Mark Your Calendars: Week of November 13

Pre-Law Events

Patent Bar Exam Session Nov 15, 2017   5:00 – 6:00 pm UPDATED LOCATION: ENGINEERING HALL 106B1

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.

Today’s Personal Statement workshop is cancelled due to low enrollment. Explore our personal statement resources, including our video and handout, on the Pre-Law Compass page, and make an individual appointment for a personal statement review when you are ready.

College of Law Events–Pre-law students are invited!

From White House to City Hall: Thoughts on Lawyering in the Executive Branch will be presented by Edward N. Siskel, City of Chicago’s Corporation Counsel, on Nov. 14 from 12-1 pm. Mr. Siskel will share his thoughts on some of the challenges, rewards, and responsibilities that come with providing legal counsel to Executive Branch leadership on the federal and municipal levels. He offers a unique perspective on issues ranging from managing investigations into senior executive branch officials, preserving the independence of the Department of Justice, and defending sanctuary cities against the Trump Administration’s efforts to withhold federal grant funds. The lecture is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided to lecture attendees.

Other Campus Events

Career Center events of interest to pre-law students include the following list; check for location & other details and to register.

  • Creating your powerful resume–Nov. 13 at 4:00 & Nov. 14 at 4:00
  • Professional branding & etiquette–Nov. 15 at 5:00
  • Resume, cover letter, LinkedIn reviews
    • Nov. 13 from 7-9 pm in Undergrad Library
    • Nov. 14 from 2-4:30 at Career Center
    • Nov. 14 from 5:30-7:30 at the Ike Room 1010A
    • Nov. 15 from 2-4:30 at Career Center
    • Nov. 15 from 7-9 in Undergrad Library
    • Nov. 16 from 2-4:30 at Career Center
    • Nov. 17 from 2-4:30 pm at Career Center
  Writer’s Workshop presents the following workshops. Click here for more information. 
  • Integrating sources: Paraphrasing, summarizing and quoting, Nov. 14 at 3:00
  • Writing personal statement, Nov. 16 at 3:00

Social Justice Education Paraprofessional Program is taking applicants!

The Department of Diversity and Social Justice Education (Diversity ED) is now taking applications for the Social Justice Education Paraprofessional (SJEP) program.  SJEP is designed to promote diversity and student leadership by providing intensive training for students in areas of knowledge, awareness, and skills related to issues of diversity and social justice. Social Justice Education Paraprofessionals serve as peer educators through facilitating workshops, class facilitation, allyship, and program development.  Students who are junior and seniors in the humanities and social sciences are encouraged to apple.  Click here to apply, or for more information:



Internships, Scholarships, & Opportunities

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!