Make the most of your spring break

For all pre-law students:

  • Complete your FAFSA if you haven’t already. This is how financial aid for federal loans for summer/fall will be determined, whether you are an undergrad or an incoming law student.

Freshmen and Sophomores:

  • Apply for Summer Jobs and Internships. Do you have summer plans locked down? If not, apply for jobs and internships. Check out our internship newsletter over on our Compass page. We’ve also listed many internships on our Facebook page and on our blog!  Use the search box on either of these to find internships. You should also be checking I-Link regularly (or set it to email you when new listings appear).
  • Apply to Summer Pre-Law Programs. Apply for summer pre-law programs. These are typically 4 week residential programs to teach basics of law and how to prepare for law school, and most are free and come with a stipend for selected students. We have posted several in our blog and on our Facebook page. Take a look at the Summer Pre-Law Programs spreadsheet on our Compass page, listing over 40 summer programs, for even more opportunities. Note: Some deadlines have passed and others are April 1, so apply SOON.
  • Take a practice LSAT. Not ready to take the real LSAT yet but wondering what it’s all about? Go to this website to download a free practice test. When you’re done, you can score it and watch videos there with explanations of the answers.
  • Job shadow, or ask a lawyer to spend 30 minutes doing an informational interview with you. Don’t be intimidated; this is an opportunity for you to buy him/her coffee and ask about their professional life. Here’s a resource for planning your informational interview. 
  • Get caught up. Use this time to catch up on studying and prepare for finals–those grades are very important to law schools!

Juniors and Seniors Applying This Fall:

  • Make your LSAT plans. 
    • Taking the June LSAT? You should already have selected your prep option and started studying. Spring break is a great time to crank up your LSAT studying.Tip: REGISTER FOR THE JUNE LSAT NOW, because the popular test sites do fill up around spring break each year.
    • Taking the September LSAT? Now is the time to research LSAT prep options. Check out the LSAT Preparation folder over on our Compass page for information on free LSAT resources as well as listings of popular LSAT prep companies, including discounts they are offering to Illinois students.
  • Decide who will be your recommendation writers. You will want to approach them by this May/June (at the end of THIS semester) so that they have plenty of time to write the letter and your performance is still fresh in their mind.
  • Register for the Credential Assembly Service. This is the account you will need to open in order to have your recommendation letters processed. Once you set it up, your account is good for five years. You can read all about it here.
  • Mark your calendars. We have upcoming workshops just for you that you should plan to attend. Find them all on our Event Calendar.

Seniors taking a gap year (or two) prior to law school:

  • It’s still a good idea to decide who on campus can write your recommendations, and approach them by the end of this semester. If you wait a year or more the professor is sometimes gone, on sabbatical, retired, etc., so it’s still a good idea to get them now. Register for the Credential Assembly Service as listed above so that you can send the letters in to your account.
  • We will have a special workshop about Taking a Gap Year Before Law School on March 29 at 5 pm in 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building.  This workshop will cover how you can maximize your postgraduate time to make yourself an even better law school candidate, and we will share a timeline and game plan for applying to law school as a working professional. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from current law students who worked prior to law school.

Seniors and alumni headed to law school this fall:

  • Complete your FAFSA! Your federal loans will not be disbursed without it.
  • Make final visits to law schools/attend admitted student days. If you’ve decided where to attend, then withdraw from the other schools that have admitted you so that they can offer that seat/scholarship to someone else.
  • Apply for scholarships, like those we listed in this blog posting. Ask your law school financial aid office about scholarship opportunities.
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Mark Your Calendars: Week of March 13

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Upcoming Programs from Pre-Law Advising Services:

Taking a Gap Year Before Law School, Wednesday March 29 at 5PM. Room 514 of the Illini Union Bookstore Building. Are you considering working before law school? Or want to know more about going straight through to law school? This panel will feature three current law students from the University of Illinois College of Law. They will discuss the pros and cons of going straight to law school versus taking time off and working. We will also share some tips and suggestions for students to maximize their time off and effectively highlight post-undergraduate skills.

International Students’ Perspectives on Law School in the United States. Wednesday April 5 at 4PM. Room 504 in the Illini Union Bookstore Building. Are you an international student considering law school in the United States? Join us for this great panel discussion. The panel for this event will include two current international law students who will discuss their decision to attend law school in the United States. Topics discussed will include: the benefits and long-term value of an American law degree, visa processes, and life at an American law school.

Transitioning to Law School. Monday April 10, 4PM-5PM. Room 514 of the Illini Union Bookstore Building. Attending law school this fall? Learn about how to prepare for law school and the next three years. Topics discussed will include: finances, seat deposits, living arrangements, and advice for what to do this summer. Meet other U of I students attending law school this fall across the country!

On Campus Events

MAFA meeting–Learn about the application process and what Illinois Law is looking for from Rebecca Ray, Assistant Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid, at MAFA’s meeting on Tuesday, March 14 at 7 pm in 165 Noyes. All students welcome.

Joint Degree Info Session: See the signup link below.

From Champaign to Capitol Hill--check out this alumna’s talk on her path to law school and now working in public policy.

Career Center Workshops–Find the full list of Career Center events here. All workshops in the Career Center Conference Room 143 unless otherwise noted.

