Mark Your Calendars – Week of January 26

Are you planning on taking the LSAT in June or October?  If so, don’t miss LSAT Test Prep Company Fair NEXT Thursday, February 5.  Several LSAT prep companies will be there and attendees will have the opportunity to win test prep discounts and scholarships!  Also — are you thinking about working before law school or looking for internships? Scroll down for information about Career Center programming that could help you get moving on your job search!  Finally, if you are interested in Study Abroad or Illinois in Washington, Summer 2015 applications are due February 1.  Keep reading for more information on these programs and other events!

PLAS Events

LSAT Test Prep Company Fair — NEXT Thursday, February 5, 4-6pm, Illini Union Rooms A&B

Be an efficient, savyy consumer and compare multiple LSAT prep companies in one location at one time! Representatives from the following LSAT test prep companies are planning to attend: Kaplan, LSATMax, NextStepTestPrep, Powerscore, and Princeton Review.  Come for a chance to WIN SCHOLARSHIPS TO LSAT PREP PROGRAMS! Refreshments provided! For more info about this and other PLAS Events, go here.

Campus Events

Career Center

Career Services Paraprofessionals: Hiring Information Sessions

TODAY, Monday, January 26, 6-7pm, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, 51 East Gregory Drive; Wednesday, January 28, 6-7pm, Native American Cultural Center, 1206 West Nevada Street; Thursday, January 29, 7- 8 PM, FAR – Trelease Lounge 102; Friday, January 30,1-2pm, The Career Center, 715 S. Wright St.

Career Services Paraprofessionals are charged with the following responsibilities:
• Work a minimum of 8 hours per week
• Attend required Thursday bi-weekly meetings @6pm
• Participate in project work that supports TCC’s initiatives
• Interact with The Career Center via social media sources such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter
• Attend two full-day mandatory training sessions upon hire on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 and August 22nd, 2015

Career Center Workshops

Unless otherwise indicated, all workshops are held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street.  For more information or to register, go here.

International Career Certificate Program Info Sessions: Tuesday, January 27, 4:00 PM5:00 PM or Friday, January 30, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM The Interview Suite, 616 E. Green (enter Kaplan building next to McDonald’s and head to 2nd floor). The International Student Career Certificate (ICC) program is a unique and innovative career program designed for international students pursuing a career in the U.S. This information session will you give you an overview of the program and tips on the application process for Spring 2015. Learn more about ICC.

Opportunities Fair, Tuesday, January 27, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM,
Learn how you can enhance your Illinois experience and build your resume at this open house! Several campus units who are hiring students will be in attendance to talk to you about their opportunities. Don’t miss the chance to network and learn of campus jobs! There will also be food and prizes. Sponsored by The Career Center and New Student Programs.

Selling Your LAS Degree at the Business Career Fair: Tuesday, January 27, 6:007:30 PM,The Interview Suite, 616 E. Green (enter Kaplan building next to McDonald’s and head to 2nd floor)
Career Fair Prep: Maximize Your Experience: Wednesday, January 28, 4:005:00 PM
Coffee Chat at The Career Center: Wednesday, January 28, 4:305:30 PM
Creating Powerful Resumes & Cover Letters: Wednesday, January 28, 5:006:00 PM

Getting the Job: Interviewing Tips – Thursday, January 29, 4:005:00 PM

Next Week: Business Career Fair, February 4 & 5, 12-4pm, Activities & Recreation Center (ARC)

 

Summer Study in Vienna – FINAL INFO SESSION TONIGHT, January 26, Wohlers Hall Room 245 at 5:00pm! Applications DUE February 1.

This summer, the Department of Political Science once again offer a study abroad course in Vienna with Professor John Vasquez.  The course offered is PS 394 Crisis Diplomacy. This advanced hours, study abroad course will count as “in-residence” as it is taught by a professor from this campus. The course has two components: A section on Global Governance where students attend briefings in Vienna at the UN, International Atomic Energy Agency, OSCE, and the US mission to the IAEA and an historical section where students compare crises that go to war with those that do not from 1816-1945. The course will be given in the first summer session, May 17-June 14. Additionally, two long weekends provide an opportunity to travel in Europe, allowing you to visit international cities like Venice, Munich, Budapest and Prague. A course syllabus, more information about fees and related opportunities can be found at the course website: https://app.studyabroad.illinois.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10886. Contact Prof. Vasquez for more information at vasqueja@illinois.edu.

