Welcome Back Edition

Welcome Class of 2020 and Welcome Back Pre-Law Students!

Hello students!  Our first blog post of the 2016-2017 school year features an overview of many of the events happening on campus in the next week and a brief update on Pre-Law Advising Services (PLAS), including information about our FREE practice LSAT being offered on Friday, September 9.   Scroll down for more on that.  We will resume our regular blogging schedule August 29.  Our postings will include updates on PLAS programs, campus events, internships and information on a variety of pre-law topics and items of interest so keep checking in!!

Upcoming Campus Events

Welcome Days/Welcome Week 2016 — August 18-25, 2016

To stay informed and updated about all Illinois Welcome Days events, including Quad Day this Sunday, August 21, download the Illinois Student Affairs App and open the Fall Orientation/Welcome Days 2016 Schedule here: http://odos.illinois.edu/newstudent/programs/welcomedays.html.  Scan the QR code on the Student Affairs page or search in the Apple App Store under “Illinois Student Affairs” or for Droid users search for “University of Illinois Student Affairs”.

Quad Day: Sunday, August 21!

The semester kicks off this weekend with Quad Day, Sunday, August 21, Noon-4pm. For more info about Quad Day and other Welcome Week Events, check out the Illini Union webpage: http://union.illinois.edu/see-and-do/events/welcome-week-2016.

Come out for a day of learning about any and every Registered Student Organization on the Illinois campus. Campus offices and local organizations will also be lining the Main Quad for you to get a taste of how diverse the university is and what it has to offer. The Illini Union vendors will be there, along with the Rec Room, so you can see what we are all about! Special performances by the Marching Illini and other RSOs will take place. With over 600 RSOs present, you are bound to find something you are interested in. Remember — law schools like to see applicants who are both good students and who are involved in their community.
 Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations
 Wake Up Call – Saturday, August 20th, 5 pm, Foellinger Auditorium

Sponsored by 100 STRONG and the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center

The Wake Up Call program was created with several purposes in mind including:

  • To provide incoming African American students with a list of resources that will assist them throughout their college career.
  • To encourage African American students to strive for academic excellence.
  • To promote African American unity throughout the campus and community.

With the assistance of current Illinois students, faculty and alumni, Wake-Up Call provides a forum for discussion on the topics relevant to the African American experience at Illinois via skits, multimedia, and the performing arts. We hope you will join us for informative, yet entertaining event. The theme for this year is A Different World, based on the late 80s/early 90s show. The concept will include ways for students to successfully adjust to college as it is a completely “different world” than what first-year students are leaving behind.

Sunday, August 21st, 3–5:30 pm — I Celebrate at Illinois

Nevada Street, between Mathews and Goodwin, Urbana
Sponsored by the Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations, New Student Programs, and University Housing

After Quad Day, celebrate the many diverse cultures of the University of Illinois with live music featuring Bomba Con Buya, an Afro-Puerto Rican Chicago-based ensemble, and Emcee One (Osage/Potawatami/Delaware and Puerto Rican), national speaker, DJ, and recording artist. We’ll also have a variety of games, a mehndi design artist, and an array of food samples, including Jerk Chicken, Chana Masala, and Churros. Make new friends, and learn about the programs offered at the 7 cultural and resource centers, and other university departments.

Paleta Social – Monday August 22nd, 6–8pm
La Casa Cultural Latina, 1203 W. Nevada St., Urbana

After the first day of classes, La Casa holds a social for new students to come and meet other new and returning students, while returning students can catch up with fellow classmates, all while enjoying a paleta/ice cream. It is also an introduction of La Casa to new students in an informal manner.

LGBT Resource Center Welcome Back Event – Wednesday August 24th, 4–6 pm (program starts 4:30 pm)
Illini Union 314 A & B

Celebrate the start of a new year with food, music, and opportunities to meet LGBT Resource Center staff, LGBT RSOs, campus partners, and more! Come find out how to get involved with and stay connected to LGBTQ life at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign! All students, staff, faculty, and community members including partners are invited.

