Mark Your Calendars: Week of Oct. 6

Be sure to check out our Compass page for more information on Pre-Law Advising and the path to law school.

PLAS Events

Our next Pre-Law 101 session will be tomorrow, Tuesday, October 7, 4pm, Room 514 IUB. This is a great workshop if you’re new to the University or just new to being pre-law. We’ll cover topics including: selecting majors/minors/coursework, creating a resume for law school, and extracurricular options for building pre-law skills. To register, visit our calendar.

The Applying to Law School Workshop will be held on October 13, 2014, 4 pm, Room 514 IUB. Are you applying to law school right now? Finding the application process a little complicated? In this workshop, we’ll walk you through the application process, including: A checklist of what to do and when; tips for using your online application account effectively; troubleshooting application issues; creating an application strategy; and keeping your applications organized. Note that we will not be covering the personal statement and resume in this session due to the separate workshop on that topic. Applicants are welcome to attend both workshops. No registration necessary.

A Yale Law School Admissions Webinar will be held on October 15, 2014, 3-4 pm, online. This webinar will feature a Yale Law School Admissions professional to provide an overview of Yale Law Admissions. The majority of the session will be taking Q&A from students, so bring your questions! Students are encouraged to explore Yale’s website and blog here: To register for this event, please visit: Registrants will also have access to a recorded version of the session, for those who are unable to be present during the session.

If you would like to perfect your personal statement and resume, then plan on attending the Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume for Law School event on October 16, 2014, 4 pm, Room 514 IUB. The personal statement and resume are a law school applicant’s opportunity to tell a school all about yourself and why you will make a great addition to their class. Students consistently tell us that this is the hardest part of the application, so we have developed this workshop to provide some insight. We will cover: What the personal statement is; how to begin writing it; what to include and exclude; writing separate addenda; how the personal statement and resume should work together; and an overview of the law school resume. Bring your questions because there will be plenty of time to ask them. To register, visit our calendar.


Illinois Leadership Center Programs and Services

Integrity: Investigate your personal values and the intersection of morals, ethics, and integrity on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

Ignite: Develop skill in leading change and understanding systems thinking on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

For more information on either the Integrity or Ignite I-Programs, or for more information about upcoming leadership programs visit


Council On Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) – College Scholars Program

CLEO is sponsoring its pre-law seminars at DePaul Law School on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 9 am – 5 pm. A separate seminar is hosted for freshmen (The Road to Law School), sophomores (Sophomore Super Saturday) and Juniors/Seniors/Grads (Juniors Jumpstart the LSAT). Register for these free seminars here.


Law School Open Houses

Law schools often offer opportunities for prospective applicants to visit their campuses, have a tour and possibly sit in on a 1L class. Here is some information we have received about upcoming admissions events at several Midwestern law schools. To find out about other law school open houses, visit the law schools’ websites!


University of Chicago Law School: Friday, October 24, 9am-1pm. For more info and to register, go here:


DePaul University College of Law: Saturday, November 22, 9am. For more info and to register, go here:


Drake University Law School: Friday, October 24, 2014, 9:15 am. For more info and to register, go here:


ITT-Chicago-Kent College of Law: Saturday, October 18, 10am-1pm. For more info and to register, go here:


John Marshall Law School-Chicago: Saturday, November 22, 9am. For more info and to register, go here:


University of Nebraska College of Law: Wednesday, October 29, 6pm. For more info and to register, go here:


University of Notre Dame Law School: Monday, October 13, 9am-3pm. For more info and to register, go here:


2015 Study Abroad Extensions

Please note that the Spring Semester 2015 application deadline has been extended for the following study abroad programs:

October 10, 2014 Extended Deadline

University of Wollongong, Australia

Swansea University, United Kingdom

University of York, United Kingdom

University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

National University of Ireland


October 15, 2014 Extended Deadline

University of Adelaide, Australia

University of Western Australia

University of Canterbury, New Zealand

University of Otago, New Zealand

University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Lancaster University, United Kingdom

Program information and the online application can be found in the links provided for each program.  Alternatively, students can visit


Walk-in advising is available on weekdays from 9:00 am – 4:45 pm in the Study Abroad Resource Room (112 International Studies Building).


Internship Opportunities

The Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI) launched its undergraduate research journal PEER REVIEW: The Undergraduate Research Journal of the Ethnography of the University Initiative, in May 2014. We are currently looking for 2 undergraduate student interns to serve as Managing Editors, joining a team of 3 already in place. Ideally candidates will be upper division undergrads in either an honors program or at the senior thesis stage. We are also interested, however, in promising students with research or writing experience. The student Managing Editors work with and mentored by the Senior Editors and the Advisory Board.

As the undergraduate editing team will consist of five students, we anticipate an average of 3-5 hours per week. We ask that interested candidates provide a cover letter outlining their interest, a resume, and a reference from a faculty mentor or program administrator (McNair, James Scholars, etc.). All applications should be submitted electronically (as one document if possible) to, with “Undergraduate Editor” in the subject line. Deadline is TODAY,October 6th, 2014.

Any questions should be addressed to Karen Rodriguez’G, Program Coordinator for EUI, at  For more general information on EUI and its mission, please see our website:



The Public Defender’s Office is a fast-paced environment. Ideal students for this program are: interested in criminal law proceedings; willing to take a variety of assignments; able to work independently when given appropriate support; and able to devote 90 hours during the semester to the Public Defender’s Office.

By Friday, October 10, students seeking to participate in the Public Defender Internship Program must submit via e-mail to a cover letter, resume and writing sample. The cover letter needs to address each of the following elements: 1) explain your interest in and motivation for undertaking this internship, 2) share your experience in working with only a modest level of direct supervision, and 3) discuss your plans for accommodating participation in the internship in your schedule (.e.g, how many other credit hours do you plan to carry, will you be studying for the LSAT, do you have other significant time commitments).  The writing sample can be a paper you have written from a previous class. All of those materials will be reviewed for a decision on acceptance into the program by the departmental internship committee.  At a minimum, students seeking to participate in this program need (1) to have completed 45 credit hours by Spring, 2015 (2) with at least one year of residence on this campus and (3) to have earned a cumulative UIUC grade point average of 3.0 or higher.  They must (4) have completed PS 101: U.S. Government & Politics  and (5) have no arrests or criminal convictions – as an adult or juvenile – or serious campus disciplinary violations involving campus or local law enforcement.  In addition to work in the Courthouse, students will need to attend a class for one hour per week on Wednesday afternoons.