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

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

Scholarship and Grant Opportunities 

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

Scholarship opportunity for those entering law school this fall–The ABA Diversity Scholarship is designed for underrepresented students who demonstrate financial need and community involvement. Awards will be $15,000 for entering law students, which is renewable for years 2 and 3 of law school.  Applicants must be entering law school in 2017 and submit an application, personal statement, and statement of financial need by March 2. Find the application and more details here.

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

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

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

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

Career Center Opportunities

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

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

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

Internship Opportunities

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

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

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

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Summer Pre-Law Programs

Summer Pre-Law Programs

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

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

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

IIT Chicago-Kent

Program: Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program

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

Cost: Free

Location: Chicago, IL

Application Deadline: March 1, 2017

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

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

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

Penn State

Program: Explore Law

Dates: May 15 – 17, 2017

Cost: Free

Location: University Park, PA

Application Deadline: April 1, 2017

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

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

Saint Louis University

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

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

Cost: Free

Location: Saint Louis, MO

Application Deadline: March 31, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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Mark Your Calendars – Week of February 13th

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

Scholarship and Grant Opportunities 

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

We hope you have been utilizing our 20 page Internship Newsletter over on our Pre-Law Compass page that we posted in December! (Click here for instructions on how to access our Compass page.) The newsletter has lots of job and internship listings for spring, summer and long-term opportunities from Champaign to D.C. and beyond.  In addition, you should regularly check iLink to see if summer internships have been posted there

Scholarship opportunity for those entering law school this fall

The ABA Diversity Scholarship is designed for underrepresented students who demonstrate financial need and community involvement. Awards will be $15,000 for entering law students, which is renewable for years 2 and 3 of law school.  Applicants must be entering law school in 2017 and submit an application, personal statement, and statement of financial need by March 2. Find the application and more details here. 

Upcoming Campus Opportunities and Events for Pre-Law Students

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

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

For more information, click here.

Career Center Opportunities:

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

For more information, click here.

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

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

Study Abroad- Approaching Deadlines!

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

New Sociology Minor of Criminology, Law, and Society!

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

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

Thursday February 23 at 3:30PM

Wednesday March 1 at 5:00PM

Thursday March 9 at 5:00PM.

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

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

Upcoming Law School Events

THIS WEEKEND–OPEN TO ALL PRE-LAW STUDENTS

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

The Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Day is set for Friday, February 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison. This event is open to all students. For more information and to register, visit their website here. Cosponsored by the University of Wisconsin Law School and Marquette University Law School, this FREE event includes lunch and:

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

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

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

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

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

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Admissions Cycle Roundup — February Checklist Items

February is here! Sadly, per the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, we still have to endure several more weeks of winter.  Now is a good time for those of you in the midst of the application cycle to think about a few things.

  1. Admitted Student Days Many of you have been admitted to several law schools and are in the process of deciding where you will go next year.  Most law schools offer “Admitted Students” days or weekends.  We encourage you to try to attend these events for the law schools where you are still considering attending.  Remember: you will be spending the next three years of your life there.  It is important to determine if the school is a good fit, both in terms of your classmates and the school’s location BEFORE you accept an admissions offer.  There is no substitute for a campus visit.
  2. Declining Admissions Offers Those of you who have already accepted an admissions offer should notify the other law schools to which you applied that you will not be attending their law school.  This allows those schools to plan and to offer admission to another applicant so is the right thing to do.
  3. Financial Aid and Housing Once you have accepted an admissions offer, you should touch base with the Financial Aid office to make sure that you have submitted all of the necessary paperwork to secure your scholarship/financial aid package.  In addition, it is a good idea to reach out to the admissions office to find out the best way to begin researching your housing options.  Some law schools actually maintain lists of housing options with reviews by law students.
  4. Negotiating Scholarships If you are still deciding among multiple law school admissions offers and wondering how to negotiate additional scholarship funds, plan on attending our Negotiating Scholarships Workshop, Monday, February 27, 5pm, Room 514 IUB, featuring Rebecca Ray, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, UIUC College of Law.
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Mark Your Calendars — Week of February 6

Pre-Law Advising Services Workshops and Programs

We have updated our Spring Semester calendar of events! Upcoming PLAS programs include the FREE Practice LSAT on Friday, February 24, and the Negotiating Scholarships Workshop, featuring Rebecca Ray, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, at the UIUC College of Law, on Monday, February 27 at 5pm! For more information and to register for the practice LSAT, go to our website here.

