Researching Law Schools

Whether you are planning to apply during the current application cycle or are beginning to prepare for a future year, determining what is important to you in a law school and assessing what individual law schools can offer is an important step in your admissions process. 

What to look for…

Deciding what to look for in a potential law school requires an assessment of your goals and priorities.  As you consider your choice in law school you should include the following in your list of potential goals:

  • Academic Opportunities
  • Geographic Location Present & Future
  • Affordability
  • Career Goals
  • School Size

Learn more about each of these goals and more at our prior blog post “Where to Apply”.

Getting started…

In setting your ultimate goals for your law admission process, the first step is often getting familiar with law schools to more fully understand what legal education has to offer.  Every school has its own unique strengths and characteristics.  Learning about different law schools is an excellent place to start in developing a list of goals that are important to you. Here are a list of resources and tips for getting started in your research.

Connect at a law fair!

Law fairs can provide one of the best ways to begin your exploration and research into law schools.  It provides you the opportunity to gather information and insights from a large number of diverse schools, from across the country, in a short amount of time!

There are many options to attend law fairs each year in both in-person and virtual format!  UIUC students can attend the Illinois Law Fair on September 28 at the Illini Union!

Not on campus?  Not a problem!  LSAC hosts both in-person and virtual forums each year at locations around the country. Check out the list of 2022-2023 dates online.

LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools:

The LSAC Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools is a wonderful database that allows you to search for law schools based on a number of criteria including location, your GPA/LSAT, and program.  LSAC also offers a few specifically targeted resources to help students in their research:

ABA 509 Disclosure Reports

Law schools must report data to the American Bar Association (ABA) each year which is then compiled into what are known as “509 Reports”.  This data includes information regarding career placement, bar passage, admissions, scholarship and financial aid, academics, and student body profile information.  These are one of the best resources for reaching schools.  We encourage you to look up 509 Reports on any school you are interested in.  Please note profile data for students beginning in Fall 2022 will be reported by October 5 and published publicly in the following weeks.

Ranking Lists:

Choosing a school based on ranking alone can result in a very unbalanced decision at a school that ultimately does not support your individual needs and goals.  However, organizations that provide such rankings do gather a large amount of information about individual schools which can be researched quickly including specialized programs, average starting salaries, and average debt for graduates.  Ranking lists can be a good way to get a broad perspective on schools or quickly find more specific details about programs.  Keep in mind that many schools can support your success amongst the nearly 200 ABA-approved schools in the U.S.!

TIP:  Research a few schools you know nothing about, never heard of, or that are located in a completely different region than you think you would like to be.  Even if you may not ultimately apply to these school, challenging yourself to explore something different is an excellent way to discover different options and possibilities that law schools may offer!

Back to School Checklist!

Welcome home to ILLINOIS!  Whether you are a returning student or joining campus for the very first time, we hope you are prepared for a wonderful start to the academic year!  As you say good-bye to the summer and look forward to classes beginning next week, we wanted to share a few beginning of semester check-list items for a successful start to the academic year!

Update Your Resume…

For returning students, this is an ideal time to review your resume and make sure it is current and ready to go for the academic year.  As you review and update, be sure to include:

  • any experiences from the summer – get these items locked in while it is fresh in your mind!
  • upcoming and new leadership positions or campus involvement, and
  • updated academic status or information including GPA, scholarships, awards, and honors.

For individuals applying this application cycle, be sure to set up a time with the PLAS Office to have your resume reviewed.  You can schedule an appointment online at any time!

For new students to campus, be sure to add your new status as an Illinois student to your resume and make room for anticipated activities and experiences this fall!

TIP! If you don’t currently have a resume or feel your resume needs improvement, the Career Center offers a number of resources and advising opportunities to help you get started!

Set Goals…

Being proactive and setting goals is an excellent way to help you prioritize throughout the semester and bring you closer to your overall long-term goals.  Pursuing a path to a legal education takes many years of preparation and development.  Consider setting three goals in areas related to academic, personal, and professional development for this semester.  Whether it be improving your writing through a successful grade in a writing course, creating a consistent exercise plan, or taking on a leadership role, determine a few ways in which you can enhance your skills and experiences this semester.  Keep in mind that whatever goals you set, it is important to be realistic and set expectations that are proportional to the time you have to accomplish them.  

