LSAT Updates for 2021-2022

Below please find important updates regarding the upcoming LSAT administrations for June 2021 through June 2022 released today by LSAC.

Administration Dates:

LSAC has announced the upcoming LSAT administration dates through June 2022.  The LSAT will be offered at the following times:

      • April 2021 – beginning April 10 & 11
      • June 2021 – week starting June 12
      • August 2021 – week starting August 14
      • October 2021 – week starting October 9
      • November 2021 – week starting November 13
      • January 2022 – week starting January 15
      • February 2022 – week starting February 12
      • March 2022 – week starting March 12
      • April 2022 – week starting April 30
      • June 2022 – week starting June 11

Additional schedule information can be located online at:  https://www.lsac.org/lsat/lsat-dates-deadlines-score-release-dates.

Exam Format: 

The LSAT will continue to be provided in an online, live remote-proctored format through June 2022.  The current three-section exam (LSAT -Flex) will be offered for the upcoming February 2021, April 2021, and June 2021 administrations.  Beginning with August 2021, changes to the online format will be implemented.

Format for August 2021 and future administrations: 

Starting in August 2021, LSAC will return to the pre-COVID practice of including an unscored variable section along with the three scored sections of the LSAT-flexThe unscored section will provide LSAC the opportunity to validate new test questions for future use.  LSAT formats prior to the LSAT-Flex also included an unscored sections.

With the addition of a fourth, unscored section, the online LSAT will include a short break between the second and third sections of the exam starting with the August 2021 administration.  This break is similar to the break mid-way through the traditional in-person LSAT that was used before the COVID-19 emergency.

The LSAT will continue to have three scored sections (Reading Comprehension,  Logical Reasoning, Analytical Reasoning) and one unscored variable section for the next several years, and you can learn more about the LSAT for August 2021 and beyond on the LSAC website.

The LSAT Writing will continue to be a required part of the LSAT.  Visit the LSAC website to learn more about the LSAT Writing.

Scoring:

Scores will continue to be reported on the 120-180 LSAT range, along with a percentile ranking.  Question type and methodology will remain the same, and the expectation is that scores from the current LSAT-Flex and the LSAT beginning in August will be aligned.

Resources:

      • To learn more about the LSAT visit the LSAC website.
      • The LSAC Fee Waiver program remains available to students and includes financial assistance for exam fees, application fees, and study prep resources.
      • LSAC offers equipment and location assistance for students.  Learn more about these services on the LSAT Q&A page.
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The Legal Studies Minor at a Glance…

The Legal Studies Minor is administered by the College of Law as part of its Undergraduate Legal Studies Program under the direction of Professor Jennifer Pahre.  The Minor is designed to provide undergraduate students with an understanding of how the law operates in our society and helps students develop critical thinking and communication skills.

The minor requires completion of 18 hours of credit including:

      • 9 hours of core courses taught by College of Law Professors and affiliated faculty, and
      • 9 hours in one of three tracks:
            1.  Law & Politics;
            2. Law & Cultures; or
            3. Law & Economics of Food Security and Sustainability.

How to Enroll:

    • You must have completed at least 30 credit hours to apply.
    • You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.
    • You must be in good standing.

Applications for the minor are currently open for the Spring 2021 semester. Enrollment is limited, interested students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

For more information on the minor, including specific course requirements and how to apply, click here.

Individual questions can be directed to: law-undergrad@illinois.edu  

Legal Studies Minor Information Session

Watch the brief video below to learn more about the Legal Studies Minor directly from Professor Jennifer Pahre, College of Law Director of Undergraduate Studies!

 

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Spring 2021 LSAT Resources and News

Spring semester is here and that means another round of upcoming LSAT exams.  Spring LSAT exams are a busy time for test takers who are wrapping up their application efforts, and for test-takers looking to obtain scores for future application cycles.  Below is some helpful information for those planning on sitting for an upcoming LSAT this spring or summer.

The State of the Exam:

Due to the restrictions created by the COVID-19 pandemic, LSAC created a remote, online version of the LSAT  – the LSAT-Flex.  The LSAT-Flex is a three-section multi-choice question exam. The three 35-minute sections are comprised of one section each of the Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, Analytical Reasoning questions. The exam is offered on a remote basis, on multiple dates and times.  In addition to the multiple choice section, students are also required to separately complete the LSAT Writing.   To learn more about the LSAT-Flex visit our prior blog postings, or visit the LSAC website.