  • Creating Your Powerful Resume, March 13, 5-6 pm
  • Finding an Internship, March 14, 4-5 pm
  • Finding & Applying to Federal Government Jobs, March 14, 3-4 pm
  • Global Career Opportunity: Careers in Singapore, March 15, 6-8 pm in the Career Center Interview Suite Room 213
  • Immigration Options 101–March 16, 4-5:30 pm, Interview Suite Room 213

Scholarship Opportunities

The Aspiring Attorney scholarship awards $1,000 towards law school. Application due April 30. Click here to apply.

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund awards scholarships up to $10,000 for students working for social and economic justice. Applications–including recommendations–due April 1. Click here to apply.

The Earl Warren Scholarship awards $10,000 to entering law students for each year of law school (totalling $30,000). Applications due May 1. Click here to apply.

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund awards range from $500 to $5,000. Applications due March 30. Click here to apply.

The Iranian American Bar Association provides scholarships to law students of Iranian-American heritage. Applications due March 31. Click here to apply.

Jewish Vocational Service scholarships are available to Jewish students demonstrating financial need. Applications due March 31. Click here to apply.

The Lawson Law Scholarship provides $2,000 towards tuition for young Christian law students. Applications due April 30. Click here to apply.

The Moses & Rooth Scholarship will award $1,000 to an incoming 1L student. Applications due June 1. Click here to apply.

The O’Connor, Runckel & O’Malley LLP Scholarship will award $1,000 to an incoming law student. Must demonstrate proof of acceptance to law school. Applications due July 15. Click here to apply.

Internships and Summer Pre-Law Programs

We hope that you have been keeping up on our blog and Facebook posts about internships and summer pre-law programs.  Another resource you should continue to utilize is 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 Internship Newsletter has lots of job and internship listings for spring, summer and long-term opportunities from Champaign to D.C. and beyond.  In addition, you should regularly check iLink to see if summer internships have been posted there.

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Waitlisted, or just waiting? What to do now.

We’re hearing from a lot of students who have submitted their applications and now find themselves either waiting to hear back or finding out they’ve been wait listed. Here are some helpful tips and pointers to help you position yourself in the best manner for admission and aid!

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

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

What can you do?

  • IF it has been at least 4-6 weeks or whatever time frame the school has indicated as their response time, reach out and gently inquire about anticipated time frames for a decision. Reiterate your interest in the school.
  • Follow the law school on Twitter; many deans have taken to updating applicants about expected decisions there.
  • Don’t: (1) Complain about their slowness or criticize the school’s process; (2) tell them you’ve already heard back from everyone else or from “better” schools; or (3) give the school a deadline. Sometimes patience is key.

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

What can you do?

  • Follow the school’s directions carefully. Do not email to ask them what to do after the school sends very specific instructions. Some law schools will ask you to confirm that you want to be on their waitlist–if you don’t do so, you will not be considered.
  • Update your application by sending an updated resume, a new recommendation, or a letter or email expressing continued interest in that school (sometimes called a LOCI, or letter of continued interest).
  • Stay in touch–no more than once every week or two–to demonstrate your interest in the school. IF the school is your top choice, then say so.
  • Continue to make other plans. No one should proceed by “expecting” to be pulled from a waitlist…even if this does happen, it can be anytime up to the day classes begin. You need to start making other plans if you haven’t heard by April or so.
  • Don’t demand a decision right now…you may get one but it will not be the one you want.

Be “pleasantly persistent” as we move into late March and April, which are prime decision-making times for schools and for entering students. And always remember that professionalism and good manners go a long way in this business!

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Admitted Student Days and Law School Visits

 Admitted Students Days and Law School Visits

Admitted student days are typically day-long events and programs that are held by most law schools for admitted students only. These events allow you to visit and see the school. If you are unsure about your decision, an admitted student day can help make your decision a little easier.

When choosing a law school, it is important to make sure it’s the right fit for you. Admitted student days are the best way to learn about the school(s) you are considering. These events are a preview to what the next three years will be like.

Travel expenses are also reimbursed for many schools if you are traveling a certain distance for the event. Some schools will cover up to $300-$400 in travel expenses. Check with the school for more information.

Here are some tips for admitted student days:

  1. Dress professionally.
    1. Business casual dress is a good idea for an event like this.
    2. If you meet professors, deans, and other important people, you want to look the part.
    3. At the very least, be cognizant that you will be making many first impressions this day, you want to dress appropriately.
    4. Check with the school and see if they have a dress code for the day – some schools will be more formal than others.
  2. Try to write down your thoughts after the admitted students day.
    1. Did you like the way the school was set up?
    2. Is there anything unique about the school that made you more inclined to go there?
    3. Is there anything you didn’t like?
    4. What was your overall impression of the students?
    5. If you go to more than one admitted student day, try to remember how the students interacted with one another – could you see yourself fitting in at this school?
  3. Ask questions!
    1. Talk to the current students about employment, externships/internships, job placements, bar passage rates, and what they think of the school. Current student perspectives can be an asset for the decision process.
    2. What type of extracurricular activities are they involved in? Or what clubs? What programs are best for a first year law student to join?
    3. How often are there networking events at the law school?
    4. If you are concerned about finances, ask students if they work at law firms or are paid research assistants? Are there any ways to off-set the costs early on?
  4. Explore the surrounding area.
    1. What is the average cost for rent? Where do most law students live? What is the month that most leases start?
    2. How close are grocery stores and malls? Are there other libraries nearby besides the library in the law building?
    3. Do you need a car for this school? What does it cost to park near the law school or to take public transportation?
    4. What is it like to travel to this town or city? Some schools are more difficult to get to than others. Keep in mind the trip you will need to take to back for school vacations and breaks.
    5. Are there nearby courthouses and law firms where students can work?
  5. Refrain from bringing guests to an admitted student day.
    1. While it is great to have your parents supporting you, you should be attending this event on your own and the decision you make should be for you.

