December 2017 LSAT Study Groups

Taking the December 2017 LSAT? The test is only 5 weeks away!

Pre-Law Advising Services is helping to organizing LSAT study groups for the December 2017 LSAT. We will organize groups based on the availability you specify in the google form. Sign-ups for the LSAT study groups will close by Wednesday October 25th at 9AM. Study groups will be assigned next week.

Please click the link here to sign up: https://goo.gl/forms/QAJqodO8Js5i5BlB3

 

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Online Tips for Aspiring Law Students

As a pre-law student, it is important to refine your online etiquette skills and online presence before you go to law school. Here are a few tips for aspiring law students and what you can do now to make sure you are following the do’s and dont’s online.

1.Use your ILLINOIS email account (the one that ends with @illinois.edu) when emailing University staff, professors, and other University officials.

  • However, your University of Illinois email account does expire a few months after you graduate.
  • You should have a back up email that is JUST YOUR NAME.
    • Example: If your name is John Doe, you should have a back up email that is not a University of Illinois email. Some appropriate examples are: jdoe@gmail.com, johndoe1@gmail.com, or john.doe@gmail.com

2. Have a clear subject line. If you title an email “Question” or “Inquiry” that is too general and may not get the attention of the person you are emailing.

  • Example: “Scheduling a Law School Tour at the University of Illinois College of Law” or “Meeting to Discuss Possible Letter of Recommendation” are better examples than “Tour” or “Meeting.”

3. Use the correct TITLE for the person you are emailing. When in doubt, be formal. Address emails using people’s titles (ex. Professor X, Dean X, Mrs. X, Mr. X.)

  • Especially when emailing law school professionals, double check the titles.

4. Introduce yourself when emailing new people at the beginning of the email. Introductions will help your email recipient understand the reason for the email and understand who you are, too.

  • Example: My name is John Doe and I am a sophomore in Political Science. I am emailing you about ___________.

5. Use a signature in your email. Email signatures let the recipient know the easiest way to contact you and provide some background information.

  • Example:

John Doe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Class of 2021

email: johndoe@illinois.edu

phone: 217-555-5555

6. Get a LinkedIn Account! LinkedIn is a great way to get connected with employers, connect with professionals, and find job and internship opportunities.

  • The Career Center will review your LinkedIn profile and provide feedback for free. Visit their website for more information.
  • Reviews take place on Mondays and Wednesdays 7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Undergraduate Library, Consultation Corner 1402 W Gregory Drive UrbanaIL
  • For more information, click here.

7. Can’t find the University of Illinois employee, professor or advisor you are looking for? Your first step should be to use the University of Illinois Directory.

8. Think carefully about what is publicly available about you–what is your online media presence on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram? Many employers and graduate schools will do an online search before hiring or admitting you. What are your privacy settings? What pictures are posted? Would you want everyone in the world to have access to those? Unfortunately, bad online decisions can live forever, so make sure you are proactive about what information you share.

 

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Mark Your Calendars – Week of October 9

Pre-Law Events

Applying to Law School Workshop–Monday, Oct. 16 at 4:00 in 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building. Designed for students who are currently in the application process, this workshop will provide an in-depth overview, including: Using the Credential Assembly Service, understanding each element of the application, making a timeline for perfecting the application, researching law schools, and creating a strategy for maximizing admissions and aid through the application process. Participants will leave with a detailed application plan, along with tips and suggestions on best application practices. The last 15 minutes will be set aside for Q&A so that individual questions can be addressed.

Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume for law School Workshop – Monday October 23 at 4:00 in 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building. 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. Click here to register!

Interested in Patent Law and the Patent Bar? Do not miss this great event!

Patent Bar Exam Session Nov 15, 2017   5:00 – 6:00 pm  335 Grainger Engineering Library

The patent bar exam is the required first step to becoming either a patent agent for the United States Patent & Trademark Office or a patent prosecutor/litigator as a practicing attorney. Students with a background in engineering and the sciences (such as biology, biochemistry, physics, chemistry, computer science) are eligible to sit for this exam. (To see all exam requirements, visit the link below).  Join us for this Patent Bar session to learn about the exam from an expert. Mark Dighton, Director of the Practicing Law Institute Patent Office Exam Course, will be here to answer all of your questions about the patent bar, including:

  • What exactly does the patent bar cover?
  • When and how often can you take it?
  • How do people prepare for the exam?
  • What is the format of the exam, and how are results received?
  • What is a passing score for the exam?

