Mark Your Calendars – February 26

Hello Pre-Law Students!  Don’t forget tonight’s PLAS “Negotiating Scholarships Workshop!”  Also — at least two summer pre-law programs have application deadlines of THIS THURSDAY, MARCH 1.  Scroll down for info on these items as well as other opportunities!

Our next event, “Negotiating Scholarships Workshop” is TODAY, Monday February 26!  The event will be held at 1090 Lincoln Hall from 5PM – 6:15PM.

Now is the time to assess aid offers and discuss options for additional scholarships with your law schools. How can applicants have a respectful yet productive conversation that potentially results in more scholarship dollars being awarded? Join us as we examine exactly how to go about negotiating law school scholarships with the expertise of a panel of law school admissions professionals with a wealth of experience! This session is a must-see for anyone applying to law school, and the information applies to any law school. Panelists include:

  • Amanda Noascono, Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions, DePaul University College of Law
  • Rebecca Ray, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Illinois College of Law
  • Nicole Vilches, Assistant Dean for Admissions, Chicago-Kent College of Law

 

Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis is now accepting applications on a rolling basis for its new Pathway to the Law program, featuring online for-credit courses, LSAT assistance, a $2000 scholarship, mentoring, and more for selected applicants. They anticipate that all spots will be filled by the end of March so submit your application now! https://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/admissions/jd/diversity/pathway-to-the-law.html

A preview to our March event . . . the “Taking a Gap Year Before Law School” Workshop will be on Thursday March 29th in Room 514 of the Illini Union Bookstore from 5:00 – 6:00PM.

Are you considering working or taking a gap year before law school? Do you want to know more about going straight through to law school after undergrad? Pre-Law Advising Services is hosting an event for students to learn more about different paths to law school. The panel will feature three current law students–two with work experience and one who went directly from undergrad to law school–to answer your questions and discuss the pros and cons of going straight to law school versus taking time off and working.

SUMMER PLANS–Still looking for opportunities? Check these out.

Career Fairs. Mark your calendars for spring career fairs, which are open to all Illinois students and present both job and internship opportunities. Find these and other fair opportunities in Handshake.

Summer PLUS programs. We posted a spreadsheet full of pre-law undergraduate summer programs over on our Compass page! For example:

June LSAT Registration–Planning to take the June LSAT? Registration is now open here! We recommend registering early because this one typically fills early AND LSAT takers were up nearly 30% last year! Now is also a good time to apply for a fee waiver. For more on LSAC fee waivers revisit this blog post.

Did you know that you can get a scholarship for working at an unpaid internship this summer? Apply for the Fred S. Bailey scholarship here, which provides a $1000 stipend for part-time internships and a $2500 stipend for full-time summer internships. Applications due April 12.

And check out the PLAS Facebook page for NEW internship opportunities, summer programs and more!

University of Illinois’ Office for Student Conflict and Resolution Subcommittee Applications Now Open!

The University of Illinois’ Office for Student Conflict and Resolution has opened up their applications for their two subcommittees: the Subcommittee on Student Conduct and the Subcommittee on Sexual Misconduct. Student applicants must be:

  1. Enrolled full-time at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
  2. At least two full semesters from graduation; and
  3. In good academic standing with at least a 2.5 grade point average.

It is encouraged that students have Friday afternoon availability for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters. For more information and to apply, visit their website here.

Campus Events

OIIR’s Lunch on Us Program – Free Lunch Every Weekday!

The Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations is offering their “Lunch on Us” program this semester. Programs take place every weekday from noon to 1pm every day and offer a free lunch for attending. To see their schedule, click here.

“Acing Your Interview” at the Career Center – Wednesday, February 28, 4:00-5:00pm at the Career Center Conference Room 143

During an interview, you only have a short time to convey you are a great fit for a position or organization. Learn the most common types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, how to structure answers to interview questions, and tips for following up after an interview.

“Creating Your Powerful Cover Letter” at the Career Center – Wednesday February 28 from 5:00 – 6:00 pm at the Career Center Conference Room 143

Cover letters are challenging to write, and yet, are often a critical aspect of an internship or job application. Learn how to write an effective cover letter that showcases your skills and experiences for a specific position.

“Linked In and Job Search Resources for International Students” at the Career Center – Thursday, March 1, 4:00-5:30pm, Career Center Interview Suite, Room 213, 616 E. Green Street

This exciting workshop will teach you how to use helpful job search resources such as LinkedIn, Handshake, and Myvisajobs.com. Learn to create an appealing profile on LinkedIn and use it for career exploration, networking, and information interviews. You will also learn to identify international-friendly companies. Please bring your laptop.

