Mark Your Calendars — Week of August 31

PLAS Events

Pre-Law 101 (for Freshmen or students new to pre-law): Tuesday, September 8, 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.

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.

Campus Events

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.

  • The Career Center 101, Tuesday, September 1, 3-4 pm.
  • Finding an Internship, Wednesday, September 2, 4-5 pm.
  • Career Fair Prep: Maximize Your Experience, Thursday, September 3, 4-5 p.m.
  • Career Fair Prep: Maximize Your Experience, Tuesday, September 8, 4-5 p.m.
  • Creating Powerful Resumes & Cover Letters, Tuesday, September 8, 5-6 p.m.

Volunteer Fair: Tuesday, September 1 in the Illini Union, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm.

The Office of Volunteer Programs off the Volunteer Fair to explore volunteering and service opportunities that are available on-campus and around the Champaign-Urbana community

Illinois Abroad Day: Sept. 1, 11:00 am-5:00 pm (Visit the Illinois Abroad Website here for the detailed schedule) 

11 a.m.-2 p.m. (hosted by Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange): Visit with study abroad advocates and professionals on the Main Quad and learn more about campus wide programs and the steps you can take to study abroad.  Attend concurrent workshops being offered around campus focusing on the ‘how tos’ of study abroad.

2-5 p.m. (hosted by participating colleges): Program-specific information will be available for students at colleges across campus including Engineering, ACES, Business, LAS, Law, and Education.  Colleges are invited to put their best study abroad programs forward: equipping students to best integrate the experience.

5 p.m.: Keynote Lecture held in 100 Gregory Hall.

Engineering Career Services Career Fair: Wednesday, September 9 and Thursday, September 10 at the ARC. Begins at 8:30 am.

Held at the ARC, this career fair offers companies an opportunity to engage with highly motivated students in engineering-related fields. For more information, please visit

Provost’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Board
Application: UG Advisory Board App 2015-16

Applications are now being accepted for this board, which provides feedback and generates ideas for programs, academic policies, and initiatives established or overseen by the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Innovation. Meetings will take place 12:00-1:00 pm on Oct 8, Nov. 3, and Dec. 1, and lunch is provided.

Qualifying students will:

  • Be undergraduates for the 2015-2016 academic year,
  • Have an interest in academic affairs/campus initiatives
  • Demonstrate a strong record (GPA of 3.0+)
  • Be involved on campus.

Click on the link above to access the application. All applications due Sept. 11.

College of Law Events

Adam Liptak will deliver “The Roberts Court at Ten: A Reporter’s Reflections” for the fall 2015 Paul M. Van Arsdell, Jr. Memorial Lecture on Litigation and the Legal Profession. Liptak is the Supreme Court correspondent of The New York Times. Lunch will be provided for lecture attendees. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Check the College of Law’s website for additional events that are open to public:

Stayed tuned for more excellent pre-law programming and have a great week!


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Questions Regarding Internships/Externships and Clinics

Students entering their 1L year will hear the terms internship, externship, and clinic at some point.  However, not every new student will know what each term means.  Additionally, some of the terms may have slightly different meanings at different schools.  So, it is a good idea to understand what your prospective schools offer before you begin the application process.

In almost every law school, a clinic is a supervised class in which students work on real-world cases.  The clients are usually low-income individuals and the work is done pro bono.  Typically, schools offer clinics in various practice areas and the clinics are reserved for upper level students who qualify for a temporary law license.

Similarly, every school offers its students resources to take part in either internships or externships.  However, the difference between internships and externships is not always clear.  The definitions may be interchangeable at some schools.  Alternatively, some schools may say that internships are paid positions that receive no credit and externships are for-credit only, or vice versa.

Here are some relevant questions to ask about Internships/Externships and Clinics before you begin the application process:

  • Are there differences between externships and internships at this school? If so, what are those differences?
  • Will I receive academic credit for completing an internship/externship? If so, how many credits can I receive from such sources?
  • What resources are available to me so that I can secure an internship/externship?
  • Do you offer clinics? If so, in what practice areas?
  • Is a temporary law license necessary to participate in a clinic?
  • Does the internship/externship or clinic meet any graduation requirements?