He’ll also answer any other questions you have about the patent bar exam. This session is specifically designed for those undergrad and graduate students in engineering, science, or technology disciplines who are eligible to sit for the patent bar.

For a list of eligible majors or backgrounds visit  https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/OED_GRB.pdf

This is a free event. Please register at the link here so that we can ensure enough seating and materials for everyone.

College of Law Events–Pre-Law students are invited to attend!

TOMORROW! Fourth District Appellate Court Oral Arguments–Tuesday, Oct. 10, 10:30-12:30 in the Max L. Rowe Auditorium in the College of Law (504 E Pennsylvania Ave). This is your opportunity to see our Appellate Court in action as they hold oral arguments on two cases: 4-15-0650 People v. Christina Atkins, at 10:30 a.m. and 4-17-0028 Ivancicts v. Griffith, at 11:30 a.m.

The State of Civil Rights Today & The Modern Day Resistance Movement–Thursday, Oct. 17 at 12:00 pm in the Max L. Rowe Auditorium at the College of Law (504 E Pennsylvania Ave). The University of Illinois College of Law presents the 2017 Paul M. Van Arsdell, Jr. Memorial Lecture on Litigation and the Legal Profession, featuring Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided to lecture attendees. Description: Civil rights are under grave attack at the federal, state and local levels. Fragile gains have been lost as a new Administration works to roll back progress. In this lecture, Clarke will provide an overview of some of the unprecedented challenges faced by minority communities and discuss efforts being made to safeguard civil rights in this new environment. The centrality of the courts as a vehicle for protecting rights will be discussed.

Other Campus Events

Save the date for the Illini Career & Internship Fair on Thursday, October 19 from 12:00 noon-4pm in Illini Union A,B,C Rooms! Log into Handshake and click this link for more details. 

 

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Applications, Open Houses, and Finishing Up Your Fall 2018 Applications

While the fall is a busy time for everyone, if you are currently working on your law school applications for Fall 2018, you should be wrapping things up!
Next steps once your applications are almost done or done:

If you are applying for law school this year to enter into school in Fall 2018, consider attending our “Applying to Law School” Workshop to get any of your last minute questions answered. The event is on Monday October 16 at 4PM in the Illini Union Bookstore Building Room 514. Click here for more information.

If you are still working on your personal statement, attend our “Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume for Law School” workshop on Monday October 23 at 4PM in the Illini Union Bookstore Building Room 514. Please register for this event by clicking here so we can ensure we have enough materials and spots for everyone that would like to attend.

Once the Law School Fair is over on Wednesday, you should begin wrapping up your law school applications and registering for open houses and touring schools. Listed below are the open houses or tour opportunities for schools in Illinois.

Open House/Tour Info for Illinois Law Schools 2017-2018

Some schools schedule formal open houses and others require you to choose a date for a visit. Open houses are a great opportunity to visit the campus, sit in on the class, see what the students and professors are like, and a great opportunity to answer all your questions. Here are some options for visits and open houses for Illinois schools:

Please check our Compass page for more information if you are in the process of applying. The information is located in Compass under the “Applying to Law School Folder.”

3 Things To Do Before a Law School Visit or Open House

Once you decide to attend a law school open house or tour, here are a few things you should do.

  1. REGISTER! Make you are following the school’s directions and reserve a spot for the open house or tour.
  2. Dress professionally for the event. Likely the open houses will have a business casual dress code. Tours may be more casual attire, but check with the school and see what they encourage prospective students to wear. You want to make a good first impression!
  3. Read the website and be familiar with the time, date, where to park, and what to bring to the event. Write down any questions you have so you can ask them on the tour or during the visit.

Also, research schools that you are considering out of state. Most schools offer open houses throughout the year and regular tours. Make use of the week off for Thanksgiving break and the long winter break for farther distance trips. Schedule these events early!

