Taking the LSAT in June? Less than 4 months to go!

If the headline for today’s post shocked you speechless (and you missed last week’s PLAS LSAT Prep Fair), you need to begin your LSAT prep NOW!  Not sure what to do? Here are some tips and suggestions to jump start your LSAT prep.

  1. Begin at the source — the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).  The LSAC administers the LSAT so there is no better place to start your preparation.  As the LSAC advises, very few people achieve their full potential on the LSAT without some preparation.  Most law school applicants also study test-taking techniques and strategies using a variety of test prep materials.  The LSAC has created some short but helpful videos to familiarize you with the test content.  They also have books of previously administered tests and the LSAC’s SuperPrep II guide for sale on their website.  Go here to view the videos and learn more about purchasing test prep materials from LSAC. PLAS also provides an overview of the LSAT on our website.
  2. Create a schedule. Looking for information to help you figure out a good schedule for your LSAT preparation? Go to the PLAS Compass page, login, select the “LSAT Preparation” tab and scroll down to the “LSAT Prep Guide,” provided courtesy of Michigan State University College of Law.  Along with a suggested LSAT study schedule, the Guide contains information on commercial test prep options as well as tips from successful test takers on how to maximize your preparation. The PLAS Compass page also contains a schedule from a former UIUC student that tracks his progress and preparation as he went from a 150 on his first practice test to a 171 on an actual, administered test.
  3. Consider commercial LSAT prep options. In addition to the “LSAT Prep Guide,” referenced above, the PLAS Compass page contains other test prep suggestions and DISCOUNTS for several commercial LSAT prep companies.  Go to our Compass page, select “LSAT Preparation” and scroll down for links to test prep suggestions, information about inexpensive test prep options and the commercial LSAT test prep company discounts!
  4. 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.
  5. Practice! Practice! Practice!  Most experts agree that the key to successful LSAT prep is studying effectively and building up to taking as many previously-administered actual LSAT exams as practice tests, under real test conditions, as possible. And if you start today, you will have 4 weeks of studying under your belt before the PLAS sponsored practice LSAT, scheduled for Friday, March 4, 9:00am-12:30pm.  Taking this practice LSAT is a great way to gauge how effective your studying has been.  It can also point to weaknesses that you might want to focus on as you continue your preparation.  Click here to register for the practice LSAT.

Good luck!

 

 

 

 

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Mark Your Calendars — Week of February 8, 2016

Lots of things going on this week!  Scroll down for info on Pre-Law 101, tomorrow’s visits from Case Western Law School and Indiana University, McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, and information on the newly-launched Summer Pre-Law Program at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Pre-Law Advising Services Workshops and Programs

Check out our Spring Semester calendar of events here!

Are you new to pre-law at Illinois? Pre-Law 101 will be held TODAY, Feb. 8 at 4:00pm, Room 514 IUB. This workshop will cover: What it means to be pre-law at Illinois;what law schools are really looking for; what pre-law students can do to maximize their undergraduate years; how to build a strong pre-law resume; what resources are available to assist pre-law students at Illinois. For more details and to register, click here.

Case Western Reserve University School of Law Presents Law’s Violence: Justifying and Unjustifying Domestic and International Uses of Force, TOMORROW, February 9, 5-6pm, 1065 Lincoln Hall

Professor Avidan Y. Cover, Director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, will give a talk concerning the need to limit government abuse of power–as applied to both the domestic (police) realm and in the international realm (military and covert operations). Following the talk, questions about applying to and attending law school will be answered. Food will be provided. No registration required.

Upcoming Law School Events–OPEN TO ALL PRE-LAW STUDENTS

Diversity Law Day at Indiana University, Mauer School of Law, Bloomington, Saturday, February 20, 9am – 2:30pm

Diversity Law Day gives curious, ambitious high school and college students an inside look at law school. You’ll meet with professors, students, and practicing lawyers and have a chance to ask them about student life and career choices. Plus you’ll experience a class in how to think critically followed by a mock law class, taught by one of our professors. Diversity Law Day will help you decide whether law school is the right choice for you. Join us this February at Indiana University Maurer School of Law to experience what a legal education has to offer. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served.  For more information and to register, go here.

The Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Day is set for Friday, March 4, 2016,  from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee is open to all students. For more information and to register, visit their website here. Cosponsored by Marquette University Law School and University of Wisconsin Law School, this FREE event includes lunch and:

  • an update on law school admissions in Wisconsin featuring the University of Wisconsin and Marquette Law Schools;
  • an overview of the Law School Admission Test with practice questions;
  • breakout workshops featuring a mock class for students; and
  • law school fair featuring admissions representatives from law schools around the country. Over 20 law schools have already registered for this event! Click here for a list.

Upcoming Campus Events

Indiana University, McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis — Tuesday, February 9, 6-7pm, 165 Noyes Lab

Join the Minority Association for Future Attorneys (MAFA) as they welcome Julie Smith, Director of Recruitment, IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law.  Ms. Smith’s presentation will include an overview of the IU McKinney J.D. Program, suggestions on how to prepare for law school and information on the application process.  In addition, Ms. Smith will be discussing the tuition discount for Illinois residents.  All are welcome!

The Career Center has posted its spring workshop calendar on their website at: https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/. Now is a great time to 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 and Applying to Government Careers, Feb 8, 4-5:00pm
  • Career Certificate – International Students (CCI) Info Session – Monday, Feb 8, and Tuesday, Feb 9, 4-5:00pm, The Interview Suite, 616 East Green Street, Room 213
  • Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters, Feb 9, 5-6:00 pm
  • Finding an Internship, Feb 9, 6-7:00pm
  • Career Fair Prep: Maximize Your Experience, Feb 10, 4-5:00pm
  • Peace Corps General Information Meeting, Feb 10, 6-7:30pm
  • Pizza and a Professional: Learning About Careers in the Sports Industry, Feb 12, 12-1:00pm, The Interview Suite, 616 E. Green St., Room 213. Enjoy lunch on us and hear from professionals who work in the sports industry! Network and listen as they share their experiences with choosing a major and pursuing their career.
  • Strategic Use of Linked In for International Students, Feb 12, 4-5:30pm, The Interview Suite, 616 E. Green St., Room 213

Ilinois Leadership Center will host the Petullo Insight I-Program on Saturday, February 13. For more information and to register, visit their website here.

A Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Monday, March 07, 2016
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
7:00 PM–8:00 PM

The University of Illinois will host “A Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor,” a public event on Monday, March 7. Justice Sotomayor will discuss a wide range of topics with College of Law Professor Robin B. Kar.

The event is sponsored by the University of Illinois College of Law and is free and open to the public, but tickets are requiredTickets will be available beginning February 15 at 10 a.m. via phone at (217) 333-6280, in person at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office counter, or online at KrannertCenter.com.

Justice Sotomayor, who has served on the U.S. Supreme Court since 2009, was born in the Bronx, New York, and is a 1976 summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University. She earned her juris doctor degree in 1979 from Yale Law School, where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. She was an assistant district attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office from 1979 to 1984. From 1984 to 1992 she litigated international commercial matters in New York City as an associate and partner with the firm Pavia & Harcourt.

Nominated by President George H.W. Bush to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, in 1991, she served in that role from 1992 to 1998 and as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998 to 2009. President Barack Obama nominated her as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court on May 26, 2009.  For more information, go here.

 Internship, Scholarship and Summer Pre-Law Program Opportunities

We hope you have been utilizing our 20 page Internship Newsletter over on our Pre-Law Compass page that we posted in December! (Click here for instructions on how to access our Compass page.) It’s got lots of job and internship listings for spring, summer and long-term opportunities from Champaign to D.C. and beyond.  In addition, a few more summer internships have been posted on I-Link so keep checking there to see what has been added!

University of Wisconsin Law School-James E. Jones Jr. Pre-Law Scholars Program

The University of Wisconsin Law School is now accepting applications for the James E. Jones Jr. Pre-Law Scholars Program. This four-week summer immersion program is designed to improve access to legal education for undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups and economically disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as those with other significant barriers to entering the legal profession.

The program is open to students who have completed their freshman or sophomore years in college, and is designed to help students explore legal education and careers, and to help them succeed in applying to, enrolling in, and graduating from law school.
Students will spend four weeks living on the beautiful University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. All program materials, and room and board, will be provided FREE of cost. Students will also receive a $1,000 stipend for participating in the program. For more information or to apply, go here.  Applications are due April 1!

The Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division is currently accepting applications for student volunteers. See their description here.

Scholarship opportunity for those entering law school this fall

The ABA Diversity Scholarship is designed for underrepresented students who demonstrate financial need and community involvement. Awards will be $15,000 for entering law students, which is renewable for years 2 and 3 of law school.  Applicants must be entering law school in 2016 and submit an application, personal statement, and statement of financial need by March 2. Find the application and more details here.

 

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New legal job posting, internships, and Pre-Law Honors Society

So many great opportunities have come our way to share with you for this mid-week blog posting. We’re happy to announce a NEW legal opportunity, internship info, and details on joining the Pre-Law Honors Society.

Pre-Law Honors Society Announcement
Applications are being accepted until February 15 to join the Pre-Law Honors Society. PHS Application  To find out more about their organization, visit their website here.

NEW Paid Legal Position! Applications due February 26
Project Assistant Construction Law group – January 2016

Schiff Hardin’s Construction Law group is hiring a Project Assistant. This is a GREAT opportunity for a pre-law student who graduated in December 2015 or will graduate in May 2016. The Project Assistant will assist the Construction Law attorneys with their day to day work, including: document preparation, file review, preparing court filings, conducting research, and assisting attorneys in their trial preparation process. The ideal candidate would be willing to commit 2 years as a Project Assistant prior to attending law school.

Requirements: Must possess a Bachelor’s degree, strong technical skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, professional demeanor. Preferred: Proven ability to work independently and meet deadlines, familiarity with legal research or case management tools. Start date will be in May/June.

This is a wonderful opportunity to gain legal experience prior to law school or to confirm whether law school is the best fit for you. Click on the Project Assistant link above for more information and a link to the application, which is due February 26. To find out more about Schiff Hardin visit their website here.

Paid Summer Jobs and Internships

Are you on I-Link yet? You should be. I-Link is where you will find jobs and internships from recruiters seeking Illinois students and alumni. Register for I-Link here. The following paid summer internship is an example of what you’ll find there.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is hiring paid summer interns to complete research projects and help staff members with writing, case work, fundraising, public relations, and administrative duties. Applications due March 7. Find the details over on I-Link.

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Mark Your Calendars: Week of February 1

Pre-Law Advising Services Workshops and Programs

We have updated our Spring Semester calendar of events! Check them out on our website here.

TODAY is the LSAT Prep Fair from 4-6 pm in Illini Union Room B. Are you looking for the perfect LSAT prep course? Wondering what’s on the LSAT and what it’s all about? The LSAT Prep Fair is the perfect opportunity to: talk to a variety of LSAT prep companies about their offerings, learn more and watch a mini demonstration of LSAT test questions, get discounts on LSAT prep courses, or win an LSAT prep course scholarship! Have some snacks, learn about your LSAT prep options, and figure out how to ace logic games at the LSAT Prep Fair. Stop by or stay the whole time. More info–including participating LSAT prep companies and an LSAT workshop schedule–is posted at http://prelaw.illinois.edu/lsat-prep-fair. This event is free and open to all students. No registration is necessary.