Currently, the only available format for the LSAT is the LSAT-Flex.  The LSAT-Flex will be offered for both the February 2021 and April 2021 administrations.  LSAC has not yet released details regarding future test dates or future test formats, however, we have compiled a list of a few key things you should know:

      • Preparation efforts for the exam should remain fundamentally the same in terms of content, time, and effort.
      • While sitting for a remote, online exam can present challenges, initial analysis suggests that individuals are scoring at the same, or higher, levels as compared to performance levels on the traditional five-section, in-person format.
      • Although test dates and registration is not yet open for 2021 administrations later than April, LSAC has confirmed their intention to offer exams at the approximately same time and at the same frequency as the current testing cycle.  For those hoping to sit for a summer exam, we fully anticipate multiple test dates during the summer 2021 months, and additional dates in the fall semester.
      • We are here to help!  As additional information about the upcoming 2021 administrations is made available we will keep you informed.  If you are considering sitting for an upcoming LSAT exam in the next testing cycle, we highly encourage you to attend our upcoming LSAT Bootcamp on Monday, February 8.  See additional details below!

LSAT Resources

There are many exceptional LSAT resources available to students free of charge!  Below is a highlight of resources available this semester through LSAC and the PLAS office!

LSAT Bootcamp

Join Illinois pre-law students and alumni to learn more about the LSAT exam, LSAC resources, and LSAT study methods and plans at the annual LSAT Bootcamp on February 8th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. This year’s Bootcamp will feature presentations by LSAC and KAPLAN.  This event is for any Illini considering attending law school or sitting for the LSAT exam in the upcoming months.

To learn more about the Bootcamp and to register, please visit the PLAS website.  Be sure to also complete the Kaplan event form for complimentary resources and to submit questions in advance!

Sign-up by midnight. Friday, February 5:  https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/47155402

 

LSAT Test Space

Having difficulty identifying a quiet place to take the LSAT?  Pre-Law Advising Services has arranged for a limited number of testing rooms on campus for the upcoming February LSAT-Flex administration. We will do our best accommodate as many students as possible, however, these rooms are available on a first come, first served basis and are limited to current UIUC students due to on-campus COVID-19 testing requirements.

If you are interested in reserving a test space, please fill out this survey by Sunday February 14th at 5:00 pm.   To review helpful tips about the LSAT flex, including identifying test space, please visit our “Where to take the LSAT-Flex” blog post from this fall.

LSAT Study Groups

Pre-Law Advising Services is once again helping students form study groups for the April (and summer) LSAT. If you are interested in connecting with a group for April and possible future exams, please complete this survey by 5:00 pm on Sunday February 14th . We will provide guidance and tips for your study group, after which the group may be self-managed. These study groups can begin as early as February 22nd.

 

Any questions regarding the rooms or groups can be directed to PLAS Graduate Assistant Courtney Koenig at ckoenig3@illinois.edu.

 

LSAC Test Prep Resources 

LSAC provides a wide-variety of free and affordable study prep resources.  Below are links to currently available opportunities:

      • LSAT Prep: There is a free and $99 version.  The free version provides four online practice tests!
      • Kahn Academy:  Free interactive lessons, timed practice tests, strategies, tips, and more…
      • LSAT Test Books: These are self-study books available at low cost.  Some books may also be purchased used!
      • Official LSAT Content Licensees:  A collection of test prep companies that have licensed official LSAT content.  There is a wide-variety of programs offered by these companies.  We do not recommend any particular company, but do encourage you to work with an option from this list if you do decide to purchase a study program/course.

Financial Concerns?  Applying to law school requires a significant financial investment.  To assist students who have financial needs, LSAC offers the Fee Waiver program.  This program includes the cost of two LSAT exam registrations,  free prep resources, and much more!  To learn more about the LSAC Fee Waiver program click here.

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February Snapshot

Happy February! We hope the semester is off to a great start! This month is full of many amazing events and opportunities you won’t want to miss!  Check out the list of upcoming programming below…

February 2: Career Center Part Time Fair. Click here to register.

February 3: AccessLex-Choosing a Law School Webinar. Register here.

February 4: AccessLex-Applying to Law School Seminar. You can register here.

February 4: Pre-Law Advising-Pre-Law 101 Workshop.

February 5: Minor In Legal Studies Information Session

February 5: The 9th Annual Wisconsin Statewide Diversity Conference and Law School Fair. Find more information about the Fair here.

February 6: Indiana University Maurer School of Law Diversity in Law Series. Part 1-Series Introduction and How to Apply to Law School: Game Show Edition. Register here.

February 8: Pre-law Advising- LSAT Bootcamp and Application Deadline for Illinois Leadership Center Position. Click here for more details.

February 8: UIUC Pad Recruitment Information Session: Click here to register.

February 9: Paying for Law School Webinar. Register here.

