Mark Your Calendars — End of Semester Edition — Farewell Seniors!

Information for Graduating Seniors and Alumni

First — congratulations and best wishes to our UIUC graduating Seniors!  We would love to hear from you so please keep in touch.  In fact, we have created a Linked In Group, entitled “Illini Pre-Law Alumni.”  This is an opportunity for PLAS to stay in touch with all of you and for you to stay in touch with your classmates and other UIUC alums. You never know when you might end up in a new city and need to network to find a new job or information on law school. Please go to LinkedIn to join our group.

Information for Fall Law School Applicants

Our events have concluded for this semester but we do have a public service announcement.  Fall law school applicants — do not forget to identify and meet with people whom you would like to write letters of recommendation on your behalf BEFORE you leave campus!  If you wait until the fall to make the request(s), you will likely find yourself waiting in line behind others who asked first!  For information on how to solicit letters of recommendation, go to our April 20 blog post. If you would like a helpful overview on letters of recommendation that you can share with letter writers, then go to the PLAS Compass Page and check out our “Guide to Letters of Recommendation” in the “Application Pointers” section.

Information for June LSAT Test Takers — Reminder about day of exam!

As we discussed in an earlier blog post, the June 2016 LSAT is the first test with new photo ID requirements.  Further, LSAC provides a list of day of test reminders here. It is absolutely critical that you look at this list well in advance of June 6 so that you follow the LSAC’s instructions to the letter.  Any violation of LSAC rules constitutes grounds for you to be dismissed from the test.  

PLAS Summer Activities and Office Hours 

Although we will not be regularly posting to our blog, we will occasionally post information of interest on Facebook (Pre-Law Advising at U of IL) and Twitter (@UIUCPreLaw).   If you need to schedule an appointment with a pre-law advisor over the summer, remember that PLAS Summer Hours are in effect and appointments are available in advance.  Just call the PLAS office at (217) 333-9669 to make an appointment.  Enjoy your break and look for announcements about our fall calendar when you return in August.

Have a great summer!

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Grade Replacement and Law School: A Refresher

We’ve had several questions about grade replacement this week and expect to receive more after grades post. This refresher on grade replacement on law school will help students make the decision of whether to re-take a class!

It’s a little confusing how grade replacement works in light of law school applications. This Q&A refresher will help to clarify how grade replacement impacts law school applicants. It is critical that pre-law students understand how grade replacement will be viewed by a law school admissions team.

Students: Discuss your particular situation carefully with your academic advisor before making any decisions about re-taking a course!

Q. What is the campus Grade Replacement Policy?

A. You can find the Grade Replacement Policy in the Student Code, §3-309.

Students who meet the qualifications set forth in the Policy may now re-take up to 10 hours of UIUC courses and replace a grade of “C–” or below with the grade received the second time the course was taken. The original grade will no longer be factored in to the UIUC GPA. However, the original grade will still appear on your transcript (more about that below.)

An example to illustrate:

Let’s say Mike took Math 220 at UIUC in Fall 2013 and he earned a D+. He decides to re-take the course, gets approval for grade replacement from his department, and re-takes Math 220 in Spring 2014. He earns a C in the course this time.

In Mike’s UIUC GPA, only the C from the Spring 2012 Math 220 will be calculated. However, both grades will appear on his transcript.

Q: How does this impact a law school application?

A: Both Math 220 grades will by considered in the GPA when applying to law schools.

When students apply to law school, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) re-calculates the GPA and submits this calculation to law schools. (You can find more information about how the LSAC re-calculates a GPA here: http://www.lsac.org/aboutlsac/policies/transcript-summarization). Basically, applicants will have two GPAs: A UIUC GPA and an LSAC GPA.

This means that law schools will receive both your UIUC GPA and your re-calculated LSAC GPA. Our office has confirmed with the LSAC that they will continue to factor both the original and the second grade for a repeated course into your LSAC GPA, even if you qualified for Grade Replacement, and even if your UIUC GPA does not include the original grade.

In short: Both Math 220 grades will appear on Mike’s transcript AND both grades will be factored into Mike’s law school application GPA.