Another way to win an LSAT Test Prep Scholarship Are you taking the June LSAT but are not sure you can afford a full LSAT test prep course? Thanks to the generous donation of Kaplan Test Prep, Pre-Law Advising Services is pleased to announce the availability of two full LSAT prep course scholarships courtesy of Kaplan Test Prep. The recipients will be able to use the scholarships on Kaplan’s LSAT In Person, Live Online or Self-Paced Courses. To learn more about Kaplan, go here: http://www.kaptest.com/LSAT/Home/index.html.

If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships, please submit the following: 1) Your resume, AND
2) A short essay (no more than 600 words) that addresses each of the following:

  • Have you taken an LSAT prep class before?
  • What is your financial need? It is not necessary to provide exact numbers, just give us a sense of your financial situation and why a scholarship is necessary.
  • How can this scholarship help you achieve your goals?

Email your resume and essay to Judy Argentieri at jargenti@illinois.edu by February 5, 2016 at 5pm.  Winners will be announced the week of February 8!

Note: Pre-Law Advising Services does not endorse any commercial LSAT test prep company.

Upcoming Law School Events–OPEN TO ALL PRE-LAW STUDENTS

Indiana University Maurer School of Law is hosting Diversity Day on Saturday, February 20 from 9 am to 3 pm. This free event is open to all students and includes a tour, mock law class, lunch and conversation with current students, and information about what lawyers do. For more information and to register, visit their website here.

The Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Day is set for Friday, March 4, 2016,  from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee is open to all students. For more information and to register, visit their website here. Cosponsored by Marquette University Law School and University of Wisconsin Law School, this FREE event includes lunch and:

  • an update on law school admissions in Wisconsin featuring the University of Wisconsin and Marquette Law Schools;
  • an overview of the Law School Admission Test with practice questions;
  • breakout workshops featuring a mock class for students ; and
  • law school fair featuring admissions representatives from law schools around the country. Over 20 law schools have already registered for this event! Click here for a list.

Upcoming Campus Events

Illinois in Washington summer semester applications are due Feb. 1. For more information check out the Illinois in Washington website.

Illinois Leadership Center presents these two upcoming workshops.Visit their website here to register.

  • Ignite–Develop skills in leading change and understanding systems thinking. Feb. 6
  • Petullo Insight–Discover your strengths, your values, your social identities, and explore your intrinsic leadership styles. Feb. 13.

The Career Center has posted its spring workshop calendar on their website at: https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/. Now is a great time to update your resume, plan your job search or summer internship, and get to know their office and resources. Upcoming workshops include:

  • How to sell your LAS degree at the Business and Engineering Career Fairs, Feb. 1, 4-5 pm
  • Creating powerful resumes and cover letters, Feb. 1, 5-6 pm
  • Career fair prep: Maximize your experience, Feb. 1, 6-7 pm 
  • Getting the job: Interviewing tips, Feb. 4, 4-5 pm

Study Abroad Summer 2015 Faculty Led Programs–Applications due Feb. 1. These are 2-5 week study abroad programs over summer break with automatic Illinois credit. This could be a great way to manage both study abroad and taking the LSAT. For a list of available courses and application materials, visit the study abroad website here.

Internship and Scholarship Opportunities

We hope you have been utilizing our 20 page Internship Newsletter over on our Pre-Law Compass page that we posted in December! (Click here for instructions on how to access our Compass page.) It’s got lots of job and internship listings for spring, summer and long-term opportunities from Champaign to D.C. and beyond.  In addition, a few more summer internships have been posted on I-Link so keep checking there to seek what has been added! We have listed a couple of these new openings below.

Paid Summer Internship Program at Reproductive Rights and Social Justice Organization — Application Deadline February 1, 2016!

The Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) is a 10-week paid summer internship program sponsored by the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College. Undergraduate students intern at reproductive rights and social justice organizations around the country. Organizations work on a wide array of issues from reproductive health, immigrant rights, food justice, LGBTQ rights, anti-violence, prison abolition, intimate partner abuse, labor rights, and public policy.

Some of the participating organizations include: Advocates for Youth, Sadie Nash Leadership Project, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Amnesty International, Political Research Associates, HealthRight International, Justice Now, the Audre Lorde Project, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Tewa Women United, the Prison Birth Project, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, National Asian Pacific American Womens Forum, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.

Locations include: Washington DC, New York, NY, Boston, MA, Chicago, IL, Atlanta, GA, New Orleans, LA, Montgomery, AL, Denver, CO, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco/Oakland, CA, New Orleans, LA, Santa Fe, NM, Bloomington, IN, Louisville, KY, Amherst, MA, Burlington, VT, Miami, FL, Nashville, TN.

Internship stipend is $3500.

Eligibility requirements:

-Must currently be an undergraduate student at a US college/university
-Must not be graduating in Spring/Summer 2016
-Must be able to attend the CLPP Conference in Amherst, MA, April 7-10, 2016 (CLPP will cover all travel costs for students who live outside of Western Massachusetts)

More information and an application are available at: http://clpp.hampshire.edu/internship

Application deadline: February 1, 2016. Note: This week’s highlighted internship opportunity was posted in I-Link so access it through your I-Link account:

Paid Summer Internship at the Nuclear Energy Institute – Application Deadline is January 31!

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) has a number of openings for paid interns beginning in the summer of 2016. The Nuclear Energy Institute (www.nei.org) is the policy organization of the nuclear energy and technologies industry and participates in both the national and global policy-making process. NEIs mission is to ensure the implementation of policies that promote the beneficial uses of nuclear energy and technologies in the United States and around the world. To that end, NEI works to establish unified industry positions on the regulatory aspects of generic operational and technical issues. NEI’s members include all entities licensed to operate commercial nuclear power plants in the United States, nuclear plant designers, architect/engineering firms, fuel fabrication facilities, nuclear materials licensees, and other organizations and entities involved in the nuclear energy industry.

Interns at NEI will work with seasoned nuclear professionals in the technical, communications, policy development, government relations and legal areas on issues critical to the industry. Internships are 10 weeks and take place during the summer. All applicants must submit an application that includes a resume and a copy of their transcript. Applicants must participate in an in person interview or by phone, if requested.

