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:

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

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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
  • 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

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

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:

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:

 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 

Have a great week!