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Mark Your Calendars – Law School Application Week Edition

It’s Law School Application Week! Check out our 3 wonderful events going on this week!

The Law School Fair is Wednesday September 27, at the Illini Union in Rooms A, B, and C. We are looking forward to seeing many of you there!

 Join us as over 100 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. See you at the fair! No registration is required.

Four Things to Do Before the Law School Fair

Here are a few things to do before to get the most of out of the Law School Fair.

  1. Look at the Schools’ Websites and Do Some Background Research
    1. Have specific questions for the admissions representatives that are coming to campus. Most basic questions can be answered by simply looking at the website (GPAs, LSAT scores, where their graduates work, professors, etc).
    2. Example questions to ask: Where do students typically work after their first year summer? What is the school environment like? Are there study groups or other academic resources available? What do students do in their free time? How many students are involved in clubs and activities? What is the most popular class at the law school?
  2. Have an Elevator Pitch Ready
    1. What’s an elevator pitch? It is a 30 second introductory speech about yourself.
    2. The elevator pitch should start out by telling the representative your name, your hometown, your major, when you are applying to law school, and why you are interested in that specific law school. The law schools want to get to know you, so you should tell them a little about yourself.
    3. Don’t read off the speech, consider it the beginning of a conversation.
  3. Get Your Outfit Ready
    1. Dress is business causal for the event.
    2. Men – A dress shirt, dress pants, and a tie are appropriate. No suit coat is needed.
    3. Women – A dress shirt, blouse, or sweater, and dress pants or a skirt are appropriate.
  4. Things to Bring With to the Event
    1. A list of schools you want to talk to and why you are interested in those law schools.
    2. A notebook and pencil. If you are impressed with a school or want to remember a specific detail about a conversation, it is best to write it down right away.
    3. No need to bring a resume – most law schools will not accept resumes at this event.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

For Law School Application Week we have some great events planned!

FALL EVENTS

Law School Admissions Panel Tuesday September 26

7:00PM 1002 Lincoln Hall

What are law school admissions professionals really looking for in an applicant? How do they weigh LSAT scores, grades, or work experience? What makes them take notice of an applicant–and what would make them deny someone? Join us for this expert law school admissions panel to discover this and more. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions. This is a must-see event for anyone considering applying to law school!

Panelists include:

Dean Ann Perry from the University of Chicago Law School  http://www.law.uchicago.edu/

Ms. Grace Mayeda from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law  https://www.law.berkeley.edu/

Dean Rebecca Ray from the University of Illinois College of Law  https://law.illinois.edu/

Law School Fair Wednesday September 27

10:00-2:00PM Illini Union Rooms A, B, and C

It’s the biggest pre-law event of the year! Join us as 120+ law schools visit campus to meet all who are interested in applying to law school. Learn about law schools, scholarships, and the application process while meeting the people who will be reading your law school applications. Application fee waivers and other freebies will be available. Stop by or stay the whole time! This event is free and open to the public. Business casual dress.

Getting to Know Northwestern Law (co-hosted with Pre-Law Honors Society) Thursday September 28

6:00 – 7:30 pm  1090 Lincoln Hall

Interested in Northwestern Pritzker School of Law?  Join us as Assistant Director of Admissions Sarah Rewerts discusses The Northwestern Law Difference.  Sarah will also share her inside perspective on Northwestern Law’s admission process, including:  the Early Decision program; the interview process; the recent decision to begin accepting the GRE (for the Fall 2019 entering class), and more!  This is a great opportunity to get to know Northwestern Law and to have your questions answered!

Pre-Law 101 Tuesday October 3

4:00-5:00PM Room 514 of the Illini Union Bookstore

This workshop is designed for incoming students who are new to pre-law or are interested in learning more about it. We will cover: What it means to be pre-law at Illinois, course selection, majors, and extracurriculars, building a pre-law resume, and what law schools are really looking for. We will outline a four year plan to maximize your undergraduate experiences in order to make a great law school candidate. We’ll also take any questions about law school and legal careers. Click the link above to register so that we can guarantee seating and materials for everyone. Each Pre-Law 101 session is the same. Incoming students should attend a Pre-Law 101 prior to setting up an individual pre-law advising appointment.