If you cannot make a formal admitted student day or you get off a wait list after an admitted student day, try to visit the law schools you are seriously considering. Law school is busy enough – the first time you step on campus should not be the first day of school. If you are waitlisted at a school and are highly considering it as an option if you get in, try to visit during spring break or when you have the time now.

Consider joining “Admitted Student” Facebook pages (if the school has one) and/or other social media accounts if you are looking for a roommate, or trying to meet more people before you start school. Some schools have roommate matching programs in place for the incoming classes. If you know any alumni or current students at the law school you are visiting, check in with them to see the advice they have in mind.

If you cannot make the formal event, try to visit over spring break or over a weekend before the next seat deposit is due. Law school is a big investment for both time and money – you want to make sure it’s the right fit for you!

Also, consider attending Pre-Law Advising Services’ “Transitioning to Law School Event” on April 10th to learn more about what you can do to prepare for the start of your law school career!

Here are the dates for some admitted student days for schools in Illinois:

Chicago-Kent: Admitted Students Weekend is: Friday March 31 and Saturday April 1; Other visit days for Admitted Students are: March 10th and 24th, April 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th, and May 5th 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

DePaul: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 (5:30 PM), Saturday, April 8, 2017 (10 AM), Saturday, May 20, 2017 (10 AM)

Loyola Chicago: Saturday March 25 and Friday April 28.

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Mark Your Calendars – Week of March 6

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Thank you to everyone who attend our Negotiating Scholarship Workshop last Monday. We have other pre-law events at the end of the month and the beginning of April for you to look forward to, as well.

Upcoming Programs from Pre-Law Advising Services:

Taking a Gap Year Before Law School

Are you considering working before law school? Or want to know more about going straight through to law school?

The panel will feature three current law students from the University of Illinois College of Law. They will discuss the pros and cons of going straight to law school versus taking time off and working.

We will also share some tips and suggestions for students to maximize their time off and effectively highlight post-undergraduate skills.

Wednesday March 29 at 5PM. Room 514 of the Illini Union Bookstore Building

International Students’ Perspectives on Law School in the United States

Wednesday April 5 at 4PM. Room 504 in the Illini Union Bookstore Building

Are you an international student considering law school in the United States? Join us for this great panel discussion.

The panel for this event will include two current law students that will discuss their decision to attend law school in the United States

Topics discussed will include: the benefits and long-term value of an American law degree, visa processes, and life at an American law school.

Transitioning to Law School

Monday April 10, 4PM-5PM. Room 514 of the Illini Union Bookstore Building

Attending law school this fall? Learn about how to prepare for law school and the next three years.

Topics discussed will include: finances, seat deposits, living arrangements, and advice for what to do this summer

Meet other U of I students attending law school this fall across the country!

Internships and Summer Pre-Law Programs

We hope that you have been keeping up on our blog and Facebook posts about internships and summer pre-law programs.  Another resource you should continue to utilize is 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 Internship Newsletter has lots of job and internship listings for spring, summer and long-term opportunities from Champaign to D.C. and beyond.  In addition, you should regularly check iLink to see if summer internships have been posted there.

On Campus Events

Writer’s Workshop Event

The Writer’s Workshop is hosting a “Writing Effective Thesis Statements” workshop on Wednesday March 8 from 4PM- 5PM in 1062 Lincoln Hall.

Career Center’s “Finding an Internship” Workshop

Gaining experience while in college is very important when it comes to finding employment after graduation. Learn how to search for internships and other opportunities by using different search engines including I-Link, Illinois’ campus-wide recruiting platform.

March 7 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. The workshop will be held in the Career Center Conference Room 143.

Career Center’s “Acing Your Interview” Workshop

During an interview, you only have a short time to convey you are a great fit for a position or organization. Learn the most common types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, how to structure answers to interview questions, and tips for following up after an interview.

March 8 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. The workshop will be held in the Career Center Conference Room 143.

Internship Opportunity! See the flyer below for more information on the Wolff Public Policy Research Intern position.

Learn more about the new Sociology minor! There will be an Information Session for the new Sociology Minor in Crimonology, Law, and Society this week. The info session will be Thursday March 9th at 5PM in Lincoln Hall 3057.

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Negotiating Scholarships Roundup

Negotiating law school scholarships has become quite common in the last few years. While many students have successfully bargained for additional scholarship dollars, the process of negotiating can be risky and stressful. On February 27, PLAS welcomed Rebecca Ray, Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Illinois College of Law who shared her insights on negotiating scholarships with law schools. For those of you who were unable to attend, here are some of the questions addressed.

