Summer/Fall Course Updates!

If you’re still considering summer/fall courses, here are some relevant updates we’ve received to help you make your decisions.

1. The PHIL 102 Summer Session I course still has seats. This logic and reasoning course is specifically tailored to LSAT and MCAT logic skills, so it would be an excellent option for pre-law students planning to take the LSAT this September or next June. Meets 9-11:50 M-R. Taught by Timothy McCarthy.

2. Seats are still available in PS 301, U.S. Constitution I. This course analyzes issues related to judicial interpretation of the Constitution; the separation of governmental powers; federalism; checks and balances among the three branches of the national government; and the jurisdiction of federal courts. Taught by Professor Steven Seitz, this course meets 11:30-1:50 M-R.

3. For our veteran students, a new course will be offered this fall: AHS 199, Veterans Leadership Transition. This course is designed for undergraduate veterans to learn about assistive resources, gain practical skills that will support their transition to campus, reflect on their service history, and develop community with other veterans. Restricted to veterans. 2.0 credits, meets TR 11-12:20.

 

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So you’ve selected a school . . . NOW WHAT!?

Congratulations!  Many Pre-Law students have evaluated their law school offers and have selected the law school where they will start in the fall!  If this is you, you are probably enjoying checking off your last major responsibilities as an undergraduate!  Here is a practical checklist of the actions you should take this summer!

1.  Professionally let other schools know that you have made your selection.  Follow the Email Etiquette advice from our recent blog post!

2.  Start looking for housing / a roommate.  Usually the school you’ve selected will provide a resource for you in completing this task.  Consider the major financial benefits of having a roommate.

3.  Join the facebook group of your class – or ask the admissions office what other media groups exist where you’ll see some social opportunities once students arrive to the area.

4.  Check your new email account.  Decide whether you want to connect the new account to your personal email or maintain an entirely separate account.  Get in the habit of checking the account.

5.  Prepare your finances.  Assure you have the money to buy books, pay a security deposit and your first month’s rent, and any moving expenses BEFORE the first loan disbursement – which is usually well after these expenses have occurred.

6.  Send your undergraduate final transcript to your new law school.

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Pre-Law Advising Staff Changes

It is bittersweet for us to announce staffing changes in the Pre-Law Advising Services office. This month, we say goodbye to our Pre-Law Assistant Dimitria Johnson, as she leaves to pursue work elsewhere on campus. We appreciate Dimitria’s warm smile and many contributions to our office! Many congratulations to her on her new position!

We also send a big “congratulations” to our Pre-Law Graduate Assistant, Donna Davis! Donna is graduating from the College of Law in May. Donna has been an integral part of our office for two years. We’re thrilled for her as she starts her legal career nearby!

We wanted to share a farewell note from Donna:

I have enjoyed my entire experience in the Pre-Law Advising Services Office, and want to express my sincere thanks for the support and encouragement I’ve received as the Graduate Assistant these past two years.  I have learned so much from Jamie and Judy and gained a broader perspective on serving students and of the legal profession through service in this position.  I have cherished meeting students and feel encouraged by the smart and thoughtful approaches they take in considering law school and a legal career.  It has been enjoyable to work on the large and small details of providing ongoing, relevant opportunities for Pre-Law students, and I want to thank Dimitria for modeling her beautiful smile while continuing so many of these tasks.

 In this position I have frequently had the opportunity to reflect on my experiences prior to law school, including my professional experiences and the goals and ambitions that drove me to pursue a legal education.  During my time in law school, I founded the Education Law & Policy Society, and maintained a strong interest in education and built a network of peers and professionals also in the field of education or interested in the field.  After graduation and the completion of the Illinois Bar Exam, I will be joining the firm of Miller, Tracy, Braun, Funk & Miller out of Monticello, IL.  I have spent two summers clerking for the firm and look forward to serving our client school districts and specializing in education law.  I hope that my experiences have provided insight for other future law students, and I am happy to continue to extend myself as a resource for the Pre-Law Advising Services office.  

We will miss Donna and Dimitria, and we wish them the best in their new adventures!

We are pleased to announce that our new Graduate Assistant will be Keith St. Aubin. You will see him around the office starting this fall. Keith is finishing up his 1L year at the College of Law. A native of Oak Lawn, Illinois, Keith completed his undergraduate work at Fordham University in Bronx, NY, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Business Administration. He then worked for three  years as a patent paralegal at Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd., in Chicago.

When you return to campus this fall, say hello to Keith and our new support staff person!