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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Compass page

 

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What to Do Now That the LSAT Is Over

If you took the September LSAT, now is the time to be planning ahead for the rest of the fall semester. The release date for scores (via email) for the September LSAT is October 12.

The regular registration deadline for the December 2nd LSAT is only 6 days after the release date. The regular registration deadline for the December LSAT is Wednesday October 18. The late registration deadline (with possible additional fees) is Wednesday October 25.

By registering for the December LSAT then, it is not guaranteed that your preferred testing location will be open. Spots will fill up quickly, especially for the LSAT location in Urbana-Champaign.

If you took the September LSAT and are currently waiting for your score, this blog entry will go on to discuss how to decide whether to retake.

Whether to retake the LSAT. The bigger question for many of you will be: Should I retake the LSAT? This consideration is even more important due to the timing of the next LSAT (in December).

How do Illini perform on an LSAT retake? As a general guideline, most retakers score within 2.5 points of where they scored on the last LSAT. We did a study of University of Illinois LSAT takers from 2012-2015 and found these results:

  • 44% of Illini took the LSAT more than once
  • The average Illini LSAT retaker scored 2.45 points higher on the second exam
  • Of all Illini LSAT retakers:
  • 51% of Illini retakers scored better on a subsequent LSAT
  • 15% of Illini retakers scored worse on a subsequent LSAT
  • 6% of Illini retakers scored the same on a subsequent LSAT
  • 33% of Illini register to retake and then are absent for the subsequent exam

Some questions to ask yourself about whether to retake:

  • Was your actual score consistent with your practice exams?
  • Do you have the time and willingness to continue your LSAT preparation consistently until December?
  • How will you continue LSAT prep without your academics suffering? (Consider final papers and exams.)
  • What can you do differently so that this exam performance is better?
  • How close is your score to the medians of your top choice law schools? Is it likely that you could achieve the medians by retaking?

If you decide to retake in December, here are some suggested next steps:

  • Register ASAP; you may not get your preferred test site and that will mean making other arrangements such as a hotel
  • It is VERY important that you return to studying for the LSAT now! Don’t wait.
  • Clear your upcoming schedule as much as possible to allow you to balance prepping for the LSAT and prepping for final exams/papers/projects.
  • Consider doing something different in your LSAT prep–exploring a different book, class, website, using a different study plan, etc. (For some suggested resources visit our Compass page and click on the LSAT folder.)
  • Revamp your application timeline. Your goal should be to apply by mid-January, when the December LSAT scores will be released.

You may find it helpful to speak with a Pre-Law Advisor about next steps. Call 333-9669 to make an appointment!

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Starting Your September Off Strong and Introducing . . . Law School Application Week!

Now is the time to plan ahead and make sure you are organized for the fall semester!

Freshmen –

  • Attend a Pre-Law 101 session to learn more about what you should be doing the next four years. The next session is: Monday September 11, 4:00-5:00PM, Room 514 of the Illini Union Bookstore.
  • Make sure to get involved on campus with a few extracurricular activities, too! Explore Pre-Law Advising Service’s Compass page for more information.

Sophomores

  • Also consider attending a Pre-Law 101 session if you are new to pre-law. If you are eligible, apply to be a member of the Pre-Law Honors Society.
  • Remember that you will need professors to write recommendations letters for law school applications, so keep in touch with professors!
  • Start planning your potential LSAT date, and consider possible conflicts like work, internships, and study abroad.

Juniors

  • Solicit letters of recommendation from your professors.
  • Remember to keep your GPA as high as possible. Grades are very important for a law school application.
  • Plan to attend the Law School Fair on Sept. 27 to explore law schools and find out what they’re looking for in a candidate! http://prelaw.illinois.edu/law-school-fair
  • If you haven’t taken the LSAT, pick a date for your test. Our Practice LSAT for Sept. 8 is full, but we will host another in the spring, so be on the lookout for that one.