  • Not sure what to do? Feeling overwhelmed?  Don’t hesitate to set up a time to speak to a Pre-Law Advisor – we are happy to help you think through important priorities and goals for this semester. 
  • Tip!  Don’t forget to utilize your department advisor(s) and talk to your professors!  These individuals are exceptional resources to help you manage your academic progress, learn about new opportunities, and plan your future goals!

Mark Your Calendars…

The semester is always full of unexpected opportunities and experiences but creating a strong semester calendar now with important anticipated events, academic work, and obligations can be extremely helpful to your overall goals and success.  Be sure to start the semester off with the following items on your semester calendar:

  • Review your syllabus for each of your classes and mark your calendar now with due dates for big projects and assignments.  Be sure to schedule upcoming reminders several weeks prior to the deadlines to help you manage your various workloads. If you are applying this application cycle, be sure to include goal dates and important LSAT and admission deadlines!
  • Connect with student organizations and be sure to review their schedule of events and programs for those groups you belong to or are interested in. Put event dates on your calendar.  If dates are tentative, but you know the month – mark a reminder for the first day of the month and be sure to update details as they become available.

Join Us! If you are looking to learn more about pre-law organizations, join us on Monday, August 29 at 6 pm for our Pre-Law Student Organization Panel.

  • Participate in Activities on Campus!  One of the most exciting parts of being a student at UIUC is the incredible opportunity to participate in a wide spectrum of activities and events!  Check out the following links to plan ahead for things you would like to participate in!
  • Plan the Personal Stuff:  You will inevitably have important commitments to friends and family throughout the semester.  Be sure to mark important dates on your calendar now so you can plan around these important commitments later.  It is also important to take care of yourself through the semester and make time for things that will contribute to your overall well-being and success.  Be sure to research the many campus resources to help you stay well and be sure to schedule the time to invest in yourself!

Connect with Pre-Law Advising Services! 

Whether you are a freshman student or senior completing your last semester of classes, the PLAS Office is here to help and has something to offer to support you on your pathway to a legal career.  Don’t miss out on these exciting opportunities upcoming the Fall!

  • Want to get involved?  Join us on Monday, August 29 for the Pre-Law Student Organization Panel and learn more about pre-law organizations on campus, how to join, and engage with some of our pre-law student organization leaders.
  • In your freshman or sophomore year?  Check out the Pre-Law 101 Workshop series offered through the fall and spring semesters specifically designed for freshman and sophomore students!
  • Looking for a unique opportunity?  Consider applying for the inaugural Pre-Law Advisory Council.  Applications are due September 1, learn more online!
  • Stop by for a chat!  We are anxious to meet with you and discuss your plans and goals.  Be sure to set up an individual advising session!
  • Save the Date!  Be sure to mark your calendar and plan to join us for the Illinois Law School Fair on September 28.  Join us as we host law schools from across the country here at the Illini Union!

Be sure to check out the Pre-Law website to learn more about the many resources and services available for students and alumni!

Have a Fantastic Start to the Semester!

Application Perspectives

A look at past UIUC applicants…

One of the most helpful tools for any applicant to law school is good research.  With approximately 200 law schools to choose from and a very competitive application process, it is important to have good information to help guide your efforts and choices.   With the 2022-2023 Application Cycle quickly approaching, we have compiled some helpful insights from recent years to assist in your information-gathering efforts!

When to Submit?  Law admissions is a rolling admissions process, meaning law schools will be extending admission offers throughout the application period.  Most applications will open in September and close in mid-spring (typically March) – be sure to check specific deadlines for the schools you are most interested in!  While it is not necessary to submit applications within the first few weeks of the application period, you do want to be strategic with your submission timeline.  We highly recommend submitting applications during the first half of the cycle. Last year, 65% of all UIUC applications were completed and submitted prior to February 1.

Where to Apply?  Determining where to apply is an important part of the application process.  Any school you apply to should be a school that you would potentially attend.  In determining where to apply, you should first clarify your individual admission goals and priorities – these can range from academic offerings to geographic location to cost.  Once you have determined your individual preferences, you can begin looking for schools that will fit these needs and goals.  UIUC applicants applied to over 150 different law schools from across the country last year alone! 

