Mark Your Calendars — Week of November 30

PLAS Announcements

October LSAT Takers – We Want Your Feedback! If you sat for the October LSAT, we ask that you take a few minutes to let us know what study method you used and how helpful you thought it was in preparing for the LSAT. We have prepared a short questionnaire for you to complete, which can be found here.

Campus Events

Don’t Put the “Pro” in Procrastination – Tips for Prevention – 7-9 pm on December 1. Come to the Illini Union, Room 209, for this event sponsored by the Counseling Center.

 

Scholarship/Fellowship Opportunities!

Carlson Caspers Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship Program – University of Illinois STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) students are especially invited to apply for this opportunity.

This scholarship program is for current undergrads who will enter law school in Fall, 2016, and intend to practice intellectual property law in the Twin Cities area upon graduation. Deadline is March 1, 2016. Visit their website for more information and to apply:http://carlsoncaspers.com/Firm/InclusionAndDiversity/1LDiversityScholarshipProgram

Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad 

Studying a less-commonly-taught language? Seeking linguistic and cultural immersion? Boren Undergraduate Scholarships provide unique funding opportunities for freshman through seniors to study language and culture in non-Western regions critical to US interests. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

The strongest candidates have a solid academic record and the potential to succeed in their proposed study abroad experience, as well as clear plans for how they will use the target language in their future academic and professional endeavors. Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least 1 year after graduation.

The maximum awards are:
• $10,000 for a semester
• $20,000 for an academic year
• For STEM students only: $8,000 for a summer program (8 weeks minimum)

ROTC participants: see the special Boren-ROTC Initiative

The campus deadline is January 19, 2016. Please learn more about the campus process here. For complete information on Boren Awards preferred languages and countries, click here.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship

This fellowship is available to both graduate and undergraduate students.  Awards will be given for the summer and the academic year.  The awards are for study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, area aspects of professional studies or international studies.  The awards include tuition/fee payments and a generous stipend!

Info sessions: Thursday, December 3 and Friday, December 4, 126 GLSIS, 4-5pm.  For more information, visit http://publish.illinois.edu/illinoisflas/aboutflas. 

Have a great week and keep working hard as finals approach!

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Fall Break Roundup — What should you do?

Fall Break is here — now what?

Aside from relaxing, eating and watching football (and maybe getting ready for finals?!), what else could/should you be doing?

Seniors Applying to Law School

  1. If you have a valid LSAT score, finish your applications!  If you have everything you need to apply there is no reason to procrastinate. This is a rolling admissions process — file your applications ASAP!
  2. If you do NOT have a valid LSAT score and are taking the December LSAT — keep studying!  A strong LSAT score helps both with admissions and scholarships!
  3. If you have a valid LSAT score and have your parts of the application done but are waiting for Letters of Recommendation, gently remind your recommenders (either via a phone call or email) that you want to submit your applications ASAP but cannot do so until LSAC/CAS receives all required letters of recommendation.
  4. Attend an Open House!  For those of you applying to the University of Chicago, they will be holding an open house on November 23.  Click here to register for this event.
  5. Check deadlines for Early Decision!  While many schools list November 15 as their early decision deadline, several others allow early decision applications until December 1.  Not sure about early decision? Click here for a recent PLAS blog post on the pros and cons of applying early decision.
  6. October LSAT takers — please take a few minutes to let us know what study method you used and how helpful you thought it was in preparing for the LSAT. We have prepared a short questionnaire for you to complete, which can be found here.

Juniors Planning to Apply to Law School Next Year

  1. Study for finals and write those papers!  Your GPA is a very important part of the law school admissions and scholarship process!
  2. LSAT Prep — As a general matter, we advise juniors planning to apply to law school next fall to take the June LSAT.   You should plan to spend approximately 4-6 months studying for the LSAT.  So now is the time to prepare for that process. As you plan your schedule for Spring 2016, consider not overloading on courses since the time necessary for effective preparation equates to the time invested in a rigorous 3 credit class. Remember: the LSAT is NOT like the ACT or the SAT.  It does not test you on what you know.  Rather, it tests you on how you think.  It is important to determine how you plan to study for the LSAT (on your own, through a commercial prep company, etc.), and decide where you want to take the LSAT. To begin your research, go to the LSAC’s website for info on the LSAT, how to register and select a test site, and how to be successful on the test.
  3. Internships — Have you thought about what you will be doing next summer?  Are you looking into internships? Internships can be a great way to learn more about the legal system and the practice of law.  Do you need some suggestions on how and where to find an internship?  Go to the PLAS Compass page for information on internships.  And remember: the PLAS Annual Internship Newsletter will be out and published on Compass the week of December 14!