Seniors

  • You should be working on your applications if applying for Fall 2018. Attend the Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume for Law School on Tuesday September 19 from 4:00-5:00PM in Room 514 of the Illini Union Bookstore. And see our Application Week events below!
  • If you are taking a gap year or two, start considering job opportunities and what you will do during your time off. The Career Center offers more information on Handshake, the new way to apply for jobs and internships. For more information, click here.
  • The Career Center also offers Resume/Cover Letter/ and LinkedIn Reviews, Career Fair Prep, and Resume Workshops throughout the month of September. For more information on the Career Center’s events, click here.
  • Finalize your recommenders for your law school applications. If you have not asked your recommenders for a letter of recommendation, ASK THEM NOW.

For more information what you should be doing now to prepare for law school, click here to learn more about Pre-Law Advising Service’s suggested timeline for students.

Pre-Law Advising Services offers many great events in September and this year we will have a special week devoted to law school application-related events.

The week of September 25 is Law School Application Week!  Here are our 3 great events for Law School Admissions Week!

Event #1 – Law School Admissions Panel

Tuesday September 26, 7:00PM

1002 Lincoln Hall

What are law school admissions professionals really looking for in an applicant? How do they weigh LSAT scores, grades, or work experience? What makes them take notice of an applicant–and what would make them deny someone? Join us for this expert law school admissions panel to discover this and more. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions. This is a must-see event for anyone considering applying to law school!

Panelists include:

Dean Ann Perry from the University of Chicago Law School  http://www.law.uchicago.edu/

Ms. Grace Mayeda from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law  https://www.law.berkeley.edu/

Dean Rebecca Ray from the University of Illinois College of Law https://law.illinois.edu/

Event #2 – Law School Fair

Wednesday September 27, 10:00-2:00PM

Illini Union Rooms A, B, and C

It’s the biggest pre-law event of the year! Join us as 120+ law schools visit campus to meet all who are interested in applying to law school. Learn about law schools, scholarships, and the application process while meeting the people who will be reading your law school applications. Application fee waivers and other freebies will be available. Stop by or stay the whole time! This event is free and open to the public.

Event #3 – Get to Know Northwestern Law

1090 Lincoln Hall

Thursday September 28   6:00 – 7:30PM

Interested in Northwestern Pritzker School of Law?  Join us as Assistant Director of Admissions Sarah Rewerts discusses The Northwestern Law Difference.  Sarah will also share her inside perspective on Northwestern Law’s admission process, including:  the Early Decision program; the interview process; the recent decision to begin accepting the GRE (for the Fall 2019 entering class), and more!  This is a great opportunity to get to know Northwestern Law and to have your questions answered!

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Mark Your Calendars – Week of September 4

Save the date for the Law School Fair! On 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.

Pre-Law Events
Scholarships
Internships
Pre-Law Resources

Pre-Law Events

Our Fall Event Calendar is posted! Here’s a preview of what’s coming up.

Practice LSAT–Friday, Sept. 8 from 8:30-12:00. Whether you are taking the real LSAT in September or this is your first-ever baseline test, this is a great opportunity to take the LSAT in a testlike environment with a proctor. Seating is limited; register here.

Pre-Law 101–Monday, Sept. 11, 4-5 pm. This workshop is designed for incoming students who are new to pre-law or are interested in learning more about it. We will cover: What it means to be pre-law at Illinois, course selection, majors, and extracurriculars, building a pre-law resume, and what law schools are really looking for. We will outline a four year plan to maximize your undergraduate experiences in order to make a great law school candidate. We’ll also take any questions about law school and legal careers. Register here for this session. Each Pre-Law 101 session is the same. Incoming students should attend a Pre-Law 101 prior to setting up an individual pre-law advising appointment.

Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume for Law School–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.

Save the Date for the Law School Fair on September 27 from 10-2 in Illini Union A,B,C Rooms! Find more details here. We’ll be posting more about this, so stay tuned!

Campus Events

The School of Information Sciences will be hosting an inaugural Fall 17 Open House event on Friday, September 15th. Anyone interested in the program—MS in Library and Information Science should attend. For details of the event please click here: http://ischool.illinois.edu/events/2017/09/15/ischool-fall-open-house

Illinois Abroad Day is Wednesday, September 6th all across campus.  Any interested students to stop by one or more of the following fairs to explore programs and talk to study abroad returnees.

