Alumni Attorney Talks

FEATURING:  Benjamin Ford

Alumni Attorney Talks is a virtual series which aims to provide prospective law students helpful insights about attending law school and pursuing a legal career. This series will feature interviews with University of Illinois alumni working in a variety of diverse settings within the legal profession.  

Benjamin Ford 

Assistant University Counsel for the Office of University Counsel

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    • Law School: Southern Illinois University
    • UIUC Undergraduate Major/Minor: Political Science Major with supporting coursework in Psychology
    • Ben’s Words to Describe an Attorney:

Challenging yet Rewarding

Be sure to check out this insightful interview!

 

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Alumni Attorney Talks

FEATURING:  Franco Benyamin

Alumni Attorney Talks is a virtual series which aims to provide prospective law students helpful insights about attending law school and pursuing a legal career. This series will feature interviews with University of Illinois alumni working in a variety of diverse settings within the legal profession.  

Franco Benyamin,  Associate at Fish & Richardson P.C.

    • Law School: Washington University School of Law
    • UIUC Undergraduate Major/Minor: Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Spanish and Leadership Studies
    • Franco’s Three Words to Describe an Attorney:

Inquisitive| Driven| Analytical

Be sure to check out this insightful interview!

 

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Scholarships, Scholarships, and More Scholarships!

There are hundreds of internal and external scholarship opportunities available to support individuals interested in graduate and law school each year. Check out our Spring 2021 Scholarship Newsletter for a highlight of over 100 of these incredible opportunities!

*You may also access the Scholarship Newsletter on our Compass page.

Explore all your options!

Scholarship opportunities are available from many different sources including – professional organizations, business entities, educational institutions, leadership and social organizations (ex: national sororities/fraternities), and local organizations and businesses.  Think about what makes you unique, your interests, and what connections you currently have.  Investigate on the internet and through contacts with organizations and groups you may belong.   To help you get started, below is information about scholarship resources here at UIUC for this semester and for future consideration…

College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences: They have a general scholarship application that will be open from April 1st until May 14th. They also have more specific scholarship opportunities. More information can be found here.

College of Applied Health Sciences: They have a general scholarship application that closed on February 1. For updates, click here.

Gies College of Business: Scholarship Information can be found here.

College of Education has great scholarship opportunities.

      • The Golden Apple Scholarship is due April 1, 2021 and can be found here.
      • The Illinois Club Isabelle Purnell Education Awards are not yet open for 2021, but information will be released here.
      • Undergraduate Education Scholarship information will be updated here no later than March 1.

Office of Minority Student Affairs: They will be releasing information here soon about their scholarships.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: They have scholarship opportunities for current students, incoming students, study abroad, life and career design, honors, and access and achievement program. More information will be coming soon about the various scholarships so continue to check out their website here. The James Scholar Preble Research Award application closes on February 28th!

Illinois National and International Scholarships Program: They have many scholarships available for students to apply for. These are merit-based and fall into many categories. Click here to find out about the different opportunities available.

Grainger College of Engineering: They have general scholarship application is due March 8, 2021 and can be found here.

College of Fine and Applied Arts: They have a list of scholarships available. Click here to see the scholarships.

School of Social Work: They have three amazing opportunities that can be found here.

      • DCFC Scholarship Program
      • Social Work Heals-IL
      • James Scholar Honors Program

School of Labor and Employment Relations: They are offering the August E. Burnier Labor Education Award. For more information about the scholarship and the requirements, click here.

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March Snapshot

Here’s to a month full of warmer weather and more amazing events and opportunities! Continue to check this post as we will update it throughout the month.

March 1: Deadline to apply for the UIUC HRI Andrew W. Mellon Internship in Legal Humanities. Must apply by 5:00 pm. Click here for more information.

March 1: Academic Skills Workshop: “Student-ing Remotely! Time Management Tools” at 2:00pm. Click here to register.

March 1: Deadline to apply for the UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Program. Click here to apply.

March 1: South Asian American Leadership Conference: “From Colorism to Racism to Homophobia” at 7:00pm. Click here to register.

March 2: Pre-Law Advising Services: Selection Strategies: Navigating Post Admissions Workshop at 4:00pm. Click here to register.

March 2: Research Park Internships Panel Discussion at Noon. Register here.

March 2: AccessLex: Choosing a Law School Webinar at 5:00pm. Click here for more information and to register.

March 2: South Asian American Leadership Conference: “Being in a Bi-Racial Relationship and Preserving and Passing Down a Strong South Asian Identity” at noon. Click here to register.

March 2: UIUC Career Center: Peace Corps Drop-In at noon. Click here to attend.

March 3: South Asian American Leadership Conference: “Claiming an Indian American Heritage for a National Museum” at 4:00pm. Click here to register.