Below is a list highlighting the 50 schools* where Illini students submitted the most applications during the 2021-2022 application cycle. The top ten are in bold.

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY WASHINGTON COLLEGE OF LAW
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
BOSTON COLLEGE LAW SCHOOL
BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
CHICAGO-KENT COLLEGE OF LAW
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
CORNELL LAW SCHOOL
DEPAUL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW
DUKE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
EMORY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
FORDHAM UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER
HARVARD LAW SCHOOL
HOWARD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
INDIANA U ROBERT H. MCKINNEY SCHOOL OF LAW
INDIANA UNIV SCHOOL OF LAW-BLOOMINGTON
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO SCHOOL OF LAW
MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
MICHIGAN STATE UNIV COLLEGE OF LAW
NEW ENGLAND LAW- BOSTON
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
NORTHWESTERN PRITZKER SCHOOL OF LAW
NOTRE DAME LAW SCHOOL
SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIV SCHOOL OF LAW
STANFORD UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO LAW SCHOOL
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COLLEGE OF LAW
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN LAW SCHOOL
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SCHOOL OF LAW
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LAW SCHOOL
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS CHICAGO SCHOOL OF LAW
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT LOS ANGELES
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-DAVIS
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO LAW SCHOOL
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON LAW CENTER
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS COLLEGE OF LAW
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI SCHOOL OF LAW
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA LAW SCHOOL
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA CAREY LAW SCHOOL
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF LAW
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN LAW SCHOOL
VANDERBILT LAW SCHOOL
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
YALE LAW SCHOOL

*School names appear as reported by LSAC. Data as of April 2022.

Generally speaking, you should apply to a variety of schools to maximize your opportunities for success!   Be sure to speak with a PLAS advisor or attend an upcoming workshop for more information on creating your list of schools!

A great way to explore and learn more about law schools is by attending a law school fair. UIUC is hosting an in-person law fair this fall.

Don’t Miss out!

Illinois Law School Fair | September 28, 2022

How will my academic program be measured? Law schools are looking for academically accomplished candidates from all majors.  Ideally, your major has allowed you to explore your interests, engage in professional learning opportunities, helped you develop necessary skills for law school, solidified your interest in the legal profession, and provided an opportunity for you to excel academically.  The social science majors make up the largest portion of law applicants each year, but UIUC applicants hail from a wide range of disciplines.  Below is a list of some of the majors* represented amongst the 2021-2022 UIUC applicants.

  • ACCOUNTING
  • ADVERTISING
  • AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES
  • ANIMAL SCIENCES
  • BIOLOGY/BIOMEDICAL
  • BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
  • CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
  • CHEMISTRY
  • CIVIL ENGINEERING
  • COMMUNICATIONS
  • COMPUTER SCIENCE
  • ECONOMICS
  • ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
  • ENGLISH
  • ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
  • FAMILY RELATIONS/CHILD DEVELOPMENT
  • FINANCE
  • FRENCH
  • GERMAN
  • HEALTH/KINESIOLOGY
  • HISTORY
  • HOSPITAL/HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION
  • INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING
  • INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
  • INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
  • JOURNALISM
  • LINGUISTICS
  • MARKETING
  • MATHEMATICS
  • PHILOSOPHY
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • PSYCHOLOGY
  • RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES
  • RUSSIAN
  • SOCIAL WORK
  • SOCIOLOGY

*Majors are picked from pre-determined titles and may not reflect exact titles of academic majors at UIUC.

How successful are UIUC applicants?  The short answer is – VERY!  Each individual applying to law school should shape their application strategy and process to fit their own individual needs and goals.   UIUC is consistently ranked as one of the top US feeder schools to ABA-approved law schools in the country.  In addition, during the 2020-2021 admission cycle, approximately 88% of UIUC senior applicants were admitted to law school compared to approximately 68% of all applicants nationwide, with the 2020-2021 admission cycle considered one of the most competitive application cycle in the past 10 years (and possible beyond).   Stay tuned for additional details regarding applicants from the 2021-2022 cycle or check out our Instagram to see our featured ILLINI beginning law school this fall!

