All About Law School Interviews

Here’s everything you need to know about law school interviews–what they are, how to prepare for them, and what to expect. Note: Registration is already open for many law school interviews!

What is the purpose of the interview? In addition to admission, law schools might use the interview to screen candidates for scholarships, research opportunities, or special programs such as law school ambassadors. It is definitely worth an applicant’s time and effort to take the interview seriously.

Know what kind of interviews your law schools offer

  • Research your law schools’ websites to see whether and what format of interview is offered. We posted a list of known interview types by school over on our Compass page.
  • First come, first served interviews–Some law schools like Northwestern offer interview slots to all applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. (To schedule an interview visit their interview calendar here. Hurry, because they will fill fast. Note that IF you are applying Early Decision then you must interview and it must be complete by the ED deadline.)
  • Group interviews–Some schools like Georgetown will offer group interviews in selected cities. Visit their website here for details and to register.
  • By invitation only–some law schools like University of Chicago choose to interview applicants after applications are submitted and by invitation only.
  • Recorded interviews. Some law schools are now offering applicants the opportunity to record an interview. Usually this is how it works: You are given a prompt, and then 2-3 minutes to think about that prompt. Then the webcam records you for a few minutes while you give your answer to the prompt.
    • TIP: Make sure that you look professional and are in a quiet place without interruptions. Also, take a picture with your webcam before the interview so that you can see what’s behind you…you may be surprised to see that pile of laundry or unmade bed in the background.

Preparing for the interview

  • Do your research. You should expect them to ask you “Why this law school?” and they will want to hear specific answers. Take a careful look at the school’s website, employment data, and social media.
    • Do be prepared with specific talking points about the school that interest you: A particular journal, clinic, moot court, externship, or certificate program is a good example.
    • Avoid general platitudes like “you have a national reputation” or “you’re the best ranked school I can get into.” They want to see that your interest goes beyond their ranking.
  • Carefully review your resume and be prepared to discuss anything on it.
  • Many schools will also ask something like “What are your career goals?” or “Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?,” or even “Why do you want to be a lawyer?” and you should be prepared to discuss your career interests.
  • Decide how you will address the inevitable “What are your strengths and weaknesses” question.
  • Behavioral interviewing. This mode of interviewing will ask you to “Tell me about a time when…” For example, you’ll be asked to tell about a time when you resolved a conflict, managed a team project, made a mistake, or made a big decision.
  • Practice. Sign up for a mock interview with Career Services, or have a lawyer/professor/trusted person sit down with you and ask you mock questions. Think carefully about what you want to say, and how you can best convey it.

At the interview

  • Make eye contact, introduce yourself, and shake hands. (You would be surprised how many people skip this. Seriously.)
  • DO NOT BE LATE under any circumstances. The biggest sign of disrespect to lawyers is wasting their time. Allow yourself plenty of time for parking/traffic/restroom. If you absolutely cannot avoid being late, call the office to let them know.
  • Dress up. This is not a business-casual situation; business formal is best.
  • Engage in small talk. How’s the weather, what a lovely office/view, how is your semester going, etc., is not only socially necessary but also gives the interviewer an idea of how good you are at making people feel comfortable talking with you–a critical skill to be a successful lawyer. This might even be part of the interview itself.
  • Bring questions for the interviewer.  Most interviewers will ask if you have any questions for them. Use the opportunity. Some examples might include:
    • What are the most important qualities in a Law School X student?
    • How would you describe the student body/atmosphere here?
    • What challenges do you see current law students facing?
    • What’s the best advice you have for an aspiring law student?
  • Thank the interviewer for their time. Reiterate your interest.

After the interview

  • Follow up with an email thanking the interviewer for their time.
  • Include something specific that you learned or enjoyed about the interview. Examples:
    • Thank you for your advice about _______________; I found that very insightful.
    • It was so interesting to hear your perspective on the unique qualities of this school.
    • I appreciate your candid advice for prospective law students.
  • Take the opportunity–again–to reiterate your interest in the school.
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Mark Your Calendars: Week of September 17

We have some BIG events coming up! Take a look.

Pre-Law Events–Our Fall Event Calendar is posted! Here’s a preview of what’s coming up.

Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume for Law School–TODAY, Monday, Sept.17, 4-5pm, 514 IUB. The personal statement is one of the most difficult yet powerful elements of the law school application. Join us for this workshop, which will cover what the personal statement is, how to prepare for writing it, and some tips and suggestions for making it reflect an applicant’s strengths. We will also discuss how the personal statement and resume can complement each other to create a stronger law school application. 

Law School Admissions Panel–Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7:00 pm in 1002 Lincoln Hall. Are you wondering what law school admissions professionals really look for in an applicant? How do they weigh LSAT scores, grades, or work experience? What gets their attention–and what would make them deny someone? Join us for this expert law school admissions panel to discover this and more. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions. This is a must-see event for anyone considering applying to law school!

Panelists include admissions deans and professionals from the following schools:

  • Columbia Law School
  • Indiana University–Maurer School of Law
  • Northern Illinois University College of Law
  • University of Illinois College of Law
  • University of Wisconsin Law School

Law School Fair–Wednesday, Sept. 26, 10:00 am-2:00 pm at the ARC (201 E. Peabody Drive) It’s the biggest pre-law event of the year as 110 law schools visit campus to meet all who are interested in applying to law school. Learn about law schools, scholarships, and the application process while meeting the people who will be reading your law school applications. Application fee waivers and other freebies will be available. Stop by or stay the whole time! This event is free and open to the public. For more information click here to visit our website. No registration required.