Interested in other Career Center workshops concerning resume reviews, Peace Corps information and more?  Go to the Career Center website to find other programs!

 

 

 

 

 

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Admissions Cycle Roundup – February Checklist Items

February is here! Sadly, per the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, we still have to endure several more weeks of winter.  Now is a good time for those of you in the midst of the application cycle to think about a few things.

  1. Admitted Student Days Many of you have been admitted to several law schools and are in the process of deciding where you will go next year.  Most law schools offer “Admitted Students” days or weekends.  We encourage you to try to attend these events for the law schools where you are still considering attending.  Remember: you will be spending the next three years of your life there.  It is important to determine if the school is a good fit, both in terms of your classmates and the school’s location BEFORE you accept an admissions offer.  There is no substitute for a campus visit.
  2. Declining Admissions Offers Those of you who have already accepted an admissions offer should notify the other law schools to which you applied that you will not be attending their law school.  This allows those schools to plan and to offer admission to another applicant so is the right thing to do.
  3. Financial Aid and Housing Once you have accepted an admissions offer, you should touch base with the Financial Aid office to make sure that you have submitted all of the necessary paperwork to secure your scholarship/financial aid package, including your FAFSA. In addition, it is a good idea to reach out to the admissions office to find out the best way to begin researching your housing options.  Some law schools actually maintain lists of housing options with reviews by law students.
  4. Negotiating Scholarships If you are still deciding among multiple law school admissions offers and wondering how to negotiate additional scholarship funds, plan on attending our Negotiating Scholarships Workshop, Monday, February 26, 5pm, Room 1090 Lincoln Hall, featuring: 

Amanda Noascono, Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions, DePaul University College of Law

Rebecca Ray, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Illinois College of Law

Nicole Vilches, Assistant Dean for Admissions, Chicago-Kent College of Law

 

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Mark Your Calendars – Week of February 5

Join us at the 2018 LSAT Prep Fair TOMORROW Feb. 6 from 4-6 pm in 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building (please note the location change!):

  • learn about what’s on the LSAT and how to prepare for it
  • explore LSAT prep options
  • demo sections of the LSAT through mini-workshops
  • get discounts, win a scholarship or other raffle prize!

For the LSAT Prep Fair workshop schedule and other details visit our website here!

Financing Your Legal Education Webinar: Feb. 15 at 6:00 pm. Law school is an important investment. Making informed decisions about how to finance that investment is crucial. This session, provided by Access Lex,  will help you to understand the costs of pursuing legal education and the financial aid application process. We’ll also review the available financing options and identify ways for you to be financially prepared to achieve your educational goals. To register for this free workshop visit http://bit.ly/2ESeyuu

Applications for Chicago-Kent’s Honors Scholars program are due Feb. 12 for current applicants. Honors Scholars receive full tuition scholarships for 3 years. Candidates must have a GPA of at least 3.5 and LSAT score of 160. Visit their website for more details and to apply.

Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis is now accepting applications on a rolling basis for its new Pathway to the Law program, featuring online for-credit courses, LSAT assistance, a $2000 scholarship, mentoring, and more for selected applicants. https://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/admissions/jd/diversity/pathway-to-the-law.html

SUMMER PLANS–Still looking for opportunities? Check these out.

Career Fairs. Mark your calendars for spring career fairs, which are open to all Illinois students and present both job and internship opportunities. Find these and other fair opportunities in Handshake.

Looking for some tips on how to make the most of a career fair?  The Career Center is offering a workshop on Career Fair Prep TODAY, February 5, 5pm, Career Center Conference Room 143 at the Career Center.  The Career Center is also offering workshops on crafting a strong resume, how to use LinkedIn, and more.  Visit their website here for information on other great programming opportunities at the Career Center!

Summer PLUS programs. We posted a spreadsheet full of pre-law undergraduate summer programs over on our Compass page! For example:

June LSAT Registration–Planning to take the June LSAT? Registration is now open here! We recommend registering early because this one typically fills early AND LSAT takers were up nearly 30% last year! Now is also a good time to apply for a fee waiver. For more on LSAC fee waivers revisit this blog post.

Did you know that you can get a scholarship for working at an unpaid internship this summer? Apply for the Fred S. Bailey scholarship here, which provides a $1000 stipend for part-time internships and a $2500 stipend for full-time summer internships. Applications due April 12.

Upcoming Law School Opportunities–open to pre-law students!