Meet with a Pre-Law Advising Expert!

Each year UIUC applicants present a diverse set of credentials and qualities to law schools across the country. We welcome the opportunity to support you on your individual journey to law school and hope to speak with you soon!

Application Preparation: Building A Timeline

 

For those anticipating application in the upcoming 2022-2023 cycle, the summer is an excellent time to take steps to prepare for a smooth and successful admission process.  Two of the most important steps are to create a general timeline and to set goals for the upcoming months to ensure you stay on track and keep the application process as manageable as possible.

Below are a few recommendations on creating an application timeline and plan to enhance your success.

Step 1: Set up a System: 

You will be navigating a large volume of information and communications over a long period of time.  It is important to have a system to organize these details.  Your system should include the following components:

        • Document Storage:  You should have an online storage space or backup system for all the application materials you are crafting – resume, personal statement, etc.  You should also have a place to organize documents or information that you receive.  You will want to have a physical space to store and organize, as well as an electronic space.  Most information will be communicated electronically, but you may also accumulate materials at visits or fairs, or through mailings.  Consider investing in a container for all law school materials.  For digital material, consider utilizing “Box” and setting up folders to organize information by school, type of information, or whatever makes sense to you.
        • Email Correspondence:  Almost all communications regarding applications will be received via email, with some mail and phone communications possible.   Evaluate your available email accounts.  Determine now which one you will utilize for your applications, you could even create a new one!  Once you determine your “application email” plan to utilize that for all applications and application-related matters.  Set up folders in your inbox now to organize and respond to communications you anticipate receiving.  Determine a plan for checking and managing incoming communications – will you check every day? (yes), how many times a day?  Start utilizing your system now to make it a habit, it will make managing your email communications during the busier months feel more manageable.
        • Information Management:  As you get further along in the application process you will begin developing a potential list of schools to apply to, eventually you will apply to a definitive list of schools, and later you will begin receiving offers.  Having a comprehensive place to track and notate information about each school is critical to the process of comparing and contrasting each institution, ultimately deciding on your best fit.  This type of information tracking also helps ensure you do not forget or overlook any information you acquired along the way.  We recommend creating a spreadsheet that you can tailor to your own individual priorities, goals, and school attributes you are seeking.
Step 2: Establish Target Goals:
  • Part of building a timeline is having targeted goals for completing tasks.  For a successful application timeline you should consider the necessary tasks for applying to law school, but also other obligations you will have during this time period including family, academic, and extracurricular responsibilities.  Below are some examples of areas where you may want to set goals:
      • LSAT Preparation and LSAT attempts (first and second)
      • CAS Registration
      • Transcript Submission
      • Researching Schools
      • Completing Application Components
      • Submitting Applications
      • Visiting Schools
      • Academic Projects
      • Leadership Programs and Events
Step 3: Prioritize and Plan Ahead:

It is a wonderful thing to have a timeline and goals, but you only have 24 hours in a day and only so much attention or energy to give to any one task, opportunity, or obligation.  Being able to prioritize so that you can be successful in all aspects of your life is important.  Good prioritization requires establishing what is most critical and when.  Your first step in doing this is establishing the goals we mentioned above.  The second step in doing this is keeping yourself accountable, and finally, it is planning ahead to ensure you have set yourself up to be successful.  Create your semester calendar now.  Add in any family or personal obligations you are aware of – discuss holiday and other plans now so you know what time commitments will be necessary.   Begin dividing obligations by daily, weekly, monthly or one-time only events.  Review your course syllabi as soon as possible – map out large projects and due dates.  Begin researching important application dates and events now.

      • TIP:  Give yourself individual deadlines for projects and other work.  Set your individual deadlines several days or more prior to the actual deadline.  This will help you accommodate any unexpected issues.
      • TIP:  Begin thinking about your time each week.  Evaluate how much time you will spend for class, essential personal items (groceries, meals, health, fitness), study, and other leadership activities.  Determine when these items will take place in your weekly schedule and how much time remains after for other uses.
      • TIP:  Set expectations for yourself and others.  Realistically evaluate how long things usually take you (i.e. writing a paper), and build those realistic timeframes into your goals.  Let others that are important in your life know that the upcoming semester will be a critical one and talk now about how that may limit your time.