March 4: AccessLex: Applying to Law School Webinar at 1:00pm. Click here to register and find more information.

March 4: South Asian American Leadership Conference: “Mentorship, Practice and Servant Leadership” at 6:00pm. Click here to register.

March 4: Women & Gender in Global Perspectives: 40th Anniversary Symposium from 10am-4pm. Register here.

March 5: UIUC Political Science Leadership Conference – Day 1 from 3:00pm-6:30pm. Fill out this form.

March 5: European Center: Performance of Aeschylus’s “The Suppliants” by Out of Chaos Theatre followed by immigration policy discussion. Register here.

March 5: UIUC College of Law “Police Reform – A Discussion Series: Police Misconduct Records and Public Access” at Noon.  For more information, click here.

March 6: UIUC Political Science Leadership Conference – Day 2 from 10am-12:50pm. Fill out this form.

March 6: LSAC: 2021 Illinois Latinx Law Student Association Forum with DePaul University College of Law from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Find more information click here.

March 8: UIUC Career Center: Peace Corps Drop-In from 3-5pm. Click here to attend.

March 8: Women & Gender in Global Perspectives: International Women’s Day: “13 Women Who Changed the World: Untold Stories” from 3:30-5pm. Register here.

March 9: UIUC Career Center: Peace Corps Drop-In at noon. Click here to attend.

March 9: AccessLex: Paying for Law School Webinar at 4:00pm. Click here for more information and to register.

March 10: Release date for February LSAT Flex exam scores.

March 10: AccessLex: Building Your Law School Budget Webinar at 3:00pm. Click here to register and find more information.

March 10: Career Center hosts “UIUC Social Impact Info Session w/ City Year, Teach for America, and Peace Corps” from 4:00-5:00pm.  Sign-up through Handshake.

March 10:  UIUC College of Law Lecture “Ways of Thinking About Medical Care: Alternative Models and Structures and Their Policy Significance”: For more information click here.

March 12: UIUC College of Law “Police Reform – A Discussion Series: The Wandering Officer” at Noon.  For more information, click here.

March 12: Office for Diversity and Inclusion: Deadline to apply for the 2021 Launching your Career Seminar Series. Click here for more information and to apply.

March 13: Career Center: Womxn’s Career Institute from 10am-3pm. Register for the event here.

March 14: Pre-Law Advising Services: Last day to sign up for LSAT study groups. Fill out this form by 5:00pm.

March 15: UIUC Career Center: Peace Corps Drop-In from 3-5pm. Click here to attend.

March 16: AccessLex: Choosing a Law School Webinar at 5:00pm. Click here for registration information.

March 16: University of Mississippi School of Law: “Minority Representation in Our Communities” from 5-6pm. Zoom ID: 947 2834 6318.

March 16: UIUC Career Center: Peace Corps Drop-In at noon. Click here to attend.

March 19: UIUC Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations: “The Reluctant Disability Rebel, or What to Do When You Want to Fight Racism When No One Cares About Ableism?” with Dr. Joe Minarik at noon. Click here to register.

March 21: UIUC Office of Government Relations: Fellowship Application deadline. Must apply by 11:59pm. Click here for more information.

March 22: Career Center: Diversity & Inclusion Networking Exchange from 6-7:30pm. Click here to register.

March 22: UIUC Career Center: Peace Corps Information session from 1-2pm. Find the zoom link here.

March 22: UIUC Career Center: Peace Corps Drop-In from 3-5pm. Click here to attend.

March 23: UIUC Cooperative Extension Service: “Building Resiliency in Yourself and Your Organization” from 2-3pm. Click here to register.

March 23: UIUC Career Center: Peace Corps Drop-In at noon. Click here to attend.

March 23: Pre-Law Advising Services: Selection Strategies: Navigating Post Admissions Workshop at noon. Click here to register.

March 23: Counseling Center Services: Creating Personal “Spring Break” Practices at 7pm. Zoom Info: ID 844 1537 2453, Password: tue7.

March 24: No Classes – Spring Break Day

March 24: Environmental Leadership Program Pilot Workshop from 9:30am-2:00pm. Click here for more details and to register.

March 25: Pre-Law Advising Services: Application Roadmap Workshop at 4:00pm. Click here to register.

March 25: McGeorge School of Law: Legal Employer Collaborative Pathway Project. Click here to register.

March 27: Last day to change April LSAT test day for free.

March 29: UIUC Career Center: Peace Corps Drop-In from 3-5pm. Click here to attend.

March 30: UIUC Career Center: Peace Corps Drop-In at noon. Click here to attend.

March 30: Pre-Law Advising Services: Pre-Law 101 Workshop at Noon. Click here to register.

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