1. Under what circumstances should students negotiate scholarships?

  • Generally speaking, it is fine to contact schools about your scholarship as long as they do not expressly indicate that they will not reconsider your scholarship.
  • Most law schools are open to renegotiating/reconsidering scholarships under certain circumstances.  Specifically, it is appropriate to request reconsideration of your scholarship if you really want to attend that law school but are facing a financial hurdle that might prohibit you matriculating there.
  • Dean Ray discouraged the use of scholarship reconsideration solely to leverage offers at other law schools.
  • Remember: Most law schools’ initial scholarship offers are offers that they intend view as market competitive so don’t approach the reconsideration process assuming that the law school is using a “low-ball” offer as a starting point.  As such, although it is fine to ask for reconsideration, in most cases the law schools say “No” more often than they say “Yes” to these requests.

2. How can students successfully engage with law schools?

  • Follow the instructions provided by the schools that outline the process and procedure for reconsideration of scholarship offers.  It the school requests a separate email, write the email.  If the school requires the submission of a special form, complete and submit it.  If the school would prefer you call them, then make the phone call.
    • Note – if a school specifically states it will not reconsider scholarship offers then respect that and do not contact the school to attempt to negotiate.
    • Also – some schools set aside a specific time frame for renegotiation.  As such, pestering them for a final decision before their designated time for reviewing scholarships is not a good strategy.
  • Be professional, courteous and prepared. Before you submit anything or make a phone call, consider your demeanor and the quality of your submission.  Professionalism is key!
  • Dean Ray indicated that she was not persuaded simply by arguments that she “should match” another school’s scholarship offer.
  • Manage your expectations — full tuition scholarships are very rarely awarded so do not expect that result.
  • Do not turn the negotiation into something resembling haggling over a purchase of a used car.
  • Visit the law school.  There is no better way to convey your sincere interest in attending a school than to schedule a visit.  Tip – all admitted students should visit any school they are considering attending before submitting a seat deposit. You never know if the atmosphere of the school is going to match how it seems to fit you “on paper.”

3. What would make a law school deny a request to renegotiate/reconsider a scholarship?

  • Lack of additional funding.  This is important to remember — however much a law school might want to provide you with additional scholarship money, there are limits to their financial resources.
  • Lack of professional behavior by the requesting student.  See number 2, above.

4. Why do law schools ask to see other scholarship offers as part of the negotiation process?

  • Schools typically ask for this to verify the conditions and amounts that the student is claiming she has received.
  • Note — there is nothing wrong with such a request.  This is simply good lawyering by the admissions office.  As such, if possible, you should attach the other competing scholarship offers to your reconsideration letter/email.  That equals good lawyering by you!

5. What is a “peer” institution? Why is this relevant?

  • Generally speaking, schools with similar admitted student profiles consider themselves “peer” institutions.
  • A peer institution could be a school with similar GPA and LSAT medians.
  • A peer institution could also be another law school in the same region or grouping of schools, e.g., Big 10 law schools, Chicago-area law schools.  The definition is subject to interpretation by each law school.
  • Note: This designation is important because most law schools consider scholarship offers from peer institutions to be more relevant in the reconsideration process.

Final Thoughts — Dos and Don’ts for Negotiating Scholarships

Do

  • Follow each school’s directions for scholarship reconsideration
  • Decide what you are able and willing to pay for your education before you ask for reconsideration
  • Conduct yourself professionally by being prepared and courteous – your proposal should be a well-crafted and thoughtfully-presented piece of advocacy
  • Show your interest by visiting the school

Don’t

  • Ignore specific instructions for contacting the school about scholarships
  • Become demanding and difficult if the school cannot accommodate your request
  • Expect to get a full ride/free legal education – those situations are extremely rare

Still not sure what to do or have specific questions to discuss?  Please contact our office 333-9669 and make an appointment with an advisor.

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Mark Your Calendars — Week of February 27

U of I kicks off its Sesquicentennial Celebration this week! Also don’t forget — TODAY is the day for our Negotiating Scholarships Workshop, featuring Rebecca Ray, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, UIUC College of Law, on Monday, February 27 at 5:00pm, Room 514 IUB!  This is a MUST for those of you looking for tips on how to handle a scholarship negotiation! Finally — the end of February/beginning of March is a time of internship and scholarship deadlines.  Scroll down for more information on several opportunities with application deadlines THIS WEEK!

UI Sesquicentennial Kickoff Celebration: Funkadesi

February 28, 2017, marks the 150th anniversary of the passage of the legislative act that created the University of Illinois in 1867. This sesquicentennial milestone provides the opportunity to commemorate our shining accomplishments of the past 150 years and to look forward to the possibilities the future holds. Krannert Center hosts the sesquicentennial kickoff celebration with a keynote address by Chancellor Jones, and a free lobby concert and reception featuring six-time Chicago Music Award winners Funkadesi, who meld musical styles from around the globe and whose one-world sound and positive vibe make the band a unique, compelling, and flat-out fun musical force. Here’s to the past 150 years and to the next! For more information on UIUC’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, go here.