NOTE:  The application deadline for many Summer 2015 Study Abroad Faculty-Led Programs is February 1. For more information about these programs, go here.

Illinois in Washington — Summer Applications Due February 1!

Illinois in Washington is enriching for students of all majors.  By participating in IIW, you will gain solid work experience, insight into your professional goals, and an understanding of the policy world in Washington, all while earning U of I credit.  If you are drawn to any element of Washington, you will enjoy this program.  Whether you are interested in communications, international affairs, the environment, politics, or a host of other topics, there is an organization in Washington that works on the issues you care about or uses the skills you are developing for your future career. IIW allows you to get a jump start on life after graduation. Note: Students can also apply for early decision for Fall 2015 on February 1.  Applications are available on the IIW website at  http://www.washington.illinois.edu/. Interested students can also read what current and former students have to say on the IIW blog: https://illinoisinwashington.wordpress.com/.

 

 Off Campus Events

Law School Open Houses and Admitted Students Days

As we first mentioned in our October 6 blog, many law schools host open houses for prospective applicants and all law schools strongly encourage students to visit their campuses.  Note: spring semester is a time when many law schools will host events specifically for admitted students. Make sure you check the law school websites to see what types of events the schools in which you have an interest are offering.   Listed below are upcoming events for several Illinois law schools.

Chicago Kent Law School:  Open House, Saturday, January 31 9am-2pm.  For more information or to register, go here: http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/prospective-students/jd-program-admissions/visit-campus/open-house-programs/january-open-house

John Marshall Law School Open House: Saturday, January 31, 9am-Noon. For more information or to register, go here: http://www.jmls.edu/admission/jd/visiting.php 

Northern Illinois University Law School, Information Session, Friday, February 13, Noon-1:30pm. For more information or to register, go here: http://www.niu.edu/law/admission/chicago_events.shtml

Southern Illinois University School of Law Visit Day: Friday January 30, 8:30am.  For more information or to register, go here: http://www.law.siu.edu/about/schedule-visit.html

Midwest Law School Virtual Fair: February 18, 2015, Co-Sponsored by the Midwest Alliance for Law School Admissions and the Midwest Association for Prelaw Advisors

Attention students! Whether you are looking at attending law school this fall or in a couple of years, this online law fair is a free and convenient way to interact with law school representatives right from your computer. Please click here to register to chat with Midwest law schools on February 18 (available chat times for each school are located on the fair website). Here is a list of the schools attending:

Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Creighton University
Drake Law School
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Marquette University Law School
Michigan State University College of Law
Ohio Northern University College of Law
Saint Louis University School of Law
Southern Illinois University School of Law
University of Dayton School of Law
University of Illinois College of Law
University of Iowa College of Law
University of Kansas School of Law
University of Minnesota Law School
University of Missouri School of Law
University of Nebraska College of Law
University of St. Thomas School of Law – Minneapolis
University of Wisconsin Law School
Valparaiso University Law School
William Mitchell College of Law

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I decided on a law school. What now? A checklist.

Many Illini have already gotten their admissions offers and decided on a law school. Congratulations! So…now what?

Post-decision Checklist
1. Follow instructions from the school to tell them you’re accepting their offer. Usually this is done online, followed by making a seat deposit payment.

2. After you’ve accepted Law School A’s offer of admission, contact the other schools to let them know that you’ve made your decision. They are waiting on you to decline your offer before they can extend offers to more applicants. Either follow their online instructions for declining admission or send them an email with your decision. This can be brief: Thanks very much for your offer of admission, but I have chosen to attend Law School A. Best wishes, Me.

3. Complete your FAFSA and any other scholarship materials that Law School A requests.

4. Join your law school’s incoming class Facebook or Google group. Ask the admissions office for leads on new roommates or information on housing. Many law schools will offer a guide on housing options and roommate matches.

5. Make sure to submit all seat deposits on time. Usually there are 2 seat deposits, and failing to pay either one by the deadlines given will not secure your law school seat.

6. Explore all of your housing options. Think carefully about what you need from housing: Where will you study? If you plan to study at home, you must consider roommate interruptions and how quiet you will need it. If you plan to study at school, you will want to consider proximity to school and how much time you want to spend commuting.

7. Follow up with the financial aid office. Make sure you understand your financial aid offer. Is your scholarship contingent on maintaining a GPA? Is it renewable? How and when will it be disbursed? Remember: You will need to make a rent deposit and buy books before your financial aid will be disbursed. Budget accordingly.