Emory Law Interviews–Wednesday, Sept. 26, 3:00-5:00 pm, 504 Illini Union Bookstore Building. These are not formal interviews, but an opportunity for you to learn more about the programs offered at Emory Law, to discuss the law school admissions process in general, and to get all of your questions answered.  If you would like to schedule an appointment, sign up for a time slot here: Emory Law Sign Up. Please be sure to bring a copy of your resume during your time slot. Click here to learn more about Emory Law. 

Law School Events–Pre-Law students are invited!

Constitution Day 2018–TODAY, Sept. 17, at 7 pm in Lincoln Hall. Tolerance Means Dialogue: Religious Liberty and the Culture War over LGBT Rights: Can University Students Make a Difference? This moderated dialogue is open to the public. Click here for more details.

The Kavanaugh Nomination and the Future of the Supreme Court–Sept. 18, 12:00-1:15 pm in the Law Building Max L. Rowe Auditorium. Panelists include Dean Vikram Amar, Andrew Leipold, Jason Mazzone, and Arden Rowell. Click here for more details.

Career Center EventsClick here to visit the Career Center’s website for more information or to register for these sessions.

  • Finding & Applying to Federal Government Jobs–Sept. 17, 3-4 pm, TCC Conference Room
  • Finding an Internship–Sept. 18, 5-6 pm, TCC Conference Room
  • Resume/Cover Letter/Linked In Reviews
    • Sept. 17, 2-4:30 pm TCC Resource Center; 5-7:30pm Ikenberry Commons
    • Sept. 18, 2-4:30pm TCC Resource Center; 5-7:30pm BrewLab Coffee Shop
    • Sept 19, 2-4:30pm TCC Resource Center; 5-7:30pm BrewLab Coffee Shop
    • Sept. 20, 2-4:30pm TCC Resource Center
  • Creating Your Powerful Cover Letter
    • Sept. 17, 4-5pm, TCC Conference Room
  • Creating Your Powerful Resume
    • Sept. 17, 5-6 pm, TCC Conference Room
  • Making Your Major Decision–Sept. 19, 3-4 pm, TCC Conference Room
  • Careers Seen on TV–Sept. 19 from 12-1 pm, TCC Interview Suite Room 213. Enjoy lunch and hear from professionals in law, film, HR, and more! Panelists include: Elly Peirson, Federal Prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney at United States Attorneys Office Ronda Holliman, Associate Judge, 6th Judicial Court, U.S. Department of Justice Jessica Embleton, Talent Acquisition Partner, Carle Human Resources Lisa Rogers, Talent Acquisition Partner, Carle Human Resources Ryan Reid, Director of Sports & Special Events/Director of Champaign County Film Office, Visit Champaign County

Scholarships

THE ILLINOIS CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS: Application Deadline October 13!

Diverse and welcoming, The Illinois Club draws its membership from all areas of the University as well as the surrounding community. Since 1915, The Illinois Club has provided financial support to worthy undergraduate students. This year, we will be giving out the following scholarships:

  • Make-A-Difference Awards of $3,000
  • A Global Focus Award of $3,000
  • A Humanities Award of $3,000
  • Isabelle Purnell Education Awards of $3,000 • The Judith Life Ikenberry Fine Arts Award of $5,500

General Eligibility: You must be an undergraduate, have earned at least 60 credit hours by the beginning of the Spring 2019 semester, and graduate no earlier than December 2019 to apply. A minimum GPA of 2.75 at both the time of application and winning of award is also required.

For more information about the individual awards, go to http://go.illinois.edu/TICScholarship.

Interested in more scholarships? PLAS has collected information on over 200 scholarships–for both undergrads and incoming law students–on our Scholarships Spreadsheet over on our Pre-Law Compass page. It’s a wide variety of scholarships based on everything from being left-handed to making a video to tweeting, and deadlines vary, so check it out!

Internships

David F. Prindable Undergraduate PAID Internship at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH): Communications and Undergraduate Outreach: Applications DUE Friday, September 28!

Undergraduate majors in humanities disciplines are invited to apply for a paid internship in communications and undergraduate outreach at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH), the campus humanities hub. The successful candidate will assist IPRH with its communications strategy, particularly its email communications and social-media presence, in addition to serving as a IPRH’s undergraduate liaison and chief strategist on undergraduate engagement. This position is funded thanks to a generous gift from David F. Prindable.

To be considered for this internship, candidates must possess strong writing and communications skills, excellent attention to detail, the ability to work independently, and an investigative mind. A broad interest in the humanities is preferred.

The position commences October 15, 2018 and ends May 15, 2019. The Prindable intern will work approximately two to three hours per week, for 24 weeks, at the rate of $15.75 per hour (up to $1,000 per year). There is flexibility regarding the hours to be worked.

To apply, please email a one-page letter of interest, a resume, and a list of three references (academic or non-academic, so long as they can speak to your skills and work ethic; at least one referee should be able to comment on your writing skills) to iprh@illinois.edu by September 28 with “Prindable Internship” in the subject line. Letters may be addressed and questions directed to IPRH Deputy Director, Nancy Castro (ncastro@illinois.edu).