Join Us! Application Roadmap Workshop

To learn more about setting goals and specific timeline recommendations, consider attending our Application Roadmap Workshop.  The workshop will be offered multiple times in the upcoming months.  Get a head start by attending a workshop this summer on July 20 @ 6 pm or August 9 @ Noon (via Zoom).  To learn more, visit the PLAS calendar online.  PLAS programs are open to all UIUC students and alumni.

Summer Tips for Prelaw Students!

The summer is an excellent time to reconnect, gain new experiences, move forward with your academic progress, or simply relax and rejuvenate.  With the summer officially underway, this is an excellent time to evaluate your goals for the summer and set some priorities as they relate to your prelaw plans.

You have completed another academic year and it is something to be celebrated.  This summer spend some time planning and considering the following:

    • Is your academic curriculum set (major/minors)? Do some research as there is an incredibly diverse set of programs to choose from at Illinois!
    • How is your academic performance? Now is the time to evaluate and reflect.  What worked and helped you succeed? If you experienced challenges, what were they and why?  Use the summer to identify what practices you will continue into next year to contribute to your success and where adjustments are necessary.  Research resources to assist in the areas where you would like to improve.
    • Use the summer to research. What type of internships might you be interested in next year?  Are you interested in study abroad, Illinois in Washington, or other unique learning opportunities?  Learn more about internship opportunities with the PLAS Internship Newsletter!
        • Stay Tuned!  Check back later this summer for our post on unique and prestigious opportunities at UIUC, perfect for prelaw students!
    • Network! Talk to individuals in the legal profession or to upper level peers who have pursued opportunities that you would be interested in.  Use these conversations to gain insights and perspectives about your future goals.
        • Alumni Attorney Talks – catch up on our Alumni Attorney Talk series featuring practicing attorneys and judges.  The series can be found on this blog!  Just search on “Alumni Attorney Talks” or visit our Canvas page for a comprehensive list.
    • Think ahead.  Planning ahead is key for prelaw students.  It allows you to monitor progress and seek resources if necessary; manage competing obligations with success; and pursue unique opportunities that will benefit your goals for law school. If you will be applying during your senior year, you will likely begin your LSAT prep no later than the spring of your junior year.  How does that semester look in terms of course load?  What will your academic progress/achievements be at the beginning of your senior year (if this is the year you will apply to law school)?
        • For those applying to law school during senior year, you will ideally be submitting applications during the Fall semester (approximately 1 year prior to when you would like to begin law school).  It is important to evaluate what achievements, academic work, and other opportunities will be included in your resume for consideration by law schools.
    • Take time to rejuvenate!  The summer should be utilized to take some time for yourself, tending to your wellness and recharging for the upcoming year.  Keep reading for some fun summer suggestions!

Just for Fun…

As mentioned summer should be utilized as a time to enjoy and relax.  

Here are some suggestions on some fun law-related books, movies, podcasts, and TV shows to check out!

Books:
    • The Color of Law
    • Thieves of Book Row
    • Crime and Punishment
    • The Rainmaker
    • To Kill a Mockingbird
    • In Cold Blood
    • I’ll Be Gone In the Dark
    • Radium Girls
    • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
    • Becoming

Check out this list of recommended books for more options!

Movies/Documentaries:
    • The Staircase (documentary)
    • Find Me Guilty
    • Marshall
    • RBG
    • Erin Brockovich
    • On the Basis of Sex
    • Philadelphia
    • Legally Blonde
    • The Firm

Check out this list of recommended movies for more options!

TV Shows:
    • How to Get Away With Murder
    • Damages
    • Bull
    • Better Call Saul
    • The Good Wife
    • Law and Order

Check out this list of recommended shows for more options!

Want to share your favorites?

Visit us on Instagram to share your top picks!

 

Reflections from a Law Student

 

Each year, May brings important endings and new beginnings.  It also presents a perfect opportunity to reflect back and gain insights from past accomplishments, challenges, and experiences.  As we celebrate our Class of 2022 graduates we took the opportunity to gain some valuable insights from our graduating students.