February 9: Pre-Law Advising-LSAT Chats. Find more information here.

February 9: Kappa Alpha Pi Info Session. Zoom link can be found here.

February 9: Peace Corps Info Session. Click here for the zoom link.

February 10: Pre-Law Advising-LSAT Chats. Find more information here.

February 10: Kappa Alpha Pi Info Session 2. Click here for zoom link.

February 11: Indiana University Maurer School of Law Diversity in Law Series. Part 2-What are Maurer School of Law lawyers doing? You can register here.

February 12: Pre-Law Advising-Selection Strategies: Navigating Post Admissions. Register here.

February 12: West Coast Consortium of Private Law Schools. When details become available, they can be found here.

February 14: Deadline to sign up to take the LSAT in the Armory building on campus.  Must sign up here by 5pm.

February 14: Deadline to sign up for LSAT study groups. Must fill out this survey by 5pm.

February 15: UIUC Pad Recruitment Information Session: Click here to register.

February 15: Women & Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP) “Hood Feminism” Book Club. Register here.

February 15: 2021 Bailey Fellowship Due. For more information, click here.

February 16: Pre-Law Advising-Application Roadmap. Register here.

February 16: Application Deadline for the 2021 LSAC PreLaw Undergraduate Scholars Program Online at St. John’s Law. More information can be found here.

February 16: Marshall-Motley Scholars Program deadline. For more information, click here.

February 16: Indiana University Maurer School of Law Diversity in Law Series. Part 3-The life of a Maurer law student. Register here.

February 16 and 18: Women & Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP) RBG Documentary Film Screening. More information can be found here.

February 18: Peace Corps Application Workshop: Interviews. Click here for zoom link.

February 18: Pre-Law Advising-Selection Strategies: Navigating Post Admissions. Register here.

February 20: February LSAT Administration Begins. Good luck!

February 22: Pre-Law Advising Services-Negotiating Scholarships Workshop. Register here.

February 23: Women & Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP) Fellowships and Awards Application. Click here for more details.

February 24: April LSAT Registration Deadline

February 25: Pre-law Advising-Pre-Law 101. You can register here.

February 25: SAPLA Diversity Law Symposium. Register here.

February 25: Fordham Law School and the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice: Summer Human Rights Institute. Deadline to register for a reduced rate.

February 26: Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Panel at 10am. Click here for the zoom link.

February 26: Indiana University Maurer School of Law Diversity in Law Series. Mock Law class. You can register here.

Be sure to check out the upcoming special events!

LSAT Bootcamp Information: Pre-Law Advising Services is hosting a LSAT Bootcamp on February 8th from 4-6pm. Kaplan and LSAC will be presenting about the LSAT exam, LSAT resources, and LSAT study methods and plans. This is an incredible opportunity to learn how to master the LSAT! Registration can be found here.

LSAC Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars Programs: These programs give future law students insights about what to expect in law school and the enrollment process. They are free programs and each participant is eligible for a $1,000 dollar stipend and a LSAC fee waiver. For more information and to see what schools are hosting the programs, click here.

Upcoming: The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) has created a new initiative called the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP). There will be two workshops in Spring 2021: March 24 on environmental policy; and April 13 on corporate sustainability. Only 25 students may register for each event. If you are interested or want more information, click here.

University of Houston Law Center: Online Pre-Law Programs sponsored by LSAC. Deadline to apply is March 1. Click here for more information on the programs and how to apply.

Upcoming Internship Opportunity: The last day to apply for the UIUC HRI Andrew W. Mellon Internship in Legal Humanities is March 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm. Click here for more information.

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January Snapshot

Welcome to 2021!  We hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday and are continuing to enjoy a restorative winter break!  The admission cycle continues and there are many events and opportunities in the upcoming weeks prior to the start of classes…

    • January 6:  February LSAT Registration Deadline
    • January 16:  January LSAT Administration Begins – Good Luck!
    • January 22: Hispanic Lawyers Association of IL (HLAI)Virtual Court House Visit & Latina Judge’s Panel – Register by January 15!
    • January 25:  Spring Semester Begins – Welcome Back!

February Sneak Peek… 

Registration open now!

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2020 Internship Newsletter

Winter Break provides a perfect opportunity to research and prepare applications for internship opportunities.  To help with your process, we have compiled a collection of internship opportunities and resources – as well as a wide variety of information about pre-law programs, gap-year opportunities, and general tips and advice in the 2020 Internship Newsletter.  You can access the newsletter through the Pre-Law Compass page.

      • Haven’t joined the Pre-Law Compass page?  It only takes a few minutes – find instructions on the Pre-Law Resources page.
Be Proactive!