Sophomores and Freshmen

  1. Just as we advised juniors — study for finals and write those papers!  Your GPA is a very important part of the law school admissions and scholarship process!
  2. It is never too early to start exploring a legal career.  Use fall and winter break to talk to friends, family members, and neighbors who are lawyers.
  3. Internships — Just as we advised juniors, now is a good time to consider what you want to do next summer.  Internships can be a great way to learn more about the legal system and the practice of law. Are you interested in finding an internship but don’t know where to start? Check out our Compass page now for information on internships and check back the week of December 14 for the 2015 edition of the PLAS Annual Internship Newsletter!

Have a great break!

 

 

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Mark Your Calendars — Week of November 16

PLAS Announcements

October LSAT Takers – We Want Your Feedback! If you sat for the October LSAT, we ask that you take a few minutes to let us know what study method you used and how helpful you thought it was in preparing for the LSAT. We have prepared a short questionnaire for you to complete, which can be found here.

Law School Opportunities for Undergrads

University of Chicago Law School invites Illinois students and alumni to attend their Open House on Monday, November 23 (during our Fall Break) from 9 am – 1 pm. The Open House will include a class and a tour of the school. You will also get to meet with the offices of Admissions and Financial Aid. To register, visit their website here.

Free Midwest Law School Virtual Fair–Meet over 20 different law schools without leaving the house at the free Midwest Law School Virtual Fair on Tuesday, November 17. Talk to admissions reps in live chat sessions online, get immediate answers to application or school related questions, and learn more about law schools around the midwest. Registration is free; click here to register and find out more details.

Pre-Law students are invited to the following free event at the University of Illinois College of Law. 

Interested in criminal law? The College of Law also invites pre-law students to attend Meet the Exoneree on Tuesday, November 17 at noon in the College of Law Auditorium, featuring Kristine Bunch. Ms. Bunch was wrongfully convicted and freed with the help of the Criminal Law Program and the Illinois Innocence Project after serving 17 years in prison. Hear from Ms. Bunch and learn more about the Illinois Innocence Project. Lunch will be served for free for attendees.

Scholarship/Fellowship Opportunities!

Carlson Caspers Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship Program – University of Illinois STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) students are especially invited to apply for this opportunity.

This scholarship program is for current undergrads who will enter law school in Fall, 2016, and intend to practice intellectual property law in the Twin Cities area upon graduation. Deadline is March 1, 2016      Visit their website for more information and to apply: http://carlsoncaspers.com/Firm/InclusionAndDiversity/1LDiversityScholarshipProgram

Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad 

Studying a less-commonly-taught language? Seeking linguistic and cultural immersion? Boren Undergraduate Scholarships provide unique funding opportunities for freshman through seniors to study language and culture in non-Western regions critical to US interests. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

The strongest candidates have a solid academic record and the potential to succeed in their proposed study abroad experience, as well as clear plans for how they will use the target language in their future academic and professional endeavors. Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least 1 year after graduation.

The maximum awards are:
• $10,000 for a semester
• $20,000 for an academic year
• For STEM students only: $8,000 for a summer program (8 weeks minimum)

ROTC participants: see the special Boren-ROTC Initiative

The campus deadline is January 19, 2016. Please learn more about the campus process here. For complete information on Boren Awards preferred languages and countries, click here.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship

This fellowship is available to both graduate and undergraduate students.  Awards will be given for the summer and the academic year.  The awards are for study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, area aspects of professional studies or international studies.  The awards include tuition/fee payments and a generous stipend!