The Office of Undergraduate Research is Hiring a PAID Graphic Design Intern

Graphic Design Intern: The Illinois Office of Undergraduate Research is seeking a motivated and experienced undergraduate student to assist with creating innovative and visually impactful graphics for the office. The graphic design intern will be expected to work from 5 – 10 hours per week (workstation and required software will be provided). This is a PAID internship at $12/hour. Federal Work Study designation is required.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist with layout, design, and production of flyers, digital/web graphics, office brochures, and other print/digital resources, consistent with current office branding.
  • Assist with converting digital assets to web-ready formats.
  • Assist with other projects as needed.

For a full description of the position, including the required experiences and qualifications and information on how to apply, please visit: http://go.illinois.edu/OURintern

 

Interested in other internships? It’s NOT too early to start looking for spring/summer internships today! We post internships on our blog and our Facebook page. Check out this blog post for a plan on how to start finding spring and summer internships this fall.

Pre-Law Resources

Now is a great time to check out–or join–all of our pre-law resources! Click the links to explore. You can also search this blog for posts about the LSAT, law school applications, resumes, internships, and more!

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Facebook

Twitter

Compass page

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Top 6 Ways to Get Law School Application Fee Waivers

Law school applications are now open, which means that application season has officially begun! Those of you who are applying to law school now are finding out how expensive law school applications can be. Each school has an application fee and each school must receive a Law School Report ($45 each), which adds up fast.

Here are our Top 6 tips for getting application fee waivers.

  1. Apply for an LSAC fee waiver. The best fee waiver is directly through the Law School Admission Council. This fee waiver will waive the fees for two LSAT exams, your Credential Assembly Service fee, and four Law School Reports. In addition, most law schools will waive your application fee too if you received an LSAC fee waiver. You can apply for an LSAC fee waiver and find out more information here.
  2. Attend the Law Fair. If you are not eligible for an LSAC waiver, there are other ways to reduce your costs. First, come to the Law Fair on Wednesday,September 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC). Over 100 law schools will be sending representatives to talk with interested students about their programs and their application process. Many schools at the fair will be giving out fee waivers! (Tip: Make sure you sign in at the law school tables. Many schools will email you a fee waiver afterward.) Click here for more details about the Law Fair, like which law schools are attending.
  3. Register for the Candidate Referral Service (CRS) in your LSAC account. This is basically a survey that asks you lots of questions about yourself–your background, interests, grades, etc.–and then “matches” you with law schools that are looking for students like you. Many law schools use the CRS to offer fee waivers, so it is worth your time to complete the CRS survey here.
  4. Directly inquire with your preferred law schools. Send a polite email to their admissions office asking whether they have a fee waiver program, and how you can apply. Some schools will simply respond with a waiver; other schools will have certain parameters (like GPA or financial need) to meet before waiving your fee. Take 10 minutes to craft a friendly form email and send it to all of the schools you’re applying to–it’s an easy way to collect a few fee waivers. It’s well worth your time.
  5. Attend law school visit or open house days. Sometimes when a school sees that you’ve made the effort to visit, they will reward you with a fee waiver.
  6. Join the Pre-Law Facebook Group. Sometimes law schools send our office fee waivers, and we always post them to our FB group on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to join!
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Mark Your Calendars – Week of September 10

September is a big month for pre-law students–scroll through to see why.

Pre-Law Events

Our Fall Event Calendar is posted! Here’s a preview of what’s coming up.

Pre-Law 101 – TODAY, Monday, September 10, 4-5pm 514 IUB

This workshop is designed for incoming students who are new to pre-law or are interested in learning more about it.

We will cover: What it means to be pre-law at Illinois, course selection, majors, and extracurriculars, building a pre-law resume, and what law schools are really looking for. We will outline a four year plan to maximize your undergraduate experiences in order to make a great law school candidate. We’ll also take any questions about law school and legal careers.

Each Pre-Law 101 session is the same, so pick the one that best suits your schedule. Incoming freshmen should attend a Pre-Law 101 prior to setting up an individual pre-law advising appointment. Registration is closed by we have a few empty spots available on a first come, first served basis.

Letter of Recommendation Webinar – THIS Friday, September 14, 2-3pm

This is part of our Applying to Law School webinar series for Illinois students and alumni. During this webinar, we will discuss:

  • How many letters of recommendation law school applications require
  • Who to ask for recommendations
  • How to approach your request
  • Timelines for getting recommendations
  • How to input your recommenders in your Credential Assembly Service account

Bring your questions! Register for this webinar by September 13 at this link. Webinar link and handouts will be sent to registrants before the session.

Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume for Law School–Tuesday, Sept.17, 4-5pm, 514 IUB

The personal statement is one of the most difficult yet powerful elements of the law school application. Join us for this workshop, which will cover what the personal statement is, how to prepare for writing it, and some tips and suggestions for making it reflect an applicant’s strengths. We will also discuss how the personal statement and resume can complement each other to create a stronger law school application. Each session is the same, so select the one that best suits your schedule. Register here for this session.

Law School Admissions Panel–Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7:00 pm in 1002 Lincoln Hall. Are you wondering what law school admissions professionals really look for in an applicant? How do they weigh LSAT scores, grades, or work experience? What gets their attention–and what would make them deny someone? Join us for this expert law school admissions panel to discover this and more. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions. This is a must-see event for anyone considering applying to law school!

