Mark Your Calendars – Week of February 2

Are you planning on taking the LSAT within the next year? If so, don’t miss the LSAT Test Prep Company Fair THIS 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! Keep reading for more information on these programs and other events!

PLAS Events

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

Learn about the LSAT. Maximize your LSAT performance. Get big discounts. Win a scholarship. These are all reasons to join us for the LSAT prep fair! Representatives from the following LSAT test prep companies are planning to attend: Kaplan, LSATMax, NextStepTestPrep, Powerscore,TestMasters, and Blueprint. Additionally, some companies will be providing 15 minute mini workshops to showcase their respective teaching methods. Each teaching session will be followed by a brief Q&A. Come for deep discounts and a chance to WIN SCHOLARSHIPS TO LSAT PREP PROGRAMS! Refreshments provided! 

Pre-Law 101 — Next Monday, February 9, 2015, 4-5pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building (807 S Wright St)

Are you new to being pre-law, or new to Illinois? 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. Please register at the link above so that we have enough materials and seating for everyone. All students are welcome. For more information and to register, go here.

For more info about these and other PLAS Events, go here.


Campus Events

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.

Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters: Monday, February 2, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM or Thursday, February 4, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM

Career Fair Prep, Monday, February 2, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM,

Getting the Job: Interviewing Tips – Thursday, February 5, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

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


Writers Workshop Programming

Navigating Academic Writing: Writing Group for International Undergraduate Students – 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 Tuesday, February 3 at 3:00PM in Room 251 of the Undergraduate Library to sign up.  If you are selected, you must attend all four sessions offered. Students who have participated in Navigating Academic Writing in the past are not eligible.  Email with any questions.


National & International Scholarships Program

An info session to learn more about the UK Fulbright Summer Institutes for freshmen and sophomores will be held on Thursday, February 5, 3:30-4:30pm in Room 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building (entrance near Coble Hall). A program overview, tips for successful applications and a Q&A session will be provided. Applicants must be freshmen or sophomores with a GPA of 3.7 or higher.

The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK.  These programs provide the opportunity for undergraduates (aged over 18), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural program.

There are nine Summer Programs available for US students in 2015.  The Summer Institute will cover the majority of the participant costs: round-trip airfare from the US to the UK, tuition and fees at the University, social programs, and room and board.

The application deadline is 26 February or 5 March 2015. More information, including descriptions of the nine institutes, can be found on the program website.


Off Campus Events

Law School Open Houses and Admitted Students Days

As we mentioned in our blog last week, 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. Listed below are a couple of Midwest focused events, but make sure you also check the law school websites to see what types of events the schools in which you have an interest are offering.

Northern Illinois University Law School, Information Session, Friday, February 13, Noon-1:30pm. For more information or to register, go here:

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
Have a great week!

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