Upcoming Campus Events

Pre-Law Honors Society is taking applications for new members with a minimum 3.3 GPA and sophomore status. Applications are due THIS FRIDAY, Feb. 10 at 5:00pm. Click here for the application: PLHS Application Spring

The Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations has posted its spring events! Check them out here.

The Career Center has posted its spring workshop calendar on their website at: https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/events.  Now is a great time to update your resume, plan your job search or summer internship, and get to know their office and resources. This Friday, February 10, the Career Center is hosting a “Pizza & Professionals” lunch (with free pizza) on internships at Research Park.  Scroll down for information about that and other upcoming workshops.

  • Resume, Cover Letter and Linked In Reviews — Feb. 6, 2-4:30 pm Career Center;  7-9 pm Undergrad Library, Consultation Corner.  There are multiple other dates and times for this workshop.  Go here to see more options.
  • Career Fairs: Maximizing Your Experience — Feb. 6, 4-5 pm Career Center Room 143
  • Creating Your Powerful Resume — Feb. 6, 5-6 pm Career Center Room 143
  • Career Services Paraprofessional Info Session — Feb 7, 5-6 pm Career Center Room 143; Feb 8, 6-7pm Native American House
  • Finding An Internship — Feb. 8, 5-6pm, Career Center Room 143
  • Creating Your Powerful Cover Letter — Feb. 9, 5-6 pm Career Center Room 143
  • Linked In and Job Search Resources for International Students — Feb 9, 5-6:30pm, The Interview Suite, 616 East Green Street, Room 213
  • Pizza & Professionals Lunch Series: Internships at Research Park, Feb 10, 12-1pm, The Interview Suite, 616 East Green Street, Room 213
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for International Students — Feb 10, 3-4pm, The Interview Suite, 616 East Green Street, Room 213
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) for International Students — Feb 10, 4-5pm, The Interview Suite, 616 East Green Street, Room 213

Internship and Scholarship Opportunities

Student Affairs internships are now available!  Many internships are available at various sites on campus including: Asian American Cultural Center, Campus Recreation, Illinois Leadership Center, Office of Volunteer Programs, and Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Explore these internship opportunities on their website here.

PAID internship opportunity in Chicago – The deadline to apply is TODAY Monday February 6th!  The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has paid internship opportunities for students in the court areas of Judicial Services, Operation Services, Administrative Services, and the Computer Systems Department. For more information and to apply, go here.

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

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

Scholarship opportunity for those entering law school this fall

The ABA Diversity Scholarship is designed for underrepresented students who demonstrate financial need and community involvement. Awards will be $15,000 for entering law students, which is renewable for years 2 and 3 of law school.  Applicants must be entering law school in 2017 and submit an application, personal statement, and statement of financial need by March 2. Find the application and more details here. 

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

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

The Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Day is set for Friday, February 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison. This event is open to all students. For more information and to register, visit their website here. Cosponsored by the University of Wisconsin Law School and Marquette University Law School, this FREE event includes lunch and:

  • an update on law school admissions in Wisconsin featuring the University of Wisconsin and Marquette Law Schools;
  • an overview of the Law School Admission Test with practice questions;
  • breakout workshops featuring a mock class for students ; and
  • law school fair featuring admissions representatives from law schools around the country.  Click here for a list of law schools that are registered for this year’s event.
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LSAC Fee Waivers–Apply now!

Many pre-law students are beginning to think about the Law School Admission Tests coming up in June and September. Did you know that you can receive an LSAC fee waiver that will cover the cost of the Law School Admission Test? This blog post will share what it is, why it is important, and  how to get it.

What is the LSAC fee waiver?

The Law School Admission Council oversees both the LSAT and the law school application process. Applicants can apply for a fee waiver which, if granted, will waive any fees for:

  • Two LSAT exams (valued at $180 each)
  • Credential Assembly Service (required for applying to law schools; valued at $175)
  • Four Law School Reports (which are required for applying to law schools; valued at $120); and
  • One copy of the Official LSAT SuperPrep book (valued at $22.75).

Why is it important?

The LSAC fee waiver is even more valuable than the amounts listed above. Why? Many law schools will waive their application fees (generally $75-100 per school) for applicants who have received an LSAC waiver. Some LSAT prep companies will also offer scholarships to students with an LSAC waiver.

How can you apply?