The above questions may be answered by visiting a school’s website.  Alternatively, you can email a school directly to inquire about its offerings or do so at an on-campus visit.

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Mark Your Calendars – Week of May 4

PLAS Announcement

Our events have concluded for this semester but we do have a public service announcement.  Fall law school applicants — do not forget to identify and meet with people whom you would like to write letters of recommendation on your behalf BEFORE you leave campus!  If you wait until the fall to make the request(s), you will likely find yourself waiting in line behind others who asked first!  For information on how to solicit letters of recommendation, first go to our webpage, and then to the PLAS Compass Page and check out our “Guide to Letters of Recommendation” in the “Application Pointers” section.


Campus Events and Opportunities

UK & Ireland Scholarships Info Session and Application Workshop

Fancy a fully-funded graduate degree at a top British or Irish university? Join us to learn about a group of scholarships that allow you to pursue your academic goals in the United Kingdom and Ireland!

This informational session and application workshop is targeted to juniors, seniors, and graduate or professional students, and will provide an overview of the Gates CambridgeMarshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes scholarships.

When: Thursday, May 7, 3:30-5:00pm
Where: 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building (entrance near Coble Hall)

We will discuss the:
• basic eligibility requirements,
• selection criteria, and
• application processes for these awards.

The University of Illinois’ newest Marshall Scholar, Jacob Calvert, will be on hand to share his application experience!

The latter portion of the event will help participants begin to craft their applications for these scholarships. This is a great opportunity to strategize and get feedback on your ideas for your application essays. The priority deadline for the Marshall and Gates Cambridge scholarships is June 1, 2015, and the required campus deadline for many of the UK/Ireland scholarships is August 25, 2015, so now is the time to get started!

Questions? Send an email to  For more information, go to:


Other Opportunities

The law firm of Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. is currently accepting applications for its Fellowship for Advancement and Resources (“FAR”).  Snell & Wilmer names up to two FAR Fellows annually, and recipients receive the following benefits: (1) a fully paid commercial LSAT preparation course and a stipend covering the costs associated with sitting for the exam, (2) a 1L law school prep course, (3) money for books for all three years of law school, (4) a technology stipend (if needed), and (5) mentorship from a Snell & Wilmer attorney. This pipeline initiative will have a meaningful and lasting impact for FAR Fellows, and Snell & Wilmer are excited to continue the program this year.

A link to the application, which explains the FAR Fellowship in greater detail can be found hereApplications are due July 1, 2015. Any questions can be directed to Kara Blakely via e-mail at


Have a great week and study hard – the end is in sight!


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Paralegal Certificates: A Path to Law School?

A paralegal position can be helpful because it will allow you to “get your feet wet” and learn some tangible, transferable skills.  Such a position will also allow you to see the practice of law first-hand before deciding whether the field is the right fit for you. Moreover, law school admission departments and hiring partners at law firms will see the experience as a positive aspect of your resume.  Working as a paralegal (or anything else) prior to law school will not make up for poor grades or low LSAT scores, but it may offer a better chance at admission in some cases.  Some schools, such as Harvard and Northwestern, view work experience as nearly a prerequisite to admission.

Deciding whether to pursue a paralegal certificate prior to law school is an additional decision that requires serious contemplation.  A certification in paralegal studies can cost thousands of dollars in tuition as well as months of additional schooling.  The debt accrued in terms of time and money may not be worth the investment for someone who is not considering a paralegal position as a possible career path in itself.  Moreover, the costs associated with a paralegal certificate may not be necessary because some law firms are willing to hire job-seekers for paralegal positions without a certification.

