The 2015 Internship Newsletter is live on Compass!

The long wait for the 2015 Internship Newsletter is finally over!  Please visit our Compass page to begin combing through the newsletter for summer opportunities that interest you.  If you are a pre-law student, simply log in with your credentials to access the page.  If you are not pre-law but would like to access the newsletter, please follow the instructions here.  Positions are available throughout Illinois and across the country.  Many positions have due dates over break, so we encourage you to begin working on applications as soon as possible.

Remember that winter break is a wonderful time to rest and relax after finals, but it is also a time that you will have fewer obligations.  So, use your break to begin planning for summer.  By the time February rolls around, it may be too late to secure the summer position you want.  Graduating seniors should begin looking for post-graduation jobs, and juniors, sophomores and freshmen should decide how they will spend their summer months.

For those of you who plan on applying to law school in fall 2016, winter break is a great time to begin preparing for the LSAT.  Take a practice LSAT to see where your strengths and weaknesses lie.  We have uploaded a complete sample LSAT to Compass (source: LSAC.org) for your convenience, which can be found here.  You can never start studying too early!  Additionally, this will provide you with some perspective that will help you gauge which LSAT prep company is the best for you at the 2015 LSAT Prep Fair on Monday, February 1, from 4:00-6:00 pm in Illini Union Room B.

For anyone who has not applied to their prospective schools yet and wishes to start in fall 2016, FINISH YOUR APPLICATIONS! The time to submit is now!

Enjoy your break and Happy Holidays!

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December LSAT Reminders, February LSAT Registration and the 2015 Internship Newsletter

Here are some reminders as Test Day approaches for those of you taking the LSAT this Saturday. Additionally, check out the registration information below for those of you planning to take the February LSAT and keep an eye out for the 2015 Internship Newsletter.

For December LSAT Takers

You’ve been prepping and you’re ready. As you enter the last days of prep, be sure to review the LSAC’s Day of the Test overview here. You may need to gather some test day items in advance. Some highlights:

  • Bring valid government ID along with 3-4 No. 2 pencils (not mechanical pencils).
  • You will also need to obtain a passport-style photo for your admission ticket.
  • Remember to bring a snack in a ziploc bag! It’s a long test. You’ll need it.
  • No cell phones–this has been a problem at some test sites! DO NOT BRING YOUR CELL PHONE.
  • Digital watches are not allowed–only analog watches can be used.
  • No purses, backpacks, or earplugs are allowed.

For February LSAT Takers
Regular registration is now open for the February LSAT and it closes on December 31. Late registration closes on January 8, 2016. Early registration is recommended so that you can get a seat at your preferred test site. To see future test dates or to register, visit LSAT Dates and Deadlines.

2015 Internship Newsletter Coming Soon! – The 2015 Internship Newsletter will be available on December 18, 2015, on our Compass page. If you have the time in the coming weeks and cannot wait to start your applications until the 2015 Newsletter is released, the 2014 Newsletter is still available on Compass. Many of the same internships will be offered again this year. Take look at the individual internships’ websites to find updated information for summer 2016 opportunities.

Good luck on your LSAT prepping, finals, and summer 2016 applications!

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Mark Your Calendars — Week of November 30

PLAS Announcements

October LSAT Takers – We Want Your Feedback! If you sat for the October LSAT, we ask that you take a few minutes to let us know what study method you used and how helpful you thought it was in preparing for the LSAT. We have prepared a short questionnaire for you to complete, which can be found here.

Campus Events

Don’t Put the “Pro” in Procrastination – Tips for Prevention – 7-9 pm on December 1. Come to the Illini Union, Room 209, for this event sponsored by the Counseling Center.

 

Scholarship/Fellowship Opportunities!

Carlson Caspers Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship Program – University of Illinois STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) students are especially invited to apply for this opportunity.