8. Send a final UIUC transcript after you’ve graduated to your law school.

 

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Welcome back: Mark Your Calendars!

Welcome back to spring semester! LOTS of excellent opportunities are coming up, so be sure to give this week’s blog a read.

Pre-Law Advising Services Workshops and Programs
We have updated our Spring Semester calendar of events! Check them out on our website here.

Win a scholarship at our 2015 LSAT Prep Fair on Thursday, Feb. 5 from 4-6 pm at Illini Union Rooms A&B. Are you wondering what the LSAT is all about, and how to prepare for it? Join us as we host SIX different LSAT prep companies, who will give mini workshops (15-20 minutes) on each area of the LSAT. Learn about all the different LSAT prep methods out there, from online to in person, from apps to one-on-one tutoring. LSAT Companies will be offering BIG discounts and we will raffle off multiple LSAT prep scholarships and  resources to those in attendance! Stop by or stay the whole time–refreshments will be served. To find out who is coming and see the workshop schedule, visit our website here.

Are you new to pre-law at Illinois? Pre-Law 101 will be held Monday, Feb. 9 at 4:00. This workshop will cover: What it means to be pre-law at Illinois;what law schools are really looking for; what pre-law students can do to maximize their undergraduate years; how to build a strong pre-law resume; what resources are available to assist pre-law students at Illinois. For more details and to register, click here.

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

1. The Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Day Friday, February 27 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison is open to all students. For more information and to register, visit their website here. Cosponsored by Marquette University Law School and University of Wisconsin Law School, this FREE event includes lunch and:

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

2. The Illinois Latino Law Forum invites all interested students to attend on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm. at John Marshall Law School in Chicago. This is a FREE event that includes breakfast, lunch, the opportunity to meet prominent Latino/a lawyers and judges from across the state, discussions with Latino/a law students, and sessions about admission and financial aid as well as a mock class and a final round of Moot Court competition. Click here for more details and to register by Feb. 15.

3. Michigan State University is hosting a free webinar on Patent Law and MSU Law’s Intellectual Property Program (view flyer PDF) Thursday, January 26, 2012, 6:30 PM Central Time.  This webinar will provide insights into career options in the area of patent law.  Presenters include a panel of patent attorneys drawn from different regions of the country.  Additional comments will be offered by a faculty member who teaches in the MSU Law Intellectual Property & Communications Law Program. Register here and note that all times listed are Eastern.

Law School Open Houses and Admitted Students Days

As we first mentioned in our October 6 blog, many law schools host open houses for prospective applicants and all law schools strongly encourage students to visit their campuses.  Note: spring semester is a time when many law schools will host events specifically for admitted students. Make sure you check the law school websites to see what types of events the schools in which you have an interest are offering.   Listed below are upcoming events for several Illinois law schools.

Chicago Kent Law School Open House, Saturday, January 31 9am-2pm.  For more information or to register, go here: http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/prospective-students/jd-program-admissions/visit-campus/open-house-programs/january-open-house.

John Marshall Law School Open House, Saturday, January 31, 9am-Noon. For more information or to register, go here: http://www.jmls.edu/admission/jd/visiting.php.

Northern Illinois University Law School Information Session, Friday, February 13, Noon-1:30pm. For more information or to register, go here: http://www.niu.edu/law/admission/chicago_events.shtml.

Southern Illinois University School of Law Visit Day, Friday, January 30, 8:30am.  For more information or to register, go here: http://www.law.siu.edu/about/schedule-visit.html.

Upcoming Campus Events

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

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

  • Finding an Internship, Jan. 21, 5-6 pm
  • Career Fair Prep: Maximize Your Experience, Jan. 21, 6-7 pm
  • Opportunities Fair, Jan. 27, 5:30-7 pm

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

  • Insight: Saturday, January 24
  • Ignite: Saturday, January 31
  • Intersect: Saturday, February 7

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

Volunteer/Internship Opportunities

We hope you have been utilizing our 20 page Internship Newsletter over on our Pre-Law Compass page that we posted in December! (Click here for instructions on how to access our Compass page.) It’s got hundreds of job and internship listings for spring, summer and long-term opportunities from Champaign to D.C. and beyond.