Going straight from undergraduate to a paralegal position without any law firm experience can prove difficult, but that is not the only available option.  One non-conventional path to becoming a paralegal is to take a job at a law firm as either an assistant or another similar administrative role.  This will allow you to learn how the firm works and what is required of its paralegals.  During your time at the firm you can speak with current paralegals about their responsibilities and make clear your intentions to join their ranks.  With such knowledge and experience in hand, you can apply for a paralegal position within the firm or elsewhere.  The issue with this path is time.  Often a transition of this type may take at least a couple of years.  If you foresee yourself applying to law school within a year of graduation, the paralegal route may not be the best option.

Becoming a paralegal can have many advantages in terms of learning the legal industry, developing tangible skills and becoming more attractive to certain law schools.  Additionally, if you are on the fence about applying to law school, working as a paralegal will give you first-hand knowledge of the field, while also allowing you to save up for tuition expenses.  Working prior to law school can be a valuable asset for your career, but it is not required at all law schools.  If you are not sure whether to work for a period of time prior to law school, speak with friends and family or check with schools you are interested in to see how highly they value work experience.

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Mark Your Calendars — Week of April 13

PLAS Events

Applying to Law School: A Webinar for Fall Applicants: TODAY Monday, April 13, 4:00-5:15pm.

If you are planning to apply to law school this fall, this workshop is for you! We will create a plan to help you maximize your law school applications for admission and scholarship purposes by getting them in EARLY. Topics include: First steps to take in the application process; Making the most of summer; Tackling the personal statement; Creating an application strategy; and Financing your law school application cycle. Bring your questions about law school applications! We are piloting this workshop as a WEBINAR and we will be using Compass. Please register at this link and we will send login information prior to the workshop.

Perfecting the Personal Statement and Resume for Law School workshop, Monday, April 20, 4-5pm, IUB 514.

Designed for students applying to law school this fall, this workshop will cover: What the personal statement is; how students can approach it; how to create a realistic timeline for writing it; how the personal statement and resume work together; suggestions and tips for maximizing the impact of the personal statement as part of the application. Please register at this link so that we can ensure enough seating and materials for everyone.

For more info about these and other PLAS Events, go here.


Campus Events

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

  • Finding an Internship, Wednesday, April 15, 5-6 pm.
  • Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters,Wednesday, April 15, 4-5pm


Fulbright Workshop – Interested in research, teaching, or graduate work abroad? Come learn about Fulbright, the premiere U.S. academic exchange to 140 countries around the world!  The National and International Scholarships Program will provide a Fulbright workshop featuring advice from recent Illinois Fulbright recipients in 180 Bevier Hall on April 21, at 5 pm. There will be lots of time to get your questions answered and enjoy free pizza! The session is targeted to juniors, seniors, and graduate/professional students who wish to explore Fulbright opportunities and begin preparing materials for the Fulbright Priority Deadline of June 29, 2015 for grants beginning in fall 2016.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards approximately 1,900 full scholarships annually to students for studies, research, or English teaching in every region of the world.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens and either seniors, graduate/professional students, or alumni.  Please see the Fulbright page for more information.


Snell & Wilmer is currently accepting applications for the Fellowship for Advancement and Resources (“FAR”).  Snell & Wilmer names up to two FAR Fellows annually, and recipients receive the following benefits: (1) a fully paid commercial LSAT preparation course and a stipend covering the costs associated with sitting for the exam, (2) a 1L law school prep course, (3) money for books for all three years of law school, (4) a technology stipend (if needed), and (5) mentorship from a Snell & Wilmer attorney. This pipeline initiative will have a meaningful and lasting impact for FAR Fellows, and Snell & Wilmer are excited to continue the program this year.

A link to the application, which explains the FAR Fellowship in greater detail can be found here. Applications are due July 1, 2015. Any questions can be directed to Kara Blakely via e-mail at


New volunteer opportunity – GLOBE is a program working to build friendships between international and domestic students. GLOBE stands for Global Leaders Orange and Blue Engagement and is sponsored by the Counseling Center and the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Affairs.

Over the Fall 2015 semester, students will meet once a week to engage in planned or self-initiated social activities such as cook-outs, movies and social outings. Although domestic students will help introduce students to the University of Illinois campus, the primary focus is on friendship and cross-cultural understanding.