 

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Email Etiquette — “Hey” Doesn’t Cut It!

Email etiquette is a critical skill whether you are communicating with law school admissions officers, potential employers, professors or your pre-law advisors! Remember: these contacts are formal and therefore VERY different from emails sent to friends or family members. A lack of professionalism and/or respect can create very negative impressions, which then likely lead to unhappy admissions or employment outcomes.  Want to avoid common email pitfalls? Read on for some practical and easy tips.

1. Salutation: DO NOT begin your email with “Hey” or “Joe”.  You should ALWAYS err on the side of being more formal: “Dear Dean Jones” or “Dear Ms. Smith.”  First names or casual openings are for friends and family only. NEVER address individuals you encounter in a professional setting by their first names until you have been invited to do so!

2. Subject Line:  Never leave this blank.  Instead write a brief but accurate description of the content of the email.  Examples: “Application Status Inquiry” or “Interview Follow Up.”

3. Organization:  Collect your thoughts (what are you trying to say?) and then organize your email into an introduction, body and closing.  The introduction states your reason for contacting the person.  The body details the information you are trying to convey.  The closing wraps up your email, including whether you will be contacting them in the future or if you would like them to contact you.

4. Proofread:  Nothing leaves a bad impression like a careless typo or typos.  Draft your email and reread it, checking it several times for any spelling or grammatical errors.

5. Manners:  Say “please,” “thank you,” and sign your emails with a courteous sign off, such as “sincerely” or “best.”  Remember: anything you put in writing is there forever.  Do you want to be remembered as the polite, interested candidate or the clueless jerk?!

For more info on these suggestions and for other tips about composing professional emails, read “10 Professional Email Tips” by Elizabeth Hoyt, March 10, 2014, at fastweb.com.

http://www.fastweb.com/career-planning/articles/4197-10-professional-email-tips?utm_source=nlet&utm_content=fw_c1_20140326.

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Mark Your Calendars: Job and Externship Opportunities; FREE LSAT 101 Webinar — Week of April 14

PLAS Events and Opportunities

Applying to Law School Worshop for Fall 2014 Applicants

TODAY, 4-5PM, 1022 LINCOLN HALL

Calling all students planning to apply to law school this fall! There is plenty that you can do over the summer to ensure that you apply EARLY–which is ideal for admission and financial aid for law school. We will give an in-depth overview of the elements of the law school application, as well as demonstrating how to work within the Law School Admission Council’s Credential Assembly Service. If you want to know how to get letters of recommendation, how to upload your resume, how many schools you should apply to, and where to send your transcript, this is the workshop for you. No registration necessary.  Note: We have a separate workshop covering personal statements and resumes for law school applicants, set for Tuesday, April 22, which we encourage participants to attend as well.  If you would like to attend the Personal Statement Workshop, please go here and click on the event to register: http://illinois.edu/calendar/list/2508.

Personal Statement and Resume Workshop

Tuesday, April 22, Noon-1pm, Room 514 IUB

Applying to law school this fall? This workshop will introduce fall applicants to the personal statement and how to write it. We’ll help you understand what a personal statement is all about, including who will be reading it and what they will be looking for. We’ll also give tips and suggestions for how you can go about writing this very important part of the application. In addition, we will talk about strategies to craft the best possible resume.  Get started now, and give yourself all summer to perfect your personal statement and resume!

Chicago Summer Externship with the CFTC –Applications DUE  NOON TODAY!

The Chicago office of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Enforcement seeks summer 2014 externship applications from undergraduate students interested in a future legal career.

The Commission is an independent, non-partisan federal agency that protects market users and the public from fraud, manipulation, abusive practices, and systemic risk and fosters open, competitive, and financially sound markets.  The Division of Enforcement investigates potential violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and Commission Regulations and, at the direction of the Commission, prosecutes alleged violations in U.S. District Courts across the country.  The Division of Enforcement also provides expert and technical assistance with case development and trials to U.S. Attorneys, federal and state regulators, and international authorities. You can find out more about the office here: http://www.cftc.gov/LawRegulation/Enforcement/index.htm.

Undergraduate externs with the Division of Enforcement will participate in investigations and litigations led by attorneys and investigators and experience witness interviews, sworn testimony, legal research and writing projects, analysis of materials gathered during investigations and litigations, and educational training programs.  Division of Enforcement staff will also mentor students and provide educational and career guidance.

Externships will last for 8 weeks and require approximately 35 hours per week.