Part I: Reflections from a Law Student

Courtney Koenig

Courtney has served as the Pre-Law Advising Services Graduate Assistant since Fall 2020.  Following graduation from the University of Illinois College of Law in May 2022, she will begin work at Thompson Coburn, LLP in St. Louis focusing her practice in Corporate and  Business Law topics.

A conversation with a law student…

Check out the video below to hear insights from Courtney about her pre-law journey, law school experience, professional opportunities, and her advice for pre-law students and alumni, including tips for individuals beginning their law school journey in Fall 2022!

 

Stay Tuned! Part II – Reflections from Pre-Law Seniors!

 

 

Alumni Attorney Talks

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

Bianca B. Brown

Chicago transit authority- Chief Attorney,    Torts Litigation 

QUICK FACTS ABOUT Bianca Brown:
    • Law School: Thomas M. Cooley Law School
    • UIUC Undergraduate Major: Political Science and Government
    • Bianca’s Three Words to Describe an Attorney:

Advocate | Insightful |Innovative

CHECK OUT Part 1 and 2 of THIS INSIGHTFUL INTERVIEW BELOW!

Part 1

Part I features a discussion on Ms. Brown’s educational and career background.

Looking for an internship?  Read and listen below in Part 2 for more information on the CTA and their internship program!

Part 2

Part II features Ms. Brown’s role in the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA),  internship information at the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), and more!

The Chicago Transit Authority has a variety of paid internships available for college and graduate students! This is a great opportunity to gain invaluable experience from the nation’s second largest public transportation system. Internships are available during the summer and school year. There are internship opportunities for students majoring in a variety of majors from engineering to media communications to law to human resources and many more!

Click here for more information about Chicago Transit Authority Internships!

Alumni Attorney Talks

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

Featuring: Aja Carr-Favors

Associate General Counsel for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

QUICK FACTS ABOUT Aja Carr-Favors:
    • Law School: Valparaiso University School of Law
    • UIUC Undergraduate Major: Pre-Law and History
    • Aja’s Three Words to Describe an Attorney:

Challenging | Gratifying Impactful

CHECK OUT THIS INSIGHTFUL INTERVIEW BELOW!

Selecting A Law School

Making the Right Choice for You…

You’ve applied, you’ve waited, and you’ve been accepted – now you have to decide.  Although this might feel like the easiest part of the process, many applicants are surprised to feel unsure, anxious, and overwhelmed once they face making the final decision on where to attend law school.  It’s important to know that these feelings are normal!

As you advance through the application process you gain more knowledge and insights about the schools you have chosen to apply to, what it means to attend law school, and what the most important aspects of a law school are to you.  As a natural result, your priorities and perspectives about the schools you applied to may have also changed.  A school that may have been in the middle of your list – could now be your top choice.  A top choice school, may no longer feel like the right fit for you.

One of the most important things you can do at this stage is to reevaluate! 

In addition to your personal rankings and perspectives, you are also now working with more information about the realities of what your choices may be.  Some schools may no longer be options (aka you received a denial), you may have received generous scholarship offers you weren’t expecting.   This is an important time to step back and assess your situation – reevaluating your goals and seeking out information you need to feel confident in your decision.

Take a look at the following slides for perspectives on navigating your selection process:

Need to Talk? Join Us…

SOUND OFF @ 7: March 23|April 6

Many applicants seek peer perspectives through online discussion platforms and social media as way to help navigate the application process and create community.  Sound Off is a discussion group which aims to create a community unique to UIUC students and alumni who are participating in this year’s application cycle.  Sound Off provides an opportunity to discuss personal experiences, share insights, offer advice, and connect with one another. This is a great way to meet new people and establish a network of UIUC students who will be attending law school after graduation.  We hope you can join us!

Discussion are held at 7 pm via Zoom, visit the PLAS calendar for Zoom link and to learn more!

January Snapshot

Welcome 2022!  As we start the new year and begin the spring semester, please check out the upcoming dates, deadlines and events for January!

 

January 1: Happy New Year!

January 3: Deadline! Last day to apply for Odyssey Project Internships. Find more information here.