Thus, applicants will not be able to “hide” the original grade from law school admissions. Law schools may use one or both of the GPAs to assess a candidate’s academic qualifications.

An example to illustrate: When Mike applies to law school, his LSAC GPA will factor in both the original D+ AND the C for both of the Math 220 courses. This GPA will be included in the reports sent to each law school to which Mike applies. The law school will also receive an official UIUC transcript with UIUC GPA.

Q: Should pre-law students ever consider grade replacement?

A: Maybe. Don’t do grade replacement just to improve your GPA for law school application purposes. If your goal is to improve your GPA, you’d be better off taking a class that suits your strengths that is at least the same number of credits as the class you want to replace. You’d have a better chance of doing well and balancing out that low grade.

However, there may be other reasons to go for grade replacement. Two examples: (1) You need to understand the material in that course in order to do well in subsequent courses; or (2) you need credit for that specific course to graduate.

Questions to consider before making a decision about re-taking a course:

• Do you need the course? Is it required or necessary to master the material for a required sequence?

• Realistically, how much better will you perform in the course a second time?

• Since you cannot “hide” the low grade from law school admissions, might you be better off taking a different course that interests you and suits your strengths?

If you decide to retake the course, carefully and realistically assess what you can do differently this time. What really caused your performance to suffer? What resources can you use this time to improve your grade? Do not assume that exposure to the material a second time will automatically improve your grade–many students get the same grade or worse when retaking.

If you have questions, please discuss your specific situation with your major advisor or with a pre-law advisor to help you make this decision.

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Fall and summer course options

Still looking for some summer or fall courses? As you know, students of ANY major can attend law school, and there are NO specifically required courses for pre-law undergrads. However, given an interest in law, here are some summer and fall courses that pre-law students may find particularly helpful and interesting. These courses are only suggestions and are not requirements. Check out Course Explorer and speak to your academic advisor about the best courses for you.

**Summer 2016 Course Options Note: Deadlines to register are fast approaching!

PHIL 102: Logic & Reasoning–Summer Session I. Taking the LSAT this fall? Professor McCarthy has especially geared this class toward the LSAT and includes causal reasoning, analogical reasoning, elementary statistical inference (including arguments based on samples), and truth-functional inference.

Law 199-A, Best of American Case Law “The Best of American Case Law” is a 10-day course, designed to introduce undergraduates and international students to some of the most important and exciting law school cases. Students will come to understand how the law school classroom works, experience a broad sample of at least 8 different areas of the law, and engage with nationally renowned law faculty as they present some of the most important legal cases. The program aims to enhance students’ ability to think critically and understand case law.

Schedule: July 18 – 29, 2016. 9 AM – 1 PM daily

Each day will feature 1-2 cases, selected from a wide range of U.S. legal cases. Following class, students will have the opportunity to eat lunch with the professor and learn more about the class and/or law school. Afternoons will be spent engaged in a focused study and briefing of the next day’s cases.

**Fall 2016 Course options

CMN 101, 321, 323–> to improve speaking skills and oral advocacy

ENGL 310: Unprotected Speech–> to gain skills in text analysis, writing and research

PS 301 & 2, US Constitution I and II–>extremely helpful base for understanding constitutional law in law school

Law 301: Introduction to Law–>a survey of legal issues for undergrads to explore legal issues

ACE 240: Personal Financial Planning–>Whether for yourself or your clients, lawyers need a solid understanding of financial instruments, budgets, taxes, and estate planning

INFO 202: Social Aspects of Information Technology–>Tech and social media skills are always a plus in any career

LER 290: Introduction to Employment Law–>explore employee and employer legal issues

 

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Mark Your Calendars: Week of May 2

Pre-Law Advising Services Events

Make your Pre-Law Advising appointment now by calling 333-9669! We have our full schedule of available appointments until May 16. After that we will be on our Summer Schedule with reduced appointment hours.

Our programming is over for the semester. Make sure to check out our resources on Compass, this blog, and our web page!

