Mark Your Calendars — Week of October 5

There is a lot going on this week, beginning with the 2015 Law School Fair, which is TOMORROW.  Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom to learn about a paid position, scholarship opportunities and more!

PLAS Events

2015 Law School Fair – TOMORROW, October 6, 2015 – Illini Union Rooms A, B, C

Our biggest event of the year is almost here! Join us for the 2015 Law School Fair TOMORROW, Tuesday, October 6 from 10:00-2:00 at the Illini Union! Over 100 law schools will be here to visit with ALL students. Dress is business casual. It is not necessary to bring a résumé, but you may bring business cards. Most schools will have a sign-in sheet for you to provide your contact information if you wish. Bring your questions about the schools and their programs. Find out about joint degree programs. Ask about scholarships. Talk with admissions reps about what law schools are looking for. Ask questions, collect some freebies and fee waivers, and learn about law school admissions from the experts. For more details like who’s coming and what to expect, check out our website. See you there!

Perfecting Your Personal Statement & Resume for Law School: Thursday, October 8, 12:30 – 1:30 pm in IUB 514.

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. Please register here.

Campus Events and Opportunities

LAS Student Success Workshop: Argumentation and Analysis in Academic Essays, 3:00-4:50 pm Tuesday, Oct. 6 in 1 Foreign Language Building. This workshop is designed to provide strategy and guidelines about writing assignments such as understanding the nature of the assignment, creating a format, conducting scholarly research and putting ideas in the paper in a coherent manner to help students succeed. The primary focus is on making fact-based arguments and writing straight-forward papers using current academic knowledge, general knowledge/observations and research skills.

English Department Alumni Career Panel – Wednesday, October 7, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Gregory Hall 213

Curious about what you can do with your undergraduate degree? This is your chance to hear from English and Creative Writing alumni with experience in law, education, politics, entrepreneurship, publishing, fundraising, communication, PR, and web design. We’ll have refreshments and plenty of time for Q&A. We welcome students in all majors to one of our most popular annual events! RSVP at We hope to see you there!

Critical Language Scholarship Information Session – Thursday, October 8, 3:30-4:30pm, Room 514 Illini Union Bookstore (807 S. Wright St, entrance near Coble Hall)

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), from the U.S. Department of State, is a fully-funded, intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students in ALL fields. The CLS institutes cover one academic year of university-level language coursework in 8 to 10 weeks over the summer, and include cultural programming, local language partners, and excursions. Participants receive academic credit at their U.S. institutions. Applicants must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age and enrolled in a degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Our advisors, who have served as national-level CLS reviewers, will provide an overview of the program and give you helpful guidance on how to put together a competitive application. You will also hear from Illinois CLS alumni who spent summer 2015 in overseas language institutes on the scholarship.

Languages Offered
No previous study required: Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu
1 year of study required: Arabic, Persian
2 years of study required: Chinese, Japanese, Russian

For more information, please visit:

Apply to Become an I-Connect Facilitator — Apply BEFORE October 9!

Are You Passionate About Diversity and Inclusion? Will you like to help make change on your campus? Become an I-Connect Facilitator!!! Diversity and Social Justice Education is looking for undergraduate students to facilitate I-Connect Diversity and Inclusion Workshops starting in Spring 2016.

The I-Connect Diversity and Inclusion Workshop is an initiative of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, and the Division of Student Affairs. Students of color, LGBTQ students and allies, international students, and students with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply.

Students of diverse backgrounds will be able to use their to use their positionality and their unique perspectives to guide new students to understand and accept diversity and inclusion not only on the University of Illinois campus, but in their personal and professional lives as well. Experience facilitating difficult conversations is a must! The position is paid, and interviews will be held in mid-October.

Apply BEFORE October 9th at the link:  For more information, contact: or 217-244-1814

Freshman Scholarship

The Kevin T. Early Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) is open to freshman students who demonstrate an aptitude for writing poetry. To apply, submit 5 poems by Oct. 30 to Jennifer Price, Department of English, Include your name, address, phone number, email, and UIN on a title sheet with your submission. Do not include a name on the poems themselves.

Career Center Workshops – Unless otherwise indicated, all workshops are held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street. For more information or to register for an event, click here.

  • Career Fair Prep: Maximizing Your Experience Tues, Oct 6, 4-5pm.
  • Strategic Use of Linked In for International Students Tues, Oct. 6, 4-5:30pm

    The Interview Suite, 616 E. Green (enter Kaplan building next to McDonald’s and head to 2nd floor)
  • Finding an Internship Wed, Oct 7, 4-5pm
  • Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters Wed, Oct. 7, 5-6pm

College of Law Events

This Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 10:30-12:30, watch the Illinois Fourth District Appellate Court hear oral arguments for both a criminal and a civil case at the College of Law (Rowe Auditorium).

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke will speak at the College of Law on Fri, Oct. 9, from 12-1 pm. This event is free and open to the public, and lunch will be provided. Click here for more details. 

Have a great week!