Info sessions: Thursday, December 3 and Friday, December 4, 126 GLSIS, 4-5pm.  For more information, visit http://publish.illinois.edu/illinoisflas/aboutflas. 

Have a great week!

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Course Selection Ideas for Spring

As you know, pre-law students come from ALL majors and there are no specific required courses to be a successful pre-law student. Here are some ideas of classes you may find interesting or useful. NONE OF THESE ARE REQUIRED but are merely offered as suggestions.

English 310: Introduction to the Study of the English Language
Unprotected Speech (Language and Law): What we can and cannot say, and why.
https://courses.illinois.edu/schedule/2016/spring/ENGL/310

The First Amendment reads, “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech,” but although much of our speech is protected, a great deal of it is not. The First Amendment has never protected obscene speech, incitement to violence, fighting words, or falsely shouting fire in a crowded theater, though some of these categories have proved difficult to define. This semester, we will study the workings of our language through the lens of protected and unprotected speech and writing: what we can say without fear of legal consequences, and what we can’t. Starting with the murderous attacks on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last year, we’ll look at the history of censorship, speech bans, and government surveillance of speech. We’ll see how the boundaries between permitted and banned speech shift over time and with context; how advances in technology change the border between public speech and private speech; whether speech codes are desirable or defensible; and how the concept of intellectual property informs and limits what we can do with our words, and with the words of others. All readings will be available on line. Students will be asked to write several short papers on the topics covered, and to participate in a group presentation on one of them.

Law 201: Basic Constitutional Law and Individual Rights 
https://courses.illinois.edu/schedule/2016/spring/LAW/201

Taught by Vikram Amar, the new Dean of the College of Law, this class is an introduction to the main themes of the American Constitution – with an emphasis on the First and Fourteenth Amendments – and to basic techniques of constitutional interpretation. Attention will be paid to the interplay of constitutional text, judicial doctrine, and constitutional decision-making outside the judiciary. No prerequisites.

Law 199: Introduction to Domestic Violence Legal Issues
https://courses.illinois.edu/schedule/2016/spring/LAW/199

This course will introduce students to legal and cultural issues in the domestic violence area. This course may be of interest to those interested in child and family studies, psychology, law, sociology, ethnography, gender and women?s studies, and/or political science. The course will consist of two 1 hr 20 minute interactive course meetings per week. You should expect to hear from many different “players” in the legal system in the form of guest lectures as well. Assessment will take the form of short multiple choice quizzes and written assignments; there will be no final exam.

JOUR 452 –  Great Books of Journalism
https://courses.illinois.edu/schedule/2016/spring/JOUR/452

This is an unusual class in that it is structured like a book club. The class will read eight books over the semester and one night a week will sit down in a comfortable seminar setting and talk about them—how they are structured, reported, narrated, written. The books are all classics of journalism and nonfiction. They range from books about political power and corruption, to endemic poverty, to oranges, to front-line soldiers in Iraq, to traveling the back roads of America, to living with the poorest of the poor in India. They range from historical investigative, to first-person poetic documentary, to matter-of-fact third-person descriptive, to deep personal reporter immersion, to combinations of all of these approaches. They reveal journalism on a far wider and grander stage than most ever imagine. Students write a  700-word essay on each book. No final exam but students  write a longer final essay on all the books. There are no prerequisites and the class is open to all majors.

Popular courses to build pre-law skills include the following. These are not required but are offered as suggestions. Some of these courses have prerequisites.

Classes to build oral and written communication skills
CMN 101: Public Speaking, CMN 211: Business Communication, CMN 321: Strategies of Persuasian, CMN 323: Argumentation, foreign language courses, upper level ENGL, HIST, PHIL, or PS courses

Classes to build logical reasoning skills
PHIL 102: Logic and Reasoning, or PHIL 103: Logical and Reasoning QRII, PHIL 202: Symbolic Logic

Classes to understand how our government is structured and how it regulates
PS 101: Intro to US Gov & Politics, PS 220: Intro to Public Policy, PS 302: The US Constitution II, PS 322: Law and Public Policy, Law 201: Basic Constitutional Law

Classes to explore legal issues
BADM 300: The Legal Environment of Business, GE 400: Engineering Law, RST 354: Legal Aspects of Sport, SOC 275: Criminology

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Mark Your Calendars: Week of November 9–it’s a biggie!