This week’s highlighted internship opportunity:

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

Scholarship opportunity for those entering law school this fall

The ABA Diversity Scholarship is designed for underrepresented students who demonstrate financial need and community involvement. Awards will be $15,000 for entering law students, which is renewable for years 2 and 3 of law school. Must be entering law school 2015 and submit an application, personal statement, and statement of financial need by March 2. Find the application and more details here.

 

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Winter Break Pre-Law Appointments

Still working on your personal statement or law school applications? Pre-Law Advising Services will offer appointments over winter break. We’re booked for next week, but we still have appointments available starting January 5. To schedule, call 217-333-9669. (Note that the office will close Dec. 24-Jan. 1.)

Happy holidays, and have a wonderful winter break!

 

 

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The 2014 Internship Newsletter is live on Compass!

The long wait for the 2014 Internship Newsletter is finally over!  Please visit our Compass page to begin combing through the newsletter to find summer opportunities that interest you.  If you are a pre-law student, simply log in with your credentials to access the page.  If you are not pre-law but would like to access the newsletter, please follow the instructions here.  Positions are available throughout Illinois and across the country.  Many positions have due dates over break, so we encourage you to begin working on applications as soon as possible.

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

For those of you who plan on applying to law school in Fall 2015, winter break is a great time to begin preparing for the LSAT.  Take a practice LSAT to see where your strengths and weaknesses lie.  We have uploaded a complete sample LSAT to Compass (source: LSAC.org) for your convenience, which can be found here.  You can never start studying too early!  Additionally, this will provide you with some perspective that will help you gauge which LSAT prep company is the best for you at the 2015 LSAT Prep Fair on Thursday, February 5, from 4:00-6:00 pm in Illini Union Room B.

For anyone who has not applied to their prospective schools yet and wishes to start in Fall 2015, FINISH YOUR APPLICATIONS! The time to submit is now!

Enjoy your break and Happy Holidays!

 

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Mark Your Calendars: Week of Dec. 8

We made it! It’s the last week of the semester before finals. Here’s a roundup of opportunities for this week.

Attention December LSAT Test Takers — Personal Statement Appointment Times

For those of you taking the December LSAT, we wanted to remind you that once the test is over, you should continue working on your personal statement(s).  If you want to discuss your personal statements or essays over Winter Break, we strongly recommend that you call the week of Dec. 8 to schedule your appointment. We will have appointments available until Dec. 23 before closing the office for the holidays. We will reopen on Monday, January 5, 2015, and will have limited appointments available until spring semester begins.

PLAS Annual Internship Newsletter — Coming FRIDAY, December 19!

Winter break is the perfect time for undergrads to look for internships.  And if you are graduating in May and are still figuring out what to do next year, this is the time to rev up your job search.  Our annual Internship Newsletter is a great resource to help you identify resources to find that coveted internship or job!  We will announce its posting via the PLAS Blog, Facebook and Twitter, but it will only be accessible through Compass.  Don’t forget to check it out!

Campus Events

Office of Undergraduate Research – Spring 2015 Conference Travel Grants

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) at the University of Illinois is pleased to announce its Spring 2015 competition for conference travel grants to subsidize the presentation of undergraduate research at professional conferences. (Please note, this is for conference travel only; applications for a grant for research travel is a separate application and process.)

Proposals should be submitted at https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/7484726The deadline for submission is December 11, 2014.  In order to apply, students will need to have information on the conference dates and location, evidence that conference participation has been confirmed, estimated expenses, and possible support from mentors and departments.

Please note that Spring 2015 conference travel grants are designed for students to present their research during the Spring 2015 semester.

In addition, these conference travel grants are not designed to cover the entire cost of student participation (some departmental or college contribution is encouraged) nor can the grant be used to cover post conference participation. Questions should be directed to ugresearch@illinois.edu.

Career Center

The Career Center is sponsoring the following workshops. Check their website at www.careercenter.illinois.edu for more details.

  • All week (check their online calendar)–Resume and Cover Letter Reviews
  • Career Center Paraprofessional Hiring Info Session–Tues, Dec. 9, 5-6 pm
    Career Services Paraprofessionals are charged with the following responsibilities:
    • Work a minimum of 8 hours per week
    • Attend required Thursday bi-weekly meetings @6pm
    • Participate in project work that supports TCC’s initiatives
    • Interact with The Career Center via social media sources such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter
    • Attend two full-day mandatory training sessions upon hire on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 and August 22nd, 2015

Off Campus Scholarship Opportunity

Sidley Prelaw Scholars Initiative — Application DUE FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2015!