PLAS Opportunities

TODAY Monday February 27th – Negotiating Scholarships Workshop with UIUC College of Law Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid Rebecca Ray, 5:00pm, Room 514 IUB

The hard part of applying to law school is over, and now you’re starting to receive acceptances and financial aid offers. So…what happens next? Now is the time to assess aid offers and discuss options for additional scholarships with your law schools. What information can you provide that will persuade a law school to reconsider your aid? How can applicants have a respectful yet productive conversation that potentially results in more scholarship dollars being awarded? Join us as we examine exactly how to go about negotiating law school scholarships with the expertise of Dean Rebecca Ray, the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Illinois College of Law. This session is a must-see for anyone applying to law school, and the information applies whether U of I or another law school is your goal.

Internships and Summer Pre-Law Programs

We hope that you have been keeping up on our blog and Facebook posts about internships and summer pre-law programs.  Another resource you should continue to utilize is 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 Internship Newsletter has lots of job and internship listings for spring, summer and long-term opportunities from Champaign to D.C. and beyond.  In addition, you should regularly check iLink to see if summer internships have been posted there.  Read on for a reminder about the TRIALS Summer Program at Harvard Law School.

TRIALS Summer Program — Application Deadline is TOMORROW, February 28. 

Trials is a unique partnership of NYU School of Law, Harvard Law School, and the Advantage Testing Foundation. It is a fully subsidized summer study program for students of modest means whose backgrounds are currently underrepresented at the nation’s top law schools.

For five weeks in the summer, Trials students take residence at Harvard or New York University. The residency alternates from year to year. In 2017, Trials will be held at Harvard Law School from June 25 to July 30.  For more information and to apply, go here: http://trials.atfoundation.org/program/index.

Campus Events and Opportunities

Subcommittees on Student Conduct — Students Needed — Applications due TOMORROW, February 28, 2017

The Senate Committee and the Office for Student Conflict Resolution are now seeking to fill vacant student and faculty seats on the Subcommittee on Undergraduate Student Conduct and the Subcommittee on Graduate Student Conduct, and vacant faculty, student and staff seats on the Subcommittee on Sexual Misconduct.  Applications are due TOMORROW, February 28, 2017.  For more information and to apply, go here.

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. More information will be coming soon. Minority Association for Future Attorneys (MAFA) Meeting. Join Director of Pre-Law Advising Services Jamie Thomas-Ward and PLAS Graduate Assistant Lydia Faklis as they discuss “New Perspectives on Choosing a Law School” at MAFA’s. Jamie and Lydia will be talking about bar passage results and why these numbers matter, how to make sure you are getting a good return on your law school investment, exploring law schools, law school scholarships and more! The meeting is open to anyone that would like to attend.

Women’s Career Institute — Saturday, March 4, 9:00am-5:00pm, 616 E. Green Street, Room 213.  The Women’s Resources Center, the Career Center and the YWCA of the University of Illinois are sponsoring the Women’s Career Institute, a day-long women’s leadership and career development institute featuring practical workshops, networking opportunities, and strengths-assessment. This institute is designed for undergraduate students of all genders eager to explore considerations for women in seeking career and leadership opportunities. The Women’s Career Institute will offer meals for attendees and is free of charge. For additional information or if you have any questions, contact Women’s Resources Center Assistant Director, Rachel Lauren Storm, at rstorm2@illinois.edu. To register, fill out an application here: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/7977462. 

The Career Center has posted its spring workshop calendar on their website at: https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/events.  Now is a great time to update your resume, plan your job search or summer internship, and get to know their office and resources.  Scroll down for information about that and other upcoming workshops.
  • Resume, Cover Letter and Linked In Reviews — Feb. 27, 2-4:30 pm Career Center;  7-9 pm Undergrad Library, Consultation Corner.  There are multiple other dates and times for this workshop.  Go here to see more options.
  • Finding An Internship — Feb. 28, 4-5pm, Career Center Room 143
  • Creating Your Powerful Resume — March 1, 4-5pm Career Center Room 143
  • Acing Your Interview —  March 1, 5-6pm Career Center Room 143
  • Linked In and Job Search Resources for International Students — March 3, 4-5:30pm, The Interview Suite, 616 East Green Street, Room 213
New Sociology Minor of Criminology, Law, and Society!

The Department of Sociology is very excited to announced that coming this Fall they are launching a Minor in Criminology, Law, and Society. Pizza will be provided!  For more information about this minor, go here. Interested students should attend one of these info sessions, all held in Room 3057 Lincoln Hall on the following dates:

Wednesday March 1 at 5:00PM
Thursday March 9 at 5:00PM

Scholarship and Grant Opportunities 

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is now accepting applications for the Research Support Grant (RSG). This grant provides students from all disciplines with the funds necessary to conduct research or creative projects during the academic year both on and off campus (including summer terms). Awards will be up to $2,000 and are meant to cover research travel costs, living expenses incurred during academic breaks (i.e., winter break and summer terms, NOT regular semester living expenses), and materials or other ancillary costs.  We hope that this competition will both broaden and deepen the types of research being conducted by undergraduate students on campus, and that the recipients are able to use this opportunity as a way of engaging with their fields. For details and eligibility requirements please visit: http://go.illinois.edu/OUR_RSG. Deadline for applications will be THIS Wednesday, March 1, at 11:59 p.m. Questions may be addressed to ugresearch@illinois.edu

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 2017 and submit an application, personal statement, and statement of financial need by THIS THURSDAY March 2. Find the application and more details here. 