Panelists include admissions deans and professionals from the following schools:

  • Columbia Law School
  • Indiana University–Maurer School of Law
  • Northern Illinois University College of Law
  • University of Illinois College of Law
  • University of Wisconsin Law School

Law School Fair–Wednesday, Sept. 26, 10:00 am-2:00 pm at the ARC (201 E. Peabody Drive) It’s the biggest pre-law event of the year as 110 law schools visit campus to meet all who are interested in applying to law school. Learn about law schools, scholarships, and the application process while meeting the people who will be reading your law school applications. Application fee waivers and other freebies will be available. Stop by or stay the whole time! This event is free and open to the public. For more information click here to visit our website. No registration required.

Campus Events

ILLINOIS-IN-WASHINGTON – Information Session Tuesday, September 11, 5-6pm, David Kinley Hall, Room 106

Illinois in Washington (IIW) is an academic internship program open to all U of I undergraduates. Participants live and intern in Washington, DC, while taking U of I classes.  IIW offers an exceptional opportunity to gain rewarding work experience while enjoying the political, intellectual, and cultural experiences than only the nation’s capital can offer.  Student internships have included positions with members of Congress, think tanks, consulting groups, social justice organizations, and government agencies.  Come and join us for an unforgettable semester in one of the most exciting cities in the world.  Our information session will provide a brief overview of the program.  The application deadline for the Spring 2019 term is October 1st.  Application instructions are available at http://www.washington.illinois.edu/apply/information/.

Career Center EventsClick here to visit the Career Center’s website for more information or to register for these sessions.

  • CC-I Information Session, Sept. 10, 4:00 pm, Interview Suite Room 213. The actual deadline for the CC-I application is September 11. 
  • Resume/Cover Letter/Linked In Review
    • Sept. 10, 2-4:30 pm TCC Resource Center; 5-7:30pm Ikenberry Commons
    • Sept. 11, 2-4:30pm TCC Resource Center; 5-7:30pm BrewLab Coffee Shop
    • Sept 12, 2-4:30pm TCC Resource Center; 5-7:30pm BrewLab Coffee Shop
    • Sept. 13, 2-4:30pm TCC Resource Center
    • Sept. 14, 2-4:30 pm TCC Resource Center; 5-7:30pm Ikenberry Commons
    • Sept. 16, 5-7:30pm Ikenberry Commons
  • Creating Your Powerful Cover Letter
    • Sept. 12, 4-5pm, TCC Conference Room
  • Creating Your Powerful Resume
    • Sept. 12, 5-6 pm
  • Translating Your Study Abroad Experience
    • Sept. 11, 5-6pm, Lincoln 1024
    • Sept. 12, 5-6pm, Lincoln 1024
  • Career Fair Prep
    • Sept. 13, 4:00 pm

Pre-Law Honors Society: The Order of Prospective Lawyers

If you have a cumulative GPA of a 3.30/4.00, and have completed 30 hours of campus credit prior to initiation (Sophomore status) you are eligible to apply for membership in the Pre-Law Honors Society.  Click on the link below to access the application and the instructions for how to apply.  Applications are due THIS FRIDAY, September 14, by Midnight! All questions should be directed to prelawhonorssociety@gmail.com.

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THE ILLINOIS CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS: Application Deadline October 13!

Diverse and welcoming, The Illinois Club draws its membership from all areas of the University as well as the surrounding community. Since 1915, The Illinois Club has provided financial support to worthy undergraduate students. This year, we will be giving out the following scholarships:

  • Make-A-Difference Awards of $3,000
  • A Global Focus Award of $3,000
  • A Humanities Award of $3,000
  • Isabelle Purnell Education Awards of $3,000 • The Judith Life Ikenberry Fine Arts Award of $5,500

General Eligibility: You must be an undergraduate, have earned at least 60 credit hours by the beginning of the Spring 2019 semester, and graduate no earlier than December 2019 to apply. A minimum GPA of 2.75 at both the time of application and winning of award is also required.

For more information about the individual awards, go to http://go.illinois.edu/TICScholarship.

Interested in more scholarships? PLAS has collected information on over 200 scholarships–for both undergrads and incoming law students–on our Scholarships Spreadsheet over on our Pre-Law Compass page. It’s a wide variety of scholarships based on everything from being left-handed to making a video to tweeting, and deadlines vary, so check it out!

Internships

David F. Prindable Undergraduate PAID Internship at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH): Communications and Undergraduate Outreach: Applications DUE Friday, September 28!

Undergraduate majors in humanities disciplines are invited to apply for a paid internship in communications and undergraduate outreach at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH), the campus humanities hub. The successful candidate will assist IPRH with its communications strategy, particularly its email communications and social-media presence, in addition to serving as a IPRH’s undergraduate liaison and chief strategist on undergraduate engagement. This position is funded thanks to a generous gift from David F. Prindable.

To be considered for this internship, candidates must possess strong writing and communications skills, excellent attention to detail, the ability to work independently, and an investigative mind. A broad interest in the humanities is preferred.

The position commences October 15, 2018 and ends May 15, 2019. The Prindable intern will work approximately two to three hours per week, for 24 weeks, at the rate of $15.75 per hour (up to $1,000 per year). There is flexibility regarding the hours to be worked.

To apply, please email a one-page letter of interest, a resume, and a list of three references (academic or non-academic, so long as they can speak to your skills and work ethic; at least one referee should be able to comment on your writing skills) to iprh@illinois.edu by September 28 with “Prindable Internship” in the subject line. Letters may be addressed and questions directed to IPRH Deputy Director, Nancy Castro (ncastro@illinois.edu).