The application process is entirely online. The LSAC advises applicants to apply at least six weeks prior to the registration deadline of the LSAT you wish to take. For this June’s LSAT, the registration deadline is April 26, and six weeks before that is March 15, which is the application deadline for a June LSAT waiver. But why wait? Getting your application materials in early will help ensure that you get the waiver in time and it will help you get your preferred June LSAT site. The UIUC June LSAT will typically fill around spring break, so you’ll want to register ASAP if this test site is your preferred location.

You will need tax documents, so make sure you collect those.

The entire application process is explained here: http://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/fee-waivers and you can find a helpful checklist here: http://www.lsac.org/docs/default-source/jd-docs/usfeewaiverchecklist.pdf.

 

 

 

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Mark Your Calendars–Week of January 30

Pre-Law Advising Services Workshops and Programs

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

Pre-Law 101 — Tuesday, January 31, 4:00pm, 514 IUB
Are you new to pre-law at Illinois? Then this event is a great opportunity for you! 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.

LSAT Prep Fair–Wednesday, February 1 from 2-4 pm in Illini Union Rooms B&C This event is a chance to learn more about several commercial LSAT test prep companies, participate in informative mini-workshops conducted by the companies and win discounts on test prep materials and scholarships for courses! Join us for all or part of the event! Here is the workshop schedule:

Upcoming Campus Events

Pre-Law Honors Society is taking applications for new members with a minimum 3.3 GPA and sophomore status. Applications are due Feb. 10 at 5:00. Click here for the application: PLHS Application Spring

Study Abroad Summer 2017 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.

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

The Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations has posted its spring events! Check them out here.

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS), set for Thursday, April 27.Deadline for submitting an application to the URS is Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at 11:59 pm. The application can be found at: http://go.illinois.edu/urs2017 For more information on Undergraduate Research Week, the URS, and OUR programs, please visit our website at: http://undergradresearch.illinois.edu/ Questions may be addressed to ugresearch@illinois.edu; please put “URS Application” in the subject line.

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

  • Resume, Cover Letter and Linked In Reviews, Jan. 30, 2-4:30 pm Career Center;  7-9 pm Undergrad Library, Consultation Corner
  • Career Certificate – International Students (CCI) Info Session – Jan.30, 4:00pm, The Interview Suite, 616 East Green Street, Room 213
  • Creating Your Powerful Resume–Jan. 30, 4-5 pm Career Center Room 143
  • Career Services Paraprofessional Info Session–Jan. 30, 5-6 pm LaCasa Cultural Conference Room
  • Career Fairs: Maximizing Your Expereince–Jan. 30, 5-6 pm Career Center Room 143
  • Creating Your Powerful Cover Letter–Feb. 1, 5-6 pm Career Center Room 143

 

Internship and Scholarship Opportunities

LAS 101 Internship applications are due Feb. 6. Check out their application website here.

Student Affairs internships are now available!  Many internships are available at various sites on campus including: Asian American Cultural Center, Campus Recreation, Illinois Leadership Center, Office of Volunteer Programs, and Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Explore these internship opportunities on their website here.

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

 Scholarship opportunity for those entering law school this fall

The ABA Diversity Scholarship is designed for underrepresented students who demonstrate financial need and community involvement. Awards will be $15,000 for entering law students, which is renewable for years 2 and 3 of law school.  Applicants must be entering law school in 2017 and submit an application, personal statement, and statement of financial need by March 2. Find the application and more details here. 

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

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

The Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Day is set for Friday, February 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison. This event is open to all students. For more information and to register, visit their website here. Cosponsored by the University of Wisconsin Law School and Marquette University Law School, this FREE event includes lunch and:

  • an update on law school admissions in Wisconsin featuring the University of Wisconsin and Marquette Law Schools;
  • an overview of the Law School Admission Test with practice questions;
  • breakout workshops featuring a mock class for students ; and
  • law school fair featuring admissions representatives from law schools around the country.  Click here for a list of law schools that participated in last year’s event.
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Planning Ahead for the LSAT

Are you taking the LSAT this year? Try to plan ahead!

