Fall 2014: Important Dates and Deadlines

Below is an abbreviated list of dates, deadlines and events for Fall 2014 that may be of interest to pre-law students. These dates do not include all PLAS programs.Visit our online Event Calendar to view all upcoming workshops at http://illinois.edu/calendar/list/2508

Date                             Event                                                        

September 3               Study Abroad Fair, 11am-2pm, Illini Union Room C & South Lounge   www.studyabroad.illinois.edu

September 8               Deadline to add a semester course

September 9               Illinois in Washington Info Session, 6-7pm, 119 David Kinley Hall

www.washington.illinois.edu

September 17              Law School Fair, 10am-2pm, Illini Union Rooms A, B & C

 We’re kicking Fall off with the biggest pre-law event of the year! Join us as over 100 law schools visit campus to meet with all interested pre-law students. Visit with law school representatives and find out all about their schools. Discover new schools and scholarship opportunities! Pick up some fun freebies and application fee waivers! No registration necessary. This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Business casual dress is recommended. For more information on the fair–including who is coming, what to bring, and what to expect–please visit our website at http://www.prelaw.illinois.edu/law-school-fair. See you at the fair!

September 22              First Pre-Law 101 Workshop

Visit our online calendar, http://illinois.edu/calendar/list/2508to view all workshops and to register

September 27              LSAT

September 29              First Personal Statement & Resume Workshop

Visit our online calendar, http://illinois.edu/calendar/list/2508to view all workshops and to register

October 1                   Mock Admissions with Drexel Law School Dean DiSciullo

October 7                   Pre-Law 101 Workshop

October 13                 Applying to Law School Workshop

October 16                 Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume for Law School

October 18                 Deadline to drop a semester class or to elect credit/no credit

October 27                 Pre-Law 101

November 1 -15         Early Decision Applications due

This is also a good target date to complete your law school applications.

November 4               Deadline to Register for December 6th LSAT

Register online at www.lsac.org

We will be adding events for November, including more presentations by law schools, so keep checking in!

 

 

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Mark Your Calendars – Week of August 25

Happy First Day of Classes!  Here is a list of this week’s events.

Campus Events

Minority Association for Future Attorneys: On Tuesday, August 26th, 2014, at 6 p.m. in Noyes Lab 163, the Minority Association for Future Attorneys will have their first meeting of the 2014-2015 school year.

National Center for Supercomputing Students Pushing Innovation (NCSA SPIN) Program Internships — Open House Thursday, August 28

The University of Illinois’ National Center for Supercomputing (NCSA) is looking for highly motivated, creative Illinois undergraduate students to participate in hands-on research fellowships during the 2014-2015 academic year. The NCSA SPIN (Students Pushing Innovation) program offers paid internships to Illinois students who can contribute to challenging projects alongside the center’s expert staff, or who would like to pursue their own innovative projects with support from NCSA colleagues and mentors.

To learn more about SPIN and collaborative opportunities at NCSA, attend the SPIN Open House from 3-5 p.m. Thursday Aug. 28 in the first floor atrium of the NCSA Building (1205 W. Clark St., Urbana). Then formulate a project or define an area of exploration and submit your proposal by Sept. 4.

For more information, go to http://spin.ncsa.illinois.edu/ or contact spin@ncsa.illinois.edu.

Luce Scholars Program — Information Sessions August 28 and 29

The National and International Scholarships Program (NISP) is offering a two-day informational event about the Luce Scholars Program.  The Luce is a one-year internship in East or Southeast-Asia, and designed specifically for students who do not have much prior experience in that region.  Starting August 28th, NISP will offer an informational overview session, featuring an informal discussion with a previous Luce Scholars. On August 29th, NISP will host a workshop designed to help students begin to craft their personal statements.

The dates and times are as follows. All events will be held in 514 IUB.

August 28th, 3:30-4:30pm – Informational session and discussion with former Luce Scholars.

August 29th 3:30-4:30pm – Workshop on how to craft a Personal Statement.

More information about the Luce can be found here: http://www.topscholars.illinois.edu/luce.

Illinois Trial Team: Information Sessions August 27 and 28th

Thinking about law school and intrigued by the idea of being a trial attorney? Then this opportunity might be just what you are looking for! The Illinois Trial Team allows undergrads to prepare and perform real trials in real courtrooms in front of real judges and attorneys. This organization serves as a combination for those interested in going to law school, those interested in debate, those interested in theater, and those interested in speech team. No experience is necessary, and all majors are welcome. The team recruits new members each Fall!  The team will be holding informational meetings on Wednesday August 27th and Thursday August 28th at 6:30pm at the UIUC College of Law (504 E. Pennsylvania Avenue). For more information, go to www.IllinoisTrialTeam.com; Facebook: “Illinois Trial Team”; Twitter:@ILTrialTeam.  Questions? Send your emails to Illinoistrialteam@gmail.com.