National and International Scholars is hosting a UK and Ireland Scholarship Information Session this Thursday, May 5 from 3:30-5:00 in 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building. Learn about a group of nationally competitive scholarships that fully fund graduate study in the United Kingdom and Ireland! This informational session and application workshop is targeted to juniors, seniors, and graduate or professional students, and will provide a brief overview of the Gates Cambridge, Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes scholarships.  Then, it will focus on some of the common application components for the scholarships and help participants start to develop content for them.  This is a great opportunity to strategize and get feedback on your ideas for your personal statement and other written portions of the applications.  The priority deadline for the Marshall scholarship is June 1, 2016, and the required campus deadline for many of the UK/Ireland scholarships is August 23, 2016, so now is the time to learn about the programs and get answers to your questions!

Upcoming Campus Events

The Career Center spring workshop calendar is posted on their website at: https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/.  All sessions will be held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street, unless otherwise indicated. Upcoming workshops include:

  • Peace Corps General Information Meeting, Wednesday, May 4, 6-7:30 pm
  • Peace Corps Application Workshop, Thursday, May 5, 5-6 pm

Upcoming Off Campus Events and Opportunities

Legal Internship Opportunity — Steigmann Law LLP

Steigmann Law, P.C., a young law firm in Champaign-Urbana, is looking for interns who want to be involved in a fast paced, high-tech, multi-area, legal environment. Steigmann Law, PC engages in personal injury, medical malpractice, family law, civil litigation, real estate, criminal, DUI and wills and estate work. Attorneys at Steigmann Law, PC have had experience in both public and private sectors of work, including small and large law firms and are happy to share their knowledge and experience. Interns jobs will vary, and be assigned based on capabilities, but may include medical record organization, filing, abstracting depositions, assisting in trial preparations, Court filings, and attending depositions and Court hearings and legal marketing. Work times are flexible and we are willing to work around your academic schedule. Please email resumes and cover letters to bholder@steigmannlaw.com.

Have a great week!

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So You are Going to Law School…

The hard work of the application process is behind you and the hard work of 1L year is ahead. It may seem like now is the perfect time to take a break and relax, but not so fast. Before you begin your summer, you should finish a few important pre-law school tasks:

  • Living arrangements – Whether you are living in an apartment or staying in on-campus housing, you should be figuring out where you will live as soon as possible. Additionally, you should be trying to locate a roommate if you plan on renting an apartment with someone else. Join social media groups for your law school class or speak directly with your school to see if they have a roommate matching system.
  • Applications at other schools– If you know with certainty where you will be next fall, you should have already removed your applications from the other places where you have been accepted. Students on wait-lists may be waiting for you to remove your name from an institution’s list so they can attend their school of choice.
  • Save money – Make sure you save some money over the summer for when school begins, especially if you will be waiting for student loans to finance your education. School books will need to be purchased before classes begin and school loans may not be available until weeks into your first semester. Save money now so you have some cash on hand to deal with rent deposits, books, food and any other needs that come up along the way.
  • Final decisions and second seat deposits –Now is the time to make your final decisions and submit your second seat deposit at your school of choice. This choice can be a daunting one, but by this point you should have done your research and you should have a good idea of what you are looking for in a law school. Make your decision and do not look back. You will be much more at ease once you know where you will be next fall.

This is an exciting time in your life. You are about to set off on a new adventure that will be difficult, but it will also be fun. Accomplish the above tasks as soon as possible because once you enter your 1L year you will be very busy. If you finish everything now, you can enjoy your summer and relax – law school will be here before you know it!

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Mark Your Calendars — Week of April 25

PLAS Events and Opportunities

Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume: Wednesday, April 27, 4-5pm, 514 IUB

Not sure what to write in your law school application? Students who plan to apply for law school this fall can get a head start by working on your personal statement and resume this summer! This workshop will cover: What the personal statement and law school resume are; how they complement each other; a plan for how to write the personal statement; tips and suggestions for how to maximize the personal statement and the resume as well as how to make them stand out. Bring your questions! Please register by going to our Events Calendar  and clicking on the registration link so that we can ensure enough seating and materials for everyone.