Carlton Caspers Diversity & Inclusion ScholarshipCarlson Caspers, a Minneapolis-based IP law firm, fosters a culture that welcomes and embraces differences in people and perspectives. Our commitment to inclusion is the foundation for a vibrant work environment and unparalleled client service that comes from varied perspectives in developing strategies and solutions to serve our clients’ business goals.  In keeping with the firm’s focus on recruiting, retaining, and promoting members of groups that are under-represented in the field of intellectual property law, Carlson Caspers’ Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Program provides up to two $5,000 scholarships each academic year to prospective law students who are pursuing or have obtained a degree in chemistry, physics, life sciences, pharmacy, engineering, or computer science and who are interested in practicing intellectual property law in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. The scholarship recipients will also participate in Carlson Casper’s 2017 Summer Program. Applications are due April 1, 2017. Learn more about the Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Program at Carlson Caspers.

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Pre-Law Upcoming Events

Monday February 27th – Negotiating Scholarships Workshop with University of Illinois College of Law Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid Rebecca Ray

The hard part of applying to law school is over, and now you’re starting to receive acceptances and financial aid offers. So…what happens next? Now is the time to assess aid offers and discuss options for additional scholarships with your law schools. How can applicants have a respectful yet productive conversation that potentially results in more scholarship dollars being awarded? Join us as we examine exactly how to go about negotiating law school scholarships with the expertise of Dean Rebecca Ray, the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Illinois College of Law. This session is a must-see for anyone applying to law school, and the information applies whether U of I or another law school is your goal. For more information, click here.

Scholarship and Grant Opportunities 

Carlton Caspers Diversity & Inclusion ScholarshipCarlson Caspers, a Minneapolis-based IP law firm, fosters a culture that welcomes and embraces differences in people and perspectives. Our commitment to inclusion is the foundation for a vibrant work environment and unparalleled client service that comes from varied perspectives in developing strategies and solutions to serve our clients’ business goals.  In keeping with the firm’s focus on recruiting, retaining, and promoting members of groups that are under-represented in the field of intellectual property law, Carlson Caspers’ Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Program provides up to two $5,000 scholarships each academic year to prospective law students who are pursuing or have obtained a degree in chemistry, physics, life sciences, pharmacy, engineering, or computer science and who are interested in practicing intellectual property law in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. The scholarship recipients will also participate in Carlson Casper’s 2017 Summer Program. Applications are due April 1, 2017. Learn more about the Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Program at Carlson Caspers.

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 2017 and submit an application, personal statement, and statement of financial need by March 2. Find the application and more details here.

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is now accepting applications for the Research Support Grant (RSG). This grant provides students from all disciplines with the funds necessary to conduct research or creative projects during the academic year both on and off campus (including summer terms). Awards will be up to $2,000 and are meant to cover research travel costs, living expenses incurred during academic breaks (i.e., winter break and summer terms, NOT regular semester living expenses), and materials or other ancillary costs.  We hope that this competition will both broaden and deepen the types of research being conducted by undergraduate students on campus, and that the recipients are able to use this opportunity as a way of engaging with their fields. For details and eligibility requirements please visit: http://go.illinois.edu/OUR_RSG. Deadline for applications will be Wednesday, March 1, at 11:59 p.m. Questions may be addressed to ugresearch@illinois.edu

 Upcoming Campus Opportunities and Events for Pre-Law Students
The University of Illinois College of Law hosts many speakers and events that are free and open to the public! Check out their upcoming speakers and events here.

New Sociology Minor of Criminology, Law, and Society!
The Department of Sociology is very excited to announced that coming this Fall they are launching a Minor in Criminology, Law, and Society. Interested students should attend one of these info sessions, all held in Room 3057 Lincoln Hall on the following dates:

Thursday February 23 at 3:30PM
Wednesday March 1 at 5:00PM
Thursday March 9 at 5:00PM.

Career Center Opportunities

Excellent Workshop for Students Considering Taking a Gap Year – The Career Center is hosting a workshop about Finding & Applying to Federal Government Jobs today, February 20th, from 4:00PM – 5:00PM  in the Career Center Conference Room 143. This workshop will give you tips on how to make yourself competitive for federal government opportunities as well as discuss the benefits of working for the government, how to find the right agency fit, and how to best navigate USAJOBS.gov and other government resources. This is a great opportunity for students planning on taking a gap year or two! For more information, click here.

Here are some additional programs the Career Center is hosting. Visit their website here for additional details.

  • Creating Your Powerful Resume, Feb. 21, 5-6 pm & Feb. 23, 4-5 pm
  • Making Your Major Decision, Feb. 22, 4-5 pm
  • Global Career Opportunity: Careers in Japan, Feb. 22, 4-6 pm

Internship Opportunities

Students Pushing INnovation (SPIN) Internship Program–The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) needs talented, creative Illinois undergraduate students to participate in hands-on research and development projects in areas including supercomputing, data analytics, visualization, and more. NCSA’s SPIN (Students Pushing Innovation) program offers paid internships to Illinois students who can contribute to challenging projects with support from members of NCSA’s expert staff who act as mentors. Explore their website here.

New summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

Incubating a New Community of Leaders Using Software, Inclusion, Innovation, Interdisciplinary and OpeN-Science (INCLUSION) is seeking students to apply for 10-week paid summer software-in-research training program. Successful applicants will work full-time on one of socially-impactful INCLUSION research projects that develop and use open source software.  Applications must be submitted by March 13, 2017 for full consideration. REU-INCLUSION program information and online application form are available on the REU-INCLUSION website at: http://reu.ncsa.illinois.edu. Priority is given to minority undergraduate students applying from outside of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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Summer Pre-Law Programs

Summer Pre-Law Programs

Summer pre-law programs are an excellent opportunity for undergrads to learn more about law school! Some are paid and other programs have fees and a cost for students to attend. These programs are a different way to explore being pre-law during the summer months. These programs are a great addition to a resume, but are in no way mandatory for a pre-law student.

Some universities offer pre-law programs on their campuses. This is a way for you to learn more about law school, visit a law school and campus, and learn more about law school in a structured setting. If you are considering attending law school at any of the schools below, these summer pre-law programs are an excellent way to get your foot in the door and experience what your life could be like there throughout law school.

Here is information about three pre-law summer programs; there are many other programs in addition to these three. The lengths of the programs vary from school to school. The program at Chicago-Kent takes place over a few weeks in June, Penn State’s program takes place over one weekend in May, and Saint Louis University’s program runs for a few weeks in June.

IIT Chicago-Kent

Program: Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program

Dates: Sunday, June 4, to Friday, June 23, 2017

Cost: Free

Location: Chicago, IL

Application Deadline: March 1, 2017

Program Information:  The PLUS program is a free, three-week summer program that will: provide participants with a deeper understanding of legal education via the program’s rigorous doctrinal and experiential skills-based curriculum; help participants develop essential core competencies needed to succeed in the law school application and admissions process, as well as insight into navigating the process; and expose students to a wide range of career paths within the legal profession.

Students must attend all classes and participate in all program activities in order to be accepted and to receive a stipend. This is a full-time commitment. Therefore, students must be available during the day and some evenings, and have no outside commitments that would prevent them from giving the program their full attention. Students must agree to provide PLUS administrators with education and career updates after completion of the program.

Website: https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/academics/pre-law-undergraduate-scholars-program

Penn State

Program: Explore Law

Dates: May 15 – 17, 2017

Cost: Free

Location: University Park, PA

Application Deadline: April 1, 2017

Program Information: Explore Law, a tuition-free, residency program held at Penn State Law in University Park, Pa., available to any undergraduate student–regardless of location, major, or residence–who is interested in learning more about law school. Explore Law will give you the opportunity to learn about multiple fields of law and myriad law careers from law professors, judges, and practicing attorneys. The program will help prepare you with detailed information on the admissions process, how to write an excellent personal statement on your law school application, and how to finance your degree. Explore Law is designed exclusively to mentor and build relationships with all students who may be interested in studying law.

Website: https://pennstatelaw.psu.edu/admissions/explore-law

Saint Louis University

Program: DiscoverLaw.org Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program

Dates: Sunday, June 4, 2017 to Saturday, July 1, 2017

Cost: Free

Location: Saint Louis, MO

Application Deadline: March 31, 2017

Program Information: The DiscoverLaw.org Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program is held at Saint Louis University School of Law is aimed to recognize and reward students for their demonstrated interest in community service and social justice and provide them the best opportunity to successfully enter the legal profession. This four-week summer immersion program will: Introduce students to the essential skills and competencies of a law student and legal professional; assist them in gaining a broader appreciation for the practice of law and how to navigate a path to law school; inspire them by demonstrating how lawyers can use their skills and training to serve their community and bring about social change

Website: http://law.slu.edu/admissions/plus-program

Discoverlaw.org offers similar programs at the University of Maine, University of Texas, and University of Wisconsin. For more information: http://www.discoverlaw.org/diversity/plus.asp

To reiterate, these programs are completely optional. They provide another way to gain exposure to law schools and learn more about those schools. Most of these programs are encouraged for freshman and sophomores, but some programs are open to juniors and seniors, too. Summer break is a great time to expand your resume. Also, consider other opportunities like an internship, taking a summer class, studying for the LSAT, or working on your applications!

Check out our Compass page for more information in the “Summer Pre-Law Programs” folder.

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Mark Your Calendars – Week of February 13th

We have updated our Spring Semester calendar of events! Upcoming PLAS programs include the Negotiating Scholarships Workshop, featuring Rebecca Ray, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, at the UIUC College of Law, on Monday, February 27 at 5pm!

