Mark Your Calendars: Week of October 20

PLAS Events

Pre-Law 101: Monday, Oct. 27 at 4:00, Room 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building. This is the final Pre-Law 101 session for Fall Semester. Are you new to pre-law? Whether you are a first-year student or a senior, this workshop will give an in-depth orientation to being a pre-law student at the University of Illinois. Topics we will cover: What law schools are looking for; choosing a major/minor; helpful coursework to take; maximizing your extracurricular opportunities; planning ahead for the LSAT and law school applications. We will also answer your questions, so bring them! Please click here to register so that we can ensure enough seating and materials for everyone.

Campus Events and Opportunities
Sociology Internship Fair–open to ALL Students–Wed, Oct. 22 from 1-3:00 in 3057 Lincoln Hall. Find out about Soc 400, which allows you to earn credit while interning, and meet lots of different organizations looking for interns. Visit the website for more information on who’s attending.
A Career in Tech, Beginning with LAS–Wednesday, Oct 22,  1:45 pm  Illini Union Rooms ABC as part of the Summit on Online Education — ALL STUDENTS WELCOME. (This event is geared toward LAS students who are interested in a tech career but do not have a tech background.)

Jocelyn Ross has a degree in Psychology and started her career at Facebook with a job in customer support in 2006; a couple years later she started and led the Risk Management team there. She is now a data analyst at Stripe, a company that helps businesses accept payments online, where her inner social scientist gets to ask (and answer!) interesting questions about the companies Stripe works with every day. For more information, click here.

English Alumni Career Panel–Wednesday, October 22, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
English Building Room 108

Refreshments provided!

Five alums will return to talk about their career paths since graduation and to give tips on professional development for students working in the humanities. Between them they have experience in human resources, event planning, publishing, editing, public relations, technology, information management, library administration, archiving, and more!

Navigating Academic Writing: Writing Group for International Undergraduate Students, info meeting Oct. 23 at 4:00 pm, Room 251 Undergraduate Library. Would you like to talk about US academic writing? Do you sometimes wonder what your writing assignments mean? Do you struggle to talk with your professors and classmates about writing? Would you like to practice US conventions of using sources?

Then you would want to join the FREE writing groups for multilingual students hosted by the Writers Workshop. These groups are specifically for writers whose first language is not English and will meet in a 4-week session. Topics will be tailored to your needs but may include organizing ideas, understanding different kinds of writing tasks, understanding instructors’ responses, and using sources. The sessions will be led by an experienced Writers Workshop consultant who understands struggles with writing in English.

In order to participate, you must attend the informational meeting on October 23 (Thursday) at 4:00PM to sign up and you must attend all four sessions. Students who have participated in Navigating Academic Writing in the past are not eligible.

Writing group sessions will be held: Thursdays, Nov 6, Nov 13, Nov 20, Dec 4 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM, Room 251 Undergraduate Library.  Please email if you would like to join the writing group.

Career Center

Winter Break Job Shadow Program The Winter Break Job Shadow Program will help students engage with a company of interest, establish a professional network, and foster potential career opportunities! This program is a one-day commitment over winter break (between Dec. 22, 2014 – Jan. 16, 2015). The Job Shadow Program is open to ALL MAJORS and will include a variety of industries. Students must be in their Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior year.
To apply, students must attend one of the Job Shadow Information Sessions listed below:
• Monday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m., Gregory Hall 223
• Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m., Burrill Hall 124
• Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m., Gregory Hall 223
• Thursday, Oct. 30 at noon, Materials Science and Engineering Building 119
• Friday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m., Gregory Hall 319

Workshops–Unless otherwise indicated, all Career Center workshops will be held in the Career Center Conference Room, 715 S. Wright Street.  For more information and to register, go here:

Careers in Federal Government, Oct. 21, 4-5 pm
Getting the Job: Interviewing Tips, Oct. 22, 4-5 pm
Building Transferrable Skills, Oct. 23, 4-5 pm

Off Campus Events

FREE Webinar: Crafting a Winning Law School Personal Statement
Tues, Oct. 21, 6:30-7:30 pm.

Pre-law students are cordially invited to participate in a free webinar sponsored by Michigan State University College of Law. This webinar will offer a wide-ranging series of recommendations for writing a winning law school personal statement, including potential personal statement topics, steps to take when writing the first draft of your personal statement, and how to convey meaningful insights to law school faculty and staff who ultimately will act on the admissions application.  In the 15-minute Q and A segment following the formal remarks, the presenters will  respond to questions from webinar participants. For more details and to register, visit this website.

CLEO: College Scholars Program- The Ultimate Preparation to Help You Become a More Competitive Law School Applicant! Saturday, October 25, 9am-5pm, DePaul University College of Law

Designed to identify, motivate and prepare students for a career in the legal profession. Committed students can learn how to successfully navigate the law school admission process and underwrite their success in law school by participating in the College Scholars program.
• When: Saturday, October 25, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
• Where: DePaul University College of Law.
25 East Jackson Boulevard • Chicago • Illinois • 60604
• How: Register online at CLEO College Scholars.
• Who: All college students & post grads
For Freshmen: The Road To Law School seminar aims to provide Freshmen an overview of the key components of the law school application process.
For Sophomores: The Sophomore Super Saturdays seminar aims to help students further develop logical reasoning, reading comprehension and writing skills – the skills needed to become a competitive law school applicant.
For Juniors, Seniors/Post Graduates: Juniors Jumpstart the LSAT seminar aims to help participants understand the importance of systematic and timely preparation for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
For more information about these programs and to register, go here. CLEO is a non-profit project of the American Bar Association.
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