Conflict Resolution Training Program — Applications Due September 1

Mediation Services in the Office for Student Conflict Resolution is currently accepting Fall 2014 applications for the Conflict Resolution Training Program, and this year we are offering an additional two-day advanced training opportunity for students in the class!

The program introduces the participants to mediation and other alternative conflict resolution concepts and is focused on developing conflict resolution skills to help them address conflict they may encounter in the future. It can be particularly helpful to students in leadership positions! Practice scenarios include a variety of situations, including roommate, personal, organizational, and work conflict. Students who complete this program will receive a certificate of completion and gain a skill to share on their resume.

Applications are being accepted now and must be in by September 1, 2014 at 1 p.m. for full consideration. Apply online now! Visit http://www.conflictresolution.illinois.edu/crt/default.asp for the application and for more information.

Sessions will be on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. from September 9 to November 4, 2014. The advanced training will be offered on November 11 and November 18.

Career Center

Unless otherwise indicated, Career Center events will be held at 715 S. Wright Street.

Finding An Internship: Wednesday, August 27, 5-6pm

Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters: Thursday, August 28, 4-5pm

For more information and to register for these workshops, go here: https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/.

 

Other Events

Michigan State University College of Law Webinar: Tips for Assembling a Competitive Law School Application, Wednesday, August 27, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This webinar will offer a wide-ranging series of recommendations for individuals who plan to applying for fall 2015 admission, as well as for college freshmen and sophomores who are giving thought to law school. Topics to be covered in this webinar include:

  • Recommendations for when to apply and where to apply for admission
  • Suggestions for writing an effective personal statement and securing letters of recommendation
  • How to tailor your resume for law school admission committees
  • Tips for what to include in a supplemental statement(s)
  • Factors relied upon by admission committees

Following presenters’ remarks will be a 10-minute Q and A segment during which participants will be able to ask questions via the chat function.

For more information and to register, go here: http://www.law.msu.edu/admissions/webinars/Tips-Competitive-application.html.

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Welcome Back Edition!

Welcome Class of 2018 and Welcome Back Pre-Law Students!

Hello students!  Our first blog posting of the 2014-2015 school year features a quick overview of a few events happening on campus in the next week and a brief update on PLAS.  We will resume our regular blogging schedule next week.  Our postings will include updates on PLAS programs, campus events, internships, and information on a variety of pre-law topics and items of interest so keep checking in!!

Upcoming Campus Events

Quad Day Events: Sunday, August 24!

The semester kicks off this weekend with Quad Day, Sunday, August 24, Noon-4pm.  Quad Day will introduce you to over 500 registered student organizations (RSOs)! Go and learn more about how you can make the most of your time at the University of Illinois and join an organization! Remember — law schools like to see applicants who are both good students and who are involved in their community.  Note: the Illinois Trial Team is one RSO that will have a booth to answer questions and to sign up interested students.  Scroll down for more information about the Illinois Trial Team.

Also on Quad Day….The Career Center will be hosting its annual Quad Day Open House on Sunday, Aug. 24 from 1-3 p.m. Students are encouraged to stop by and learn about Career Center programming and services for the fall semester. The Career Center will be offering ice cream, prizes and a chance to win will an iPad Mini!  The Career Center is located at 715 S. Wright Street, next to Cocomero.

After you have visited the Quad and the Career Center, head to Nevada Street to experience the Taste of Nevada, starting at 4pm after the Quad events are over. The Taste will feature food samples and live cultural music and dancing.  This is a great opportunity to enjoy the music, grab a bite to eat and learn about programs offered at UIUC cultural centers and other departments.

National Center for Supercomputing Students Pushing Innovation (NCSA SPIN) Program Internships — Open House Thursday, August 28

The University of Illinois’ National Center for Supercomputing (NCSA) is looking for highly motivated, creative Illinois undergraduate students to participate in hands-on research fellowships during the 2014-2015 academic year. The NCSA SPIN (Students Pushing Innovation) program offers paid internships to Illinois students who can contribute to challenging projects alongside the center’s expert staff, or who would like to pursue their own innovative projects with support from NCSA colleagues and mentors.

To learn more about SPIN and collaborative opportunities at NCSA, attend the SPIN Open House from 3-5 p.m. Thursday Aug. 28 in the first floor atrium of the NCSA Building (1205 W. Clark St., Urbana). Then formulate a project or define an area of exploration and submit your proposal by Sept. 4.

For more information, go to http://spin.ncsa.illinois.edu/ or contact spin@ncsa.illinois.edu.

Luce Scholars Program — Information Sessions August 28 and 29

The National and International Scholarships Program (NISP) is offering a two-day informational event about the Luce Scholars Program.  The Luce is a one-year internship in East or Southeast-Asia, and designed specifically for students who do not have much prior experience in that region.  Starting August 28th, NISP will offer an informational overview session, featuring an informal discussion with a previous Luce Scholars. On August 29th, NISP will host a workshop designed to help students begin to craft their personal statements.

The dates and times are as follows. All events will be held in 514 IUB.

August 28th, 3:30-4:30pm – Informational session and discussion with former Luce Scholars.