June 2016 LSAT Study groups – Taking the June LSAT? Think about joining a study group.  PLAS is helping to coordinate the creation of study groups for the June LSAT.  The process is simple. Students fill out the requested information in the Google form here: http://goo.gl/forms/UxIjxoxpG2.  We will create study groups based on your responses and email each student so that the group can coordinate study times.

 

Upcoming Campus Events

The Career Center spring workshop calendar is posted on their website at: https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/. If you have not done so already, update your resume, plan your job search or summer internship, and get to know their office and resources. All sessions will be held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street, unless otherwise indicated. Upcoming workshops include:

  • Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters, Tuesday, April 26 at 5:00 pm

Schwarzman Scholarship

The Schwarzman provides a year of study leading to a Master’s degree in Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. All courses are taught in English. Juniors, seniors, graduate or professional students, and alumni under the age of 28 are eligible to begin their applications NOW. U.S. and non-U.S. citizens in all academic disciplines are welcome.

Two-day informational event will be held this week on April 28 and 29, which will include:

Info Session – Thursday, April 28, 3:30-4:30pm: Program overview, including selection criteria, application process, and benefits of the award

Application Workshop – Friday, April 29, 3:30-4:30pm: Writing strategies & help in getting your application started!

**Both events will be held in room 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building**

The priority deadline for the Schwarzman Scholarship is June 1, 2016, and the required campus deadline is August 23, 2016, so now is the time to learn about the program and get answers to your questions!

 

Upcoming Off Campus Events and Opportunities

Summer Law and Leadership Academy – Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Summer Law and Leadership Academy is a one-week program designed to foster diversity in the legal profession. The program aims to introduce undergraduate students to the study of the law and expose students to a sampling of potential career paths available with a law degree. Students who attend will gain an understanding of what it’s like to study law at the graduate level. Current undergraduate students who have completed at least 50 credits and possess a 2.7 or above cumulative GPA are eligible to apply for the program.  Interested students should complete the online application form by today, April 25, 2016.

Apply here: http://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/admissions/jd/diversity/summer-program/index.html. Remember to include a letter of recommendation from your college professor or advisor. Questions? Contact Assistant Dean for Professional Development Chasity Thompson, ’02; Phone: (317) 278-3001; E-Mail: chasthom@iupui.edu.

Legal Internship Opportunity — Steigmann Law LLP

Steigmann Law, P.C., a young law firm in Champaign-Urbana, is looking for interns who want to be involved in a fast paced, high-tech, multi-area, legal environment. Steigmann Law, PC engages in personal injury, medical malpractice, family law, civil litigation, real estate, criminal, DUI and wills and estate work. Attorneys at Steigmann Law, PC have had experience in both public and private sectors of work, including small and large law firms and are happy to share their knowledge and experience. Interns jobs will vary, and be assigned based on capabilities, but may include medical record organization, filing, abstracting depositions, assisting in trial preparations, Court filings, and attending depositions and Court hearings and legal marketing. Work times are flexible and we are willing to work around your academic schedule. Please email resumes and cover letters to bholder@steigmannlaw.com.

Student Intern: Bruce D. Nesbitt African-American Cultural Center

Applications are now being accepted for the Student Intern position for the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (BNAACC). BNAACC Student Interns are responsible for a variety of tasks that promote the mission of the Center including, but not limited to, clerical duties, programming planning and implementation, and assistance with BNAACC-sponsored events.  This position will assist the staff in the office and will be given responsibilities based on the student’s knowledge and experience level. Responsibilities can include a variety of tasks such as independently planning and implementing programs, assisting in cultural center historical archiving, maintenance of marketing materials, management of social media accounts, working with the WBML radio station, assisting the Artistic Director of the Academy for African American Arts, and working with the University of Illinois Black Chorus. Applicants should possess excellent organizational skills, maturity, initiative, a spirit of collaboration, and a desire to learn.

Please visit: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/9001261 to upload an application, resume, cover letter, and class schedule. Applications will close on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 and staff members will schedule interviews the following week. Federal work study is required to be eligible for this position.

For any additional information, please contact Ms. Tekita Bankhead, Assistant Director, at tbankhea@illinois.edu or 217-265-0409.

 

Have a great week!

