarship, holds weekly office hours, and coordinates biannual outdoor trips

First Generation Professionals (10th)

  • Supports students from working-class backgrounds who are the first in their families to attend graduate school
  • The only group of its kind among major law schools when it was established helps members transition to and navigate law school
  • The organization’s Private Sector Institute offers 2Ls and 3Ls advice, support, and networking with area law firm partners, in-house counsel, judges, and clients
  • Provides programs on pursuing judicial clerkships, connecting with minority bar associations, building a professional network, and pursuing mentorship opportunities

California Constitution Center (10th)

  • The first and only center at any law school dedicated exclusively to studying California’s Constitution and highest court
  • Publishes SCOCAblog, which covers the Supreme Court of California and analyzes its justices, cases, and issues before the court, with the Hastings Law Journal
  • Offers courses taught by center faculty and research fellows on the California Constitution, the Supreme Court of California, and the state government
  • Hosts conferences, webinars, and other events on timely topics such as redistricting and gerrymandering, the recall process, and diversity in the legal profession