This scholarship program is for current undergrads who will enter law school in Fall, 2016, and intend to practice intellectual property law in the Twin Cities area upon graduation. Deadline is March 1, 2016. Visit their website for more information and to apply:http://carlsoncaspers.com/Firm/InclusionAndDiversity/1LDiversityScholarshipProgram

Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad 

Studying a less-commonly-taught language? Seeking linguistic and cultural immersion? Boren Undergraduate Scholarships provide unique funding opportunities for freshman through seniors to study language and culture in non-Western regions critical to US interests. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

The strongest candidates have a solid academic record and the potential to succeed in their proposed study abroad experience, as well as clear plans for how they will use the target language in their future academic and professional endeavors. Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least 1 year after graduation.

The maximum awards are:
• $10,000 for a semester
• $20,000 for an academic year
• For STEM students only: $8,000 for a summer program (8 weeks minimum)

ROTC participants: see the special Boren-ROTC Initiative

The campus deadline is January 19, 2016. Please learn more about the campus process here. For complete information on Boren Awards preferred languages and countries, click here.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship

This fellowship is available to both graduate and undergraduate students.  Awards will be given for the summer and the academic year.  The awards are for study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, area aspects of professional studies or international studies.  The awards include tuition/fee payments and a generous stipend!

Info sessions: Thursday, December 3 and Friday, December 4, 126 GLSIS, 4-5pm.  For more information, visit http://publish.illinois.edu/illinoisflas/aboutflas. 

Have a great week and keep working hard as finals approach!

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The Finish Line is Right Around the Corner!

October LSAT takers may be tempted to take a break following an exhausting test and the anxiety that comes along with waiting for scores, but now is the time to push through the finish line. Finishing the application process will feel better than any perceived benefit of waiting. For those students who are taking the December LSAT, use this time to finish everything else necessary so you can send your applications in as soon as you receive your scores.

All students applying this cycle should take the time to review their applications before they submit them. Make sure all of your materials are ready to go. Make a checklist for each school that you plan to apply to and double-check to ensure you have met all of requirements of each school. It would be a shame to have the GPA, LSAT score and intangibles to make it into your dream school only to be denied because you forgot something.

If you have yet to complete your application materials, look through some of the resources we have made available to you. If you need help with you personal statement, check out our blog entry “The LSAT is Over – Time to Focus on Your Personal Statement” or sign up for our “Perfecting Your Personal Statement & Resume for Law School” seminar taking place next Tuesday, November 10 at 4:00 pm in IUB 503 (registration is necessary). If you have questions about completing the character and fiction portion of your application, check out “A Refresher on Character and Fitness.”

Also be sure to take check out the various resources available on our Compass page and to take advantage of your own personal networks. Speak with your advisors, fellow students, parents, siblings and any one else who may help to ensure that your application wows admission committees. The end is in sight so keep up the good work.

Good luck on your applications!

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Mark Your Calendars — Week of November 2

PLAS Events

October LSAT Takers – We Want Your Feedback! If you sat for the October LSAT, we ask that you take a few minutes to let us know what study method you used and how helpful you thought it was in preparing for the LSAT. We have prepared a short questionnaire for you to complete, which can be found here.

Applying to Law School Workshop: TONIGHT Monday, November 2, 4:00 – 5:15 pm in IUB 514.

Are you applying to law school this year? This workshop will provide an extensive overview of the application process, including: Understanding the Credential Assembly Service (including a demo), letters of recommendation, transcripts, and the LSAC report that law schools receive. We will discuss how to develop a law school application strategy and share tips to maximize admission and aid in the law school application process. All of your questions about the law school application process will be addressed! No registration is necessary. This workshop does not cover the personal statement and law school application resume due to the separate workshops on those topics. Attendees are invited to attend both workshops.

Pre-Law 101: Wednesday, November 4, 3:00 – 4:00 pm in IUB 514.

