With the significant media attention and the enhanced awareness of legal realities since the recession, increased attention is being devoted to the financial components of attending law school and the related impact on the availability of legal services to all individuals in our state. The Illinois State Bar Association has been proactive in addressing this issue, and most recently completed a series of hearings across the state to bring together practitioners in both small and mid-size firms, non-urban communities, current law students, scholars, and law school leaders. Jamie and I were fortunate enough to attend the hearing in Champaign back in November, and the ISBA President John Theiss will be at the law school tomorrow (Tuesday, February 19) to discuss the findings and hopefully present some proactive options.
If you are considering attending a law school in Illinois or practicing in Illinois you should absolutely be in attendance at this event! When we talk networking this is exactly the kind of event that won’t necessarily network you into an opportunity but will be the talking point for future networking opportunities. It is from 12:00 – 1:00 in the College of Law Auditorium. A lunch will be provided for attendees. What we hope is that increased education and awareness around these realities will not only impact law students but that you can impact this incredibly important movement.
I will be there – and will certainly update you on the information presented – but I truly hope to see a huge Pre-Law presence.
Our next event in this financial focus will be a webinar for UIUC Pre-Law students from the nation’s leading expert in all things financial for law school, Heather Jarvis. She has been spotlighted in a recent four part cover series in the ABA Student Lawyer magazine and she frequently covers the issues in major media. You should not even be considering signing up for the webinar – if you are even considering law school this should be a top priority for you.
Looking forward to an in-depth focus on all things that can help develop your legal pursuits with clarity about the financial implications!