Indiana University Maurer School of Law (Bloomington) is hosting a Diversity Law Day on Saturday, Feb. 17. This free event includes a mock class, lunch, tours of the law school, and sessions about critical thinking and what lawyers do. Visit their website here for more details and to register.

The Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Day will be Friday, Feb. 23 at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee. This free event features sessions with the deans of both Marquette and University of Wisconsin law schools, a law school admissions update, mock law school class, tours, lunch, and a mini law school fair. For more details and to register visit their website here.

Free Speech After Charlottesville–February 16 from 12-1 pm at the University of Illinois College of Law Rowe Auditorium. Speaker Teresa Sullivan will discuss the August 2017 events that involved clashes between white supremacists and counter-protestors on the grounds of UVA and in Charlottesville. She will discuss how these events have shaped the debate about free speech, led to discussions about the proper dividing line between free speech and hate speech, and changed the way that universities prepare for public assemblies that can lead to violent clashes between opposing groups. Free and open to the public–lunch will be provided to the first 200 participants. Find more details here.

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Your Applications Are In — Now What?

You finally submitted the last of your law school applications.  Congratulations!  (For those of you still working on applications, get them in ASAP!) After all of that frenetic activity you aren’t sure what to do next but you understand that you are now in a “wait and see” mode. Fast forward two weeks with no word on your applications.  Should you start calling the admissions offices for a status check?  NO!

First — any follow up contact with law school admissions offices should wait a reasonable time, usually about 4-6 weeks from the date you submitted your application.  The admissions review process is not like texting, folks.  Allow people time to read, reflect and render a thoughtful decision!

Second — the manner of checking in/follow up with admissions offices will be dictated by each individual law school. Check your LSAC CAS account and the law school’s website before doing anything! Did the law school provide a specific time-frame for a decision on your application?  Did they direct applicants to a specific email for application status inquiries?  Is there a phone number to call?  Or, more importantly, have they clearly stated that you should only use your LSAC CAS status/tracking information?  Whatever the case, ignoring directions will not help you in the quest for a successful application cycle.  Read and do what the law schools ask!

Next — when you do hear from the law schools, most of you will have good news in the form of acceptances.   On average, UIUC seniors in the 2015-2016 application cycle received 4 offers of admission. That means you will likely have some choices and therefore some decisions to make.  In addition, part of the admissions process will probably also include offers of scholarships.  Therefore, now is the time for you to reflect on the schools to which you applied and consider how you view the schools and the price that you are willing and able to pay to attend law school. Note — the law schools are not the only source for scholarships.  If you go to our Compass page, you can see a list of over 250 scholarships to help fund your legal education. 

In addition, as part of your research on scholarships, you should attend our “Negotiating Law School Scholarships” panel on Monday, February 26, 5pm, 1090 Lincoln Hall.  Our panelists will be:

  • Amanda Noascono, Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions, DePaul University College of Law
  • Rebecca Ray, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Illinois College of Law
  • Nicole Vilches, Assistant Dean for Admissions, Chicago-Kent College of Law

These deans will be offering suggestions and insights into how applicants can have a respectful yet productive conversation that potentially results in more scholarship dollars being awarded.  This is the ideal way to bolster your research about the next phase of the admissions cycle. So mark your calendars and make this event one of the final aspects of your evaluation process as you try to determine the right law school for you!

 

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Mark Your Calendars — Welcome Back Edition — January 12/15, 2018

Welcome back to spring semester! LOTS of excellent opportunities are coming up, including the Illini Union Winter Week of Welcome, campus events honoring MLK Day, paid internships, an internship with a local law firm and scholarships.  Be sure to give this week’s blog a read!

Pre-Law Advising Services Workshops and Programs

We have updated our Spring Semester calendar of events! Check them out on our website here.

Pre-Law 101 — Monday, January 29, 4:00pm, 514 IUB

Are you new to pre-law at Illinois? Then this event is a great opportunity for you! This workshop will cover: What it means to be pre-law at Illinois; what law schools are really looking for; what pre-law students can do to maximize their undergraduate years; how to build a strong pre-law resume; what resources are available to assist pre-law students at Illinois. For more details and to register, click here.

LSAT Preparation Fair — Tuesday, February 6!

The PLAS-sponsored LSAT Preparation Fair is set for Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 4:00-6:00pm, Illini Union Rooms B&C! This event is a chance to learn more about several commercial LSAT test prep companies, participate in informative mini-workshops conducted by the companies and win discounts on test prep materials and scholarships for courses! To find out who is coming and see the workshop schedule, keep checking the PLAS website for updates on the fair.