To participate in the summer externship, applicants must have completed at least 4 semesters of college, but not yet have graduated from their degree program.  Offers are also contingent on an applicant’s ability to demonstrate U.S. citizenship or permanent residency and successfully complete a background check (prior to beginning the externship).  Finally, applicants must be able to receive course credit, through ENG 451 or otherwise (such as through your academic department). More information about ENG 451 can be found below.

To apply, interested students should email a cover letter and resume (in either Word or .pdf format) to Judy Argentieri at jargenti@illinois.edu by NOON TODAY, Monday, April 14!!. In your cover letter, please indicate what interests you about the position, discuss what skills you can bring to the position, and address any other significant time commitments you will have this summer.

ABOUT ENG 451: Success in the Workplace This online 2 credit course is open to undergraduates who have accepted a career-related internship or co-op this summer. ENG 451 is a guided experiential learning course designed to prepare you for a successful transition from campus to the workplace. Lecture topics covered include basic business concepts and insights related to interpersonal and communication skills. Over the course of the summer, you will complete a project that will lead you to develop the skills that are covered in the course lectures.

For more information about ENG 451, visit http://engineering.illinois.edu/engage/career-services/success-in-the-workplace/.

Attention Seniors: Paralegal Job Opportunity

PLAS was contacted about this job opportunity.  Note — this position is also listed in the Career Center’s I Link database, which you can access here: https://i-link-illinois-csm.symplicity.com/.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan seeks a current senior or recent college graduate for a full-time paralegal/litigation specialist position in its Chicago office. Starting annual salary is $40,000. Position to start immediately or upon graduation this spring.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is the largest law firm in the United States devoted solely to business litigation, with over 500 lawyers and offices across the globe – including in Tokyo, London, and Moscow. Learn more at http://www.quinnemanuel.com.

THE JOB: As a litigation specialist at Quinn Emanuel, you will participate substantively in all aspects of the firm’s practice. For those considering a career in law, you will gain unparalleled experience performing substantive tasks that most firms reserve for associate attorneys. Typical tasks include conducting factual research, writing analyses, interacting with expert witnesses, reviewing documents, substantively assisting attorneys with preparation for depositions, hearings, and trials – and participating actively at depositions, hearings, and trials. At Quinn Emanuel, attorneys will seek out and value your opinions and insights on important strategic decisions.

EXAMPLES OF CURRENT CASES: Quinn Emanuel’s Chicago office works on some of the most interesting and high-profile cases in the country. Here are some of examples of what we’re working on right now. Quinn Emanuel represents Google, Motorola, Samsung, Qualcomm, Cisco and other high technology companies in the highly publicized patent “wars.” Most recently much of the patent litigation has related to the disputes between Apple and the iPhone and companies who manufacture smartphones running Google’s Android operating system. We also represent companies like Uber, comScore and emerging start-up companies on cutting edge class action and privacy issues in areas where the law is currently developing. One difference between our firm and other large litigation firms is that we go to trial more often than any other firm and expect our litigation specialists to be eager for the opportunity to see how high stakes litigation really works from the inside of the process.

WHO WE WANT: First and foremost, we’re looking for someone smart. We value strong research skills, keen analytical ability, and clear and forceful writing – and we want someone who has demonstrated these skills through high academic achievement. We require that applicants have at least an “A-” grade point average. Our ideal litigation specialist has the intellect to contribute meaningfully to our practice and the confidence and communication skills to effectively express his or her ideas. While not a prerequisite, we are interested in applicants with a strong technical background in engineering, computer science, or programming (as patent law is one focus of our practice). Previous legal experience is not required.

HOW TO APPLY: Send your resume, cover letter, and transcript (unofficial) to yeshiahuweinstein@quinnemanuel.com. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a writing sample of up to six pages if available. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible.

Other Campus Events and Opportunities

The Career Center

Unless otherwise indicated, all events will be held in the Career Center Conference Room, 715 S. Wright Street. For more information, or to register, go here: http://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/.

Successful Interviewing: Tuesday, April 15, 4pm

Careers in the Federal Government: Wednesday, April 16, 4pm

Winning Resumes and Cover Letters: Thursday, April 17, 4pm

Internship Essentials: Monday, April 21, 4pm

 

Attention Students Interested in Undergraduate Research at UIUC! 

Come join Research as Students at Illinois (RSI) for their informational event on how to get involved in undergraduate research on campus! We will walk you through how to narrow down your research focus, find potential professors to work with, and what to expect once you find a lab. The meeting will take place during Undergraduate Research Week on April 16th at 6:30 PM in Noyes 217. Contact – John, ResearchStudentsIllinois@gmail.com. For more information, find us on Facebook.