Cast your net wide and look for opportunities in a variety of settings… 

    • Consider opportunities close to home at local organizations or offices – such as legal aid, city offices, or non-for profit organizations.  Contact bar associations or local/state agencies to see if opportunities are available.
    • If you have limited flexibility in your location this summer – don’t rule out opportunities in long-distance locations.  Many organizations may have adapted opportunities for remote experience or may be willing to do so.
    • If available, check with the career services office in your college of department for opportunities.  Talk with your professors about your interest – ask for their recommendations.
    • Research professional organizations related to your interests – many have scholarship or internship opportunities for college students!

Keep in mind logistics of applying…

    • Some opportunities may have deadlines prior to the beginning of next semester or in early February.  You may need letters of recommendation or transcripts.  Check these requirements and schedule time before the end of semester to reach out to professors or make requests for records before break.
    • Start prepping your materials.  Plan to review and update your resume over winter break so that you are ready to apply as applications come due.  Some applications may require brief essays – identify these and begin writing drafts.
    • Take advantage of services through the Pre-Law Advising Office, The Career Center, and Writers Workshop to prefect your application materials.
    • Create a calendar and timeline with all relevant dates.  Include dates for completion and due date (be mindful of rolling applications).  Make a spreadsheet that includes application items needed, deadlines, methods for submissions – update as you complete items.

Freshman or Sophomore? Many opportunities are limited to juniors and seniors – research now and think ahead to opportunities that you are interested in…

    • Identify opportunities you may wish to apply for in future years.  Consider the qualifications they are looking for in their applications.
    • Look for volunteer or work opportunities this summer that will build relevant credentials and help prepare you for applications in a future summer.
    • Consider courses that can enhance your skills and knowledge.  Courses can also demonstrate interest in particular fields or areas of work.

Good Luck!

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December Snapshot

December is finally here and with it the end of the semester! Our best wishes as you complete end of semester tasks and prepare for finals.  Below please see a list of important dates, upcoming events, and reminders for December 2020.

    • Tuesday, December 1: PLAS Workshop – To Go or Not to Go? Deciding if  Gap Year is Right for You
    • Good Luck on Exams!

 

Take Care and Be Well! The end of the semester is always a stressful time of year, this year presents unique and unprecedented challenges for many.  Be sure to take care of yourself during the upcoming weeks and be sure to take advantage of the many resources available on campus to support you during this time!

 

  • Stay Tuned! 

  • Check back later this week for information regarding the 2020 edition of our Annual Internship Newsletter
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Law School Spotlight: University of Iowa

This year the Pre-Law Advising Services Office will be featuring law students, admissions deans, and attorneys as guest bloggers to help provide unique and valuable perspectives on law school, the application process, and the legal profession.   Stay tuned throughout the year for our guest blogger spotlights!

Guest Blogger: Martin Kiernan 

Law School:  University of Iowa College of Law

Class Year: 1L

Undergraduate Institution:  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Hometown: Libertyville, IL

Undergraduate Major/Minor: I have a B.S. in Agricultural & Consumer Economics with two concentrations in Public Policy & Law and Consumer Economics & Finance.

 

Why did you decide to attend law school and pursue a legal career?

Law school was a great fit for me because I have many interests and the legal implications that arise in most every industry fascinate me. Also, the conceptualizing of justice, the rule of law, and societal inhabitance as foundations to the success of nations I believe is a worthwhile academic pursuit.

Do you know what type of law you will practice?

Currently, I have interests in securities, banking, family, criminal law. I’ve done some work in personal injury and I found that to be intriguing as well.

Why did you choose the University of Iowa College of Law?

The University of Iowa College of Law displays a proven history of fostering prepared and conscientious attorneys. The decision to attend has afforded its students the opportunity to become competent leaders in the field. I chose to attend because under its instruction I can prepared for whatever is to come in my professional career.

What surprised you the most about law school?

I was surprised about the varying approaches professors take to teaching a class. There is a wide spectrum.

What has been your favorite class in law school?

I really enjoy my American Property Law course. My professor is experienced and passionate about the material.

What type of activities, programs, internships, or extracurricular activities did you participate in prior to law school?

While at UIUC, I volunteered at a couple Champaign elementary schools as a mentor/tutor, and sat on the Undergraduate Student Advisory Board. I worked at Parkland College’s Counseling Department and then at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center. After graduation, I worked as a paralegal and then as a court reporter doing criminal background checks. Outside of work, I volunteered at a courthouse helping pro se litigants and I coached my sister’s middle school basketball team.

What are some of the best aspects of living in the Iowa City community?

It is a really fun and kind community of people. Whenever I want a study break there is always something to do.