Note: Pre-Law Advising Services does not endorse any commercial LSAT test prep company.

Upcoming Campus Events

UIUC is hosting many events to celebrate the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., including the Service of Celebration at Krannert on Sunday, January 14, starting at 5:00pm. Click on the following link to find out more. http://www.diversity.illinois.edu/mlk/calendar.html.

The Illini Union is hosting the Winter Week of Welcome featuring all kinds of fun events this week and next week.  Check out the listing here, and mark your calendars for the RSO Involvement Fair on Wednesday, January 24!

Illinois in Washington summer semester applications are due Feb. 1. For more information check out the Illinois in Washington website.

Career Center Opportunities Fair – Tuesday, January 23, 5-6:30pm

Learn about job and internship opportunities on campus! Visit with campus units that are hiring students. Learn about services and work opportunities at The Career Center. Enhance your Illinois experience and build your resume. This event will include games, prizes and a chance to win a FREE Amazon Fire tablet!

For information about other events and workshops at The Career Center, check out their spring calendar at:  https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/events.  Now is a great time to update your resume, plan your job search or summer internship, and get to know their office and resources.

Ilinois Leadership Center will host several upcoming I-Programs. For more information and to register, visit their website here.

  • Intersect: Saturday, January 20
  • Integrity: Saturday, January 27
  • Inclusion: Saturday, February 3

Study Abroad – First Steps Info Sessions January 17 and 18!

Not sure how to get started in the study abroad process? Attend a First Steps Info Session to learn what it means to study abroad, how to select a program, components of an application, and how study abroad can advance to your personal and academic goals. The Study Abroad Office will be holding their First Steps Info Session this week on Wednesday, January 17, 10-11am, and Thursday, January 18, 3-4pm.  Both sessions will be held in the International Studies Building, Room 112. Go here for more information.

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS), set for Thursday, April 19.

Deadline for submitting an application to the URS is Friday, February 16, 2018, at 11:59 pm. The application can be found here. 

The URS is the signature event of Undergraduate Research Week (April 15-21), and brings together students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus, as well as corporate partners and sponsors, to learn more about undergraduate research and its potential to change the world. Students are encouraged to apply even if titles or abstracts have not yet been finalized – they can be edited.  Just make sure the application is successfully submitted by February 16!

For more information on Undergraduate Research Week, the URS, and OUR programs, please visit our website at: http://undergradresearch.illinois.edu/

Questions may be addressed to ugresearch@illinois.edu; please put “URS Application” in the subject line.

The Office of Undergraduate Research announces its Spring 2018 calendar for the Getting Started in Research Workshop!

PLEASE NOTE – These workshops fill up quickly, so if you are interested, sign up now!

During the workshop, we will discuss the various forms of undergraduate research that take place on campus, guide students to develop a plan of action to locate research opportunities on campus, and discuss ways to contact faculty research mentors. Students will leave the workshop with (1) a better understanding of undergraduate research and how it takes place on our campus, (2) increased confidence to contact faculty research mentors, and (3) a list of faculty mentors to contact. For more information and to register, go here.

The first two workshops will be held next week:

Getting Started in Research Workshop, January 22, 2018
Date/Time: Monday January 22, 2018 from 3:00 – 4:30pm
Location:
Lincoln Hall, Room 1027

Registration is available at:  https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/9867056

Getting Started in Research Workshop, January 24, 2018
Date/Time: Wednesday January 24, 2018 from 3:00 – 4:30pm
Location: 
Noyes Laboratory of Chemistry, Room 165

Registration is available at:  https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/161280

Internship and Scholarship Opportunities

We hope you have been utilizing our 20 page Internship Newsletter over on our Pre-Law Compass page that we posted in December! (Click here for instructions on how to access our Compass page.) It’s got lots of job and internship listings for spring, summer and long-term opportunities from Champaign to D.C. and beyond.  In addition, you should regularly check Handshake via the Career Center’s website to see if summer internships have been posted there.

Undergrad PAID Internship at UIUC in Environmental Humanities for 2018-2019        Applications due March 1, 2018!

Environmental Humanities is environmental studies from a humanistic standpoint. Envrionmental Humanities pulls from different movements (environmental philosophy, environmental history, ecocriticism, cultural geography, anthropology, and others) to study the relationship between humans and non-human nature, past and present. The IPRH-Mellon Environmental Humanities Research Group is composed of professors, post-doctoral scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates from different disciplines who are united by their desire to understand the human place in nature, as well as to examine critically the way people make meaning of it.