A lack of resources to attend costly LSAT preparation classes and to fund expensive admissions applications is a significant factor in hindering the entry of diverse, high-performing college students into law school. The Sidley Prelaw Scholars Initiative is designed to help address this threshold issue by meeting the specific needs of diverse students seeking to attend law school. Sidley Prelaw Scholars, chosen from college juniors and seniors who demonstrate academic promise and financial need, will receive up to $2,500 to cover tuition in a commercial LSAT preparation course, as well as application fees for as many as seven accredited law schools.

Other critical components of the program include:
Coaching on how to create compelling law school application;
Seminar instruction on the structure of the American legal system, as well as an introduction to the substance of the required common law first-year courses; and
An additional $2,500 in scholarship assistance. Half of the scholarship will be paid after the Scholar has applied to at least five law schools. The other half will be paid after the Scholar attends the above mentioned seminar, commits to a specific law school and notifies Sidley of that law school’s name.

Requirements:
1. Complete and submit the entire application, including a personal statement.
2. Submit the following FOUR documents:

● Copy of most recent FAFSA Student Aid Report;
● Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended;
● Résumé (1 page maximum);
● Signed and completed recommendation form from ONE ACADEMIC reference in a sealed envelope.

***Applications that are not completed in their entirety will not be considered.***

All application materials are due by Friday, January 9, 2015!!

For more information about the Sidley Prelaw Scholars Initiative and TO APPLY, go here: http://www.sidley.com/Eligibility-and-Application-Information/.

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Mark Your Calendars — Week of December 1

Welcome Back!

We hope you all had a relaxing break and enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving dinner.  With less than two weeks until finals (gasp!), we wanted to give you a head’s up about end of semester events, opportunities (LSAT Prep Resource Contest, Sidley Prelaw Scholars Initiative) and deadlines.

PLAS Events and Opportunities

2014 LSAT Prep Resource Contest — DEADLINE NOON TOMORROW!!

Are you taking the LSAT in 2015? Here’s your chance to WIN LSAT Prep Resources! Pre-Law Advising Services is pleased to announce our 2014 LSAT Prep Resource Contest. This contest is designed to provide LSAT preparation resources for students demonstrating financial need. Illinois students are eligible to enter by submitting a 500 word essay online here by TOMORROW, Tuesday, December 2 at 12:00 NOON.

Prizes are as follows:

1. Grand Prize – One of two (2) scholarships to a Kaplan LSAT Prep Course*
2. Second Prize – A copy of Tomorrow’s Lawyer, by Richard Susskind, a copy of The Official LSAT SuperPrep, a copy of a Powerscore LSAT Logic Games Bible*, and a copy of a Powerscore LSAT Reading Comprehension Bible*
3. Third Prize – A copy of Tomorrow’s Lawyer, by Richard Susskind, a copy of The Official LSAT SuperPrep, a copy of a Powerscore LSAT Logic Games Bible*, and a copy of NextStep Test Prep’s Recent LSATs Explained*
4. Fourth Prize – A copy of The Official LSAT SuperPrep and a copy of a Powerscore LSAT Logic Games Bible*

*Thank you to Kaplan, PowerScore, and NextStep Test Prep for generously donating these resources. Pre-Law Advising Services is not affiliated with any test prep company and does not endorse any particular LSAT preparation method. 

Attention December LSAT Test Takers — Personal Statement Appointment Times

For those of you taking the December LSAT, we wanted to remind you that once the test is over, you should continue working on your personal statement(s).  If you want to discuss your personal statements or essays over Winter Break, please schedule your appointment by December 23, as our office will be closed from December 24-January 2.  We will reopen on Monday, January 5, 2015, and will resume our regular schedule then.

PLAS Annual Internship Newsletter — Coming FRIDAY, December 19!

Winter break is the perfect time for undergrads to look for internships.  And if you are graduating in May and are still figuring out what to do next year, this is the time to rev up your job search.  Our annual Internship Newsletter is a great resource to help you identify resources to find that coveted internship or job!  We will announce its posting via the PLAS Blog, Facebook and Twitter, but it will only be accessible through Compass.  Don’t forget to check it out!

Campus Events

Office of Undergraduate Research – Spring 2015 Conference Travel Grants

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) at the University of Illinois is pleased to announce its Spring 2015 competition for conference travel grants to subsidize the presentation of undergraduate research at professional conferences. (Please note, this is for conference travel only; applications for a grant for research travel is a separate application and process.)