Illinois Abroad & Global Exchange (all majors) Main Quad (behind the Union) – 11AM-3PM

LAS Main Quad (between Lincoln & English) – 11AM-3PM

Engineering Bardeen Quad – 1PM-4PM

ACES Heritage Room, ACES Library – 1PM-4PM

Business BIF Atrium – 1PM-4PM

Additional events:

Funding Your Study Abroad Experience: workshop & information session

4:30pm-5:45pm on September 6, 2017

213 Gregory Hall (810 S Wright St, Urbana)

Learn about the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) and Illinois International Programs (IIP) scholarships, nationally competitive awards, and other opportunities to help fund your study abroad trip. This information session will include a short workshop on how to budget for your trip.

Find the I4I and IIP Scholarships application here: http://international.illinois.edu/students/student-funding.html

Contact Sam Celmer at smcelme2@illinois.edu for scholarship questions.

 

Psychology Major/Minor Information Meeting – Wednesday September 6, 4:00-5:00PM

Psychology Building, Room 21

For UIUC students interested in learning more about the Psychology major and/or minor. A Psychology advisor will facilitate the 45 minute meeting. For more information, click here.

Women’s Resource Center Open House – Wednesday September 6- 4:30 – 7:00PM

NEW LOCATION 616 E. Green Street, Suite 202, MC-302, Champaign, IL 61820

Come see the WRC’s new location and meet the staff! For more information, click here.

Native American House & American Indian Studies Welcome Pot Luck Dinner – Thursday September 7, 4:00 – 6:00 pm  

Native American House, 1206 W Nevada St.

Native American House & American Indian Studies invite you to join us for a pot luck dinner to bring in the academic year. This is a welcome community event to meet, connect, socialize, and eat! The main dish is on us. Prepare your family or community recipe or bring your favorite side, dessert, or drinks to share. Sign up by contacting Native American House.

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 13, 14, 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!

PAID Video Operators Needed– The Trial Advocacy Program needs video operators for the fall semester on Tuesdays and Wednesdays evening from approximately 5:30/6:00 p.m. – 8:30/9:00 p.m. at the Champaign County Courthouse, Urbana.  You can choose to do one evening a week or both evenings.  The pay is $8.25/hour.  For full job details and requirements, please contact Angela Martin (aymartin@illinois.edu).  Feel free to refer any non-law or undergraduate friends.

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!

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Compass page

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Early Bird Blog for Fall Applicants: Three Tasks to Do Now and This Summer

Fall Law School Applicants – Now is the time to get organized and start preparing your applications for the fall.

Here are three tasks for fall applicants to complete over the summer.

First, request your letters of recommendation NOW.

  1. Who should you ask to submit a LOR on your behalf?
    1. Your letters should be written by professors or supervisors who are both in a position to evaluate your work and capable of expressing enthusiasm about your relevant talents and abilities.
  2. What is the best way to approach a possible letter writer?
    1. Make an appointment with your recommender to discuss your request. Explain your interest in law school and provide helpful information to assist the writer.
    2. This might include a copy of your transcript, a personal résumé that lists academic distinctions and accomplishments, and a copy of your personal statement or an explanation of why you want to attend law school.
    3. You may also wish to provide your grade point average and your LSAT score. If you are unsure as to what the writer needs, ask him or her.
  3. What do I do if I am graduating and planning to apply to law school in a year or two?
    1. Stay in touch with people whom you think would be able to submit a strong LOR on your behalf.
    2. Several of the law schools that require applicants to submit LORs prefer to have at least one of those letters come from faculty, even if you are not coming straight from undergrad to law school.
  4. How does the recommender submit the LOR?
    1. The process is handled through the applicant’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS) account which is set up via the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website.
    2. Every law school applicant is required to apply to law school through their CAS account. Click on this link to learn more the LOR process.
    3. You can also check out our Compass page for a very helpful handout on this topic.

Second, draft your personal statement.