  • Make a Schedule
    1. When will you take the LSAT?
      1. The LSAT is only offered FOUR times a year. This is different than many other graduate school exams. Here are the months when the LSAT is offered:
        1. February
        2. June
        3. September/October
        4. December
          1. For more information on the specific dates the tests are offered, please visit the LSAC website.
        5. Keep in mind that you want to give yourself enough time to apply, write your personal statements, and double check your applications. Doing all this all at the last minute is not a good idea. There are a lot of different components that go into an application.
  • Figure Out Your Study Plan and Resources
    1. How will you study? What resources will you use? Some students buy books and study on their own while other students choose to take a LSAT prep course.
    2. Come learn more about different test prep companies and their courses! Find the best one for you! The LSAT PREP FAIR is Wednesday February 1st from 2:00PM-4:00PM in Illini Union Rooms B&C.
    3. June LSAT takers – keep an eye out for sign-ups for our June 2017 LSAT on-campus study groups. Sign-ups will be coming out in the next few weeks.
  • Carve Out Enough Time to Study
    1. Make sure you are studying for the LSAT when you have time to commit to it.
    2. If studying during the school year, try to be reasonable with the classes you are taking. You do not want to be taking the hardest classes of college and study for the LSAT at the same time.
    3. If you plan to study over the summer, make a schedule early so you know how to balance summer break with LSAT studying in a productive way.
  • Sign Up For the LSAT Early
    1. Some testing centers fill up quicker than others. Sign up early so you can test at your preferred location.
    2. If you are taking the June 2017 LSAT, sign up early! Typically, this test fills up by spring break.
  • Location: Decide Where You Want to Take the LSAT
    1. Some students decide to go home to take the LSAT, but some students feel more comfortable taking the LSAT on campus. Pick your preferred location for test day.
  • Cost
    1. The LSAT is not a cheap test. Currently, the cost for the LSAT is $180 per test. Late registration adds $90 to the base cost. Signing up early is important.
    2. Some students are eligible for fee waivers. For more information to go to the LSAC website.
      1. The basic criterion for receiving a waiver is the absolute inability to pay. Because the cost of these services is only a fraction of the cost of a legal education, the need criterion is considerably more stringent than for other financial aid processes. Only those with extreme need should apply.

Planning ahead is the best way to prepare for LSAT!

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Mark Your Calendars – Week of January 23

LSAT Prep Fair is February 1!

The PLAS-sponsored LSAT Test Prep Company Fair is set for Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 2:00-4:00pm, Illini Union Rooms B&C! This event is a chance to learn more about several commercial LSAT test prep companies, participate in informative mini-workshops conducted by the companies and win discounts on test prep materials and scholarships for courses! To find out who is coming and see the workshop schedule, keep checking the PLAS website for updates on the fair.

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

Pre-Law 101 — Tuesday, January 31, 4:00pm, 514 IUB

Are you new to pre-law at Illinois? Then this event is a great opportunity for you! 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.

FREE PRACTICE LSAT  – Friday February 24th from 8:30 am – 11:30 am  

Get a feel for the real Law School Admission Test by taking this practice exam! This timed practice LSAT will be offered in a structured classroom-style environment with a proctor. The exam will feature four sections plus an optional writing section at the end. Students with no LSAT experience can get a baseline score, and students prepping for June will  assess their preparation needs. Please register at the link above. Location and other details will be sent to registrants. Special thanks to the Law School Admission Council for granting a license to utilize the LSAT for this practice exam. To register, follow this link.

CAMPUS EVENTS

The Illini Union is hosting the Winter Week of Welcome featuring all kinds of fun events this week.  Check out the listing here, and mark your calendars for the RSO Involvement Fair on Wednesday, January 25!

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/events.  Now is a great time to update your resume, plan your job search or summer internship, and get to know their office and resources. Upcoming workshops include:

Resume, Cover Letter and Linked In Reviews, Tues, Jan. 17, 2-4:30pm Career Center; 5:30-7:30pm at the IKE, Room 1010; 7:30-9:30pm at the Undergrad Library, Consultation Corner

Career Certificate – International Students (CCI) Info Session – Tuesday, Jan.17, 4:00pm, The Interview Suite, 616 East Green Street, Room 213

Resume, Cover Letter and Linked In Reviews, Wed, Jan. 18, 2-4:30pm Career Center;  7:00-9:00pm at the Undergrad Library, Consultation Corner

Resume, Cover Letter and Linked In Reviews, Thurs, Jan. 19, 2-4:30pm Career Center

Resume, Cover Letter and Linked In Reviews, Fri, Jan. 20, 2-4:30pm Career Center

Interested in working on campus? You won’t want to miss the Career Center’s Opportunities Fair, on Tuesday, January 24, 5:00-6:30pm, at the Career Center. Visit with campus units that are hiring students for part-time jobs and internships. This is your chance to build your resume, enhance your Illinois experience, and learn more about The Career Center and various campus departments!