Proposals should be submitted at https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/7484726The deadline for submission is December 11, 2014.  In order to apply, students will need to have information on the conference dates and location, evidence that conference participation has been confirmed, estimated expenses, and possible support from mentors and departments.

Please note that Spring 2015 conference travel grants are designed for students to present their research during the Spring 2015 semester.

In addition, these conference travel grants are not designed to cover the entire cost of student participation (some departmental or college contribution is encouraged) nor can the grant be used to cover post conference participation. Questions should be directed to ugresearch@illinois.edu.

Career Center

The Career Center is sponsoring the following workshops. Check their website at www.careercenter.illinois.edu for more details.

  • Tues, Dec. 2 –Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters, 5-6 pm
  • Tues, Dec. 9 — Peace Corps Information Session, 6-7 pm

Off Campus Scholarship Opportunity

Sidley Prelaw Scholars Initiative — Application DUE FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2015!

A lack of resources to attend costly LSAT preparation classes and to fund expensive admissions applications is a significant factor in hindering the entry of diverse, high-performing college students into law school. The Sidley Prelaw Scholars Initiative is designed to help address this threshold issue by meeting the specific needs of diverse students seeking to attend law school. Sidley Prelaw Scholars, chosen from college juniors and seniors who demonstrate academic promise and financial need, will receive up to $2,500 to cover tuition in a commercial LSAT preparation course, as well as application fees for as many as seven accredited law schools.

Other critical components of the program include:
Coaching on how to create compelling law school application;
Seminar instruction on the structure of the American legal system, as well as an introduction to the substance of the required common law first-year courses; and
An additional $2,500 in scholarship assistance. Half of the scholarship will be paid after the Scholar has applied to at least five law schools. The other half will be paid after the Scholar attends the above mentioned seminar, commits to a specific law school and notifies Sidley of that law school’s name.

Requirements:
1. Complete and submit the entire application, including a personal statement.
2. Submit the following FOUR documents:

● Copy of most recent FAFSA Student Aid Report;
● Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended;
● Résumé (1 page maximum);
● Signed and completed recommendation form from ONE ACADEMIC reference in a sealed envelope.

***Applications that are not completed in their entirety will not be considered.***

All application materials are due by Friday, January 9, 2015!!

For more information about the Sidley Prelaw Scholars Initiative and TO APPLY, go here: http://www.sidley.com/Eligibility-and-Application-Information/.

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Reminders for Fall Break

  • Pre-Law Advising Services’ 2014 LSAT Prep Resource Contest is underway. This contest is designed to provide LSAT preparation resources for students demonstrating financial need. Illinois students are eligible to enter by submitting a 500 word essay online here by Tuesday, December 2 at 12:00 NOON. Check out the submission page for more information.  You’ll have plenty of time over Fall Break to submit it!
  • Check to see if your prospective schools are in session over Fall Break. Seeing a law school during normal operating days provides a great opportunity to see what it will be like when you begin as a 1L!
  • If you have not done so already, FINISH YOUR APPLICATIONS! The time to submit is now!
  • If you have decided to retake the LSAT, continue your preparations over Fall Break.
  • If you know that you will be taking the LSAT in the next year, Fall Break is a great time to take a timed practice LSAT.
  • Michigan State University College of Law has held multiple webinars for prospective law students that speak to the application process and beyond. Webinars can be viewed on their website here.
  • Study for FINALS!
  • Freshmen, sophomores and juniors: Update your résumés and begin thinking about possible internships for summer 2015.  It may seem early, but many internships have due dates in February and March.  Also, look out for our annual Internship Newsletter that will be posted to our Compass page in mid-December.
  • Have a wonderful Fall Break!
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Use Fall Break Wisely: Win an LSAT course, watch webinars!

Are you taking the LSAT in 2015? Here’s your chance to WIN LSAT Prep Resources! Pre-Law Advising Services is pleased to announce our 2014 LSAT Prep Resource Contest. This contest is designed to provide LSAT preparation resources for students demonstrating financial need. Illinois students are eligible to enter by submitting a 500 word essay online here by Tuesday, December 2 at 12:00 NOON. You’ll have plenty of time over Fall Break to submit it!