The process of recruiting domestic and experienced international students on campus has already begun. No international experience or foreign language skills are required and both graduate and undergraduates are welcome. The program does require at least a 2.7 GPA, involvement with other campus activities, availability for a one hour training session this semester, and a commitment of at least one hour a week for the fall semester.

For more information, please see the GLOBE webpage To apply to become a Blue Member, please go here or click the link on the GLOBE webpage.  An information session will be held on April 13, Monday, 5-6 pm @ The Interview Suite of the Career Center Room 213, 616 E. Green St. Champaign. (Second floor after entering under the Intensive English Institute​ sign next to McDonald’s on Green Street.)

If you have any additional questions, please contact Kat Becker via e-mail at


Re:Search, the Undergraduate Literary Criticism Journal at Illinois, is still seeking applications for Executive Board positions  The deadline for Executive Board Applications has been extended until TODAY Monday, April 13th at 11:59pm!  You can also find the application (downloadable as a Word Doc) at Re:Search’s microsite, here:

All students of ANY standing (Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior) are encouraged to apply for an Executive Board Position. This is a fantastic opportunity to be involved in a student-run academic publication, which is also searchable on Google Scholar and cataloged in the University Library!

Please email your application to by 11:59pm on Monday, April 13th. Email any questions to


Have a great week!

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School Decisions and Seat Deposits

The deadlines for seat deposits at law schools are rapidly approaching.  Meaning that it is time to decide where you will spend the next three years of your life.  In many cases, these decisions prove difficult.  Scholarships, living expenses, geographic locations and other considerations all play a part in the decision process.  We at PLAS would like to offer a few tips to help you through this process and an important disclaimer as well.

When you applied to your list of schools, you likely had them ranked in some sort of order.  One idea is to stick to your pre-application ranking.  This allows you to make a seemingly difficult decision simpler.  However, as scholarships often times accompany the acceptance letters, some schools may seem more attractive than before.  If this is the case, try to gain as much information as you can before the seat deposit deadline.  Visit campuses, schedule phone appointments, speak with career counseling, discuss your options with knowledgeable relatives, etc.  Consider: What information will help you make this decision? The bottom line is that you have to make a decision.  So make a choice and embrace whatever decision you make.  Then you can begin thinking about next steps such as housing or roommates.

Many applicants view the law school selection process as a Right/Wrong dichotomy. They think that if the pick the Right law school, everything will be wonderful and life will be perfect. If they pick the Wrong law school, life will be miserable and they will spend their days regretting it. This is not helpful and in most cases, not true. It is more accurate to approach this decision by acknowledging that there is no one perfect law school for everyone. Every law school will have strengths and weaknesses. Your job should be to consider what your priorities are in a legal education, and to choose a school that matches those priorities. Then, once you are in law school, take advantage of every opportunity, program, and connection they offer to maximize your law school experience.

If you need extra time to make your decision, you may ask for an extension.  Before asking for an extension, consider: What am I going to do with this extra week that will make my decision easier for me? For most people, your situation will be exactly the same one week from now–it’s just delaying the decision. If you absolutely need the extra time, request it and use it wisely.

Now, for the disclaimer: one option you should not consider is submitting many final seat deposits at multiple law schools.  Read this excerpt from LSAC:

“Applicants should be aware that a law school is not required to maintain an offer of admission if it discovers that the applicant has accepted an offer at another institution. Beginning on May 15 of each year, law schools may be provided with information concerning all enrollment commitments to any law school made by those applicants who have indicated an intention to enroll in that school’s entering class. Applicants should be sure that they understand policies on multiple commitment deposits set by schools to which they have applied.” (

Submitting multiple seat deposits is a tricky business.  Schools can retract your offer of admission, the practice is costly and borderline unethical, and it only prolongs the decision process.  You have done all the hard work to receive these offers so take the last step and make your choice.  Then you can relax – at least until September.