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Fall Applicants — Now is the Time to Request Letters of Recommendation

Hopefully, you were able to attend Monday’s “Applying to Law School Workshop.”  If not, one of the items you missed concerned how to request a letter of recommendation.  Here is a quick recap.

  1. What is a Letter of Recommendation (LOR)? A very important part of the application process, LORs should highlight your academic strengths and your personal qualities that will contribute to your success as a law student and as a lawyer.
  2. Who should you ask to submit an LOR on your behalf? Your letters should be written by professors or supervisors who are both in a position to evaluate your work and capable of expressing enthusiasm about your relevant talents and abilities.
  3. What is the best way to approach a possible letter writer? Make an appointment with your recommender to discuss your request. Explain your interest in law school and provide helpful information to assist the writer. This might include a copy of your transcript, a personal résumé that lists academic distinctions and accomplishments, and a copy of your personal statement or an explanation of why you want to attend law school. You may also wish to provide your grade point average and your LSAT score.  If you are unsure as to what the writer needs, ask him or her. 
  4. What constitutes a good LOR? The most effective LORs are those submitted by experienced professors or supervisors who know you well enough to describe your academic, personal, or professional achievements and potential with candor, detail, and objectivity. They will have a basis for comparison to other students/employees and will be able to describe your strengths and skills that are most important to the law schools — i.e., writing, research, communication, problem solving and exposure to the law, just to name a few identified by the American Bar Association in their Statement on Preparing for Law School, as key in preparation for law school. Contrary to (mistaken) popular belief, a famous faculty member, family friend or well-respected judge who cannot speak to relevant skills is not a good choice to submit an LOR. 
  5. When should I request the LOR? If you are applying this coming fall, you should make your request NOW If you wait until fall, other students will be ahead of you in line.  And what if your letter writer is supposed to be on sabbatical? By making your request now, you give your letter writer the opportunity to spend time crafting a strong LOR over the summer and having it ready to go when you start working on your applications early in the fall.  REMEMBER: law school admissions are rolling, which means the law schools can evaluate and make decisions on your completed applications upon receipt.  As such, it is better to be an early filer in a rolling admissions process. By asking early, you (hopefully) avoid the situation where you have completed all required application elements within your control but are waiting for an LOR before you can submit your applications. 
  6. What do I do if I am graduating and planning to apply to law school in a year or two? Stay in touch with people whom you think would be able to submit a strong LOR on your behalf.  Several of the law schools that require applicants to submit LORs prefer to have at least one of those letters come from faculty, even if you are not coming straight from undergrad to law school.  
  7. How does the recommender submit the LOR?  The process is handled through the applicant’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS) account which is set up via the Law School Admission Counsel (LSAC) website.  Every law school applicant is required to apply to law school through their CAS account.  Click on this link to learn more the LOR process.   You can also check out our Compass page for a very helpful handout on this topic. 

As always, if you have questions feel free to schedule an appointment with a pre-law advisor by calling the PLAS Office at 333-9669.

 

 

 

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Mark Your Calendars — Week of April 18

The semester is winding down but there are still plenty of things going on. Check out some of the final PLAS and other events of the semester.  Scroll down for info on our Applying to Law School Workshop for Fall Applicants which is TODAY, our Personal Statement Workshop on April 27, Fulbright Scholarship Info Sessions, a legal internship and more!

PLAS Events and Opportunities

Applying to Law School: A Workshop for Fall Applicants — TODAY, April 18, 4-5:30pm, Room 503 IUB

Are you a junior or senior planning to apply to law school this fall or next? This workshop will introduce you to each element of the application process. You will walk away with a master plan for completing your applications early, maximizing admission and scholarships! We’ll demonstrate how to use the Credential Assembly Service account while covering: Letters of recommendation and how to get them; transcripts and how they are summarized; creating a law school resume; application fee waivers; and budgeting for application expenses. We will also share checklists to keep you on task and strategies for building your application list. This workshop will not cover the personal statement; attend the separate Perfecting the Personal Statement and Resume workshop for pointers on those items. The last 15 minutes will be Q&A for you to get your questions about the application process answered.

Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume: Wednesday, April 27, 4-5pm, 514 IUB

Not sure what to write in your law school application? Students who plan to apply for law school this fall can get a head start by working on your personal statement and resume this summer! This workshop will cover: What the personal statement and law school resume are; how they complement each other; a plan for how to write the personal statement; tips and suggestions for how to maximize the personal statement and the resume as well as how to make them stand out. Bring your questions! Please register by going to our Events Calendar  and clicking on the registration link so that we can ensure enough seating and materials for everyone.

June 2016 LSAT Study groups – Taking the June LSAT? Think about joining a study group.  PLAS is helping to coordinate the creation of study groups for the June LSAT.  The process is simple. Students fill out the requested information in the Google form here: http://goo.gl/forms/UxIjxoxpG2.  We will create study groups based on your responses and email each student so that the group can coordinate study times.

Upcoming Campus Events

The Career Center spring workshop calendar is posted on their website at: https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/. If you have not done so already, update your resume, plan your job search or summer internship, and get to know their office and resources. All sessions will be held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street, unless otherwise indicated. Upcoming workshops include:

  • Getting the Job: Interviewing Tips, Wednesday, April 20 at 4:00 pm
  • Immigration Attorney Workshop: Friday, April 22, 2-3:30pm, The Career Center Interview Suite, (2nd floor of KAPLAN building by McDonald’s on Green St.) Room 213.  Immigration attorney Dhenu Savla will be visiting our campus on Friday, April 22nd. Ms. Savla speaks on immigration options after OPT and can answer questions about what options are available after the completion of F-1 or J-1 status in the U.S. This presentation will also include information about current immigration law issues including the OPT STEM extension and H1B lottery predictions. This event is co-sponsored by The Career Center, International Student and Scholar Services and Career Service Council (CSC) International Student Career Connections Committee. For more information, contact Un Yeong Park at park351@illinois.edu.

Illinois Fulbright Week Continues!

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards 2000 scholarships annually for studies, research or English teaching in 150 countries. U.S. citizens who are current juniors, seniors, graduate/professional students, or alumni may apply. The National & International Scholarships Program will host Illinois Fulbright Week through this Wednesday, April 20, featuring events for juniors, seniors, graduate/professional students and alumni who wish to explore Fulbright opportunities and begin preparing materials for the Fulbright Priority Deadline of July 1, 2016 for grants beginning in fall 2017.  This week’s events include:

Monday, April 18 

Fulbright Informational Webinar for Illinois Alumni and Students Abroad – 12:00-1:00pm CST. Register for the webinar here: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/9022354

Fulbright Personal Statement Workshop – 3:00-4:30pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstore

Along with the Writer’s Workshop, we’ll explain everything you need to know about writing a Fulbright personal statement and help you begin to portray your own story!

Tuesday, April 19

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Application Workshop – 3:30-4:30pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstore

Learn how to put together a competitive statement of grant purpose for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship!

Wednesday, April 20

Fulbright Informational Webinar for Illinois Alumni and Students Abroad – 8:00-9:00am CST

Register for the webinar here: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/9022354

Workshop: Designing a Fulbright Research Proposal

Undergraduates and recent alumni – 3:00-4:30pm, 161 Noyes — Registration for undergraduate students and recent alumni: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/3758429

 Graduate students – 3:00-4:30pm, 308 Coble Hall — Registration for graduate students: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/2746856

 Join us for a crash course in research design and methods especially for Fulbright applicants.  We will explain what a Fulbright selection committee will be looking for in your proposal, and then help you start laying the foundation of a solid research design.

See full session descriptions here: http://topscholars.illinois.edu/FulbrightWeek.

Upcoming Off Campus Events and Opportunities

Summer Law and Leadership Academy – Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Summer Law and Leadership Academy is a one-week program designed to foster diversity in the legal profession. The program aims to introduce undergraduate students to the study of the law and expose students to a sampling of potential career paths available with a law degree. Students who attend will gain an understanding of what it’s like to study law at the graduate level. Current undergraduate students who have completed at least 50 credits and possess a 2.7 or above cumulative GPA are eligible to apply for the program.  Interested students should complete the online application form prior to April 25, 2016.