August 29th 3:30-4:30pm – Workshop on how to craft a Personal Statement.

More information about the Luce can be found here: http://www.topscholars.illinois.edu/luce.

Illinois Trial Team

Thinking about law school and intrigued by the idea of being a trial attorney? Then this opportunity might be just what you are looking for! The Illinois Trial Team allows undergrads to prepare and perform real trials in real courtrooms in front of real judges and attorneys. This organization serves as a combination for those interested in going to law school, those interested in debate, those interested in theater, and those interested in speech team. No experience is necessary, and all majors are welcome. The team recruits new members each Fall! Prospective members should make sure to visit the Illinois Trial Team’s booth on Quad Day, Sunday, August 24! In addition, the team will be holding informational meetings on Wednesday August 27th and Thursday August 28th at 6:30pm at the UIUC College of Law (504 E. Pennsylvania Avenue). For more information, go to www.IllinoisTrialTeam.com; Facebook: “Illinois Trial Team”; Twitter:@ILTrialTeam.  Questions? Send your emails to Illinoistrialteam@gmail.com.

Conflict Resolution Training Program — Applications Due September 1

Mediation Services in the Office for Student Conflict Resolution is currently accepting Fall 2014 applications for the Conflict Resolution Training Program, and this year we are offering an additional two-day advanced training opportunity for students in the class!

The program introduces the participants to mediation and other alternative conflict resolution concepts and is focused on developing conflict resolution skills to help them address conflict they may encounter in the future. It can be particularly helpful to students in leadership positions! Practice scenarios include a variety of situations, including roommate, personal, organizational, and work conflict. Students who complete this program will receive a certificate of completion and gain a skill to share on their resume.

Applications are being accepted now and must be in by September 1, 2014 at 1 p.m. for full consideration. Apply online now! Visit http://www.conflictresolution.illinois.edu/crt/default.asp for the application and for more information.

Sessions will be on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. from September 9 to November 4, 2014. The advanced training will be offered on November 11 and November 18.

 PLAS Updates for Fall 2014

1. What’s going on at PLAS? All of our events are listed in our Event Calendar here: http://illinois.edu/calendar/list/2508.  You may also look at the right side of this page for info on events coming up in the next few weeks. Note that some of our workshops have limited seating, like the Pre-Law 101 sessions, so you’ll want to register for those in advance. We will add a few programs as the semester progresses.  Be sure to check our blog next week  for an overview of the semester’s events!

2. Attend a Pre-Law 101 Workshop. If you are a new pre-law student you’ll definitely want to attend a Pre-Law 101 Workshop, which will answer most of your questions about what it means to be pre-law and how you can maximize your opportunities as an undergrad. These sessions are all listed in our Event Calendar and you can register there.

3. How do we keep in touch? Blog, Facebook group, Twitter, email
The best way to keep up with pre-law news is to read this blog and join our Facebook group or follow us on Twitter (UIUC Pre-Law). We send occasional emails but we don’t want to clog your inbox…so instead, we update this blog, Twitter and our Facebook page at least once a week.

4. Making an appointment….is easy. Call 333-9669. Except please, if you’re sick, stay home in your jammies! You can call us at the appointment time if you really need to talk. Otherwise, please reschedule.

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Take a tour of our new website!

What’s that–what did we do this summer? We’re glad you asked! We just did a little project called an entire website redesign. If you’ve ever designed a website, then you know how happy we are that it’s over that we have a new, fresh look to share!

Our 5 Favorite New Parts of Our Website www.prelaw.illinois.edu

1. “EVENTS” are now centrally located as the FIRST item on the site! Go here to see all of our fall workshops and events.

2. We’ve added a link to our ALL NEW Pre-Law Compass page just for Illinois students! There you will find even more handouts, links to videos, and other goodies that were too big to fit on our website.

3. Links to all of our SOCIAL MEDIA are easy to find on the left navigation bar of each page on our website.

4. We’ve expanded our RESOURCES to include lots of new, updated links to explore.

5. We’ve added our new 2013 Applicant Data to show where UIUC grads who applied to law school last year were accepted. We’ve also included profiles of successful applicants to give you an idea of where you stand.

 

 

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Summer/Fall Course Updates!

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pre-Law Advising Staff Changes

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

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

We wanted to share a farewell note from Donna:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLAS Events and Opportunities

Applying to Law School Worshop for Fall 2014 Applicants

TODAY, 4-5PM, 1022 LINCOLN HALL

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

Personal Statement and Resume Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Attention Seniors: Paralegal Job Opportunity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other Campus Events and Opportunities

The Career Center

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

Successful Interviewing: Tuesday, April 15, 4pm

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

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

Internship Essentials: Monday, April 21, 4pm

 

Attention Students Interested in Undergraduate Research at UIUC! 

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

Writer’s Workshop — Personal Statement Workshops

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

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

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

Other Pre-Law Opportunities

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

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

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

REGISTER NOW

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

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

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

REGISTER NOW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 For more information about ENG 451, visit

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

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