For more information on NEIs internship program, please contact the NEI Human Resources Department at resumes@nei.org. Applications are being accepted for review between December 15, 2015 and January 31, 2016. Applications submitted beyond January 31, 2016 may be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis thereafter.

In addition, there are other opportunities for jobs in the nuclear industry, at nuclear facilities, law firms and consulting and lobbying organizations. For information on jobs in the nuclear industry please visit our website at http://www.nei.org/careersandeducation/.

The Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division is currently accepting applications for student volunteers. See their description here.

Scholarship opportunity for those entering law school this fall

The ABA Diversity Scholarship is designed for underrepresented students who demonstrate financial need and community involvement. Awards will be $15,000 for entering law students, which is renewable for years 2 and 3 of law school.  Applicants must be entering law school in 2016 and submit an application, personal statement, and statement of financial need by March 2. Find the application and more details here.

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Freshmen and Sophomores – It’s Time to Start Thinking Long-Term

With last semester’s grades in the books, it is time to begin thinking about longer term strategy for law school admission. It may seem like applying to law school is a long way off, but you would be amazed at how fast time flies. Below you will find a list of important topics you should begin considering as soon as possible.

  • Résumé – A résumé is an important aspect of your application package, but you will need one long before you begin sending applications to your prospective law schools. If you plan on applying to jobs, internships, or scholarships a résumé will likely be required. Begin working on your résumé now and then you will only have to update it instead of creating one when you actually need it. A tremendous resource for creating an excellent résumé it the Writers Workshop. For more information, check out their website http://www.cws.illinois.edu/workshop/.
  • Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) – Often times freshmen and sophomores believe they do not have enough experience to fill up a résumé. One way to fill space and show prospective employers and admissions departments what you are interested in and how you spend your time is by getting involved in an RSO. The University of Illinois boasts more than 1,400 RSOs so take advantage! For more information about RSOs visit the Office of Registered Organizations website, http://union.illinois.edu/get-involved/office-of-registered-organizations.
  • Major(s) and Minor(s) – Whether you have declared your major or not, it is time to think critically about that decision. If you have not declared your major, start thinking about what you would like to focus on now. If you have declared your major but you are thinking about changing it, make your decision as soon as possible. The same thought processes will apply to a minor, if you choose to complete one. Lists of majors and minors along with other useful links can be found here: http://provost.illinois.edu/ProgramsOfStudy/2013/fall/programs/.
  • Internships – Internships provide valuable work experience that can make a résumé shine. We hope you have been utilizing our 20 page Internship Newsletter over on our Pre-Law Compass page that we posted in December! (Click here for instructions on how to access our Compass page.) The newsletter has plenty of job and internship listings for spring, summer and long-term opportunities from Champaign to D.C. and beyond. If you have not done so yet, also sign up for I-Link where you can find more opportunities. For information on I-Link registration and more visit: https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/about/services/ilink/faq.
  • Pre-Law 101 – Students new to the university or to pre-law should plan on attending a Pre-Law 101 Workshop. Attending a Pre-Law 101 Workshop is a prerequisite to meeting with a Pre-Law advisor. Pre-Law Advising Services only offers one Pre-Law 101 Workshop during the spring semester so register as soon as possible for the March 8 workshop. For registration and more information, click here.
  • LSAT Prep Fair – The 2016 LSAT Prep Fair will take place in Illini Union Room B on Monday, February 1. While freshmen and sophomore will not be taking the LSAT this year, attending the event is still a great idea because it provides an introduction to the LSAT and the various paths to preparing for it. To find out more about the event visit: http://www.prelaw.illinois.edu/lsat-prep-fair.
  • “Becoming a 21st Century Lawyer” – Take advantage of Pre-Law Advising Services’ programming. Join us TODAY, Wednesday, January 27 in 1064 Lincoln Hall at 5:00 pm where students will hear from Dan Katz, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Law Lab at Illinois Tech–Chicago Kent College of Law. Professor Katz will share his unique insights into today’s legal market, including cutting-edge technological legal skills that 21st century lawyers need. He will outline steps that today’s pre-law students can use to begin building the skills of a 21st century lawyer, and he will demonstrate how he is changing legal services by launching The Law Lab.

Take advantage of the many resources you have at your disposal before it’s too late!

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Mark Your Calendars — Week of January 25

Pre-Law Events

IIT Chicago-Kent Open House with Professor Dan Katz: Wednesday, January 27, 4:00 – 4:45 pm in IUB 504.

Professor Dan Katz from IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law will be here to meet pre-law students and chat about Chicago-Kent’s programs and people. Have a question for Professor Katz about his work with Law Lab? Want to chat about being a 21st century lawyer? Want to know more about Chicago-Kent or law school generally? Stop by and talk with Professor Katz before his workshop!

 “Becoming a 21st Century Lawyer” with IIT-Chicago Kent Professor Dan Katz: Wednesday January 27, 5:00 – 6:00 pm in 1064 Lincoln Hall.

What does it take to be a successful 21st century lawyer? The legal market has experienced drastic changes as technology has disrupted traditional legal services. What are current trends in the legal market, and how will it change in the future? Join us as we host Dan Katz, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Law Lab at Illinois Tech–Chicago Kent College of Law. Professor Katz will share his unique insights into today’s legal market, including cutting-edge technological legal skills that 21st century lawyers need. He will outline steps that today’s pre-law students can use to begin building the skills of a 21st century lawyer, and he will demonstrate how he is changing legal services by launching The Law Lab.

Students will learn about the current legal market and cutting edge new legal service delivery, understand what skills future legal employers are seeking, and know how to begin developing those skills NOW.