Writer’s Workshop — Personal Statement Workshops

The Writer’s Workshop is offering brief personal statement workshops for students (primarily undergraduates) who are writing personal statements or any other type of application essay. Students should call 333-8796 to a reserve a spot at one of these times/locations:

Monday, April 21, 5-6 PM, Lincoln Hall 1090; Tuesday, April 22, 5-6 PM, Lincoln Hall 1090

Sessions will be interactive, starting with a brief presentation given by our consultants introducing the concept of personal statements, followed by a discussion on some strategies and pitfalls, sample statements, and time for questions and answers. Students will also have an opportunity to get individual feedback on their own personal statements if time allows. Call 333-8796 to reserve your place!

Other Pre-Law Opportunities

Legal Careers Update: Report from the Executive
Director of the National Association of Law Placement

Co-sponsored by Michigan State University College of Law and the Midwest Association of Prelaw Advisors (MAPLA)

Wednesday, April 16,
11:00am to 11:45 a.m., CST  

REGISTER NOW

This free webinar will offer a wealth of data relating to the legal market for
recent law school graduates:  hiring and compensation data for new
lawyers, an overview of law graduate career paths by employer type, trends in
large firm hiring, and much more.  The presenter will be James G. Leipold,
Executive Director of the National Association for Law Placement, a legal
professional organization whose members include attorneys, legal employers, and
law school career services personnel from across the country.

LSAT 101 Webinar: An Introduction to the Law School Admission
Test

Wednesday, April 16,
6:30 to 7:30 p.m., CST
 

REGISTER NOW

This free webinar, sponsored by the Michigan State University College of Law, will offer valuable insights regarding the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), including how and why law school admission committees use it; skills that the examination seeks to measure; an analysis of each LSAT question type; strategies for maximizing performance; and, recommendations for creating an effective LSAT preparation plan. The primary presenter is John Rood, president and founder of NextStep Test Preparation. REGISTER NOW!

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Summer Opportunity: U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Division of Enforcement

The Chicago office of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Enforcement seeks summer 2014 externship applications from undergraduate students interested in a future legal career. 

 The Commission is an independent, non-partisan federal agency that protects market users and the public from fraud, manipulation, abusive practices, and systemic risk and fosters open, competitive, and financially sound markets.  The Division of Enforcement investigates potential violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and Commission Regulations and, at the direction of the Commission, prosecutes alleged violations in U.S. District Courts across the country.  The Division of Enforcement also provides expert and technical assistance with case development and trials to U.S. Attorneys, federal and state regulators, and international authorities. You can find out more about the office here: http://www.cftc.gov/LawRegulation/Enforcement/index.htm

 Undergraduate externs with the Division of Enforcement will participate in investigations and litigations led by attorneys and investigators and experience witness interviews, sworn testimony, legal research and writing projects, analysis of materials gathered during investigations and litigations, and educational training programs.  Division of Enforcement staff will also mentor students and provide educational and career guidance.

Externships will last for 8 weeks and require approximately 35 hours per week.

 To participate in the summer externship, applicants must have completed at least 4 semesters of college, but not yet have graduated from their degree program.  Offers are also contingent on an applicant’s ability to demonstrate U.S. citizenship or permanent residency and successfully complete a background check (prior to beginning the externship).  Finally, applicants must be able to receive course credit, through ENG 451 or otherwise (such as through your academic department). More information about ENG 451 can be found below.

 To apply, interested students should email a cover letter and resume (in either Word or .pdf format) to Ms. Judy Argentieri at jargenti@illinois.edu by Monday, April 14 at 12:00 (noon). In your cover letter, please indicate what interests you about the position, discuss what skills you can bring to the position, and address any other significant time commitments you will have this summer.

 ABOUT ENG 451: Success in the Workplace
This online 2 credit course is open to undergraduates who have accepted a career-related internship or co-op this summer.
ENG 451 is a guided experiential learning course designed to prepare you for a successful transition from campus to the workplace. Lecture topics covered include basic business concepts and insights related to interpersonal and communication skills. Over the course of the summer, you will complete a project that will lead you to develop the skills that are covered in the course lectures.

 For more information about ENG 451, visit

http://engineering.illinois.edu/engage/career-services/success-in-the-workplace/

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Paralegal job opportunity for December or May grads!

We have received information about a paralegal job opening which would provide a perfect opportunity for a recent grad to get some legal experience prior to law school. This position has also been posted in I-Link, which all Illinois students should join.