  1. What is a personal statement?
    1. The personal statement is a 2- to 3-page essay that, when done well, introduces who you are and what unique qualities you bring to the institution while also highlighting your strengths and demonstrating strong writing skills.
  2. Check out Pre-Law Advising Service’s Personal Statement Do’s and Don’ts.
  3. Have someone else take a second look at your personal statement.
    1. Have someone else like a family member, professor, or friend review your personal statement or set up an appointment with one of the Pre-Law Advising Services advisors by calling the PLAS Office at 333-9669.

Third, update your resume.

  1. Pay attention to length.
    1. Some law schools have a strict 1-page limit, while others are flexible. Check the requirements indicated on the application or the school’s website to determine the appropriate length.
  2. Consider the two Rs: recent and relevant.
    1. Ideally, each item on your résumé should be both, but at minimum each item should be recent or highly relevant.
  3. Ask us to review your résumé.
    1. The same process for personal statement reviews applies; please make an appointment by calling 217-333-9669 and email us your résumé 2 business days prior to the appointment. We’ll review it and be prepared to discuss it with you at the appointment time.
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Mark Your Calendars – Week of April 24

PLAS Programs

Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume: A Workshop for Fall Applicants – THIS Tuesday, April 25, 4-5pm, Room 514 IUB

Planning to apply to law school this fall? This summer is a great time to focus on crafting the perfect personal statement and resume, which are very important elements of the application process. This workshop will provide an overview of the personal statement and resume required for law school applications, plus it will cover: Brainstorming topics, how to begin, creating a timeline, how to make the resume and personal statement complement each other, and we will provide a four step plan to approach crafting these critical documents. Please register so that we can ensure enough seating and materials for everyone.

Campus Opportunities

The Office of Volunteer Programs is hiring PAID undergraduate office staff positions School year student employees work regular office hours as well as special events that occur in the mornings, evenings, and on weekends. Applicants must be enrolled in Fall 2017 classes at the start of employment. Starting pay rate is $8.25/hr. To apply: please complete an application at the Illini Union Employment website, and after you have filled out the form, send a cover letter that includes your interest in the position along how you will contribute to the success of the office; a resume; phone and email contact information for two references; and availability for a potential 30-minute phone/Skype/in-person interview during the next three weeks to John Race, Program Advisor, by email at jrrace@illinois.edu.

Apply to be a Women in Leadership Intern. The YWCA of the University of Illinois is seeking Women in Leadership interns for the 2017-18 school year. Women in Leadership is an intensive, two semester leadership and project management internship. Structured as a group consulting project, the program allows interns to work directly with local human services agencies to learn about the nonprofit sector; identify organizational challenges; and research, propose, and implement solutions. Throughout the year, interns receive training focusing on professional development, leadership skills, and building a working team, all of which are applied to their projects. Interns are guided through this process by mentors drawn from Urbana-Champaign’s excellent professional and graduate student pools. Open to all UIUC students. For more information, please contact Amarin Young at amarin@ywcauofi.org. To learn more and apply, visit: www.ywcauofi.org/womeninleadership. Applications are due April 30th.

The Writer’s Workshop is hosting the: “Writing In-Class Essay Exams” Workshop on Wednesday April 26, 2017   4:00 – 5:00 pm; 1057 Lincoln Hall

Are you worried about writing an effective essay under time constraints? This workshop will focus on how to study for exams, plan your answers, start your essays effectively, and manage your time during exams. This workshop will be most useful for undergraduate students who are preparing for upcoming exams. If you have more questions about the writer’s workshop, visit their website.

We hope that you have been keeping up on our blog and Facebook posts about internships and summer pre-law programs.  Time is slipping away – summer will be here before you know it so if you don’t have anything set, now is the time to work on securing something! Another resource you should continue to utilize is 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.) The Internship Newsletter has 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 iLink to see if summer internships have been posted there.

Fulbright Scholarship Information Sessions

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards approximately 2,000 full scholarships annually to students for studies, research, or English teaching in any of 140 countries worldwide. The National and International Scholarships Program will provide a comprehensive overview of the grant and include advice from recent Illinois Fulbright recipients. There will be lots of time to get your questions answered and enjoy free pizza. The session is targeted to juniors, seniors, and graduate students who wish to explore Fulbright opportunities and ready materials for the Fulbright Priority Deadline of June 29, 2017 for grants beginning in fall 2018. Interested in pursuing a Fulbright Scholarship?