The research group seeks three undergraduate interns who will work with the group on their seminars, workshops, and programs for the academic year 2018-2019. Interns will also work with the research group director, Professor Bob Morrissey, to develop their own research projects as well as a research symposium for undergraduates at the end of the spring semester.

Interns will work approximately 10-11 hours per week, paid at the rate of $15.75 per hours, and will have $600 to support their research. Applicants must be juniors or seniors the year of the internship. For more information and to apply, go here.  Remember: The application deadline is March 1! Please address questions to: Dr. Nancy Castro, at ncastro@illinois.edu.

Paid Summer Internship at the Nuclear Energy Institute in Washington, D.C. Application Deadline is January 31!

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) in Washington, D.C., has a number of openings for paid interns beginning in the summer of 2018. The Nuclear Energy Institute (www.nei.org) is the policy organization of the nuclear energy and technologies industry and participates in both the national and global policy-making process. NEIs mission is to ensure the implementation of policies that promote the beneficial uses of nuclear energy and technologies in the United States and around the world. To that end, NEI works to establish unified industry positions on the regulatory aspects of generic operational and technical issues. NEI’s members include all entities licensed to operate commercial nuclear power plants in the United States, nuclear plant designers, architect/engineering firms, fuel fabrication facilities, nuclear materials licensees, and other organizations and entities involved in the nuclear energy industry.

Interns at NEI will work with seasoned nuclear professionals in one of the following areas: technical, communications, policy development, government relations, legal, and member relations and corporate services on issues critical to the industry. Internships are 10 weeks and take place during the summer. Interns will be paid $15.00 an hour.

All applicants must submit an application that includes the NEI Internship Application, a resume, and a copy of their transcript to resumes@nei.org. If requested, applicants must also participate in an interview either by phone or in person.

Applications are being accepted for review between December 15, 2017 and January 31, 2018. Applications submitted beyond January 31, 2018 may be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis thereafter. Click on this link for more information. https://www.nei.org/About-NEI/Employment-at-NEI/InternshipsIf you have additional questions about NEI’s Internship Program, please contact the NEI Human Resources Department at resumes@nei.org.

Legal Internship Opportunity — Holder Law Group, LLP

Holder Law Group, LLP, a young law firm in Champaign-Urbana, is looking for interns who want to be involved in a fast paced, high-tech, multi-area, legal environment. Holder Law Group engages in personal injury, medical malpractice, and civil litigation. Attorneys at Holder Law Group have had experience in both public and private sectors of work, including small and large law firms and are happy to share their knowledge and experience. Interns jobs will vary, and be assigned based on capabilities, but may include medical record organization, filing, abstracting depositions, assisting in trial preparations, Court filings, and attending depositions and Court hearings and legal marketing. Work times are flexible and we are willing to work around your academic schedule. Positions are available for fall, spring, and summer semesters as well as during breaks. Please email resumes and cover letters to Betsy Holder: Betsy@holderlawllp.com  

Scholarship opportunity for those entering law school this fall

The ABA Diversity Scholarship is designed for underrepresented students who demonstrate financial need and community involvement. Awards will be $15,000 for entering law students, which is renewable for years 2 and 3 of law school.  Applicants must be entering law school in 2018 and submit an application, personal statement, and statement of financial need by March 2. Find the application and more details here.

Upcoming Law School Events–OPEN TO ALL PRE-LAW STUDENTS

The Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Day is set for Friday, February 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This event is open to all students. For more information and to register, visit their website here. Cosponsored by the University of Wisconsin Law School and Marquette University Law School, this FREE event includes lunch and:

  • an update on law school admissions in Wisconsin featuring the University of Wisconsin and Marquette University Law Schools;
  • breakout workshops featuring a mock class for students ; and
  • law school fair featuring admissions representatives from law schools around the country.  Click here for a list of law schools that participated in last year’s event.

Law School Open Houses and Admitted Students Days

As we first mentioned in several of our fall blog posts, many law schools host open houses for prospective applicants and all law schools strongly encourage students to visit their campuses.  Note: spring semester is a time when many law schools will host events specifically for admitted students. Make sure you check the law school websites to see what types of events the schools in which you have an interest are offering.   Listed below are upcoming events for three Illinois law schools.

Chicago Kent Law School Open House, Saturday, January 27, 9:00am-2:00pm.  For more information or to register, go here. 

DePaul University College of Law Open House, Saturday, January 20, 10:00am. For more information and to register, go here.

John Marshall Law School Open House, Saturday, January 27, 9:00am-Noon. For more information or to register, go here.

