The 2015 Internship Newsletter is live on Compass!

The long wait for the 2015 Internship Newsletter is finally over!  Please visit our Compass page to begin combing through the newsletter for summer opportunities that interest you.  If you are a pre-law student, simply log in with your credentials to access the page.  If you are not pre-law but would like to access the newsletter, please follow the instructions here.  Positions are available throughout Illinois and across the country.  Many positions have due dates over break, so we encourage you to begin working on applications as soon as possible.

Remember that winter break is a wonderful time to rest and relax after finals, but it is also a time that you will have fewer obligations.  So, use your break to begin planning for summer.  By the time February rolls around, it may be too late to secure the summer position you want.  Graduating seniors should begin looking for post-graduation jobs, and juniors, sophomores and freshmen should decide how they will spend their summer months.

For those of you who plan on applying to law school in fall 2016, winter break is a great time to begin preparing for the LSAT.  Take a practice LSAT to see where your strengths and weaknesses lie.  We have uploaded a complete sample LSAT to Compass (source: LSAC.org) for your convenience, which can be found here.  You can never start studying too early!  Additionally, this will provide you with some perspective that will help you gauge which LSAT prep company is the best for you at the 2015 LSAT Prep Fair on Monday, February 1, from 4:00-6:00 pm in Illini Union Room B.

For anyone who has not applied to their prospective schools yet and wishes to start in fall 2016, FINISH YOUR APPLICATIONS! The time to submit is now!

Enjoy your break and Happy Holidays!

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Internships and Scholarships — Mark Your Calendars — Week of December 14

We have two important announcements about internships and opportunities to win LSAT test prep scholarships.

First — make sure you watch your inbox, Twitter feed or our Facebook page for the publication of our annual Internship Newsletter this Thursday, December 17!   The newsletter, which offers over 15 pages of tips and actual internship opportunities, will be available on the PLAS Compass page. Winter break is a great time to research and find good summer internships —  in fact many internships have January application deadlines — so make sure you check out this resource!

SecondComing Spring 2016 — 2 Ways to Win an LSAT test prep scholarship

(1) The PLAS-sponsored LSAT Test Prep Company Fair is set for Monday, February 1, 2016, 4-6pm, Illini Union Room B! This event is a chance to learn more about several commercial LSAT test prep companies, participate in informative mini-workshops conducted by the companies and win discounts on test prep materials and scholarships for courses! Keep checking the PLAS website for updates on the fair.

(2) Are you taking the June LSAT but not sure you can afford a full LSAT test prep course? Thanks to the generous donation of Kaplan Test Prep, Pre-Law Advising Services is pleased to announce the availability of two full LSAT prep course scholarships courtesy of Kaplan Test Prep. The recipients will be able to use the scholarships on Kaplan’s LSAT In Person, Live Online or Self-Paced Courses. To learn more about Kaplan, go here: http://www.kaptest.com/LSAT/Home/index.html.

If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships, please submit the following: 1) Your resume, AND
2) A short essay (no more than 600 words) that addresses each of the following:

  • Have you taken an LSAT prep class before?
  • What is your financial need? It is not necessary to provide exact numbers, just give us a sense of your financial situation and why a scholarship is necessary.
  • How can this scholarship help you achieve your goals?

Email your resume and essay to Judy Argentieri at jargenti@illinois.edu by February 5, 2016 at 5pm.  Winners will be announced the week of February 8!

Note: Pre-Law Advising Services does not endorse any commercial LSAT test prep company.

Have a great break!

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Harvard Law School events, End of Semester appointments

The December LSAT is over! Attention December LSAT Test Takers — Upcoming Appointment Times

For those of you who took the December LSAT, now is the time to continue working on your personal statement(s).  We have personal statement review appointments available until December 23 before closing the office for the holidays. We will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2016, and will have limited appointments available until spring semester begins (including phone appointments if you are not in Champaign). Make an appointment by calling 333-9669.

Harvard Law School invites all Illini to attend the following upcoming webinar sessions.

Women’s Law Association at Harvard Law School
December 8, 2015
6:00 PM EST
Please register for the session.

BGLTQ+ Life at Harvard Law School
December 9, 2015
6:00PM EST
Please register for the session.

Students of Color at Harvard Law School
December 10, 2015
6:00PM EST
Please register for the session.

International Students at Harvard Law School
December 16, 2015
5:00 PM EST (US)
Please register for the session.

Japanese Students at Harvard Law School
December 16, 2015
10:00 PM EST (US)
(December 17, 12:00 PM JST)
Please register for the session.

Have a great week and good luck on finals!

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December LSAT Reminders, February LSAT Registration and the 2015 Internship Newsletter

Here are some reminders as Test Day approaches for those of you taking the LSAT this Saturday. Additionally, check out the registration information below for those of you planning to take the February LSAT and keep an eye out for the 2015 Internship Newsletter.

For December LSAT Takers

You’ve been prepping and you’re ready. As you enter the last days of prep, be sure to review the LSAC’s Day of the Test overview here. You may need to gather some test day items in advance. Some highlights:

  • Bring valid government ID along with 3-4 No. 2 pencils (not mechanical pencils).
  • You will also need to obtain a passport-style photo for your admission ticket.
  • Remember to bring a snack in a ziploc bag! It’s a long test. You’ll need it.
  • No cell phones–this has been a problem at some test sites! DO NOT BRING YOUR CELL PHONE.
  • Digital watches are not allowed–only analog watches can be used.
  • No purses, backpacks, or earplugs are allowed.

For February LSAT Takers
Regular registration is now open for the February LSAT and it closes on December 31. Late registration closes on January 8, 2016. Early registration is recommended so that you can get a seat at your preferred test site. To see future test dates or to register, visit LSAT Dates and Deadlines.

2015 Internship Newsletter Coming Soon! – The 2015 Internship Newsletter will be available on December 18, 2015, on our Compass page. If you have the time in the coming weeks and cannot wait to start your applications until the 2015 Newsletter is released, the 2014 Newsletter is still available on Compass. Many of the same internships will be offered again this year. Take look at the individual internships’ websites to find updated information for summer 2016 opportunities.

Good luck on your LSAT prepping, finals, and summer 2016 applications!

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