What do you like best about being a law student?

I like the challenge it presents. Some of the more abstract concepts can be difficult to comprehend, but engaging with the material is rewarding. Also, the opportunities that are available during school and after graduation are exciting.

How did you prepare for the LSAT?

I took the Testmasters LSAT Prep Course.

What is the best piece of advice you would give to a student applying to law school?

For the applications, focus on highlighting strengths, but just as significant is explaining inconsistencies or negatives in application materials. Try not to leave important questions left unanswered.

 

University of Iowa College of Law Snapshot*:

    • Total JD Enrollment: 460
    • First Year Class Size: 166
    • Median LSAT/GPA: 161 / 3.64
    • Application Deadline: May 1, 2021
    • Website: https://law.uiowa.edu

*The enrollment and profile data listed above are as of October 5, 2020 and include information for the Fall 2020 entering class.  

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Tips for Fall Break…

1.  Finalize Applications

Applying this year? Set a goal date for application submission and stick to it! The current application cycle is proving to be a very competitive year.  Application numbers have increased significantly, and law schools have reported a very high quality applicant pool.  If you are still working to submit applications for a Fall 2021 start don’t be discouraged, but do make sure you are employing strategies that can help maximize your chances of success!

We highly recommend trying to apply by December 1 if possible.  Use Thanksgiving break as an opportunity to finalize your applications and submit to schools.  If you will be applying later than December 1, use Thanksgiving break to complete as many of the application components as you can and identify the earliest date you feel you can apply.  Here is a brief checklist of basic items you will need to complete.

        • CAS, LOR, Transcripts – make sure you are familiar with the LSAC Credential Assembly Services (CAS), stay current on the status of your materials and application components.  Request transcripts NOW, these will take several weeks to process.  Be sure you have submitted ALL required transcripts.  Follow-up with recommenders, be sure they are aware of your goal timeline, and be sure to check CAS to confirm when your letters of recommendation are uploaded.
        • LSAT – you will need your final score to apply.  If you don’t have your score, confirm when it will be available and plan your goal submission date accordingly.  Have you completed the LSAT Writing? You must complete the Writing portion to receive your score.  Be sure to do that prior to the score release date (11/24).
        • Personal Statement – Fall break is a great time to draft and hopefully finalize your statement! Edit, Edit, Edit.
        • Resume – make sure it is current and ready to apply! Edit, Edit, Edit.
        • Addendums – Are there addendums required by your schools?  Are there optional addendums?  Be sure you have confirmed what addendums you will be submitting and try to complete this week! 
        • School specific requirementsmake sure you have reviewed the specific application requirements for the schools you will be applying to, create a check-list for each school.
        • Questions? If you have questions about an individual school’s application requirements or process ask NOW! Don’t wait until your goal submission date to confirm details.  Reach out directly or send emails over Thanksgiving break!
        • Think broadly Review your list of target schools, make sure you are casting a wide net (this is a very competitive year), be strategic…

2. Relax and Rejuvenate

The end of the semester is always a busy, and often stressful, time.  This year particularly has presented difficult challenges for us all.  Make time for yourself over break to rest and rejuvenate prior to the end of the semester.  Campus also provides a wide-variety of services and resources to help make the end of the semester as manageable as possible!

 3. Plan the End of Your Semester

Make a strategic plan for the end of the semester to help make things manageable. Think backward from deadlines and due dates to ensure you have enough time to prepare for each end of semester item.  Take into account:

    • Final academic obligations (papers, projects, final exams, and study time). Mark deadlines and dates on your calendar.
    • Upcoming deadlines for internships or other special programs.
    • Admissions events and programs you may wish to attend (Last LSAC Forum is on December 12th!).
    • Time for life logistics – plan around busy times and deadlines for things like groceries/bills, exercise, family and friends.

4. Start Thinking Ahead

Make efforts to finalize your spring plans including course selections, extracurricular involvements, and goals for internships and other opportunities.  Stay tuned for our annual Internship Newsletter which will be available in December.  In the meantime, be sure to check out our Thanksgiving Break Internship Newsletter for opportunities with deadlines in the upcoming weeks!

 

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Alumni Attorney Talks

FEATURING:  Jason Emmanuel

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


Jason Emmanuel, Assistant State’s Attorney – Criminal Division Chief at the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office

    • Law School: University of Iowa College of Law
    • UIUC Undergraduate Major/Minor: Political Science, minor in English
    • Gap Year Experience: 2 years working in retail management
    • Jason’s Three Words to Describe an Attorney:

Assiduous | Advocate | Inexhaustible

Be sure to check out this insightful interview!

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