This workshop is for any Illinois student who is new to pre-law. We will cover: What it means to be a pre-law student at Illinois; the profile of a successful law school applicant; building a pre-law resume during undergraduate years; and what helpful resources exist on campus. We will answer all of your pre-law questions! This workshop is primarily aimed at first year students but all students are welcome. First year students should attend a Pre-Law 101 prior to setting up an individual Pre-Law Advising appointment. Please register here.

The Real Deal: Lawyers Share the Inside View of the Legal Profession – Monday, November 9, 5:00 – 6:00 pm in IUB 514.

The best way to learn about the legal profession is to talk to lawyers! What is it really like to argue a case before a jury? What skills does it take to make partner or own your own law firm? What should you know before joining the legal profession? Network with retired area lawyers representing a variety of legal careers to find out! Ask questions about what it’s really like to practice law and get insight into what skills you can build now to prepare for a successful legal career! This is a rare and valuable chance to talk to people who can share perspectives on their decades-long legal careers and all pre-law students will benefit. No registration is necessary. For the speakers’ bios, please visit: http://publish.illinois.edu/prelawadvising/2015/10/13/your-opportunity-to-meet-legal-professionals/

Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume For Law School: Tuesday, November 10, 4:00 – 5:00 pm in IUB 514.

The personal statement and resume are a law school applicant’s opportunity to tell a school all about yourself and why you will make a great addition to their class. Students consistently tell us that this is the hardest part of the application, so we have developed this workshop to provide some insight. We will cover: What the personal statement is; how to begin writing it; what to include and exclude; writing separate addenda; how the personal statement and resume should work together; and an overview of the law school resume. Bring your questions because there will be plenty of time to ask them. Please register here.

 Law School Opportunities

University of Chicago Law School invites Illinois students and alumni to attend theirOpen House on Monday, November 23 (during our Fall Break) from 9 am – 1 pm. The Open House will include a class and a tour of the school. You will also get to meet with the offices of Admissions and Financial Aid. To register, visit their website here.

 

Campus Events

White House Internship Program — Info Session Wednesday, November 4 – The White House Internship Program is a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office, and prepare them for future public service opportunities. Come learn about this competitive 3 1/2 month volunteer opportunity in Washington, DC, open to U.S. citizens from all majors and backgrounds, both graduate and undergraduate students.Applications for the Summer Internship cycle are due January 15th. Former White House Intern and Presidential Appointee, Rachel Rubin, will discuss the application process and program requirements, as well as share her experiences as an Illini serving President Obama’s administration. Interested? Come to an event on Wednesday, November 4 at 4:30 in Room 404 David Kinley Hall. And, see: The White House Internship: A Public Service Leadership Program, https://www.whitehouse.gov/participate/internships.

Career Center Workshops – Unless otherwise indicated, all workshops are held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street. For more information or to register for an event, click here.

  • Finding an Internship, Tuesday, November 3, 4-5 pm.
  • Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters, Thursday, November 5, 4-5 pm

Illinois Leadership Center – i-Programs

  • Intersect – Learn skills in relationship building and team development. Will be held on Saturday, November 7. For more information on the event and to register, please visit: http://www.illinoisleadership.illinois.edu/.

LeaderShape Institute

LeaderShape is a nationally-recognized leadership development program that takes place at many college campuses every year. At the LeaderShape Institute, participants learn how to lead with integrity through a variety of fun and educational experiences. They will create a vision for change focused on their organizations and an action plan designed to assist them in effectively implementing their vision and goals.

The University of Illinois offers a campus-based session of this nationally recognized program each January. Unlike i-programs and workshops, students must apply for this program through their academic college Dean’s Office.

For more information about LeaderShape, contact your academic college Dean’s Office. You may also contact the Illinois Leadership Center or view the Leadership Center events calendar to learn more about application deadlines and available information sessions. An information session will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, October 13 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm in the Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Center. To learn more about this program, please visit: http://www.illinoisleadership.illinois.edu/programs/leadershape.asp.

Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations (MHRIR) Program Information MeetingThursday, November 12, 5:15-7:00 pm in Room 35 of the Labor and Employment Relations (LER) Building — LER is hosting Informational Meetings for students to learn more about the Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations (MHRIR) Program at the School of Labor and Employment Relations!  Interested students will be joined by faculty and staff for curriculum overview and current students as they share their experiences in the program.  Other topics during the session include admissions requirements and career opportunities in the field! Dinner will be provided!

 Scholarship/Fellowship Opportunities!

Dad’s Association Scholarships The Dads Association at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship. The Dads Association will award scholarships in the amount of $2,000 in January 2016 to six undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  In order to be considered for the scholarship students must submit their application by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2015.

The on-line application can be found by clicking here.

If you have questions, you may contact the Illini Union Parent and Family Programs Office at iuparentfamilyprograms@illinois.edu or (217) 333-7063.

Bailey Scholarship — University YMCA – The YMCA is now taking applications for the Fred S. Bailey Internship Scholarship Program for U of I students who have an unpaid internship in spring. The University YMCA’s Fred S. Bailey Unpaid Internship Scholarship program provides scholarship funding to students who accept unpaid internships with public service agencies and not for profit organizations.  Applications are due Nov. 13! For more information and to apply, go here:http://www.universityymca.org/bailey/internship_awards.html.

Carlson Caspers Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship Program – University of Illinois STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) students are especially invited to apply for this opportunity.

This scholarship program is for current undergrads who will enter law school in Fall, 2016, and intend to practice intellectual property law in the Twin Cities area upon graduation. Deadline is March 1, 2016      Visit their website for more information and to apply: http://carlsoncaspers.com/Firm/InclusionAndDiversity/1LDiversityScholarshipProgram

 Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad 

Studying a less-commonly-taught language? Seeking linguistic and cultural immersion? Boren Undergraduate Scholarships provide unique funding opportunities for freshman through seniors to study language and culture in non-Western regions critical to US interests. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

The strongest candidates have a solid academic record and the potential to succeed in their proposed study abroad experience, as well as clear plans for how they will use the target language in their future academic and professional endeavors. Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least 1 year after graduation.

The maximum awards are:
• $10,000 for a semester
• $20,000 for an academic year
• For STEM students only: $8,000 for a summer program (8 weeks minimum)

ROTC participants: see the special Boren-ROTC Initiative

The campus deadline is January 19, 2016. Please learn more about the campus process here. For complete information on Boren Awards preferred languages and countries, click here.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship – This fellowship is available to both graduate and undergraduate students.  Awards will be given for the summer and the academic year.  The awards are for study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, area aspects of professional studies or international studies.  The awards include tuition/fee payments and a generous stipend!

Info sessions: Thursday, December 3 and Friday, December 4, 126 GLSIS, 4-5pm.  For more information, visit http://publish.illinois.edu/illinoisflas/aboutflas. 

Have a great week!

 

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Law School Transparency: A Resource for Prospective Students

Researching law schools can be a difficult task. The amount of information available on the internet can be overwhelming. One resource that we have found can help in the research process is Law School Transparency (LST). The website (http://www.lawschooltransparency.com/) provides a one-stop shop for various types of law school related information from job prospects to LSAT and GPA ranges.

LST offers more sources of information than we can reasonably cover in this space, but we would like to give you a few pointers for navigating the site.

First, click the link above, which will bring you to this page and click on “What We Do”:

LST Homepage

Next, click on “LST Reports”:

LST WWD Reports

Once you enter “LST Reports” you can register:

Sign in or Register

In addition to registering, this page also gives you access to multiple types of reports:

Report Options

Check out more of Law School Transparency when you have an opportunity. The site offers much more than what we have briefly shown you today. Take some time to play around on LST because it offers important information that may help you to make important decisions such as what law schools to apply to, where you are most likely to be accepted, and what schools will offer you the best chance of success as a student and beyond.

