Mark Your Calendars — Week of October 10

It is another busy week.  Please scroll down for info on Pre-Law 101, a Yale Law School webinar, and a personal statement and pizza event featuring two law school admissions deans!

PLAS Events

Pre-Law 101 — TODAY, 4-5pm, Room 514 IUB

This workshop is designed for students who are new to pre-law or are interested in learning more about it. We will cover: What it means to be pre-law at Illinois, course selection, majors, and extracurriculars, building a pre-law resume, and what law schools are really looking for. We will outline a four year plan to maximize your undergraduate experiences in order to make a great law school candidate. We’ll also take any questions about law school and legal careers. Please reserve a seat at the link above to ensure enough seating and materials for everyone. Each Pre-Law 101 session is the same. Incoming students should attend a Pre-Law 101 session prior to setting up an individual pre-law advising appointment.  If you haven’t already registered for this event, there may be a few seats available on a first-come, first served basis.

Yale Law School — Admissions Webinar this Thursday, October 13, Noon-1pm

Please join Yale Law School Admissions for a video webinar with other prospective law school applicants. Craig Janecek, Director of Admissions, will be available to answer your questions about legal education, the application process, and life at Yale Law School. Go here to register: For more information, go to the PLAS Events Calendar.

Deans Break Down the Personal Statement — Thursday, October 13, 5pm, 1022 Lincoln Hall

What do law school deans really think about personal statements? What works? What doesn’t? What leaves them scratching their head, and what makes them jump for joy? Join us for pizza and expert advice! Two law school admissions deans–Issa DiSciullo Assistant Dean for Admissions and Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Drexel University School of Law and Christopher Lucak, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law–will share their inside perspective of the personal statement. You’ll leave knowing how to make your personal statement pop as well as what to avoid in writing this very important document. Pizza will be served!

Upcoming Campus Events and Opportunities

The Career Center fall workshop calendar is posted on their website at: If you have not done so already, update your resume, plan your job search or summer internship, and get to know their office and resources. All sessions will be held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street, unless otherwise indicated. Upcoming workshops include:

  • Resume, Cover Letter, & LinkedIn Reviews
    • October 10, 2-4:30pm at the Career Center
    • October 10, 7-9 pm, Undergraduate Library, Consultation Corner
    • October 11, 2-4:30pm at the Career Center 
    • October 11, 5:30-7:30, the IKE, Room 1010A
    • October 12, 2-4:30 pm at the Career Center
    • October 12, 7-9pm, Undergrad Library,Consultation Corner
    • October 13, 2-4:30pm at the Career Center
    • October 14, 2-4:30pm at the Career Center
    • October 16, 4-9pm, Undergrad Library, Consultation Corner
  • Career Fairs: Maximizing Your Experience, Tuesday, October 11, 4pm
  • Build the Skills Employers Want, Wednesday, October 12, 4pm
  • International Students — Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Internship Workshop, Thursday, October 13, Career Center Interview Suite, Room 213, 616 East Green Street
  • Acing Your Interview, Thursday, October 13, 4pm
  • Strategic Use of LinkedIn for International Students, Friday, October 14, 3pm Career Center Interview Suite, 616 E Green Street, Room 213,
  • Best Job Search Resources for International Students, Friday, October 14, 4pm, Career Center Interview Suite, 616 E Green Street, Room 213

More Career Center events and times are listed on their website.  Click on this link to see what other programs are being offered!

And coming soon….

Illini Career & Internship Fair — Wednesday, October 26, Noon-4pm at ARC. This is a fair focused on industries that recruit students from the liberal arts and humanities, media, education, and applied health sciences.  Mark your calendars now so that you don’t miss out on this great opportunity! To learn more, go to the Career Center’s website.

Law School Events
Law Schools are starting to hold Open House and other recruiting events. Check the websites of your top choice law schools for events such as these:

Chicago-Kent College of Law IIT will host an October Open House: Getting Into Law School Seminar THIS Saturday, October 15 from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm. Visit their website for more details or to register.

University of Chicago Law School will host Prospective Student Open Houses starting on October 31 from 1:00-4:45 pm. For more details or to register, visit their website here.

Emory University School of Law: Great news, law school applicants! We just received several application fee waivers for Emory University School of Law! Email us at to claim; first come, first served. Must apply this year.

Midwest Law School Virtual Fair — Wednesday, November 9

Planning to apply to law school in the Midwest?  The Virtual Fair will allow you to have your admissions questions answered by representatives from law schools across the Midwest in this live online event.  Get immediate answers to your pressing questions without the cost of travel.  Only a one-time registration is required to explore and interact with multiple schools. For more information, call 770-980-0088.  Go here to register! 

Internships and Scholarships

Department of State InternshipsApps due THIS Friday, Oct. 14

Are you interested in a career as a diplomat? The U.S. Department of State offers students unpaid internships to work in U.S. embassies and consulates around the world and throughout the United States. Must be at least a college junior with minimum 2.5 GPA, U.S. citizen, able to pass a background investigation. All majors accepted. Visit their website here for additional details; you can also subscribe to receive their emails about internship opportunities. Applications are due October 14

Illinois Club Scholarships — Applications Due THIS Saturday, October 15!

Diverse and welcoming, The Illinois Club draws its membership from all areas of the University as well as the surrounding community. Since 1915, The Illinois Club has provided financial support to worthy undergraduate students. We now award scholarships in excess of $20,000 each year.

  • Seven-Nine (7-9) combined Make-A-Difference Awards & Isabelle Purnell Education Awards of $2,500
  • One (1) Judith Life Ikenberry Fine Arts Award of $3,400
  • One (1) Global Focus Award of $2,500

You must be an undergraduate, have earned at least 60 credit hours by the beginning of the Spring 2017 semester, and graduate no earlier than December 2017 to apply. A minimum GPA of 2.75 at both the time of application and winning of award is required. Applicants are evaluated for all awards for which they are eligible. For more information, go here:  To apply for these scholarships, please complete the application here: Interviews with finalists will be scheduled January 21 and 28, 2017.

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