Mark Your Calendars – Week of November 6

February 2018 LSAT Study Groups

Taking the February 2018 LSAT? The test is only a few months away.

Pre-Law Advising Services is helping to organizing LSAT study groups for the February 2018 LSAT. We will organize groups based on the availability you specify in the google form. Sign-ups for the LSAT study groups will close by Thursday November 9th at 12PM. Study groups will be assigned next week.

Please click the link here to sign up:

Pre-Law Events

Pre-Law 101: Tomorrow Tuesday November 7 at 4:00 pm in 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building. This workshop is designed for incoming 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. Incoming students should attend a Pre-Law 101 prior to setting up an individual pre-law advising appointment. NOTE: THIS IS THE FINAL PRE-LAW 101 OF THE SEMESTER. 

Interested in Patent Law and the Patent Bar? Do not miss this great event!

Patent Bar Exam Session Nov 15, 2017   5:00 – 6:00 pm  335 Grainger Engineering Library

The patent bar exam is the required first step to becoming either a patent agent for the United States Patent & Trademark Office or a patent prosecutor/litigator as a practicing attorney. Students with a background in engineering and the sciences (such as biology, biochemistry, physics, chemistry, computer science) are eligible to sit for this exam. (To see all exam requirements, visit the link below).  Join us for this Patent Bar session to learn about the exam from an expert. Mark Dighton, Director of the Practicing Law Institute Patent Office Exam Course, will be here to answer all of your questions about the patent bar, including:

  • What exactly does the patent bar cover?
  • When and how often can you take it?
  • How do people prepare for the exam?
  • What is the format of the exam, and how are results received?
  • What is a passing score for the exam?

He’ll also answer any other questions you have about the patent bar exam. This session is specifically designed for those undergrad and graduate students in engineering, science, or technology disciplines who are eligible to sit for the patent bar.

For a list of eligible majors or backgrounds visit This is a free event. Please register at the link here so that we can ensure enough seating and materials for everyone.

Other Campus Events

Writer’s Workshop–Interpreting & Using Critical Feedback Workshop on 11/7/17 4:00pm-5:00pm, Lincoln Hall, room 1024. Feeling overwhelmed by the critical feedback you’re receiving from your professors, advisers, and/or collaborators? This workshop will help you assess, integrate, and respond to critical feedback in the revision process. The workshop will be most helpful to graduate students or undergraduates working on senior theses or capstone projects.

Making Your Major Decision Presented by the Career Center

Thursday November 9 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Room 143
Struggling with figuring out which major to choose? Then this workshop is for you! Learn about how you can find a major that’s the right fit.

Scheduling Proofreading and Self-editing Strategies Sponsored by the Writers Workshop

Gregory Hall, Room 207
Tuesday November 7, 2017   3:00 – 4:00 pm
Want to learn about editing and proofreading skills? In this workshop, we will define these writing skills and help writers develop and practice effective strategies for both.

Interested in other Writers Workshop Events? Click here for more information. 

Events at the College of Law

“Trade in a Global Age: The Role of the United States” Presented by Grant Aldonas, Principal Managing Director

Wednesday, November 8 12-1 p.m.
Room A
Free and open to the public

The talk will explore how globalization has increased the economic costs of isolationism, and how the United States should engage in a rules-based trading system rather than retreat from it.

“Promises, Mandates, and Social Norms: Title IX at 45” Presented by Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, will present the David C. Baum Lecture on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights.

Thursday November 9, 2017  12-1 p.m.
Max L. Rowe Auditorium, Law Building
Free and open to the public

Sidley Scholars Program–Juniors and Seniors planning on attending law school in the Fall of 2019: consider applying for the Sidley Austin LLP Summer Pre-Law Scholars Program. This program helps to subsidize the cost of LSAT Prep and offers possible additional scholarships.

Scholars will receive up to $2,500 in benefits to fund the LSAT, CAS credentialing, pay tuition in a commercial LSAT preparation course, as well as reimbursement for application and CAS fees for up to seven law schools.

Scholars further may be eligible to receive an additional $2,500 scholarship award, in two installments. Scholars will receive $1,250 when they have (1) successfully completed an approved LSAT preparatory course, (2) taken the LSAT, and (3) applied to at least five accredited law schools. Finally, each Scholar will receive a final $1,250 scholarship distribution once the Scholar has informed Sidley that he or she has been accepted to, and is committed to start law school at, an accredited law school and has attended the entire Sidley Scholars Summer Seminar in the summer immediately preceding the Scholar’s matriculation at that law school.

Click here for more information. Application materials are due Friday January 12!