Apply herehttp://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/admissions/jd/diversity/summer-program/index.html.Remember to include a letter of recommendation from your college professor or advisor.Questions? Contact Assistant Dean for Professional Development Chasity Thompson, ’02; Phone: (317) 278-3001; E-Mailchasthom@iupui.edu.

Legal Internship Opportunity — Steigmann Law LLP

Steigmann Law, P.C., a young law firm in Champaign-Urbana, is looking for interns who want to be involved in a fast paced, high-tech, multi-area, legal environment. Steigmann Law, PC engages in personal injury, medical malpractice, family law, civil litigation, real estate, criminal, DUI and wills and estate work. Attorneys at Steigmann Law, PC have had experience in both public and private sectors of work, including small and large law firms and are happy to share their knowledge and experience. Interns jobs will vary, and be assigned based on capabilities, but may include medical record organization, filing, abstracting depositions, assisting in trial preparations, Court filings, and attending depositions and Court hearings and legal marketing. Work times are flexible and we are willing to work around your academic schedule. Please email resumes and cover letters to bholder@steigmannlaw.com.

Have a great week!

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Mark Your Calendars: Week of April 11

PLAS Events and Opportunities

Making the Most of Your Gap Year (or Two) – Join us on Tuesday, April 12 at 4:00 pm in 1092 Lincoln Hall for our event on taking a gap year between undergrad and law school. If you are planning to take a gap year (or more), you are not alone – currently more students are working prior to law school than going straight through from undergrad. How can you maximize your time, plan ahead, and use your year + to make yourself into an even better law school candidate? Find out as we provide a game plan for how to continue community involvement, how to gain relevant skills no matter what industry you work in, and how to plan ahead to create a timeline that works for a working professional to apply to law school. Hear from a current third-year law student, Keith St. Aubin, and a current attorney, Donna Davis, each of whom worked for 3+ years prior to law school. Bring your questions about how they each transitioned back into the classroom from the working world. A must-see for anyone planning to apply to law school one or more years after graduation.

Applying to Law School: A Workshop for Fall Applicants — Monday April 18, 4-5:30pm, Room 504 IUB.  Are you a junior or senior planning to apply to law school this fall or next? This workshop will introduce you to each element of the application process. You will walk away with a master plan for completing your applications early, maximizing admission and scholarships! This workshop will not cover the personal statement; attend the separate Perfecting the Personal Statement and Resume workshop for pointers on those items. The last 15 minutes will be Q&A for you to get your questions about the application process answered.

Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume: Wednesday, April 27, 4-5pm, 514 IUB. Not sure what to write in your law school application? Students who plan to apply for law school this fall can get a head start by working on your personal statement and resume this summer! This workshop will cover: What the personal statement and law school resume are; how they complement each other; a plan for how to write the personal statement; tips and suggestions for how to maximize the personal statement and the resume as well as how to make them stand out. Bring your questions! Please register by going to our Events Calendar  and clicking on the registration link so that we can ensure enough seating and materials for everyone.

Upcoming Campus Events

The Career Center spring workshop calendar is posted on their website at: https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/. If you have not done so already, update your resume, plan your job search or summer internship, and get to know their office and resources. All sessions will be held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street, unless otherwise indicated. Upcoming workshops include:

  • Finding an Internship, Wednesday, April 13 at 5:00 pm
  • Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters, Wednesday, April 13 at 6:00 pm

Illinois Fulbright Week: Explore Fulbright Grant Opportunities, April 14 – April 20!

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards 2000 scholarships annually for studies, research or English teaching in 150 countries. U.S. citizens who are current juniors, seniors, graduate/professional students, or alumni may apply. The National & International Scholarships Program will host Illinois Fulbright Week from Thursday, April 14 – Wednesday, April 20, featuring events for juniors, seniors,  graduate/professional students and alumni who wish to explore Fulbright opportunities and begin preparing materials for the Fulbright Priority Deadline of July 1, 2016 for grants beginning in fall 2017.  See full session descriptions here: http://topscholars.illinois.edu/FulbrightWeek.