The Office of Undergraduate Research is Hiring a PAID Graphic Design Intern

Graphic Design Intern: The Illinois Office of Undergraduate Research is seeking a motivated and experienced undergraduate student to assist with creating innovative and visually impactful graphics for the office. The graphic design intern will be expected to work from 5 – 10 hours per week (workstation and required software will be provided). This is a PAID internship at $12/hour. Federal Work Study designation is required.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist with layout, design, and production of flyers, digital/web graphics, office brochures, and other print/digital resources, consistent with current office branding.
  • Assist with converting digital assets to web-ready formats.
  • Assist with other projects as needed.

For a full description of the position, including the required experiences and qualifications and information on how to apply, please visit: http://go.illinois.edu/OURintern

 

Interested in other internships? It’s NOT too early to start looking for spring/summer internships today! We post internships on our blog and our Facebook page. Check out this blog post for a plan on how to start finding spring and summer internships this fall.

Pre-Law Resources

Now is a great time to check out–or join–all of our pre-law resources! Click the links to explore. You can also search this blog for posts about the LSAT, law school applications, resumes, internships, and more!

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Facebook

Twitter

Compass page

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5 Fall Semester Tips for All Pre-Law Students

  • Get to know your professors.  Go to office hours and participate in class. It’s a great way to learn how to network, a critical life skill. Eventually you’ll need letters of recommendation, and building these relationships now will help you later.
  • Create or update your resume and LinkedIn profile.
    If you already have a resume, update it and take it to the Career Center for a review. If you don’t have a resume yet, now is a great time to draft one. The Career Center offers workshops on creating a resume, or you can find some good templates online.
    Now is also a good time to create or update a Linked In profile. While you’re at it, review your social media and clean it up…ask yourself if you would want employers or law schools to view everything that’s posted.
  • Start looking for spring/summer jobs and internships. It’s not too early! Here’s a blog post that we recently wrote about it with tips and suggestions.
  • Explore study abroad, Illinois in Washington, and/or national and international scholarships such as Fulbright, Luce, or Gilman for next summer or next year. These take time and have early application deadlines.
  • Consider your LSAT options for 2019. If you’re planning to graduate in 2019 and take a gap year or two prior to law school, you might want to go ahead and take the LSAT before you graduate. Alumni tell us all the time how challenging it is to balance full-time jobs (plus commutes, family, and personal time) with studying for the LSAT. The scores are good for 5 years so banking the score prior to graduation may save you some time and stress in the future.
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Mark Your Calendars: Week of September 4

Welcome back from Labor Day weekend! We have lots of September events going on, so take a look!

Join our Pre-Law Listserv to stay connected. It’s easy–here’s how:
1. Log in to https://lists.illinois.edu/
2. In the search box on the left, type “prelaw” and add yourself to the list
prelaw-l@lists.illinois.edu. That’s it!

Pre-Law Events

Our Fall Event Calendar is posted! Here’s a preview of what’s coming up.

Interested in joining the Pre-Law Club? Come to a Pre-Law Club Info Session on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 6 pm in Greg Hall Room 223!

Pre-Law 101 Workshop–Monday, Sept. 10 at 4:00 pm. This workshop is designed for incoming students who are new to pre-law or are interested in learning more about it.We will cover: What it means to be pre-law at Illinois, course selection, majors, and extracurriculars, building a pre-law resume, and what law schools are really looking for. We will outline a four year plan to maximize your undergraduate experiences in order to make a great law school candidate. We’ll also take any questions about law school and legal careers. Register here.

Letters of Recommendation: Part of the Applying to Law School Webinar Series–Friday, Sept. 14, 2-3 pm. Register here.
During this webinar, we will discuss:

  • How many letters of recommendation law school applications require
  • Who to ask for recommendations
  • How to approach your request
  • Timelines for getting recommendations
  • How to input your recommenders in your Credential Assembly Service account

Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume for Law School–Monday, Sept.17, 4-5pm. The personal statement is one of the most difficult yet powerful elements of the law school application. Join us for this workshop, which will cover what the personal statement is, how to prepare for writing it, and some tips and suggestions for making it reflect an applicant’s strengths. We will also discuss how the personal statement and resume can complement each other to create a stronger law school application.  Register here.

Law School Admissions Panel–Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7:00 pm in 1002 Lincoln Hall. Join us for this panel as we hear from experts in law school admissions. What happens after you submit an application? What do they really look for in a candidate? What do they love and hate to see in a personal statement? What can applicants expect during an interview? How can applicants build effective relationships with admissions staff? Get all of your questions answered from this panel of admissions professionals with a vast array of experience.This is a must-see event for anyone considering applying to law school!

Panelists include representatives from the following law schools:

Law School Fair–Wednesday, Sept. 26, 10:00 am-2:00 pm at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC). It’s the biggest pre-law event of the year as 120 law schools visit campus to meet all who are interested in applying to law school. Learn about law schools, scholarships, and the application process while meeting the people who will be reading your law school applications. Application fee waivers and other freebies will be available. Stop by or stay the whole time! This event is free and open to the public. For more information click here to visit our website. No registration required.

Campus Events

Illinois Abroad Day is Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 11-3 all over campus. Click here to explore the six events held that day everywhere from the main Quad to the ACES Library.

Gilman Scholarship Information Sessions will be held  Sept. 6 at 3:30 and Sept. 7 at 2:00 in 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building. This scholarship awards $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduates to pursue summer, semester, or academic year study abroad programs.

