sash wrote:This might sound odd but does anyone know if Boalt has any sort of "motto" or core causes or something like that?
I read the 2006 interview with former Dean Berring and he said "Boalt’s “weltanschauung,” or worldview/philosophy of life, makes learning a joint enterprise where students work together toward the common goal of inquiring and then gaining knowledge." Mentioning this worldview could really nicely fit into the conclusion of my PS, but I think citing a 10+ year old quote would not be the best idea. I can't find anything online recent or otherwise reiterating what Berring said.
I don't know if I would really quote any professor at all from the website but just allude to the same values so the connection is implied. But one of the phrases that gets tossed around all the time is Prof Oppenheimer's "we don't have a pro bono program, we have a pro bono culture." (See here: https://www.law.berkeley.edu/experienti ... o-program/) Berkeley likes to toot its own horn about its public interest/social justice cred. Whether or not they earn that is debatable, but one way it does actually manifest is the 1L SLPS program, where 1Ls can participate in legal service projects. I haven't been to another law school but I think that's a unique feature of Berkeley. I think citing actual things like that instead of just quoting something would show instead of tell if you're trying to demonstrate "Why Berkeley"