Northern Illinois University College of Law Open House, Saturday, January 27, Noon-4:30pm. For more information or to register, go here.

 

 

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GRE Update

As we have previously mentioned, several law schools have begun accepting either the GRE or the LSAT from law school applicants. This week, two more law schools, Brooklyn Law School and George Washington University Law School, announced that they, too, would accept the GRE, bringing the number to 15 law schools that will begin accepting the GRE now or next year.  Educational Testing Service (ETS), the entity that administers the GRE, has posted the current list on its website.

It is important to remember that the LSAT is still the most widely-accepted standardized test by U.S. law schools.  We strongly encourage you to visit each law school’s website to understand the requirements for selecting the GRE in lieu of the LSAT. Note: This situation is in a state of flux.  The American Bar Association, the entity that oversees the accreditation of law schools in the United States, is currently reviewing whether the GRE is an appropriate evaluation tool for law school applicants. This means things could change. Stay tuned!

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Mark Your Calendars – Week of December 4, 2017


Pre-Law Advising

As we noted in last week’s post, the PLAS Fall Events Calendar is complete.  We will resume our programing in January, beginning with our Pre-Law 101 Workshop on Monday, January 29, followed by the LSAT Test Prep Fair on Tuesday, February 6.  In the meantime, stay tuned for our Annual Internship Newsletter, which will be posted NEXT WEEK!  This resource will contain over 15 pages of suggestions, ideas and actual internships for Summer 2018. Note – winter break is the best time to apply for summer internships as many of these opportunities have January application deadlines. This is also a great time to work on applications for scholarships such as the Boren, Beinecke, Udall or the summer UK Fulbright.  Scroll down for more info!

Campus Events

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

  • Peace Corps General Informational Meeting — Dec. 6, 6-7pm at Career Center
  • International Student Career Meet Up –  Dealing with Job Search Stress — Dec. 7, 4-5:30pm, Career Center Interview Suite, Room 213, 616 E. Green Street
  • Resume, Cover Letter, LinkedIn Reviews
    • Dec. 4 from 2-4:30 pm at Career Center
    • Dec. 4 from 7-9 in Undergrad Library
    • Dec. 5 from 2-4:30 at Career Center
    • Dec. 5 from 5:30-7:30 at the Ike Room 1010A
    • Dec. 6 from 2-4:30 at Career Center
    • Dec. 6 from 7-9 in Undergrad Library
    • Dec. 7 from 2-4:30 at Career Center
    • Dec. 8 from 2-4:30 pm at Career Center
    • Dec. 10 from 4-9 pm in Undergrad Library

National and International Scholarships Program

Winter break is a great time to work on scholarship applications like the Boren ($20K for lang. study – Jr/Sr), Beinecke ($34K for grad. programs in arts, humanities/social studies – Jr), or Udall ($7K towards environmental studies -Soph-Jr).  Schedule an appointment with David or Jeff before you leave campus so you have everything you need.

Call: 217 333-4710 or email: topscholarsh@illinois.edu.

We are open for appointments Dec. 4-8 from 8:30-5:00 pm.

http://topscholars.illinois.edu/administered-scholarships

Summer UK Fulbright Program for Freshmen and Sophomores

The Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are three-to-four week programs for US Fresh-Soph students who have not yet traveled outside the US.  All expenses paid by the Fulbright program and the application is short!  Participants explore the culture, heritage, and history of the UK while experiencing higher education at a UK university.  Come to an info session to learn how to apply and meet a U of I student who recently won this award.

Friday, Dec. 8th  3:30-4:30 pm  Rm 514  Illini Union Bookstore Building.

http://www.fulbright.org.uk/going-to-the-uk/uk-summer-institutes

For more information of any of these scholarship programs, contact:

 Jeff Yockey Ph.D., Scholarships Coordinator,

National and International Scholarships Program

217 333-4710, yockey@illinois.edu

http://www.topscholars.illinois.edu

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: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/9768586?referrer=

 

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!

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Mark Your Calendars – November 27, 2017

Welcome back!  We hope your break was relaxing and got you geared up for final exams, which begin on December 15.

Pre-Law Advising

Our PLAS Fall Events Calendar is complete.  We will resume our programing in January, beginning with our Pre-Law 101 Workshop on Monday, January 29, followed by the LSAT Test Prep Fair on Tuesday, February 6.  In the meantime, stay tuned for our Annual Internship Newsletter, which will be posted the week of December 11!  This resource will contain over 15 pages of suggestions, ideas and actual internships for Summer 2018. Note – winter break is the best time to apply for summer internships as many of these opportunities have January application deadlines. Mark your calendars!