Good luck with your research!

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Mark Your Calendars — Week of October 12

Pre-Law Advising Services Events

October LSAT Takers – We Want Your Feedback! We are studying how Illinois students prepare for the LSAT. If you sat for the October LSAT, please take a few minutes to let us know what study method you used and how helpful you found it in preparing for the LSAT. Please take a moment to fill out a short questionnaire here.

Pre-Law 101 (for Freshmen or students new to pre-law): TODAY Monday, October 12, 4:00-5:00 pm in IUB 504. This workshop is for any Illinois student who is new to pre-law. We will cover: What it means to be a pre-law student at Illinois; the profile of a successful law school applicant; building a pre-law resume during undergraduate years; and what helpful resources exist on campus. We will answer all of your pre-law questions! This workshop is primarily aimed at first year students but all students are welcome. First year students should attend a Pre-Law 101 prior to setting up an individual Pre-Law Advising appointment. Select any Pre-Law 101 session that suits your schedule–each covers the same material. Please register here.

Yale Law School Webinar: Thursday, October 15, 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Please join the Yale Law School Admissions Office for a video webinar with other prospective law school applicants from Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. Craig Janecek, Director of Admissions, will be on hand to answer your questions about legal education, the application process, and life at Yale Law School. Advance registration is required.  To register for this event, please visit:
law-yale.adobeconnect.com/chinoruiuc15/event/event_info.html.

Applying to Law School Workshop: Monday, November 2, 4:00 – 5:15 pm in IUB 514
Are you applying to law school this year? This workshop will provide an extensive overview of the application process, including: Understanding the Credential Assembly Service (including a demo), letters of recommendation, transcripts, and the LSAC report that law schools receive. We will discuss how to develop a law school application strategy and share tips to maximize admission and aid in the law school application process. All of your questions about the law school application process will be addressed! No registration is necessary. This workshop does not cover the personal statement and law school application resume due to the separate workshops on those topics. Attendees are invited to attend both workshops.

Campus Events

Pre-Law Black Law Students Association Chapter Information Meeting TODAY, Monday, October 12 at 7 pm in Lincoln Hall – Come learn about one of the newest RSO’s on campus, as they are very excited to offer various service opportunities and programs to serve the needs of ALL undergraduate students. For pre-law students specifically, BLSA hopes to be a voice and source of guidance into law school.

Career Center Workshops – Unless otherwise indicated, all workshops are held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street. For more information or to register for an event, click here.

  • Getting the Job: Interviewing Tips, Tuesday, October 13, 4-5 pm.
  • Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters, Tuesday, October 13, 5-6 pm.
  • Finding an Internship, Wednesday, October 14, 5-6 p.m.

Illinois Leadership Center – i-Programs
Ignite – Develop skills in leading change and understanding systems thinking. Will be held on Saturday, October 17. For more information on the event and to register, please visit: http://www.illinoisleadership.illinois.edu/.

LeaderShape Institute
LeaderShape is a nationally-recognized leadership development program that takes place at many college campuses every year. At the LeaderShape Institute, participants learn how to lead with integrity through a variety of fun and educational experiences. They will create a vision for change focused on their organizations and an action plan designed to assist them in effectively implementing their vision and goals.

The University of Illinois offers a campus-based session of this nationally recognized program each January. Unlike i-programs and workshops, students must apply for this program through their academic college Dean’s Office.

For more information about LeaderShape, contact your academic college Dean’s Office. You may also contact the Illinois Leadership Center or view the Leadership Center events calendar to learn more about application deadlines and available information sessions. An information session will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, October 13 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm in the Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Center. To learn more about this program, please visit: http://www.illinoisleadership.illinois.edu/programs/leadershape.asp.