Read more about Professor Katz here: http://www.chicagolawyermagazine.com/Archives/2015/05/Dan-Katz-IIT-Chicago-Kent.aspx

 LSAT Prep FairIf you plan on taking the LSAT at any time in the future, you should also plan on attending the 2016 LSAT Prep Fair. Join us on Monday, February 1, in Illini Union Room B from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. The fair will have six LSAT prep companies in attendance with whom you may speak to learn what options and services they offer to prospective LSAT-takers. Four of the companies will also have mini-workshops where you can experience their teaching styles and methods firsthand. The prep companies will be offering BIG discounts to students who attend – so make sure you’re there! Snacks and beverages will be served and you can enter for a chance to win an LSAT prep course scholarship!

LSAT Prep Course Scholarship Contest – DEADLINE February 5 at 5:00 pm.

Illinois students: Are you taking the June LSAT but not sure you can afford a full LSAT test prep course? Thanks to the generous donation of Kaplan Test Prep, Pre-Law Advising Services is pleased to announce the availability of two full LSAT prep course scholarships courtesy of Kaplan Test Prep. The recipients will be able to use the scholarships on Kaplan’s LSAT In-Person, Live Online or Self-Paced Courses. To learn more about Kaplan, go here:http://www.kaptest.com/LSAT/Home/index.html.

If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships, please submit the following: 1) Your resume, AND
2) A short essay (no more than 600 words) that addresses each of the following:

  • Have you taken an LSAT prep class before?
  • What is your financial need? It is not necessary to provide exact numbers, just give us a sense of your financial situation and why a scholarship is necessary.
  • How can this scholarship help you achieve your goals?

Email your resume and essay to Judy Argentieri at jargenti@illinois.edu by February 5, 2016 at 5pm.  Winners will be announced the week of February 8!

Note: Pre-Law Advising Services has no formal affiliation with any test prep company and does not endorse any particular LSAT prep method. 

 

Campus Events

Illinois in Washington summer semester applications are due Feb. 1. For more information check out the Illinois in Washington website.

Career Center Opportunities Fair – Tuesday, January 26, 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Career Center (715 S. Wright St.)

Learn more about the Career Center enhance your Illinois experience and build your resume. This open house will include food and prizes

Career Center Workshops – Unless otherwise indicated, all workshops are held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street. For more information or to register for an event, click here.

  • Getting the Job: Interviewing Tips, Wednesday, January 27, 6-7 pm.
  • Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters, Thursday, January 28, 5-6 pm.

Illinois Leadership Center – i-Programs

  • Ignite – Develop skills in leading change and understanding systems thinking. Will be held on Saturday, February 6. For more information on the event and to register, please visit: http://www.illinoisleadership.illinois.edu/.

Study Abroad Summer 2015 Faculty Led Programs–Applications due Feb. 1. These are 2-5 week study abroad programs over summer break with automatic Illinois credit. This could be a great way to manage both study abroad and taking the LSAT. For a list of available courses and application materials, visit the study abroad website here.

Internship and Scholarship Opportunities

We hope you have been utilizing our 20 page Internship Newsletter over on our Pre-Law Compass page that we posted in December! (Click here for instructions on how to access our Compass page.) It’s got lots of job and internship listings for spring, summer and long-term opportunities from Champaign to D.C. and beyond.  In addition, a few more summer internships have been posted on I-Link so keep checking there to seek what has been added! We have listed a couple of these new openings below.

Paid Summer Internship Program at Reproductive Rights and Social Justice Organization — Application Deadline February 1, 2016!

The Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) is a 10-week paid summer internship program sponsored by the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College. Undergraduate students intern at reproductive rights and social justice organizations around the country. Organizations work on a wide array of issues from reproductive health, immigrant rights, food justice, LGBTQ rights, anti-violence, prison abolition, intimate partner abuse, labor rights, and public policy.

Some of the participating organizations include: Advocates for Youth, Sadie Nash Leadership Project, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Amnesty International, Political Research Associates, HealthRight International, Justice Now, the Audre Lorde Project, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Tewa Women United, the Prison Birth Project, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, National Asian Pacific American Womens Forum, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.

Locations include: Washington DC, New York, NY, Boston, MA, Chicago, IL, Atlanta, GA, New Orleans, LA, Montgomery, AL, Denver, CO, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco/Oakland, CA, New Orleans, LA, Santa Fe, NM, Bloomington, IN, Louisville, KY, Amherst, MA, Burlington, VT, Miami, FL, Nashville, TN.

Internship stipend is $3500.

Eligibility requirements:

-Must currently be an undergraduate student at a US college/university
-Must not be graduating in Spring/Summer 2016
-Must be able to attend the CLPP Conference in Amherst, MA, April 7-10, 2016 (CLPP will cover all travel costs for students who live outside of Western Massachusetts)

More information and an application are available at:http://clpp.hampshire.edu/internship

Application deadline: February 1, 2016. Note: This week’s highlighted internship opportunity was posted in I-Link so access it through your I-Link account:

Paid Summer Internship at the Nuclear Energy Institute – Application Deadline is January 31!

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) has a number of openings for paid interns beginning in the summer of 2016. The Nuclear Energy Institute (www.nei.org) is the policy organization of the nuclear energy and technologies industry and participates in both the national and global policy-making process. NEIs mission is to ensure the implementation of policies that promote the beneficial uses of nuclear energy and technologies in the United States and around the world. To that end, NEI works to establish unified industry positions on the regulatory aspects of generic operational and technical issues. NEI’s members include all entities licensed to operate commercial nuclear power plants in the United States, nuclear plant designers, architect/engineering firms, fuel fabrication facilities, nuclear materials licensees, and other organizations and entities involved in the nuclear energy industry.

Interns at NEI will work with seasoned nuclear professionals in the technical, communications, policy development, government relations and legal areas on issues critical to the industry. Internships are 10 weeks and take place during the summer. All applicants must submit an application that includes a resume and a copy of their transcript. Applicants must participate in an in person interview or by phone, if requested.