See the position description and application instructions below:

Quinn Emanuel seeks a current senior or recent college graduate for a full-time
paralegal/litigation specialist position in its Chicago office. Starting annual salary is $40,000.Position to start immediately or upon graduation this spring.

THE FIRM: Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is the premier business litigation firm in the United States. We are the largest law firm in the United States devoted solely to business litigation, with over 500 lawyers and offices across the globe – including in Tokyo, London, and Moscow. Learn more at http://www.quinnemanuel.com.

THE JOB: As a litigation specialist at Quinn Emanuel, you will participate substantively in all aspects of the firm’s practice. For those considering a career in law, you will gain unparalleled experience performing substantive tasks that most firms reserve for associate attorneys. Typical tasks include conducting factual research, writing analyses, interacting with expert witnesses, reviewing documents, substantively assisting attorneys with preparation for depositions,hearings, and trials – and participating actively at depositions, hearings, and trials. At Quinn Emanuel, attorneys will seek out and value your opinions and insights on important strategic decisions.

EXAMPLES OF CURRENT CASES
Quinn Emanuel’s Chicago office works on some of the most interesting and high-profile cases in the country. Here are some of examples of what we’re working on right now. Quinn Emanuel represents Google, Motorola, Samsung, Qualcomm, Cisco and other high technology companies in the highly publicized patent “wars.” Most recently
much of the patent litigation has related to the disputes between Apple and the iPhone and companies who manufacture smartphones running Google’s Android operating system. We also represent companies like Uber, comScore and emerging start-up companies on cutting edge class action and privacy issues in areas where the law is currently developing. One difference between our firm and other large litigation firms is that we go to trial more often than any other firm and expect our litigation specialists to be eager for the opportunity to see how high stakes litigation really works from the inside of the process.

WHO WE WANT: First and foremost, we’re looking for someone smart. We value strong
research skills, keen analytical ability, and clear and forceful writing – and we want someone who has demonstrated these skills through high academic achievement. We require that applicants have at least an “A-” grade point average. Our ideal litigation specialist has the intellect to contribute meaningfully to our practice and the confidence and communication skills to effectively express his or her ideas. While not a prerequisite, we are interested in applicants with a strong technical background in engineering, computer science, or programming (as patent law is one focus of our practice). Previous legal experience is not required.

HOW TO APPLY: Send your resume, cover letter, and transcript (unofficial) to
yeshiahuweinstein@quinnemanuel.com. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a writing sample of up to six pages if available. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible.

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April Events

Mark your calendars for these upcoming April events!

Pre-Law Advising Services April Events

Applying to Law School This Fall Workshop–April 14 at 4:00 in Lincoln Hall 1022
Calling all students planning to apply to law school this fall! There is plenty that you can do over the summer to ensure that you apply EARLY–which is ideal for admission and financial aid for law school. We will give an in-depth overview of the elements of the law school application, as well as demonstrating how to work within the Law School Admission Council’s Credential Assembly Service. If you want to know how to get letters of recommendation, how to upload your resume, how many schools you should apply to, and where to send your transcript, this is the workshop for you. No registration necessary.

Personal Statement and Resumes for Law School–April 22 at 12:00 in 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building.
Applying to law school this fall? This workshop will introduce fall applicants to the personal statement and how to write it. We’ll help you understand what a personal statement is all about, including who will be reading it and what they will be looking for. We’ll also give tips and suggestions for how you can go about writing this very important part of the application. Get started now, and give yourself all summer to perfect your personal statement!

Other Campus Opportunities in April

Illinois in Washington Info Sessions
Come learn more about this academic internship program open to all Illinois undergraduates.  Students live in Washington, DC for a semester or summer, intern 4 days a week, and take U of I classes.    

Information sessions: Monday, April 7 from 5-6 pm in 317 David Kinley Hall and Tuesday, April 8 from 6-7 pm in 317 David Kinley Hall.  Deadlines: Summer – February 1; Fall – March 1; Spring Term – October 1.

 Also visit www.washington.illinois.edu and www.facebook.com/IlliniosInWashington.  Questions? Contact Susan Halebsky Dimock, PhD, Interim Director, Illinois in Washington, sdimock@illinois.edu, www.washington.illinois.edu

 

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After Spring Break — PLAS Financial Aid Week!

As you head out for Spring Break, don’t forget that PLAS Financial Aid Week begins March 31, with a very informative workshop on how to navigate the law school financial aid process.  In addition, PLAS will be offering appointment slots for those of you still trying to understand and decide among your various law school offers.  We have designated Tuesday, April 1, for those meetings.  Call 333-9669 to schedule your appointment!
 