Constitution Day 2018–Tolerance Means Dialogue: “Religious Liberty and the Culture War Over LGBT Rights: Can University Students Make a Difference?” Sept. 17 at 7 pm in Lincoln Hall. This event features dialogue catalysts Robin Fretwell Wilson, Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law, University of Illinois, and Director of the Tolerance Means Dialogues, and Shannon Minter, Legal Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Constitution Day Scholarship Opportunity: Submit a 500 word essay here on what tolerance means to you by Sept. 10, 2018 for a chance to win a $750 scholarship.

The School of Information Sciences will be hosting a Fall Open House event on Friday, September 14 from 12-5 pm. Anyone interested in the programs MS in Library and Information Science or MS in Information Management should attend. Click here to register.

Career Center EventsClick here to visit the Career Center’s website for location and more information or to register for these sessions.

Part-Time Job Fair: Sept. 4, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm in Illini Union, Room B. Engage with local and campus employers to find paid part-time opportunities! Visit Handshake for a list of participating employers.

  • CC-I (Career Certificate, International) Information Session, Sept. 4, 4:00 pm
  • Creating Your Powerful Resume
    • Sept. 11, 4:00 pm
    • Sept. 12, 4:00 pm
    • Sept. 13, 5:00
  • Career Fair Prep Workshop, Sept. 6, 4-5 pm
  • Resume/Cover Letter/Linked In Review
    • Sept. 4, 2-4:30 pm and 5-7:30 pm
    • Sept. 5, 2-4:30 pm and 5-7:30 pm
    • Sept. 6 & 7, 2-4:30 pm

Scholarships

We’ve collected 200 scholarships–for both undergrads and incoming law students–on our Scholarships Spreadsheet over on our Pre-Law Compass page. It’s a wide variety of scholarships based on everything from being left-handed to making a video to tweeting, and deadlines vary, so check it out!

Internships

It’s NOT too early to start looking for spring/summer internships today! We post internships on our blog and our Facebook page. Check out this blog post for a plan on how to start finding spring and summer internships this fall.

Pre-Law Resources

Now is a great time to check out–or join–all of our pre-law resources! Click the links to explore. You can also search this blog for posts about the LSAT, law school applications, resumes, internships, and more!

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September LSAT Takers – Day of Test Info and Reminders

The September LSAT is next week! Of course you have been studying diligently and are ready for what is coming on the LSAT. But don’t forget — the LSAC has a list of rules and procedures to follow for the day of the test.  Here are a few reminders and tips to help test day go smoothly.

What must you bring? To be eligible to take the LSAT, you will be required to have with you at the test center the printout of your admission ticket that includes the photo that you uploaded through your LSAC online account. Admission tickets that do not display the required uploaded photo will not be accepted on test day. You must also bring a valid, government issued photo ID and 3-4 sharpened sharpened No. 2 or HB wooden pencils with good erasers. Remember that mechanical pencils are prohibited.

What can’t you bring? The LSAC has a list of LSAT test day prohibited items that includes cellphones, backpacks/handbags, digital watches, fitness tracking devices, headphones, hats, sunglasses, and many others.  NOTE: LSAC has adopted a no-tolerance policy with regard to the use or possession of electronic devices (including cell phones) during the administration of the LSAT.   Consequently, test takers discovered in possession of (or using) any electronic device, will be issued a Violation of Law School Admission Test Center Regulations form and will be dismissed from the test. Such violations will be grounds for score cancellation, and you may be subject to an LSAC investigation. This policy will be enforced from the time test takers arrive at the test center until they leave at the conclusion of the test—including the break. Remember to review the LSAC’s Day of Test reminders to avoid making a critical mistake! http://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/day-of-test.

Test day tips and reminders
In addition to LSAC’s rules, here are some tips and reminders to help your test day go smoothly!

  1. Get several nights of good sleep. It’s normal to be anxious the night before, and having a few good nights of sleep before test day will help.
  2. Eat breakfast and bring a snack and drink even if you don’t think you’ll need it. The test is long, and your brain will want that fuel.
  3. Make sure you print out your test ticket, locate your government ID, get some non-mechanical pencils, and pack your plastic bag of allowed test items the night before.
  4. Scope out the location before test day. Drive there or take your public transportation route if you can. This way you will know where to find parking or you can estimate how long it will take to walk from a train station.
  5. Figure out what you’ll do with your backpack, handbag, and your cell phone because you cannot bring these items in with you.
  6. Dress comfortably, and in layers. Your test site may be warm or cold, and you want to limit distractions as much as possible. (Note that test takers are not allowed to wear hoods, except as religious apparel.)
  7. ARRIVE EARLY. Give yourself plenty of time to check in, use the restroom, and get settled before the test begins. Test sites do not allow late arrivals.
  8. Expect some distractions…no test site will be perfectly silent. Practice bringing your attention back to your exam after each distraction. (Law school exams and the bar exam contain plenty of distractions too, so this will be a constant.)

For more info on LSAT options, including cancelling your score after the LSAT or retaking, check out this post from earlier this summer.

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A Spring/Summer 2019 Internship Plan–starting NOW!

We’ve barely kicked off fall semester and it’s time to look for 2019 summer internships? In a word…yes.

The number one mistake we see time and time again is this: Students waiting until spring break to look for summer internships. They can’t find any, or deadlines have passed on the ones they have found.