Lunch @ La Casa -Thursday August 25th at Noon
La Casa Cultural Latina, 1203 W. Nevada St., Urbana

Meet and Greet La Casa Cultural Latina Staff. Learn about programs and events for the Fall semester.

Asiantation — Thursday, August 25th, 5–7 pm
SDRP Multipurpose Room (2nd floor) 301 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign

For over twenty years, students have been producing “Asiantation,” a new student-welcoming program and resource handbook to introduce first year students, transfer students, as well as graduate and professional students to the Asian and Asian American campus community and resources. Learn more about AAPI student organizations and see how you can get involved.

For more information on these and other OIIR happenings, go here for the full OIIR calendar of events. https://oiir.illinois.edu/events/welcome-week-2016.

To access the UIUC calendar for campus-wide events and holidays, go here: http://illinois.edu/calendar/detail/7/33234639.  For information about add/drop deadlines for classes and other information, check out the calendar for the Office of the Registrar here: http://illinois.edu/calendar/list/4175.

Other Campus Events and Opportunities

Luce Scholars Program — Information Sessions August 25 and 26

The National and International Scholarships Program (NISP) is offering a two-day informational event about the Luce Scholars Program.  The Luce is a one-year internship in East or Southeast-Asia, and designed specifically for students who do not have much prior experience in that region.  Starting August 25th, NISP will offer an informational overview session, featuring an informal discussion with previous Luce Scholars. On August 26th, NISP will host a workshop designed to help students begin to craft their applications.

All events will be held in 514 IUB. The dates and times are as follows.

August 25th, 3:30-4:30pm – Informational session and discussion with a former Luce Scholar.

August 26th 3:30-4:30pm – Workshop on how to craft a Luce application.

More information about the Luce can be found here: http://www.topscholars.illinois.edu/luce.

Campus Deadline for Rhodes, Marshal, Mitchell or Schwarzman Scholarships — Tuesday, August 23 — NOON!

The campus deadline for the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, or Schwarzman Scholarships-all scholarship materials must be submitted to the National and International Scholarships Program by 12:00 pm (noon).

Information regarding these scholarships can be found at:



Illinois Trial Team — Info Nights August 24 and 25, 6:30-8:30pm, College of Law

Thinking about law school and intrigued by the idea of being a trial attorney? Then this opportunity might be just what you are looking for!

We are the Illinois Trial Team, the undergraduate mock trial team at the University of Illinois. We are a group of motivated, pre-law focused students who learn actual courtroom techniques to use in competitive tournaments. We are ideal for students who want to go on to law school, make a group of close friends, and learn about the legal field of trial advocacy. We have info nights August 24th and August 25th from 6:30-8:30pm at the Law Building (504 E Pennsylvania Ave, Champaign) and tryouts the following week. Keep in mind, you must attend an info night in order to tryout. If you have any questions feel free to email us at illinoistrialteam@gmail.com or check out our website, www.illinoistrialteam.com.

 PLAS Updates for Fall 2016

1. What’s going on at PLAS? All of our events are listed in our Event Calendar here: http://illinois.edu/calendar/list/2508.  You may also look at the right side of this page for info on events coming up in the next few weeks, which include a FREE practice LSAT on Friday, September 9! Note that some of our workshops have limited seating, like the Pre-Law 101 sessions and the practice LSAT, so you’ll want to register for those in advance. We will add a few programs as the semester progresses.  Be sure to check our blog August 29  for an overview of the semester’s events!

2. Attend a Pre-Law 101 Workshop. If you are a new pre-law student you’ll definitely want to attend a Pre-Law 101 Workshop, which will answer most of your questions about what it means to be pre-law and how you can maximize your opportunities as an undergrad. These sessions are all listed in our Event Calendar and you can register there.

3. How do we keep in touch? Blog, Facebook group, Twitter, email
The best way to keep up with pre-law news is to read this blog and join our Facebook group or follow us on Twitter (@UIUC Pre-Law). We send occasional emails but we don’t want to clog your inbox…so instead, we update this blog, Twitter and our Facebook page at least once a week.

4. Making an appointment….is easy. Call 333-9669. Except please, if you’re sick, stay home in your jammies! You can call us at the appointment time if you really need to talk. Otherwise, please reschedule.

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