For more information on NEIs internship program, please contact the NEI Human Resources Department at resumes@nei.org. Applications are being accepted for review between December 15, 2015 and January 31, 2016. Applications submitted beyond January 31, 2016 may be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis thereafter.

In addition, there are other opportunities for jobs in the nuclear industry, at nuclear facilities, law firms and consulting and lobbying organizations. For information on jobs in the nuclear industry please visit our website athttp://www.nei.org/careersandeducation/.

The Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division is currently accepting applications for student volunteers. See their description here.

Scholarship opportunity for those entering law school this fall

The ABA Diversity Scholarship is designed for underrepresented students who demonstrate financial need and community involvement. Awards will be $15,000 for entering law students, which is renewable for years 2 and 3 of law school.  Applicants must be entering law school in 2016 and submit an application, personal statement, and statement of financial need by March 2. Find the application and more details here.

University of Illinois STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) students are especially invited to apply for Carlson Caspers Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship ProgramDeadline March 1, 2016!.

This scholarship program is for current undergrads who will enter law school in Fall, 2016, and intend to practice intellectual property law in the Twin Cities area upon graduation. Visit their website for more information and to apply: http://carlsoncaspers.com/Firm/InclusionAndDiversity/1LDiversityScholarshipProgram

 

Have a great week!

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It’s January — Get Your Applications In ASAP!!

If you are applying to law school this cycle and do not have your applications in, get them in ASAP!  Remember: this is a rolling admissions process! What is your hold up?

Personal Statement: If you are struggling with drafting your personal statement, get cracking!  Not sure how to get started?  Check out our “Perfecting Your Personal Statement” video on the PLAS Compass page You can also look at our tips both on Compass and the PLAS website.  Once you have a draft, you are welcome to contact the PLAS office at (217) 333-9669 to set up an appointment with an advisor to go over your personal statement.  REMEMBER: you need to submit your draft personal statement 2 business days prior to your appointment!

Addendum:  If you have to submit an addendum to explain something related to a character and fitness disclosure or to explain something else in your application, just sit down and write it!  No amount of hand wringing is going to change a law school’s requirement that you submit this.  Not sure how to begin? First —  Check out the PLAS website to help you get started. Next — Go to the PLAS Compass page for more specific advice.  Both the “Perfecting Your Personal Statement” and “Character and Fitness” videos (found within the “Application Pointers” section) provide information to help you decide how to craft this document.  Once you have a good draft, feel free to make an appointment with a pre-law advisor to discuss it.  We have the same policy for a written addendum as we do for the personal statement: submit your draft 2 business days prior to your appointment.

Letters of Recommendation: Have your letter writers turned in your letters?  If not, you should gently remind them that you need letters submitted to LSAC before the law schools that require LORs will review your applications.  If you haven’t yet asked for letters of recommendation ASK TODAY!

Transcripts:  You need to submit your request for your most recent UIUC transcript to be submitted to your LSAC-CAS account.  Here is a link to the UIUC Registrar’s Office and to LSAC’s explanation of transcripts.  Note: if you have already submitted your applications, you still are obligated to submit an updated transcript to LSAC as part of your continuing obligation to disclose new information and supply updates to your file.  Go here for information on this requirement.

Good Luck!

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Welcome Back Edition — Week of January 18, 2016

Welcome back to spring semester! LOTS of excellent opportunities are coming up, including the Sidley Austin Pre-Law Scholars Program – application deadline THIS FRIDAY – so be sure to give this week’s blog a read.

Pre-Law Advising Services Workshops and Programs

We have updated our Spring Semester calendar of events! Check them out on our website here.

Becoming a 21st Century Lawyer: January 27, 5-6pm, 1062 Lincoln Hall

What does it take to be a successful 21st century lawyer? The legal market has experienced drastic changes as technology has disrupted traditional legal services. What are current trends in the legal market , and how will it change in the future? Join us as we host Dan Katz, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Law Lab at Illinois Tech–Chicago Kent College of Law. Professor Katz will share his unique insights into today’s legal market, including cutting-edge technological legal skills that 21st century lawyers need. He will outline steps that today’s pre-law students can use to begin building the skills of a 21st century lawyer, and he will demonstrate how he is changing legal services by launching The Law Lab.

Students will: Learn about the current legal market and cutting edge new legal service delivery, understand what skills future legal employers are seeking, and know how to begin developing those skills NOW.

Read more about Professor Katz here: http://www.chicagolawyermagazine.com/Archives/2015/05/Dan-Katz-IIT-Chicago-Kent.aspx

2 Ways to Win an LSAT Test Prep Scholarship

(1) The PLAS-sponsored LSAT Test Prep Company Fair is set for Monday, February 1, 2016, 4-6pm, Illini Union Room B! This event is a chance to learn more about several commercial LSAT test prep companies, participate in informative mini-workshops conducted by the companies and win discounts on test prep materials and scholarships for courses! To find out who is coming and see the workshop schedule, keep checking the PLAS website for updates on the fair.

(2) Are you taking the June LSAT but not sure you can afford a full LSAT test prep course? Thanks to the generous donation of Kaplan Test Prep, Pre-Law Advising Services is pleased to announce the availability of two full LSAT prep course scholarships courtesy of Kaplan Test Prep. The recipients will be able to use the scholarships on Kaplan’s LSAT In Person, Live Online or Self-Paced Courses. To learn more about Kaplan, go here: http://www.kaptest.com/LSAT/Home/index.html.

If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships, please submit the following: 1) Your resume, AND
2) A short essay (no more than 600 words) that addresses each of the following:

  • Have you taken an LSAT prep class before?
  • What is your financial need? It is not necessary to provide exact numbers, just give us a sense of your financial situation and why a scholarship is necessary.
  • How can this scholarship help you achieve your goals?

Email your resume and essay to Judy Argentieri at jargenti@illinois.edu by February 5, 2016 at 5pm.  Winners will be announced the week of February 8!