We have a LOT of great opportunities to share with you this week! Take a look.

PLAS Events–Our final two events of the semester!

The Real Deal: Lawyers Share the Inside View of the Legal Profession – Monday, November 9, 5:00 – 6:00 pm in Illini Union Bookstore 514.
The best way to learn about the legal profession is to talk to lawyers! What is it really like to argue a case before a jury? What skills does it take to make partner or own your own law firm? What should you know before joining the legal profession? Network with retired area lawyers representing a variety of legal careers to find out! Ask questions about what it’s really like to practice law and get insight into what skills you can build now to prepare for a successful legal career! This is a rare and valuable chance to talk to people who can share perspectives on their decades-long legal careers and all pre-law students will benefit. No registration is necessary. For the speakers’ bios, please visit: http://publish.illinois.edu/prelawadvising/2015/10/13/your-opportunity-to-meet-legal-professionals/

Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume For Law School: Tuesday, November 10, 4:00 – 5:00 pm in Illini Union Bookstore 514.
This is our final personal statement workshop of the semester. 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.

October LSAT Takers – We Want Your Feedback! If you sat for the October LSAT, we ask that you take a few minutes to let us know what study method you used and how helpful you thought it was in preparing for the LSAT. We have prepared a short questionnaire for you to complete, which can be found here.

 Law School Opportunities for Undergrads

University of Chicago Law School invites Illinois students and alumni to attend theirOpen House on Monday, November 23 (during our Fall Break) from 9 am – 1 pm. The Open House will include a class and a tour of the school. You will also get to meet with the offices of Admissions and Financial Aid. To register, visit their website here.

Free Midwest Law School Virtual Fair–Meet over 20 different law schools without leaving the house at the free Midwest Law School Virtual Fair on Nov. 17. Talk to admissions reps in live chat sessions online, get immediate answers to application or school related questions, and learn more about law schools around the midwest.  Registration is free; click here to register and find out more details.

 Pre-Law students are invited to both of the following free events at the University of Illinois College of Law. 

Interested in civil rights? Professor Pamela Karlan will present The End of the Line: Marriage Equality and Racial Equality at the Supreme Court on Thursday, November 12 at noon in the College of Law Auditorium. Lunch will be provided for free to attendees. Ms. Karlan is a professor of Public Interest Law at Stanford University and co-director of its Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. Visit the College of Law’s website here for more event details.

Interested in criminal law? The College of Law also invites pre-law students to attend Meet the Exoneree on Tuesday, November 17 at noon in the College of Law Auditorium, featuring Kristine Bunch. Ms. Bunch was wrongfully convicted and freed with the help of the Criminal Law Program and the Illinois Innocence Project after serving 17 years in prison. Hear from Ms. Bunch and learn more about the Illinois Innocence Project. Lunch will be served for free for attendees.

Campus Events

Illinois in Washington Info Sessions–Spend a Semester Interning and Taking Classes in Washington, DC Come learn more about Illinois in Washington, an academic internship program open to all Illinois undergraduates.  Students live in Washington, DC, for a semester or summer, intern 4 days a week and take U of I classes.   Information sessions:

  • Wednesday, November 11 from 12-1 pm Career Center Interview Suite, Room 213, 616 E Green Street
  • Wednesday, November 11 from 6-7 pm in Lincoln Hall 1024Deadlines: Summer – February 1; Fall – April 1; Spring – October 1

Also visit www.washington.illinois.eduwww.facebook.com/IlliniosInWashington, and www.illinoisinwashington.wordpress.com/.

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.

  • Peace Corps Information Meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 5-6:30 pm
  • Making a Major Decision–an online workshop Wednesday, Nov. 11, 4-5 pm. Participate by visiting go.illinois.edu/findingmajor
  • Professional Communication for International Students, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 4-5:30 pm at The Interview Suite, 616 E Green St.