Scholarship and Grant Opportunities 

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is now accepting applications for the Research Support Grant (RSG). This grant provides students from all disciplines with the funds necessary to conduct research or creative projects during the academic year both on and off campus (including summer terms). Awards will be up to $2,000 and are meant to cover research travel costs, living expenses incurred during academic breaks (i.e., winter break and summer terms, NOT regular semester living expenses), and materials or other ancillary costs.  We hope that this competition will both broaden and deepen the types of research being conducted by undergraduate students on campus, and that the recipients are able to use this opportunity as a way of engaging with their fields. For details and eligibility requirements please visit: http://go.illinois.edu/OUR_RSG. Deadline for applications will be Wednesday, March 1, at 11:59 p.m. Questions may be addressed to ugresearch@illinois.edu

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 lots of job and internship listings for spring, summer and long-term opportunities from Champaign to D.C. and beyond.  In addition, you should regularly check iLink to see if summer internships have been posted there

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 2017 and submit an application, personal statement, and statement of financial need by March 2. Find the application and more details here. 

Upcoming Campus Opportunities and Events for Pre-Law Students

Monday February 27th – Negotiating Scholarships Workshop with UIUC College of Law Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid Rebecca Ray

The hard part of applying to law school is over, and now you’re starting to receive acceptances and financial aid offers. So…what happens next? Now is the time to assess aid offers and discuss options for additional scholarships with your law schools. What information can you provide that will persuade a law school to reconsider your aid? How can applicants have a respectful yet productive conversation that potentially results in more scholarship dollars being awarded? Join us as we examine exactly how to go about negotiating law school scholarships with the expertise of Dean Rebecca Ray, the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Illinois College of Law. This session is a must-see for anyone applying to law school, and the information applies whether U of I or another law school is your goal.

For more information, click here.

Career Center Opportunities:

Excellent Workshop for Students Considering Taking a Gap Year – The Career Center is hosting a workshop about Finding & Applying to Federal Government Jobs next Monday February 20th from 4:00PM – 5:00PM  in the Career Center Conference Room 143. This workshop will give you tips on how to make yourself competitive for federal government opportunities as well as discuss the benefits of working for the government, how to find the right agency fit, and how to best navigate USAJOBS.gov and other government resources. This is a great opportunity for students planning on taking a gap year or two!

For more information, click here.

The Career Center is also hosting a Finding an Internship workshop, TODAY February 13th from 5:00PM – 6:00PM in the Career Center Conference Room 143. Learn how to search for internships and other opportunities by using different search engines including I-Link, Illinois’ campus-wide recruiting platform.

The Career Center is hosting a Creating Your Powerful Resume workshop Wednesday February 15th from 4:00PM – 5:00PM in the Career Center Conference Room 143. Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to draft an effective resume that describes your qualifications, skills, and experience. A great resume is an advantage in the law school application process.

Study Abroad- Approaching Deadlines!

Many of the Summer/Fall study abroad applications are due Wednesday, February 15th.  Some programs have different/extended deadlines. The Summer SOCW Greece faculty-lead program deadline is February 12th. Additionally, the Rome Summer program has a March 15th deadline and the Rome Fall program has an April 15th deadline. If students have questions about their application, send them to 112 International Studies Building during walk-in advising hours from 12PM-4PM, Monday through Friday.

New Sociology Minor of Criminology, Law, and Society!

The Department of Sociology is very excited to announced that coming this Fall they are launching a Minor in Criminology, Law, and Society.

All info sessions held in Room 3057 Lincoln Hall on the following dates:

Thursday February 23 at 3:30PM

Wednesday March 1 at 5:00PM

Thursday March 9 at 5:00PM.

New summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

Incubating a New Community of Leaders Using Software, Inclusion, Innovation, Interdisciplinary and OpeN-Science (INCLUSION) is seeking students to apply for 10-week paid summer software-in-research training program. Successful applicants will work full-time on one of socially-impactful INCLUSION research projects that develop and use open source software.  Applications must be submitted by March 13, 2017 for full consideration. REU-INCLUSION program information and online application form are available on the REU-INCLUSION website at: http://reu.ncsa.illinois.edu. Priority is given to minority undergraduate students applying from outside of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Upcoming Law School Events

THIS WEEKEND–OPEN TO ALL PRE-LAW STUDENTS

Indiana University Maurer School of Law Diversity Law Day is Saturday, February 18. You’ll learn about what lawyers do, experience a mock class, meet current law students, and tour the school. For more details and to register visit their website. http://www.law.indiana.edu/what/professional-careers/jd-degree/diversity-day/

The Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Day is set for Friday, February 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison. This event is open to all students. For more information and to register, visit their website here. Cosponsored by the University of Wisconsin Law School and Marquette University 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.  Click here for a list of law schools that are registered for this year’s event.

Join OIIR every weekday for a noontime discussion, and learn something new. Featuring speakers, panels, and resources at the University of Illinois, all lunches introduce you to the cultures, histories, and societal issues that the diverse communities of our campus face. Programs take place from noon to 1 pm. Lunches are paid for in part by the Student Cultural Programming Fee. For their spring schedule, click here.

OIIR is also hosting a Diversity and Leadership Summit this Sunday February 19th. The Summit will be held in the SDRP Multipurpose Rooms. Join students from across campus and our guest facilitators for this leadership-altering workshop. This training will help participants:

  • Build Connections
  • Develop New Skills
  • Cultivate Passion
  • Create Social Change
  • Explore Identity
  • Lead Consciously

This training is free to Illinois students. Lunch and snacks are included. Register @ http://leadership.illinois.edu. (Click on the Login button and select Diversity & Leadership Summit in the Workshops link). For more information contact SJLEOA@housing.illinois.edu.

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