Wednesday, April 26 Fulbright Informational Webinar for Illinois Alumni and Students Abroad8:30-9:30am CST

Sponsor: National and International Scholarships Program

If you are not currently on campus to take advantage of our Fulbright Information Session, join us remotely for this webinar!  The same detailed overview will be provided for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, including: eligibility, grant types, and application advice.  There will also be plenty of time for questions and answers.

Friday, April 28 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Application Workshop3:30-4:30pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstore

Sponsor: National and International Scholarships Program

Every year, Illinois students from multiple colleges receive Fulbright grants to serve as English Teaching Assistants (ETA) in many different countries. Join us for a workshop that looks in depth at some commonalities to putting together a winning ETA application to help you best portray the characteristics Fulbright is seeking. We also plan to have some recent Fulbright grantees on hand to share their application methods. Our goal is for you to leave the session with an outline and even a few sentences to start your statement of purpose essay for the Fulbright ETA application.

You need not know your desired destination to benefit from this workshop. The session is targeted to undergraduates, recent alumni, and beginning graduate students interested in pursuing a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in 2018-19.

Thursday, May 4 Workshop: Designing a Fulbright Research Proposal

Undergraduates and recent alumni – 3:00-4:30pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstore; Graduate students – 3:00-4:30pm, 304/308 Coble Hall

Sponsors: National and International Scholarships Program and the Graduate College Office of External Fellowships

Are you planning to apply for a Fulbright grant to research but don’t know where to start? Do you have a cool question you’d like to explore in a foreign country, but need the tools to design a viable research project? Join us for a crash course in research design and methods especially for Fulbright applicants!  We will explain what a Fulbright selection committee will be looking for in your proposal, and then help you start laying the foundation of a solid research design.  Topics will include: Tackling a literature review; posing a research question that you can answer with international fieldwork, lab work, or archival work; determining the appropriate data and methods for your research question; obtaining Institutional Review Board Approval.

This workshop is intended to be a pressure-free, informal way to acquaint Fulbright applicants with the basics of formulating a strong research plan and laying it out clearly in a Fulbright Statement of Grant Purpose. One session is targeted to undergraduates and recent alumni, and the other for graduate students interested in pursuing research under a Fulbright grant in 2018-19.

The Career Center has posted its spring workshop calendar on their website 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.  Scroll down for information about that and other upcoming workshops.

  • Resume, Cover Letter and LinkedIn Reviews — April 24, 2-4pm, Career Center Resources Center; April 24, 7-9pm, Undergrad Library, Consultation Corner. This workshop is offered on several other dates. Click here for more info.
  • Starting a New Job: What to Expect the First Two Weeks — April 27, 5:30-6:30pm, The Career Center Interview Suite Suite 213. Click here for more info.
  • Peace Corps Drop Ins — May 1, 2017, 11:30-1:30pm; The Career Center, Resource Center. Click here for more info.

Scholarship Opportunities 

Please check out our recent blog post on scholarships.  You can also go directly to our Compass page for a list of over 200 scholarships for undergrads and incoming law students!

GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS STAYING IN ILLINOIS FOR LAW SCHOOL! The Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship is accepting applications until May 19. This scholarship awards $40,000 over 3 years to an incoming law student attending any Illinois law school who intends to pursue a career in public interest law. Click here for more details and to apply.

The Aspiring Attorney scholarship awards $1,000 towards law school. Application due April 30. Click here to apply.

The Earl Warren Scholarship awards $10,000 to entering law students for each year of law school (totalling $30,000). Applications due May 1. Click here to apply.

The Lawson Law Scholarship provides $2,000 towards tuition for young Christian law students. Applications due April 30. Click here to apply.

The Moses & Rooth Scholarship will award $1,000 to an incoming 1L student. Applications due June 1. Click here to apply.

The O’Connor, Runckel & O’Malley LLP Scholarship will award $1,000 to an incoming law student. Must demonstrate proof of acceptance to law school. Applications due July 15. Click here to apply.

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