Certainly there are some companies and programs that will do their summer hiring in late spring. BUT if you wait until spring, you will be giving up MANY opportunities to participate in great internships. Some companies and government agencies plan far in advance and already have a summer hiring plan. For example, the White House Internship Program has already finished taking applicants for Spring 2019.  Many federal internships will only accept the first 100 applications–so you need to be ready to apply ASAP when it opens! What is a good plan?

Spring/Summer 2019 Internship plan

  1. Subscribe to internship websites. You can set them to email you a weekly digest, or just email you when the kinds of internships that you designate become available. Some suggested sites are listed below.
  2. Use Handshake. The Career Center uses Handshake to post jobs and internships for Illinois students and alumni. Click on the link below, log in, set up your profile, explore, and set it to contact you when internships you qualify for become available. Check back regularly.
  3. Attend Career Fairs. Did you know that most campus career fairs, like the Business Career Fair and the ACES + LAS Career Fair, are open to all students? And, many of those employers will have both job and internships available.  You can find a list of all campus career fairs on Handshake.
  4. Create or perfect your resume. The Career Center has numerous opportunities to have your resume reviewed–or attend a resume basics workshop–every week. Click here to see their events. You’ll need a resume for the rest of your life, so the sooner you start building these skills, the better! Aim to have a good quality resume by mid-September to avoid delay applying for the internships or scholarships that you find.
  5. Gcal or Ical it. NOW–right now–go to your Gcal, ical, or good old fashioned planner, and schedule an hour every other week (or every week, if you’re very ambitious) for Internships.(Use this time to check internship listings and prepare your applications.) When you find an internship listing, add that due date to your Gcal/ical/planner too. Finding and applying for internships and jobs is not done in an afternoon–it really helps to be organized and persistent.

What internship websites should you use? Here are the Top 5 Internship Sites that we have found to be helpful.

Handshake–Here is where companies post their opportunities for Illinois students. You can also find out about upcoming company info sessions and career/internship fairs.

Internships.com–Continuously updated nationwide internship listings

Idealist.com–Nonprofit internship offerings

Fastweb–Extensive internship listings (click on “Career Planning”)

USAJobs.gov–for federal government jobs and internships. Tip: The website gogovernment.org has a nice overview explaining how to get started and what to look for.

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome Back Pre-Law Students – Fall of 2018

Welcome Class of 2022 and Welcome Back Pre-Law Students!

Hello students!  Our first blog post of the 2018-2019 school year features an overview of many of the events happening on campus in the next week. We have also included a brief update on Pre-Law Advising Services (PLAS), including information about our FREE practice LSAT being offered on Friday, October 5, as well as our first Pre-Law 101 Workshop set for Monday, September 10, 4-5pm.  Scroll down for more on that.  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

Welcome Days/Welcome Week 2018 — August 25 – September 1, 2018

Quad Day: Sunday, August 26

The fall semester kicks off this weekend with Quad Day, Sunday, August 26, Noon-4pm! Come out for a day of learning about any and every Registered Student Organization on the Illinois campus. Campus offices and local organizations will also be lining the Main Quad for you to get a taste of how diverse the university is and what it has to offer. The Illini Union vendors will be there, along with the Rec Room, so you can see what we are all about! Special performances by the Marching Illini and other RSOs will take place. With over 600 RSOs present, you are bound to find something you are interested in. Remember — law schools like to see applicants who are both good students and who are involved in their community.

And speaking of RSOs… Are you interested in joining the soon to be launched Pre-Law Club?  Keep checking the blog for information about the planned September organizational meeting!

For more info about Quad Day and other Welcome Week Events, check out the Illini Union webpage: https://union.illinois.edu/see-and-do/events/welcomeweek

 

Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations

Wake Up Call – Saturday, August 25, 4–6 pm
Foellinger Auditorium
Sponsored by the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center

Women’s Resources Center Open House | Aug 27, 2018   4:30 – 6:30 pm  

Check out the Women’s Resources Center and meet the staff while playing games and sipping “mocktails”! Join us in celebrating the beginning of a new year. The Women’s Resources Center is located at 616 E Green St, Suite 202 in Champaign. The front door is located next to the McDonalds on Green St. The office is on the second floor.

Any questions or requests for accommodation can be sent to Sylwia Dutka at dutka2@illinois.edu

Paleta Social – Monday August 27th, 5:30–8:30pm
La Casa Cultural Latina, 1203 W. Nevada St., Urbana

After the first day of classes, La Casa holds a social for new students to come and meet other new and returning students, while returning students can catch up with fellow classmates, all while enjoying a paleta/ice cream. It is also an introduction of La Casa to new students in an informal manner.

LGBT Resource Center Welcome Back Event – Tuesday August 28th, 4:00–6:00pm
Illini Union 314

Celebrate the start of a new year with food, music, and opportunities to meet LGBT Resource Center staff, LGBT RSOs, campus partners, and more! Come find out how to get involved with and stay connected to LGBTQ life at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign! All students, staff, faculty, and community members including partners are invited.

Asiantation – Tuesday, September 4, 3–8 pm
SDRP Multipurpose Rooms
301 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign

Feminism Al Fresco – Tuesday, September 4, 4–6 pm
Engineering Hall Patio
next to Bardeen Quad
Sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center

Asian American Cultural Center and International Education Open House —Thursday, September 6, 3:30–6:30 pm
1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana

Native American House and American Indian Studies Open House – Thursday, September 6, 4–7 pm
1206 W. Nevada St., Urbana

For more information on these and other OIIR happenings, go here for the full OIIR calendar of events.https://oiir.illinois.edu/events. To access the UIUC calendar for campus-wide events and holidays, go here: https://calendars.illinois.edu/list/7 For information about add/drop deadlines for classes and other information, check out the calendar for the Office of the Registrar here: http://illinois.edu/calendar/list/4175.