Virtual Career Fair Employing People with Disabilities–Tues, Nov. 10, 8 am-8 pm online
This virtual Career Fair is FREE for students and alumni with disabilities to attend. Great opportunity for college students & college grads with disabilities to meet online with 40+ employers across the nation including ANSYS, Cox Enterprises, Epic, FAA, Medtronic, NIH, NSA, Procter & Gamble, Southwest Airlines, Verizon, UPS, & more! Students and Alumni are invited to interact with employers via chat sessions. Learn more at www.careereco.com/events/disability

Success @ Illinois Academic Mentoring Programs and Services presents the workshop World Class Student: Studying Abroad on Wednesday, Nov.11 from 3-5 pm, location TBD.

Apply to become a Social Justice Educator, facilitating discussions and workshop with Diversity Ed. The position counts toward course credit hours. Online applications can be found at http://go.illinois.edu/SJEPApplication.

Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations (MHRIR) Program Information MeetingThursday, November 12, 5:15-7:00 pm in Room 35 of the Labor and Employment Relations (LER) Building — LER is hosting Informational Meetings for students to learn more about the Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations (MHRIR) Program at the School of Labor and Employment Relations!  Interested students will be joined by faculty and staff for curriculum overview and current students as they share their experiences in the program.  Other topics during the session include admissions requirements and career opportunities in the field! Dinner will be provided!

 Scholarship/Fellowship Opportunities!

 

Bailey Scholarship — University YMCA – The YMCA is now taking applications for the Fred S. Bailey Internship Scholarship Program for U of I students who have an unpaid internship in spring. The University YMCA’s Fred S. Bailey Unpaid Internship Scholarship program provides scholarship funding to students who accept unpaid internships with public service agencies and not for profit organizations.  Applications are due Nov. 13! For more information and to apply, go here:http://www.universityymca.org/bailey/internship_awards.html.

Carlson Caspers Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship Program – University of Illinois STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) students are especially invited to apply for this opportunity.

This scholarship program is for current undergrads who will enter law school in Fall, 2016, and intend to practice intellectual property law in the Twin Cities area upon graduation. Deadline is March 1, 2016      Visit their website for more information and to apply: http://carlsoncaspers.com/Firm/InclusionAndDiversity/1LDiversityScholarshipProgram

 Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad 

Studying a less-commonly-taught language? Seeking linguistic and cultural immersion? Boren Undergraduate Scholarships provide unique funding opportunities for freshman through seniors to study language and culture in non-Western regions critical to US interests. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

The strongest candidates have a solid academic record and the potential to succeed in their proposed study abroad experience, as well as clear plans for how they will use the target language in their future academic and professional endeavors. Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least 1 year after graduation.

The maximum awards are:
• $10,000 for a semester
• $20,000 for an academic year
• For STEM students only: $8,000 for a summer program (8 weeks minimum)

ROTC participants: see the special Boren-ROTC Initiative

The campus deadline is January 19, 2016. Please learn more about the campus process here. For complete information on Boren Awards preferred languages and countries, click here.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship – This fellowship is available to both graduate and undergraduate students.  Awards will be given for the summer and the academic year.  The awards are for study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, area aspects of professional studies or international studies.  The awards include tuition/fee payments and a generous stipend!

Info sessions: Thursday, December 3 and Friday, December 4, 126 GLSIS, 4-5pm.  For more information, visit http://publish.illinois.edu/illinoisflas/aboutflas. 

Have a great week!

 

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The Finish Line is Right Around the Corner!

October LSAT takers may be tempted to take a break following an exhausting test and the anxiety that comes along with waiting for scores, but now is the time to push through the finish line. Finishing the application process will feel better than any perceived benefit of waiting. For those students who are taking the December LSAT, use this time to finish everything else necessary so you can send your applications in as soon as you receive your scores.

All students applying this cycle should take the time to review their applications before they submit them. Make sure all of your materials are ready to go. Make a checklist for each school that you plan to apply to and double-check to ensure you have met all of requirements of each school. It would be a shame to have the GPA, LSAT score and intangibles to make it into your dream school only to be denied because you forgot something.