Campus Events

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

  • Creating Your Powerful Resume— Nov 28, 4-5pm
  • Creating Your Powerful Cover Letter —  Nov 28, 5-6pm
  • Finding and Applying to Federal Government Jobs — Nov 29, 4-5pm
  • Finding An Internship — Nov 29, 5-6pm
  • Resume, Cover Letter, LinkedIn Reviews
    • Nov. 27 from 2-4:30 pm at Career Center
    • Nov. 27 from 7-9 in Undergrad Library
    • Nov. 28 from 2-4:30 at Career Center
    • Nov. 28 from 5:30-7:30 at the Ike Room 1010A
    • Nov. 29 from 2-4:30 at Career Center
    • Nov. 29 from 7-9 in Undergrad Library
    • Nov. 30 from 2-4:30 at Career Center
    • Dec. 1 from 2-4:30 pm at Career Center
    • Dec. 3 from 4-9 pm in Undergrad Library

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: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/9768586?referrer=

 

 

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!

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Mark Your Calendars – Week of September 18

Pre-Law Events

Next week is Law School Application Week! Save the date for the Law School Fair! Next Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 10 am-2 pm at the Union over 100 law school reps will be here to meet YOU! Click here for more details, including a list of who’s coming.

Next week also has the Law School Admission Panel, featuring the admissions deans at UC Berkeley, University of Chicago and at our own UIUC College of Law on Tuesday, September 26Then on Thursday, September 28, there will be a presentation by Northwestern/Pritzker School of Law.  Go to our Events Calendar for information about time and location for these great events.

Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume for Law School– Tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept.19, 4-5pm. The personal statement is one of the most difficult yet powerful elements of the law school application. Join us for this workshop, which will cover what the personal statement is, how to prepare for writing it, and some tips and suggestions for making it reflect an applicant’s strengths. We will also discuss how the personal statement and resume can complement each other to create a stronger law school application. Each session is the same, so select the one that best suits your schedule. Register here for this session.

Engineers and others thinking about patent law! Mark your calendars now for this great event in November!

Patent Bar Exam Session

335 Grainger Engineering Library, Nov 15, 2017  5:00 – 6:00 pm 

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.

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  https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/OED_GRB.pdf

For more information and to register for the Patent Bar Exam Info Session, click here.

Campus Events

Career Center 

Here are some workshops offered this week.  For the full Career Center calendar, click on this link.

How to Sell Your LAS Degree at Career FairsToday, Monday, September 18, 4-5pm, 1092 Lincoln Hall

Creating Your Powerful ResumeToday, Monday, September 18, 5-6pm, Room 143, Career Center (go here for other times for this workshop)

Making Your Major Decision — Wednesday, September 20, 4-5pm, 1064 Lincoln Hall

International Student Career Meet Up — Thursday, September 21, 4-5:30pm, Career Center Interview Suite (616 E. Green Street) Room 213

Finding An Internship — Thursday, September 21, 4-5pm, Career Center Room 143

Job Search Resources for International Students — Friday, September 22, 4-6pm, Career Center Interview Suite (616 E. Green Street) Room 213

Criminology, Law, & Society Minor Information Session

3057 Lincoln Hall, 2:00 – 2:30 pm

Learn more about the Department of Sociology’s new minor in Criminology, Law, & Society! If you have additional questions, contact soc-advising@illinois.edu

JUSTICE JESSE G. REYES TO PRESENT DEAN’S PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT LECTURE

Thursday, September 21 at 12 p.m. Max L. Rowe Auditorium, Law Building

Justice Jesse G. Reyes, Illinois Appellate Court, First District will discuss important priorities for the legal profession, including diversity inclusion in the legal profession, and providing a voice for a large segment of our middle class and working population.The lecture is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided to lecture attendees.

Minority Association of Future Attorneys (MAFA) meeting is Tuesday September 19 at 7PM. Noyes Lab 165 – everyone is welcome!

College of Law Opportunities for Pre-Law Students

Prospective Client Volunteers Needed–Please consider volunteering to play the role of a prospective client with a possible legal issue for students in CFI: Interviewing, Counseling & Fact Investigation.  Volunteers are needed on September 27 and 28 at varying times.  You will meet with and be interviewed by your lawyer for approximately 15-20 minutes.  You will be given the fact pattern for the role you volunteer to play.  Please consider signing up for multiple sessions.  To volunteer or for additional details, contact Angela Martin (aymartin@illinois.edu).  Feel free to refer any non-law, or undergraduate friends.  Your time is greatly appreciated!