Note: Pre-Law Advising Services does not endorse any commercial LSAT test prep company.

Are you new to pre-law at Illinois? Pre-Law 101 will be held Monday, Feb. 8 at 4:00pm. This workshop will cover: What it means to be pre-law at Illinois;what law schools are really looking for; what pre-law students can do to maximize their undergraduate years; how to build a strong pre-law resume; what resources are available to assist pre-law students at Illinois. For more details and to register, click here.

Upcoming Law School Events–OPEN TO ALL PRE-LAW STUDENTS

The Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Day is set for Friday, March 4, 2016,  from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee is open to all students. For more information and to register, visit their website here. Cosponsored by Marquette University Law School and University of Wisconsin Law School, this FREE event includes lunch and:

  • an update on law school admissions in Wisconsin featuring the University of Wisconsin and Marquette Law Schools;
  • an overview of the Law School Admission Test with practice questions;
  • breakout workshops featuring a mock class for students ; and
  • law school fair featuring admissions representatives from law schools around the country. Over 20 law schools have already registered for this event! Click here for a list.

Law School Open Houses and Admitted Students Days

As we first mentioned in several of our fall blog posts, many law schools host open houses for prospective applicants and all law schools strongly encourage students to visit their campuses.  Note: spring semester is a time when many law schools will host events specifically for admitted students. Make sure you check the law school websites to see what types of events the schools in which you have an interest are offering.   Listed below are upcoming events for two Illinois law schools.

DePaul University College of Law Open House, Saturday, January 23, Tour = 9am; program begins at 10am. For more information and to register, go here.

Chicago Kent Law School Open House, Saturday, January 30, 9am-2pm.  For more information or to register, go here. 

John Marshall Law School Open House, Saturday, January 30, 9am-Noon. For more information or to register, go here.

Upcoming Campus Events

Illinois in Washington summer semester applications are due Feb. 1. For more information check out the Illinois in Washington website.

The Career Center has posted its spring workshop calendar on their website at: https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/. Now is a great time to update your resume, plan your job search or summer internship, and get to know their office and resources. Upcoming workshops include:

  • Finding an Internship, Jan. 20, 5-6 pm
  • Career Fair Prep: Maximize Your Experience, Jan. 20, 6-7 pm
  • Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters, Jan. 21, 4:00 pm
  • Career Certificate – International Students (CCI) Info Session – Monday, Jan.25, 4:00pm, The Interview Suite, 616 East Green Street, Room 213
  • How to Sell Your LAS Degree at the Business Career Fair – Tuesday, Jan. 26, 12:30-1:30pm, 1002 Lincoln Hall

Ilinois Leadership Center will host several upcoming I-Programs. For more information and to register, visit their website here.

  • Ignite: Saturday, February 6
  • Petullo Insight: Saturday, February 13

Study Abroad Summer 2015 Faculty Led Programs–Applications due Feb. 1. These are 2-5 week study abroad programs over summer break with automatic Illinois credit. This could be a great way to manage both study abroad and taking the LSAT. For a list of available courses and application materials, visit the study abroad website here.

Internship and Scholarship Opportunities

We hope you have been utilizing our 20 page Internship Newsletter over on our Pre-Law Compass page that we posted in December! (Click here for instructions on how to access our Compass page.) It’s got lots of job and internship listings for spring, summer and long-term opportunities from Champaign to D.C. and beyond.  In addition, a few more summer internships have been posted on I-Link so keep checking there to seek what has been added! We have listed a couple of these new openings below.

Paid Summer Internship Program at Reproductive Rights and Social Justice Organization — Application Deadline February 1, 2016!

The Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) is a 10-week paid summer internship program sponsored by the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College. Undergraduate students intern at reproductive rights and social justice organizations around the country. Organizations work on a wide array of issues from reproductive health, immigrant rights, food justice, LGBTQ rights, anti-violence, prison abolition, intimate partner abuse, labor rights, and public policy.

Some of the participating organizations include: Advocates for Youth, Sadie Nash Leadership Project, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Amnesty International, Political Research Associates, HealthRight International, Justice Now, the Audre Lorde Project, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Tewa Women United, the Prison Birth Project, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, National Asian Pacific American Womens Forum, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.

Locations include: Washington DC, New York, NY, Boston, MA, Chicago, IL, Atlanta, GA, New Orleans, LA, Montgomery, AL, Denver, CO, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco/Oakland, CA, New Orleans, LA, Santa Fe, NM, Bloomington, IN, Louisville, KY, Amherst, MA, Burlington, VT, Miami, FL, Nashville, TN.

Internship stipend is $3500.

Eligibility requirements:

-Must currently be an undergraduate student at a US college/university
-Must not be graduating in Spring/Summer 2016
-Must be able to attend the CLPP Conference in Amherst, MA, April 7-10, 2016 (CLPP will cover all travel costs for students who live outside of Western Massachusetts)

More information and an application are available at: http://clpp.hampshire.edu/internship

Application deadline: February 1, 2016. Note: This week’s highlighted internship opportunity was posted in I-Link so access it through your I-Link account:

Paid Summer Internship at the Nuclear Energy Institute – Application Deadline is January 31!

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) has a number of openings for paid interns beginning in the summer of 2016. The Nuclear Energy Institute (www.nei.org) is the policy organization of the nuclear energy and technologies industry and participates in both the national and global policy-making process. NEIs mission is to ensure the implementation of policies that promote the beneficial uses of nuclear energy and technologies in the United States and around the world. To that end, NEI works to establish unified industry positions on the regulatory aspects of generic operational and technical issues. NEI’s members include all entities licensed to operate commercial nuclear power plants in the United States, nuclear plant designers, architect/engineering firms, fuel fabrication facilities, nuclear materials licensees, and other organizations and entities involved in the nuclear energy industry.