If you have yet to complete your application materials, look through some of the resources we have made available to you. If you need help with you personal statement, check out our blog entry “The LSAT is Over – Time to Focus on Your Personal Statement” or sign up for our “Perfecting Your Personal Statement & Resume for Law School” seminar taking place next Tuesday, November 10 at 4:00 pm in IUB 503 (registration is necessary). If you have questions about completing the character and fiction portion of your application, check out “A Refresher on Character and Fitness.”

Also be sure to take check out the various resources available on our Compass page and to take advantage of your own personal networks. Speak with your advisors, fellow students, parents, siblings and any one else who may help to ensure that your application wows admission committees. The end is in sight so keep up the good work.

Good luck on your applications!

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Mark Your Calendars — Week of November 2

PLAS Events

October LSAT Takers – We Want Your Feedback! If you sat for the October LSAT, we ask that you take a few minutes to let us know what study method you used and how helpful you thought it was in preparing for the LSAT. We have prepared a short questionnaire for you to complete, which can be found here.

Applying to Law School Workshop: TONIGHT Monday, November 2, 4:00 – 5:15 pm in IUB 514.

Are you applying to law school this year? This workshop will provide an extensive overview of the application process, including: Understanding the Credential Assembly Service (including a demo), letters of recommendation, transcripts, and the LSAC report that law schools receive. We will discuss how to develop a law school application strategy and share tips to maximize admission and aid in the law school application process. All of your questions about the law school application process will be addressed! No registration is necessary. This workshop does not cover the personal statement and law school application resume due to the separate workshops on those topics. Attendees are invited to attend both workshops.

Pre-Law 101: Wednesday, November 4, 3:00 – 4:00 pm in IUB 514.

This workshop is for any Illinois student who is new to pre-law. We will cover: What it means to be a pre-law student at Illinois; the profile of a successful law school applicant; building a pre-law resume during undergraduate years; and what helpful resources exist on campus. We will answer all of your pre-law questions! This workshop is primarily aimed at first year students but all students are welcome. First year students should attend a Pre-Law 101 prior to setting up an individual Pre-Law Advising appointment. Please register here.

The Real Deal: Lawyers Share the Inside View of the Legal Profession – Monday, November 9, 5:00 – 6:00 pm in IUB 514.

The best way to learn about the legal profession is to talk to lawyers! What is it really like to argue a case before a jury? What skills does it take to make partner or own your own law firm? What should you know before joining the legal profession? Network with retired area lawyers representing a variety of legal careers to find out! Ask questions about what it’s really like to practice law and get insight into what skills you can build now to prepare for a successful legal career! This is a rare and valuable chance to talk to people who can share perspectives on their decades-long legal careers and all pre-law students will benefit. No registration is necessary. For the speakers’ bios, please visit: http://publish.illinois.edu/prelawadvising/2015/10/13/your-opportunity-to-meet-legal-professionals/

Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume For Law School: Tuesday, November 10, 4:00 – 5:00 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.

 Law School Opportunities

University of Chicago Law School invites Illinois students and alumni to attend theirOpen House on Monday, November 23 (during our Fall Break) from 9 am – 1 pm. The Open House will include a class and a tour of the school. You will also get to meet with the offices of Admissions and Financial Aid. To register, visit their website here.

 

Campus Events

White House Internship Program — Info Session Wednesday, November 4 – The White House Internship Program is a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office, and prepare them for future public service opportunities. Come learn about this competitive 3 1/2 month volunteer opportunity in Washington, DC, open to U.S. citizens from all majors and backgrounds, both graduate and undergraduate students.Applications for the Summer Internship cycle are due January 15th. Former White House Intern and Presidential Appointee, Rachel Rubin, will discuss the application process and program requirements, as well as share her experiences as an Illini serving President Obama’s administration. Interested? Come to an event on Wednesday, November 4 at 4:30 in Room 404 David Kinley Hall. And, see: The White House Internship: A Public Service Leadership Program, https://www.whitehouse.gov/participate/internships.

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.