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

Inclusion: Saturday, January 28

Study Abroad Summer 2017 Faculty Led Programs–Applications due Feb. 1. These are 2-5 week study abroad programs over summer break with automatic Illinois credit. This could be a great way to manage both study abroad and taking the LSAT. For a list of available courses and application materials, visit the study abroad website here.

Internship and Scholarship Opportunities

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

Undergrad PAID Internship at UIUC in Bio-Humanities for 2017-2018        Applications due March 1, 2017!

Are you a bio-engineering or life science major interested in philosophy, politics, history, and literature? Are you a humanities major who also dabbles in biochemistry, molecular biology, neuroscience or endocrinology? Are you interested in how the sciences and the humanities are generating new areas of research together?  The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) is looking for undergraduate interns to work with its Bio-humanities research group for the academic year 2017-2018.

The research group seeks three undergraduate interns who will work with the group on their seminars, workshops and programs.  Interns will also work with the research group director to develop their own research projects as well as a research symposium for undergraduates at the end of the spring semester.

Interns will work approximately 10-11 hours per week, paid at the rate of $15.75 per hours, and will have $600 to support their research. Applicants must be juniors or seniors the year of the internship. For more information, go here.  Please address questions to: Dr. Nancy Castro, at ncastro@illinois.edu.

Paid Summer Internship at the Nuclear Energy Institute in Washington, D.C. Application Deadline is January 31!

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) in Washington, D.C., has a number of openings for paid interns beginning in the summer of 2017. The Nuclear Energy Institute (www.nei.org) is the policy organization of the nuclear energy and technologies industry and participates in both the national and global policy-making process. NEIs mission is to ensure the implementation of policies that promote the beneficial uses of nuclear energy and technologies in the United States and around the world. To that end, NEI works to establish unified industry positions on the regulatory aspects of generic operational and technical issues. NEI’s members include all entities licensed to operate commercial nuclear power plants in the United States, nuclear plant designers, architect/engineering firms, fuel fabrication facilities, nuclear materials licensees, and other organizations and entities involved in the nuclear energy industry.

Interns at NEI will work with seasoned nuclear professionals in one of the following areas: technical, communications, policy development, government relations, legal, and member relations and corporate services on issues critical to the industry. Descriptions on each area are below. Internships are 10 weeks and take place during the summer. Interns will be paid $15.00 an hour.

All applicants must submit an application that includes the NEI Internship Application, a resume, and a copy of their transcript to resumes@nei.org. If requested, applicants must also participate in an interview either by phone or in person.

Applications are being accepted for review between December 15, 2016 and January 31, 2017. Applications submitted beyond January 31, 2017 may be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis thereafter. Click on this link for more information. https://www.nei.org/About-NEI/Employment-at-NEI/Internships.  If you have additional questions about NEI’s Internship Program, please contact the NEI Human Resources Department at resumes@nei.org.

Scholarship opportunity for those entering law school this fall

The ABA Diversity Scholarship is designed for underrepresented students who demonstrate financial need and community involvement. Awards will be $15,000 for entering law students, which is renewable for years 2 and 3 of law school.  Applicants must be entering law school in 2017 and submit an application, personal statement, and statement of financial need by March 2. Find the application and more details here.

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

The Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Day is set for Friday, February 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison. This event is open to all students. For more information and to register, visit their website here. Cosponsored by the University of Wisconsin Law School and Marquette University Law School, this FREE event includes lunch and:

an update on law school admissions in Wisconsin featuring the University of Wisconsin and Marquette Law Schools;

an overview of the Law School Admission Test with practice questions;

breakout workshops featuring a mock class for students; and

law school fair featuring admissions representatives from law schools around the country.  Click here for a list of law schools that participated in last year’s event.

 

Indiana University Maurer School of Law is hosting a Diversity Law Day. Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to network with professors, current law school students, and practicing attorneys. You will participate in a mock class taught by an Indiana Law professor and be introduced to thinking critically in a special session (and receive your own book).

The purpose of this day is to help you experience the study of law and expose you to the legal profession.

The Diversity Law Day is Saturday, February 18 from 9am – 3pm at Indiana University Maurer School of Law.  Breakfast and Lunch will be served. To register: follow this link.

Law School Open Houses and Admitted Students Days

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

Chicago Kent Law School Open House, Saturday, January 28, 9:00am-2:00pm.  For more information or to register, go here.

John Marshall Law School Open House, Saturday, January 28, 9:00am-Noon. For more information or to register, go here.

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It’s January — Submit Your Applications ASAP!

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

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

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

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

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

Good Luck!

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