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Mark Your Calendars – Week of March 16th  

PLAS Events

Financing Your Legal Education: An Access Group Webinar: Friday, April 3, 2015, 1:00 – 2:00 PM (online). How will you finance your legal education? This workshop features Joni Bradley-Scott from Access Group, a nonprofit providing excellent resources in support of financial education for graduate students. Joni will provide an overview of law school financial aid including how it works and what students can do to maximize aid. She will share many helpful resources students can use to effectively finance their legal education. Registration is limited to the first 25 students. To register, go here.

The Path to Practicing Law in the US: An International Law Student Panel & Discussion: Wednesday, April 5, 2015, 4:30 – 5:30 PM in IUB Room 514. Are you an international student considering attending law school in the U.S.? Join us as we host a panel of international law students from China and Brazil. PLAS welcomes four current College of Law international students, Ning Ning, Andre Reis, Zhiqi Wu and Xi Zhou, to answer questions and discuss their experiences studying law in the U.S. After the panel, students will get to talk to the speakers in small groups. Bring your questions! For more information on the event and the panelists, go here. Food will be served. No registration necessary.

For more info about these and other PLAS Events, go here.


June LSAT Update

Are you planning on taking the LSAT this June?  Registration is open and spots are beginning to fill. LSAC tells us that one Chicago LSAT Test Center, Loyola-Chicago, is already full.  Consequently, if you know you are taking the June LSAT but haven’t registered yet, you should do that ASAP.  For more information and to register, go here.


Campus Events

Career Center Workshops

Unless otherwise indicated, all workshops are held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street. For more information or to register, go here.

Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters, Monday, March 16, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Career Fair Prep: Maximize Your Experience, Monday, March 16, 5:00 – 6:00 PM or Tuesday, March 17, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Diversity & Inclusion Networking Exchange, Tuesday, March 17, 5:30 – 7:30 PM, held in the Illini Union Ballroom

Coffee Chat at the Career Center, Wednesday, March 18, 4:30 – 5:30 PM

Getting the Job: Interviewing Tips, Wednesday, March 18, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Strategic Use of LinkedIn for International Students, Thursday, March 19, 4:00 – 5:30 PM, held in The Interview Suite, 616 E. Green


 Remember — the All Campus Career Fair is this Wednesday, March 18, 12-4pm, at the ARC!


Illinois in Washington – Spend Fall Interning and Taking Classes in Washington, DC!

Fall is the best time to come to Washington – lovely weather and less competition for internships. Plus you can apply for internships over summer instead of during the school year!

Illinois in Washington is an academic internship program open to all Illinois undergraduates. Students live in Washington, DC, for a semester, intern 4 days a week and take U of I classes. Students intern in a range of positions from nonprofits and government agencies to think tanks and consulting firms.

For more information on IIW and our application, see our website and check out ourFacebook page. For views from students, visit our blog If you have any questions, please email Susan Halebsky Dimock, PhD, Interim Director, Illinois in Washington, at We look forward to your applications. Fall 2015 Application Deadline: April 1.


Off Campus Event

Chicagoland Law Fair: Thursday, March 26, 6-8:30pm

Harold Washington Library, Multipurpose Rooms A & B

Lower Level, 400 South State Street, Chicago

Hosted by Chicagoland Law Schools:

This event is sponsored by the Chicagoland law schools.  It is designed to help prospective law students assess whether law school is the right choice for them.  The program presenters will provide information about the legal market and the application process.  The structure is similar to large regional law fairs but the intent is that with a smaller group of law schools, participants in the program will enjoy a more intimate setting.

Schedule of Events

6:00 – 6:30 p.m. The Future of the Chicago Legal Market
6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Hot Topics for Law School Applicants
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Law School Fair: Meet with representatives from seven Chicagoland law schools

Registration is required – the deadline is TODAY, Monday, March 16, 2015.  For more information and to register, go here.


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The 2015 LSAT Prep Fair has ended. Let the decisions and preparation begin!

The 2015 LSAT Prep Fair has concluded, but the decisions for those interested in taking the LSAT have only just begun.  If you attended the Fair, use this time to determine which company, if any, stood out to you.  If you have further questions, contact companies directly.  Each will have slightly different course offerings, teaching styles and costs.  So make sure you do your research and find the right fit!