Thursday, April 14 Fulbright Information Session – 3:30-5:30 pm, 180 Bevier Hall. An overview of the Fulbright Program, with a panel of recent Illinois grant recipients!

Friday, April 15 Panel: Fulbright and Your Future Career – 3:00-4:00pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstor. Plan a Fulbright grant experience that positions you well for your career goals, featuring The Career Center and Illinois Fulbright alumni!

Fulbright Mixer – 4:00-5:00pm, 5th floor lobby, Illini Union Bookstore. Enjoy refreshments and network with Illinois faculty, staff, and student Fulbright alumni and learn more about their experiences on the grant. Also, connect with international Fulbrighters here at Illinois!

 Upcoming Off Campus Events and Opportunities

 

Summer Law and Leadership Academy – Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.  The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Summer Law and Leadership Academy is a one-week program designed to foster diversity in the legal profession. The program aims to introduce undergraduate students to the study of the law and expose students to a sampling of potential career paths available with a law degree. Students who attend will gain an understanding of what it’s like to study law at the graduate level. Current undergraduate students who have completed at least 50 credits and possess a 2.7 or above cumulative GPA are eligible to apply for the program.  Interested students should complete the online application form prior to April 25, 2016.

Apply herehttp://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/admissions/jd/diversity/summer-program/index.html.Remember to include a letter of recommendation from your college professor or advisor.Questions? Contact Assistant Dean for Professional Development Chasity Thompson, ’02; Phone: (317) 278-3001; E-Mailchasthom@iupui.edu.

Legal Internship Opportunity — Steigmann Law LLP

Steigmann Law, P.C., a young law firm in Champaign-Urbana, is looking for interns who want to be involved in a fast paced, high-tech, multi-area, legal environment. Steigmann Law, PC engages in personal injury, medical malpractice, family law, civil litigation, real estate, criminal, DUI and wills and estate work. Attorneys at Steigmann Law, PC have had experience in both public and private sectors of work, including small and large law firms and are happy to share their knowledge and experience. Interns jobs will vary, and be assigned based on capabilities, but may include medical record organization, filing, abstracting depositions, assisting in trial preparations, Court filings, and attending depositions and Court hearings and legal marketing. Work times are flexible and we are willing to work around your academic schedule. Please email resumes and cover letters to bholder@steigmannlaw.com.

Have a great week!

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Taking a “Gap Year”

A “gap year” is a year (or more) between finishing your undergraduate degree and beginning law school. Typically, students take a gap year for one of a few reasons: financial considerations, retaking the LSAT, or determining whether law school is the correct choice. Beginning law school is a huge commitment so it is understandable that a student may just want some time off as well.

Whatever your reason is for considering taking a gap year, you should not worry that you will be left behind or that you will be the oldest person in school if and when you decide to return. The average age of 1Ls has been increasing across the board. Many schools look at work experience as an asset to an application. The average age of 1Ls at Northwestern Law School is 25. The Harvard Crimson recently wrote an article about Harvard Law School’s preference for students who have gained real world experience after college. Taking a gap year may soon be the new normal.

Some students are worried that taking a gap year will put them at a disadvantage academically. As if taking some time off may inhibit their ability to retain information or to study like they had in the past. This fear is overblown. Working actually makes studying more manageable. Many students who have worked before law school find that the work is not as demanding because they know how to manage their time more effectively.

Obviously, taking a gap year is not for everyone. Students who go straight through have also been very successful. No approach is better, but one may a better fit for some individuals. Transfer students, for example, may be stressed about trying to send in applications after only a couple of semesters under their belts at their new school. Perhaps a gap year would be a great way to spread the work out over a more manageable period of time. For more information on navigating the application cycle for transfer students, check out our video on the topic.

If you think taking a gap year may be right for you, please join us this coming Tuesday, April 12 in 1092 Lincoln Hall from 4:00 – 5:00 pm for “Making the Most of Your Gap Year (or Two).” We will have a current 3L and a 2014 graduate of the College of Law, who each worked 3+ years before attending law school, speaking about the advantages and disadvantages of taking a gap year. Bring your questions and we look forward to seeing you there!

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