Interns at NEI will work with seasoned nuclear professionals in the technical, communications, policy development, government relations and legal areas on issues critical to the industry. Internships are 10 weeks and take place during the summer. All applicants must submit an application that includes a resume and a copy of their transcript. Applicants must participate in an in person interview or by phone, if requested.

For more information on NEIs internship program, please contact the NEI Human Resources Department at resumes@nei.org. Applications are being accepted for review between December 15, 2015 and January 31, 2016. Applications submitted beyond January 31, 2016 may be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis thereafter.

In addition, there are other opportunities for jobs in the nuclear industry, at nuclear facilities, law firms and consulting and lobbying organizations. For information on jobs in the nuclear industry please visit our website at http://www.nei.org/careersandeducation/.

The Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division is currently accepting applications for student volunteers. See their description here.

Scholarship opportunity for those entering law school this fall

The ABA Diversity Scholarship is designed for underrepresented students who demonstrate financial need and community involvement. Awards will be $15,000 for entering law students, which is renewable for years 2 and 3 of law school.  Applicants must be entering law school in 2016 and submit an application, personal statement, and statement of financial need by March 2. Find the application and more details here.

Sidley Austin LLP Summer Pre-Law Scholars Program — Applications Due THIS FRIDAY January 22!!

The Sidley Prelaw Scholars Initiative aims to increase diversity in law schools, and eventually, within the legal profession by subsidizing the LSAT preparatory course and law school application expenses of talented, racially diverse college students who may have difficulty paying the expenses associated with applying to law school. Successful applicants will receive funding ($2,500 maximum) for:
(1) tuition for a Sidley-approved LSAT preparatory course; (2) registration fees for the June 2016 LSAT and the Credential Assembly Service (CAS); (3) law school application fees (up to seven); (4) CAS report fees (up to seven); (5) expert counseling on creating a successful law school application.

Selected scholars will also have the opportunity to attend the 2017 Sidley Scholars Summer Seminar (“S4”), a 2-3 day introduction to the structure of the American legal system and substantive instruction on the traditional first-year law school courses, as well as an opportunity to meet Sidley lawyers and other leaders in the legal community. In addition, upon successful completion of an approved LSAT preparatory course, completion of the LSAT, submission of at least five law school applications,confirmation of intention to matriculate to law school during Fall 2017, each Scholar will receive an additional $2,500 scholarship award. In the past three years, four UIUC students have been selected as Sidley Prelaw Scholars! Find this opportunity and many more in our Internship Newsletter posted over on our Compass page!

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The 2015 Internship Newsletter is live on Compass!

The long wait for the 2015 Internship Newsletter is finally over!  Please visit our Compass page to begin combing through the newsletter for summer opportunities that interest you.  If you are a pre-law student, simply log in with your credentials to access the page.  If you are not pre-law but would like to access the newsletter, please follow the instructions here.  Positions are available throughout Illinois and across the country.  Many positions have due dates over break, so we encourage you to begin working on applications as soon as possible.

Remember that winter break is a wonderful time to rest and relax after finals, but it is also a time that you will have fewer obligations.  So, use your break to begin planning for summer.  By the time February rolls around, it may be too late to secure the summer position you want.  Graduating seniors should begin looking for post-graduation jobs, and juniors, sophomores and freshmen should decide how they will spend their summer months.

For those of you who plan on applying to law school in fall 2016, winter break is a great time to begin preparing for the LSAT.  Take a practice LSAT to see where your strengths and weaknesses lie.  We have uploaded a complete sample LSAT to Compass (source: LSAC.org) for your convenience, which can be found here.  You can never start studying too early!  Additionally, this will provide you with some perspective that will help you gauge which LSAT prep company is the best for you at the 2015 LSAT Prep Fair on Monday, February 1, from 4:00-6:00 pm in Illini Union Room B.

For anyone who has not applied to their prospective schools yet and wishes to start in fall 2016, FINISH YOUR APPLICATIONS! The time to submit is now!

Enjoy your break and Happy Holidays!

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Internships and Scholarships — Mark Your Calendars — Week of December 14

We have two important announcements about internships and opportunities to win LSAT test prep scholarships.

First — make sure you watch your inbox, Twitter feed or our Facebook page for the publication of our annual Internship Newsletter this Thursday, December 17!   The newsletter, which offers over 15 pages of tips and actual internship opportunities, will be available on the PLAS Compass page. Winter break is a great time to research and find good summer internships —  in fact many internships have January application deadlines — so make sure you check out this resource!

SecondComing Spring 2016 — 2 Ways to Win an LSAT test prep scholarship

(1) The PLAS-sponsored LSAT Test Prep Company Fair is set for Monday, February 1, 2016, 4-6pm, Illini Union Room B! This event is a chance to learn more about several commercial LSAT test prep companies, participate in informative mini-workshops conducted by the companies and win discounts on test prep materials and scholarships for courses! Keep checking the PLAS website for updates on the fair.

(2) Are you taking the June LSAT but not sure you can afford a full LSAT test prep course? Thanks to the generous donation of Kaplan Test Prep, Pre-Law Advising Services is pleased to announce the availability of two full LSAT prep course scholarships courtesy of Kaplan Test Prep. The recipients will be able to use the scholarships on Kaplan’s LSAT In Person, Live Online or Self-Paced Courses. To learn more about Kaplan, go here: http://www.kaptest.com/LSAT/Home/index.html.

If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships, please submit the following: 1) Your resume, AND
2) A short essay (no more than 600 words) that addresses each of the following:

  • Have you taken an LSAT prep class before?
  • What is your financial need? It is not necessary to provide exact numbers, just give us a sense of your financial situation and why a scholarship is necessary.
  • How can this scholarship help you achieve your goals?

Email your resume and essay to Judy Argentieri at jargenti@illinois.edu by February 5, 2016 at 5pm.  Winners will be announced the week of February 8!

Note: Pre-Law Advising Services does not endorse any commercial LSAT test prep company.

Have a great break!

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