January 5:  February LSAT Registration Deadline

January 7: Deadline! Last day to apply for the White House Fellows Program. Click here for more information.

January 10:  Winter Break is a great to to research and plan for the upcoming semester and summer.  Be sure to check out our Internship Newsletter, Scholarship Newsletter, and Course Recommendations on our Resource Page!

January 11: Marshall-Motley Scholars (for aspiring civil rights lawyers) Program Information Session 11:00 am CST.  Click here to register.

January 12:  AccessLex Webinar “Applying to Law School: A Strategic Approach for Underrepresented Students” at 3:00 pm CST.  Click here to register.

January 14:  First Day of Testing – January LSAT

January 14: Deadline! Last day to apply for the Sidley Austin LLP Summer Pre-Law Scholars Program. Click here for more information.

January 14: Deadline! Last day to apply for the National Public Radio Internship. Click here for more information.

January 14: Deadline! Last day to apply for the Stinson Diversity Scholarship/Diversity Fellowship. Find more information here.

January 17:  MLK, Jr Day Observed – University Closed.  Check out the 2022 list of events celebrating MLK, Jr. and his legacy at UIUC!

January 18:  First day of instruction – Spring 2022 (virtual)

January 18: Deadline! Last day to apply for The Point Foundation Scholarship. Find more information here.

January 21: University of Houston Pre-Law Pipeline Program Information Session at Noon.  Click here for additional information.

January 22: Northern Illinois University College of Law Virtual “Student Life” Open House at 10:00 am. Click here to learn more.

January 23: Deadline! Last day to apply for the Summer 2022 Heritage Internship in Washington, DC. Find more information here.

January 24:  Spring 2022 in-person instruction resumes – welcome back!

January 24: UIUC Career Center Event– “Creating Your Powerful Resume” The Career Center Conference Room 143 at 5:00 pm. Click here for more information.

January 25: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Online Lecture– “Education for Revolutionary Non-Violence” with Dr. Hakim Williams at 12:00 pm. Click here for more information.

January 25:  Virtual Event – “Finding Justice: How Attorneys Help Victims and Survivors of Human Trafficking Across the U.S.”.  2:00 pm CST, click here to learn more.

January 25: LSAC LawHub Webinar– “The Year Ahead: The LSAT, Law School, and Beyond” at 3:00 pm. Click here for more information.

January 26: UIUC Career Center Event- “Creating Your Powerful Cover Letter” The Career Center Conference Room 143 at 5:00 pm. Click here for more information.

January 26: LSAC LawHub Webinar- “The Year Ahead: Getting Ready for 1L and Beyond” at 12:00 pm. Click here for more information.

January 27:  PLAS Workshop: Application Roadmap (for those contemplating 22-23 application cycle or later) at 4:00 pm.  Click here for additional information.

January 27: Kappa Alpha Pi-Info Night at 6 pm at the Digital Computer Lab Room 1320.

January 27: Pre-Law Club-Welcome Back Event in room 1035 at the Campus Instructional Facility (CIF) at 7pm.

January 28: Deadline! Last day to apply for Teach for America for the current application cycle. Find more information here.

January 29: Rolls-Royce Innovation i-Program from 10am to 4pm. Lunch is provided. Click here to register and for more information. Register by January 26th.

January 31: Registration closes for Illinois Leadership Center’s (ILC) i-Program: Blended Ignite. Click here for additional information.

January 31: University of Houston Pre-Law Pipeline Program Information Session (encore) at 6:00 pm. Click here for additional information.

January 31:  Full semester course add deadline

January 31: Deadline! Last day to apply for the U.S. Department of  Transportation Internship in Washington, DC. Find more information here.

January 31: Deadline! Last day to apply for the Office of Legislative Affairs Internship in Washington, DC. Click here for more information.

January 31: Deadline! Last day to apply for the DDR Lawyers Legal Scholarship. Find more information here.

January 31: Deadline! Last day to apply for the fall Driggs, Bills & Day Law Firm Scholarship. Click here for more information.

January 31: Deadline! Last day to apply for the Kevin T. Early Memorial Scholarship. Find more information here.

January 31: Deadline! Last day to apply for the McAndrews Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship. Click here for more information.