For those of you who were not able to attend the Prep Fair, please visit the websites below for additional resources.

For those students planning on taking the LSAT in future years, we will be doing this again next year.  So be on the lookout for information on the 2016 LSAT Prep Fair!

*Please note that the above listing is comprised of those companies that participated in the 2015 LSAT Prep Fair and is not exhaustive.

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Mark Your Calendars — Week of February 23

Pre-Law Events

The University of Chicago Law School Presents “After the Application: Scholarships, Wait Lists and Interviews” — Wednesday, February 25, 5-6pm, 514 IUB

Ann Perry, Associate Dean for Admissions at the University of Chicago Law School, will share the inside view of what happens in law school admissions after you submit your application. What are they looking for in an interview, and how to they decide whom to invite to interview? How does the wait list work? Is there anything applicants can do to improve their wait list chances? Bring your questions for Dean Perry about what’s really going on in the admissions office after your applications are submitted!


Campus Events

“Reimagining Law” – Professor Gillian Hadfield, the Richard L. and Antoinette Kirtland professor of law and professor of economics at the University of Southern California will be visiting the College of Law to give the 2015 Paul M. Van Arsdell, Jr. Memorial Lecture on Litigation and the Legal Profession.  The talk will focus on the many challenges facing the legal profession and legal markets.  The event will take place at the College of Law on Tuesday, February 24, 2014 at 12:00 in the Auditorium. Lunch will be provided to all attendees.


The College of Law’s Bankruptcy Law Society, Corporate & Business Law Association and the Real Estate Law Society Present Guest Speakers: Stephen P. Harbeck & Jill Nicholson.  Stephen P. Harbeck, President and CEO of Securities Investor Protection Corporation, will present his role in the Lehman Brothers and Madoff bankruptcy cases. Ms. Jill Nicholson, Foley & Lardner’s National Bankruptcy & Business Reorganization Practice Chair and Alumna will moderate.  This event will take place at the College of Law on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 12:00 in Room D.  Lunch will be provided to all attendees.


Career Center Workshops.  Unless otherwise indicated, all Career Center events will be held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street. For more information or to register for any of these programs, go here.

  • Getting the Job: Interviewing Tips, 4-5 pm.
  • Best Job Search Resources for International Students, 4-5:30 pm, The Interview Suite, 616 E. Green
  • Coffee Chat at the Career Center, 4:30-5:30 pm
  • Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters, 5-6 pm


Want more from your summer?  Get a part-time internship with a local non-profit organization through UIntern!  Check out UIntern, a Career Center-led program that facilitates summer internships at local nonprofit organizations for students interested in helping their community while also developing useful career skills.  Over 25 internships have already been identified for UIntern participants with leading area nonprofits like Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Champaign County Regional Commission, Courage Connection, CU at Home, CU Schools Foundation, Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, Eastern Illinois Foodbank, Institute 4 Creativity, Mahomet Area Youth Club, United Way, Clark-Lindsey, Wesley Food Pantry, YWCA, Youth & Family Peer Support Alliance, and more.

Candidates must be freshmen, sophomores, or juniors.  All majors are welcome.  Learn more about the requirements for UIntern and how to get a chance to apply to these internships at one of our information sessions on either Monday, February 23 at 4 pm or Tuesday, February 24 at 12 pm.  Both sessions will be held at The Interview Suite 213, 616 E. Green St. (Enter Kaplan Building between McDonald’s and Subway).  Interested students MUST attend one of the information sessions.  For more information please visit:


Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad

Are you interested in study abroad but concerned that it is not financially feasible? Are you a recipient of the Federal Pell Grant?

If you answered ‘yes’ to the above questions, there is a study abroad scholarship just for you! The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.

Eligibility: U.S. citizen undergraduate students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding

Timeline: The Gilman Scholarship is available for semester-long, year-long, and summer programs (must be at least 4 consecutive weeks in a country). The next deadline is March 3, 2015 for Summer 2015, Fall 2015, and Academic year 2015-2016 study abroad programs.