Scholarship Opportunities

Truman Scholarship for Public Service
National and International Scholarships is hosting a two-day Truman Scholarship information event:

  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.—Information session and discussion with former Truman Scholar-This session will be held in IUB Room 504
  • Friday, Oct. 16, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.—Workshop on how to craft a Truman Application-This session will be held in IUB Room 514

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship awards $30,000 for students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. College juniors who are U.S. citizens with a record of community service and a commitment to a career in public service are eligible. Public service includes government, uniformed services, public interest organizations, non-governmental research or educational organizations, public and private schools, and other public service-oriented, non-profit organizations.

Evaluators look for leadership ability, potential for influencing public policies, community service and extracurricular activities, suitability of the applicant’s proposed program of study for a career in public service, strong academic performance, and potential to perform well in a premier graduate school program. Truman Scholars have pursued many fields of study, such as agriculture, engineering, economics, education, government, history, global studies, law, political science, public administration, and public health. Illinois may nominate up to 4 students for the Truman Scholarship.

More information on this award, including the campus endorsement process, can be found here.  To make an appointment to discuss whether the Truman Scholarship is right for you, please contact us at topscholars@illinois.edu.

Carlson Caspers Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship
University of Illinois STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) students are especially invited to apply for Carlson Caspers Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship Program.

This scholarship program is for current undergrads who will enter law school in Fall, 2016, and intend to practice intellectual property law in the Twin Cities area upon graduation. Visit their website for more information and to apply: http://carlsoncaspers.com/Firm/InclusionAndDiversity/1LDiversityScholarshipProgram

Have a great week!

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Law School Interviews and Campus Visits

Most law schools do not offer interviews as part of the application process, but for those that do, an interview can be the difference between acceptance and rejection.  Northwestern, for example, considers interviews one of their prime assessment tools in evaluating prospective students. Other schools may only offer interviews to select individuals. If you are interested in learning more about schools that offer interviews, check out our Compass page linked below.

If a school offers an interview program as a part of the application process, participation is strongly encouraged. When preparing for an interview, treat it as if you were interviewing for a job. Practice as much as possible for your interview by using the resources on campus, on the internet and in your personal network. Before you begin practicing, research your prospective school and learn to become comfortable answering questions about yourself, the school and why you see yourself there.

For similar experiences at schools that do not offer an interview program, applicants may be interested in campus visits.  Campus visits will not be considered in the application process, but they still provide valuable insight into the schools and what they look for in their students.  Speaking with current students, sitting in on a class and meeting some of the faculty will aid prospective students as they narrow their choices.

If any applicants are interested in practicing interviewing, please contact Career Services to conduct a mock interview.  The experience presents a wonderful opportunity to eliminate nervousness, while receiving valuable feedback.

To access a spreadsheet containing law school interview information, please visit our Compass page.

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Mark Your Calendars — Week of September 21

PLAS Events

Perfecting Your Personal Statement & Resume for Law School: Monday, September 21, 4:00 – 5:00 pm in IUB 514.

The personal statement and resume are a law school applicant’s opportunity to tell a school all about yourself and why you will make a great addition to their class. Students consistently tell us that this is the hardest part of the application, so we have developed this workshop to provide some insight. We will cover: What the personal statement is; how to begin writing it; what to include and exclude; writing separate addenda; how the personal statement and resume should work together; and an overview of the law school resume. Bring your questions because there will be plenty of time to ask them. Please register here.

2015 Law School Fair (MAPLA Caravan): Tuesday, October 6, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm in Illini Union Rooms A, B, C, and South Lounge (1401 W. Green St., Urbana, Illinois 61801).

It’s the biggest pre-law event of the year! Join us as over 120 law schools visit campus to meet with prospective students. Gather information about law schools, talk with admissions professionals about their schools, collect some fun freebies and law school application fee waivers. This event is FREE and open to the public. Dress is business casual. For more information, including a list of law schools attending the fair, visit our website at http://prelaw.illinois.edu/law-school-fair. See you at the fair! No registration is required.