Prizes are as follows:

1. Grand Prize – One of two (2) scholarships to a Kaplan LSAT Prep Course*
2. Second Prize – A copy of Tomorrow’s Lawyer, by Richard Susskind, a copy of The Official LSAT SuperPrep, a copy of a Powerscore LSAT Logic Games Bible*, and a copy of a Powerscore LSAT Reading Comprehension Bible*
3. Third Prize – A copy of Tomorrow’s Lawyer, by Richard Susskind, a copy of The Official LSAT SuperPrep, a copy of a Powerscore LSAT Logic Games Bible*, and a copy of NextStep Test Prep’s Recent LSATs Explained*
4. Fourth Prize – A copy of The Official LSAT SuperPrep and a copy of a Powerscore LSAT Logic Games Bible*

*Thank you to Kaplan, PowerScore, and NextStep Test Prep for generously donating these resources. Pre-Law Advising Services is not affiliated with any test prep company and does not endorse any particular LSAT preparation method. 

Other events this week and next

Michigan State University College of Law hosts a series of free webinars available to all interested pre-law students. Click on the links below to register. Coming up:

 

Previously held webinars can also be viewed on their website here. MSU workshops cover a wide array of relevant topics, including Cracking the LSAT, Career Options for Attorneys, and Law School 101: Insights from Current Students. These are wonderful resources for pre-law students!

 

The Career Center is sponsoring the following workshops. Check their website at www.careercenter.illinois.edu for more details.

  • Mon, Nov. 17–Careers in the Federal Government, 4-5 pm
  • Tues, Nov. 18–Finding an Internship, 5-6 pm
  • Wed, Nov. 19–Coffee Chat at the Career Center, 4:30-5:30

Have a great week!

 

 

 

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Law School Application Week: Law School Resume Tips

Don’t forget our Virtual Advising for Application Questions TODAY from 1-3 over on our Compass page! Click here to join our page, and see you this afternoon!

It’s the final day of our Law School Application Week and today we have a few tips on law school resumes. In fact, I am sharing the best professional tip I ever received.

The best professional tip I ever received is to have one Mega Resume, where you include information about every job or internship you’ve had, along with contact info from each. You can then select relevant entries to create different versions of your resume for different applications. (Trust me: You think you will never forget each of those jobs/internships, but 4 or 5 years later, you will be hard pressed to remember who you reported to or what exactly you did.) The other reason this is super smart is because when you apply to sit for a bar exam, you will once again need to provide a list of every job you’ve had, along with contacts from each.

How do you craft a version of your resume for law school?

  • Use headers that law schools care about. Education & Honors, Professional Experience, Leadership & Service are all good. Think about what a law school wants to know.
  • What should NOT be included? An objective. An applicant’s objective is to get into law school. Also, anything from high school is out. Let it go because law schools do not care what clubs you joined when you were 15. Basic skills such as “Microsoft PowerPoint” are expected and don’t deserve room on this resume.
  • Be sure to include information that law schools will not be able to see from your personal statement or transcript. Example: No need to spend time on your resume listing your courses–law schools will see this on your transcript.
  • Make it relevant and recent. Although most law schools will accept a 2 page resume, most undergrads generally only have enough to fill 1 page. Ask yourself: Is every item on your resume either highly RELEVANT or very RECENT? It should be one or the other, or preferably both.
  • Provide specific detail. The word “oversaw” means nothing! Managed, supervised, led, directed, created, or a million other action verbs would be better. “Engaged in certain activities” and “planned events” don’t tell the reader anything either. What activities/events? For how many people? On what topics?
  • Consider adding a “Personal Interests” section IF you think some of your experiences aren’t represented. Life skills such as building web sites or learning another language in your free time might not be reflected elsewhere in your application, and law schools do want to get to know you. Keep it short and simple, with maybe 3 items. Don’t feel compelled to have this section. It is merely an option. Note: This is just for a law school resume and not necessarily for a job resume. Most employers frankly won’t care what you do with your free time, unless it’s highly relevant.

RESOURCES

A good starting point is our Law School Resume overview

For a guide on good resume form and action verbs, visit the Career Center’s resume page.

For an excellent look at Dos and Don’ts of law school resumes, check out this article.

When you are ready, make an appointment with Pre-Law Advising Services (by calling 333-9669) and we will give you individual and specific feedback on it.

For those of you who are applying next year or beyond, plan to attend one of our Personal Statement & Resume workshops. We offer them several times each Fall semester and at least once each Spring. We have concluded the workshops for this Fall but will continue to offer them in future semesters.

 

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