The New Americans Initiative (NAI) is a non-profit partnership between The State of Illinois and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) to help permanent residents in the state of Illinois take the next step towards U.S. Citizenship. NAI is in great need of volunteers who are committed to building a strong and empowered constituency. Pre-law students can make a big difference in the lives of immigrant individuals and families by assisting them through the process of naturalization, while working alongside experienced immigration lawyers.

Becoming a U.S. Citizen is an important decision in a person’s life, but can also be a daunting task. Reducing the barriers and complications to citizenship will allow more individuals to complete this process and have a voice in our nation. The University YMCA of the University of Illinois is a participating organization in the New Americans Initiative (NAI), reaching out to campus and community members about the application process, the requirements, legal referrals and other helpful community resources. An information session about the New Americans Initiative at the University YMCA will be held on February 26 at 6pm. If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities and other ways to get involved, please fill out this volunteer interest form.


Off Campus Events

Trials is a partnership between NYU School of Law, Harvard Law School, and the Advantage Testing Foundation.  The program is fully subsidized and intended for students of modest means from backgrounds typically underrepresented at the nation’s top law schools. Student will study for five weeks at either Harvard or New York University.  The deadline to apply is this Saturday, February 28, 2015.  The application process is quite involved, so if you have any interest in applying begin the process immediately.  For more information, please visit:


Looking for an alternative to studying abroad or an additional experience? Then Illinois in Washington (IIW) may be right for you.  IIW allows Illinois students to study in Washington, D.C., during either the fall, spring or summer, while earning up to 12 credits.  Additionally, IIW will help students in the program find an internship in Washington.  Please note, that the program itself is not an internship and you must apply to internships yourself, but IIW will provide resources to help in the process.  No student that has participated in IIW has failed to obtain an internship.  IIW is a great opportunity for students from all majors.  The experiences gained from IIW will help in all facets of professional life.  For more information, please visit:


Interested in Law, Business, and Technology?  Consider a Master of Science in Law at Northwestern Law.  The Master of Science in Law (“MSL”) is a degree program for STEM-trained individuals offered by the Northwestern University School of Law.  Designed especially for students with engineering, science, technology, mathematics, and medical backgrounds, the one-year MSL provides focused business-centered legal training in the areas of intellectual property, entrepreneurship/business law, and regulation.  MSL students learn how to navigate the legal issues they will confront as scientists, engineers, doctors, and technologists; the MSL is not a traditional JD program to train lawyers.  If you are interested in acquiring skills that will help you expand your professional options, please consider an MSL degree at Northwestern University School of Law.  We offer full- and part-time options.  It is free to apply and we are currently accepting applications for the fall 2015 semester.  Join one of three webinars to learn more about the MSL on February 27 at 12 pm, April 6 at 5 pm or June 4 at 4 pm.  We will provide an overview of the program and answer questions from the audience.  For more information on our program and instructions on how to join the webinar, visit:


Have a great week!


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2015 LSAT Prep Fair

The 2015 LSAT Prep Fair is right around the corner.  If you are thinking about attending law school, come and learn what the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is all about, find the perfect prep course, and enter our raffle for your chance to win one of the prizes or scholarships being given away! Join us Thursday, February 5 in Illini Union Rooms A & B from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Representatives from Kaplan, LSATMax, NextStepTestPrep, Powerscore,TestMasters, and Blueprint are scheduled to attend. All students are welcome!

Don’t forget to stop by for the 15 minute mini workshops some companies will be providing to showcase their teaching methods. Each teaching session will be followed by a brief Q&A.

LSAT Prep Fair Workshop Schedule

Time Topic Test Prep Company Presenter
4:10-4:30 Logical Reasoning Kaplan TBA
4:40-5:00 Analytical Reasoning NextStep John Rood
5:10-5:30 Reading Comprehension LSATMax Naz Akbari
5:40-6:00 Test Tips Blueprint Patrick Moore

Refreshments will be provided! We look forward to seeing you there!

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