  • Finding an Internship, Tuesday, November 3, 4-5 pm.
  • Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters, Thursday, November 5, 4-5 pm

Illinois Leadership Center – i-Programs

  • Intersect – Learn skills in relationship building and team development. Will be held on Saturday, November 7. For more information on the event and to register, please visit: http://www.illinoisleadership.illinois.edu/.

LeaderShape Institute

LeaderShape is a nationally-recognized leadership development program that takes place at many college campuses every year. At the LeaderShape Institute, participants learn how to lead with integrity through a variety of fun and educational experiences. They will create a vision for change focused on their organizations and an action plan designed to assist them in effectively implementing their vision and goals.

The University of Illinois offers a campus-based session of this nationally recognized program each January. Unlike i-programs and workshops, students must apply for this program through their academic college Dean’s Office.

For more information about LeaderShape, contact your academic college Dean’s Office. You may also contact the Illinois Leadership Center or view the Leadership Center events calendar to learn more about application deadlines and available information sessions. An information session will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, October 13 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm in the Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Center. To learn more about this program, please visit: http://www.illinoisleadership.illinois.edu/programs/leadershape.asp.

Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations (MHRIR) Program Information MeetingThursday, November 12, 5:15-7:00 pm in Room 35 of the Labor and Employment Relations (LER) Building — LER is hosting Informational Meetings for students to learn more about the Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations (MHRIR) Program at the School of Labor and Employment Relations!  Interested students will be joined by faculty and staff for curriculum overview and current students as they share their experiences in the program.  Other topics during the session include admissions requirements and career opportunities in the field! Dinner will be provided!

 Scholarship/Fellowship Opportunities!

Dad’s Association Scholarships The Dads Association at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship. The Dads Association will award scholarships in the amount of $2,000 in January 2016 to six undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  In order to be considered for the scholarship students must submit their application by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2015.

The on-line application can be found by clicking here.

If you have questions, you may contact the Illini Union Parent and Family Programs Office at iuparentfamilyprograms@illinois.edu or (217) 333-7063.

Bailey Scholarship — University YMCA – The YMCA is now taking applications for the Fred S. Bailey Internship Scholarship Program for U of I students who have an unpaid internship in spring. The University YMCA’s Fred S. Bailey Unpaid Internship Scholarship program provides scholarship funding to students who accept unpaid internships with public service agencies and not for profit organizations.  Applications are due Nov. 13! For more information and to apply, go here:http://www.universityymca.org/bailey/internship_awards.html.

Carlson Caspers Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship Program – University of Illinois STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) students are especially invited to apply for this opportunity.

This scholarship program is for current undergrads who will enter law school in Fall, 2016, and intend to practice intellectual property law in the Twin Cities area upon graduation. Deadline is March 1, 2016      Visit their website for more information and to apply: http://carlsoncaspers.com/Firm/InclusionAndDiversity/1LDiversityScholarshipProgram

 Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad 

Studying a less-commonly-taught language? Seeking linguistic and cultural immersion? Boren Undergraduate Scholarships provide unique funding opportunities for freshman through seniors to study language and culture in non-Western regions critical to US interests. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

The strongest candidates have a solid academic record and the potential to succeed in their proposed study abroad experience, as well as clear plans for how they will use the target language in their future academic and professional endeavors. Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least 1 year after graduation.

The maximum awards are:
• $10,000 for a semester
• $20,000 for an academic year
• For STEM students only: $8,000 for a summer program (8 weeks minimum)

ROTC participants: see the special Boren-ROTC Initiative

The campus deadline is January 19, 2016. Please learn more about the campus process here. For complete information on Boren Awards preferred languages and countries, click here.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship – This fellowship is available to both graduate and undergraduate students.  Awards will be given for the summer and the academic year.  The awards are for study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, area aspects of professional studies or international studies.  The awards include tuition/fee payments and a generous stipend!

Info sessions: Thursday, December 3 and Friday, December 4, 126 GLSIS, 4-5pm.  For more information, visit http://publish.illinois.edu/illinoisflas/aboutflas. 

Have a great week!

 

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