Financing Law School Workshop, Featuring Julie Griffin, Assistant Director of Financial Aid at the College of Law and Donna Davis, 3L and PLAS Grad Assistant
Monday, March 31, 5-6pm,
UIUC College of Law, Room F, 504 East Pennsylvania Avenue
 
Financial aid at the law school level is quite different than for undergraduates. Join us for this in-depth workshop to learn: What forms of financial aid exist for law school? What should you be looking for in an aid offer? How can you budget for law school expenses in advance? What are common pitfalls for students who don’t understand the aid process? Julie Griffin, Assistant Director of Financial Aid at the College of Law, and Donna Davis, current 3L and Pre-Law Advising Services Graduate Assistant, will share their experience and expertise with financial aid from both the expert and the law student’s perspective. This is a must-see for anyone considering law school! No registration necessary. This event is part of Financial Aid Week.
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What to do if you are waiting, wait listed, or seeking more aid

We’re hearing from a lot of students who have submitted their applications and now find themselves either waiting to hear back or trying to negotiate financial aid packages. Here are some helpful tips and pointers from the Pre-Law Advisors and from Dean Burns at DePaul Law to help you position yourself in the best manner for admission and aid!

If you’re still waiting for an admission decision…
You are NOT alone! Many students tell us they have been waiting weeks or months. What is going on? It could mean:

  • The school is essentially “wait listing” you, but not calling it that, by waiting to respond to you until they see the rest of the applicant pool.
  • The admissions office is understaffed or inundated with applications.
  • You applied so late in the cycle that a backlog of applications must be reviewed before yours.

What can you do?

  • IF it has been at least 4-6 weeks or whatever time frame the school has indicated, reach out and gently inquire about anticipated time frames for a decision.
  • Follow the law school on Twitter; many deans have taken to updating applicants about expected decisions there.
  • Don’t: Complain about their slowness or criticize the school’s process, tell them you’ve already heard back from everyone else or from “better” schools, give the school a deadline. Sometimes patience is key.

If you’ve been waitlisted…Understand what this means: that you are an admissible candidate but the school needs to hit its institutional goals before they can admit you. Institutional goals could be LSAT/GPA related but could also be related to balancing the class with regard to gender, diversity, in state/out of state, age, etc. Very few schools can accurately predict how many applicants–and with what qualities–they will be pulling from a wait list. When the school tells you they don’t know, it is very likely true.

What can you do?

  • Follow the school’s directions carefully. Some law schools will ask you to confirm that you want to be on their wait list–if you don’t do so, you will not be considered.
  • Update your application by sending an updated resume, a new recommendation, or a letter or email expressing continued interest in that school.
  • Stay in touch–no more than once every week or two–to demonstrate your interest in the school. IF the school is your top choice, then say so.
  • Continue to make other plans. No one should proceed by “expecting” to be pulled from a wait list…even if this does happen, it can be anytime up to the day classes begin. You need to start making other plans if you haven’t heard by April or so.

If you are seeking more financial aid…
Understand that a law school must offer many more admissions and scholarships than they can actually sustain to achieve the class they want. (For example, they may need to admit 3-4 people to fill every one seat in the class.) This means that at this point in the cycle, a law school is waiting to see how many people accept the offers that have been extended.

What can you do if you want to seek more aid?

  • Start by closely examining your aid offers. Are they for one year or multiple years? Are they contingent on maintaining a certain GPA? How much is the admission and cost of living at each school? Does the school “freeze” its tuition, or should you expect it to rise every year? Make sure you understand your out of pocket expenditures for each offer before you start making comparisons.
  • Call or email the school and politely inquire whether additional aid opportunities exist. Consider including relevant information about your financial status that is not apparent from your application. Examples: Indicate if you are servicing a large debt from undergrad, or if you are supporting family members.
  • It is fine to share your other offers with a school, but know that schools may not consider your other offers to be from comparable institutions.
  • Don’t: Give ultimatums or threats, and don’t expect a law school to “match” another institution outright. Sometimes a law school truly does not have aid left to give, even if they think you are a great candidate.

Financial aid at the law school level is complex, and we’ve developed a special workshop to help! Please join us for Financing Law School on Mar. 31 at 5:00 in the Law Building. Click here for more info.

And, as always, feel free to make an appointment to discuss your offers and next steps with a Pre-Law Advisor! Call 333-9669 to set up an appointment.

 

 

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