Scholarships

We’ve collected 275 scholarships–for both undergrads and incoming law students–on our Scholarships Spreadsheet over on our Pre-Law Compass page. It’s a wide variety of scholarships based on everything from being left-handed to making a video to tweeting, and deadlines vary, so check it out!

Internships

It’s NOT too early to start looking for spring/summer internships today! We post internships on our blog and our Facebook page. Check out this blog post for a plan on how to start finding spring and summer internships this fall.

Pre-Law Resources

Now is a great time to check out–or join–all of our pre-law resources! Click the links to explore. You can also search this blog for posts about the LSAT, law school applications, resumes, internships, and more!

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Law School Admissions Update: LSAT or GRE?

The American Bar Association (ABA) requires that ABA-accredited law schools use some sort of entrance exam in the admissions process. The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) has been the exam used by ABA-accredited law schools for admission to their Juris Doctor (JD) programs for over 50 years.  That changed in March of 2016 when the University of Arizona Law School announced that it would begin accepting either the LSAT or the Graduate Record Exam General Test (GRE) for applicants to its JD program beginning in the Fall of 2016.  Harvard Law School followed suit in March of 2017, announcing that it would begin accepting either the GRE or LSAT with this fall’s application cycle. In August, Georgetown University Law Center announced its plans to do the same, also with this fall’s applicants. A day before Georgetown’s announcement,  Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law stated that it would begin accepting either the GRE or LSAT next fall, for the class that would begin in the Fall of 2019. Click on the links provided to learn more about the application process for each of these schools. Note: Northwestern’s Assistant Director for Admissions and Financial Aid, Sarah Rewerts, will be here at UIUC on Thursday, September 28, 6pm, 1090 Lincoln Hall, to discuss this and other admissions-related topics.

So — what does this mean for a prospective law school applicant?  As of right now, unless an applicant for this cycle is planning on applying ONLY to the three schools listed above that will currently accept either the GRE or LSAT (a strategy that PLAS does not recommend), applicants will still need to prepare for and take the LSAT.  But since this topic is getting a lot of attention in the news, we thought it would be helpful to provide a brief overview of both standardized tests.  As always, we encourage you to do your research and learn more about this issue.

What is the GRE?

Content/Format: It is a computer-delivered standardized test, administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), that evaluates test takers on the following areas:

  1. Analytical Writing (one section with two separately timed tasks). Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills.
  2. Verbal Reasoning (two sections). Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it.
  3. Quantitative Reasoning (two sections). Measures problem-solving ability suing basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.

The GRE also includes both an unscored and a research section.  Per the GRE’s website, the Analytical Writing section will always be first. Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and unidentified/unscored sections may appear in any order so test takers should treat each section as if it counts toward your score.  For more information about the GRE content and structure, check out the ETS website: https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/about/content/.

Cost: $205, which includes 2 free practice tests and a diagnostic tool; other practice materials are available for a fee on the website.  Go here for more info: https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/.

Location/Time: The GRE is available any day but Sunday. You can select the U of I Testing Services Lab on Neil Street for administrations during the week. 

What is the LSAT?

Content/Format:  It is a paper and pencil test (although it has begun piloting a computer-delivered format), administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Per the LSAC’s website, it is comprised of the following:

  1. Reading Comprehension (one scored section): Measures the ability to read, with understanding and insight, examples of lengthy and complex materials similar to those encountered in law school.
  2. Analytical Reasoning (one scored section): Measures the ability to understand a structure of relationships and to draw logical conclusions about that structure.
  3. Logical Reasoning (two scored sections): Assesses the test taker’s ability to analyze, critically evaluate, and complete arguments as they occur in ordinary language.
  4. Experimental Section (one unscored section): This will be an additional section of the types of questions identified above, but the test taker will NOT know which section is experimental so test takers should treat each section as if it counts toward your score.
  5. Writing Sample (one unscored section): Although this is unscored, copies of your writing sample are sent to ALL law schools to which you apply.

For more information about the LSAT’s content and structure, go to the LSAC’s website: https://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/about-the-lsat.

Cost: $180

Location/Time: The LSAT is currently offered four times per year, although as we mentioned in a previous blog post, that will be increased to six times per year beginning in the 2018-2019 testing cycle. The upcoming dates of LSAT administration are as follows: September 16, 2017; December 2, 2017; February 10, 2018; and June 11, 2018.   There are multiple test sites, including UIUC.  Go here for a list of regular administration LSAT locations: https://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/testing-locations/regular.

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