Other Campus Events and Opportunities

Illinois Trial Team — Info Nights August 30 and 31, 6pm and 7pm, College of Law, Room A, 504 E Pennsylvania Ave, Champaign

Are you thinking about law school? Want to learn about the judicial system or improve your public speaking skills? Then this might be the opportunity for you!

The Illinois Trial Team represents the University of Illinois in intercollegiate mock trial tournaments which span the country — competing at schools like Yale, Duke, UMichigan, and many more. Through preparing and competing in these tournaments, you will build your knowledge of the law, trial advocacy, and general presentation skills. As a member of the team, you will be a part of a tight-knit, highly motivated group of pre-law students. The team provides various pre-law opportunities to its members, such as internships, campus visits, and LSAT resources.

We highly recommend that prospective members attend one of our information sessions. If you are unable to attend, please e-mail  illinoistrialteam.vpe@gmail.com as soon as possible. If you are interested in joining or have any questions, please see the following google form: https://goo.gl/forms/MWVMsSdH7ZMq8qu12

Information Sessions will be held at the College of Law Room A at the following times:

6:00 p.m. August 30th

7:00 p.m. August 30th

6:00 p.m. August 31st

7:00 p.m. August 31st

Career Center

The Career Center offers a variety of programs to help you identify career paths through workshops, career fairs and individual meetings. They will have a table at Quad Day, Sunday, August 26 from 12-4pm, as well as an Open House on Quad Day from 1-3pm at their office at 715 S. Wright Street.  The Career Center schedule resumes next week.  Here are some of their upcoming events:

Resume, Cover Letter and LinkedIn Reviews: August 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31

2:00-4:30pm, Career Center Resource Center, 715 S. Wright Street

CC-I Info Sessions – Monday, August 27, 4-5pm; Tuesday August 28, 4-5pm; Tuesday, September 4, 4-5pm; Monday, September 10, 4-5pm.

If you want to join the Career Certificate – International Students(CC-I) program, it is mandatory to attend one of the four CC-I information sessions. CC-I is the signature program of the Career Center for international undergraduate and masters students who want to be more competitive in the internship/full-time job market. The actual deadline for the CC-I application is September 11. CC-I runs for 9 weeks.

All CC-I info sessions will be held at the Career Center Interview Suite, 616 E. Green Street, Room 213

Illinois Part-time Job Fair 2018 – Tuesday, September 4, 10am-2pm, Illini Union Room B

Looking for a part-time job on campus or in the Champaign-Urbana community? This is the event for you! The Illinois Part-Time Job Fair is open to all students on campus seeking opportunities to make some extra money while completing their academics. Opportunities at this fair are paid positions. Check out the event in Handshake to view a full list of employers attending!

To learn more about the Career Center’s schedule of events, go here: https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/events

Luce Scholars Program — Information Sessions August 30 and 31

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 30th, NISP will offer an informational overview session, featuring an informal discussion with previous Luce Scholars. On August 31st, NISP will host a workshop designed to help students begin to craft their personal statement.

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

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

August 31st 3:00-4:00pm – Workshop on how to craft a Luce personal statement.

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

For more information about other NISP events and scholarship deadlines, go here: https://calendars.illinois.edu/list/1826

PLAS Updates for Fall 2018

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, which include a FREE practice LSAT on Friday, October 5! Note that some of our workshops have limited seating, like the Pre-Law 101 sessions, the first of which is set for Monday, September 10, and the practice LSAT, so you’ll want to register for those in advance. Note: registration for the FREE Practice LSAT will open on Tuesday, September 4.  We will add a few programs as the semester progresses.  Be sure to check our blog September 3  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. Note: the first Pre-Law 101 session is set for Monday, September 10. 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.

Save the date for the Law School Fair! On Sept. 26 from 10 am – 2 pm at the ARC  Over 100 law school reps will be here to meet YOU! Click here for more details, including a list of who’s coming.

 

 

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September LSAT takers: 5 things to do now

We’ve been focusing recently on the June and July LSAT takers, but what should you be doing if you’re planning on taking the LSAT in September? This blog is for you.

Keep up that studying routine. The general time frame recommended for fully prepping for the LSAT is 4-6 months, and as of today the September LSAT is just over 7 weeks away. Here are some resources to incorporate into your study:

Register for the LSAT now. Registration for September has been open for some time and closes July 23. Don’t wait, though, because many sites fill quickly and you may not get a seat at your preferred test site–like the UIUC campus–if you wait. Click here to register

If you are also applying to law school this fall, it’s time to:

Register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) account. This is the account through which you will send your materials and submit your applications. Read more about it here.

Order your transcripts. You must provide one from each institution you’ve attended post-high school, and any dual credit courses you’ve taken. Here’s more about ordering transcripts.  If you’re currently taking summer courses, you can order your transcript and click “hold for grades”; otherwise, you can wait until August grades roll.

Follow up with your recommenders. By now you should have already approached your letter of recommendation writers, but if not, now is the time. Provide a resume and allow at least 6-8 weeks for them to write and upload the letter to your CAS account.

Then, focus on the LSAT. With 7 weeks to go, the LSAT should be a top priority until it is over. You’ll have time after the LSAT on September 8 to focus on your personal statement and essays.

 

 

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