 

Campus Events

Free Practice LSAT from Kaplan – September 30th @ 5:15 pm*

Space is limited, so please register at http://www.kaptest.com/class/LKCE150005. Take Kaplan’s Free Practice Test and find out how you’d perform on the exam right now! You will receive a detailed score report, complete explanations to every question, strategies for improvement. This is a practice test offered by Kaplan, and it is an unofficial practice LSAT.

*PLAS has no affiliation with Kaplan or any other test prep company.

 Career Center Workshops – Unless otherwise indicated, all workshops are held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street. For more information or to register for an event, click here.

  • Creating Powerful Resumes & Cover Letters, Monday, September 21, 4-5 pm.
  • Finding an Internship, Wednesday, September 23, 4-5 pm.
  • Getting the Job: Interviewing Tips, Friday, September 25, 2-3 p.m.

Spend a Semester Interning and Taking Classes in Washington, DC – Application deadline for spring semester is October 1

Come learn more about Illinois in Washington, an academic internship program open to all Illinois undergraduates.  Students live in Washington, DC, for a semester or summer, intern 4 days a week and take U of I classes. Information session: Tuesday, September 15 from 6-7 pm

Also visit www.washington.illinois.eduwww.facebook.com/IlliniosInWashington, and www.illinoisinwashington.wordpress.com/.

 Pre-Law Honors Society has Launched a New Website

Please visit uiucprelawhonorssociety.weebly.com where you will find the recently launched PHS website. At the new site you will find an updated calendar of all PHS events, an updated description of all PHS events, and an updated list of the requirements needed to become a member. Additionally you will gain access to the newly re-established Gavel News Blog and find lists every possible way to contact the organization

 

Have a great week!

 

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Letters of Recommendation – The Sooner the Better

Law schools frequently stress the importance of having quality letters of recommendation. A letter of recommendation can influence whether a prospective student receives an acceptance letter.  For that reason, you must carefully select a professor or supervisor (if choosing an employer).* If a student chooses a recommender who does not know them well, the letter will fail to impress admissions officers.  In fact, such a “general” letter of recommendation can negatively influence an application.  Prospective law students should begin acquainting themselves with their professors early to avoid this unenviable situation.

In order to achieve a personal connection with your professors, visit them during office hours.  Professors have office hours so they can get to know their students and help them better understand the subject matter of the course.  Stop by early in the semester and explain to your professor that you would like to get to know them better.  Bring questions about material that was covered in a recent class or try to focus the conversation on a professor’s area of expertise.  Often times, professors focus their time on a specific area of interest within their field.  Employ your research skills and try to determine the professor’s area of interest.  Then, inquire about that topic.

Additionally, speak with your professors about your personal and professional goals. Let them know that you are considering law school. Ask for feedback and advice regarding your suggested path. Let them get to know the real you. A strong personal connection will come through in a letter of recommendation. A professor who knows you better will write a more impressive and meaningful letter on your behalf.

Stay for ten or fifteen minutes and thank your professor for his or her time.  Now, your professor will recognize you and will know you personally each time you contribute in class.  Go back to office hours as needed.  Provided you do well in the course, you have established the necessary groundwork for requesting a letter of recommendation at a later date.

For students who have waited to ask for letters of recommendation and would like to apply during this admission cycle, the process will be similar but more condensed. Do not wait to approach your professors until the week before you plan on submitting your applications. Make an appointment to see either your former professors or your current ones as soon as possible. At the meeting, ask whether the professor would be willing to write a letter of recommendation, and if so, offer to provide them with any information they desire. Such information may include: the grade you received in class, extracurricular activities and interests, a résumé, etc. Be sure to provide the requested information to your professor as soon as possible and stay in contact with your recommender throughout the process. The sooner you have your letters of recommendation finished, the closer you are to submitting your applications – so get to it!

 

*Typically, prospective students should choose professors to write their letters of recommendation unless they have been out of school for a while.  For more information, see the University of Chicago’s thoughts on the topic.

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