Breaking news: Digital LSAT and schedule changes in 2019

Breaking news from the LSAC: The LSAT is transitioning to digital in 2019. Today the LSAC issued a press release about their plans to transition from a paper & pencil LSAT format to a tablet-based digital format.

For the July 2019 LSAT, some test takers will be assigned the (current) paper & pencil format while others will be assigned to the tablet-based digital format.

Every subsequent LSAT (September 2019 and beyond) will only be offered on the tablet-based digital platform. 

Remaining paper & pencil LSAT exams are:

Saturday, November 17, 2018 (Registration is open until Monday, Oct. 8 here)
Saturday, January 26, 2019 (Registration is currently open here)
Saturday, March 30, 2019 (Registration will open in December)
Monday, June 3, 2019 (Registration will open in December or later)

If it is important to you to take the paper & pencil format, then we strongly advise registering early for one of these LSATs in order to guarantee your spot.

The LSAT schedule is also changing. The LSAC has announced the following dates for 2019-2020. Registration for these exams will begin in December 2018.

2019 LSAT Dates
Saturday, January 26, 2019 (Registration is already open; see above)
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Monday, June 3, 2019 12:30 p.m.
Monday, July 15, 2019 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 21, 2019 8:30 a.m.
Monday, October 28, 2019 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 23, 2019 8:30 a.m.

These 2020 LSAT Dates have also been announced:
Monday, January 13, 2020 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 22, 2020 8:30 a.m.
Monday, March 3 , 2020 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 25, 2020 8:30 a.m.

Stay tuned for additional updates as the LSAC issues further details.

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Law School Open Houses

Now is the time to schedule law school visits and register for open house events!

Open House/Tour Info for Illinois Law Schools–Fall 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, make a strong first impression, 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 law schools:

  • University of Chicago: Monday, October 29, from 1-5pm or Monday, November 19 (NOTE: That’s during Fall Break!), from 1-5pm.  Click here for more details.
  • Chicago-Kent: October Admissions Workshop Saturday, October 13, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Click here for more details.
  • DePaul University: Saturday, November 10 – 10:00 am-1:00 pm. Click here for more details. 
  • University of Illinois: You can schedule a visit, attend a class, and meet with faculty, students, and senior administrators to discover all that Illinois Law has to offer. If you are on campus, now is a great time to visit! Click here for more details.
  • John Marshall: Open House Saturday, November 3, 9am-12pm. Click here for more details.
  • Loyola-Chicago: Information Sessions are offered Monday, October 15 at 11:15 am, Monday, November 19 (Note: That’s during Fall Break!) at 11:15 am, or Friday, November 30 at 12:15 pm. Click here fore more details.
  • Northern Illinois University: NIU Law offers Information Sessions at both their DeKalb location (12:00 pm Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) and in the Chicago Loop (on Tuesdays at 11:00 am). Click here for more details.
  • Northwestern University: Virtual tour available. In addition, student guided tours are offered Mondays and Fridays at 12:00 pm. IN addition, class visits can be scheduled while classes are in session. Click here for more details.
  • Southern Illinois University: Visits can be scheduled Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Click here to schedule a visit. There are opportunities to sit in on classes throughout the fall.

3 Things To Do for 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. We recommend business formal (such as a suit or shirt and tie) even if the law students are more casual because 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. Do NOT be late–allow for extra time for parking and finding the admissions office.

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–Week of October 1

Pre-Law Events–Our Fall Event Calendar is posted! Here’s a preview of what’s coming up.

Pre-Law 101: Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 4:00 in 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building. Click here to register 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. Each Pre-Law 101 session is the same, so pick the one that best suits your schedule. Incoming students should attend a Pre-Law 101 prior to setting up an individual pre-law advising appointment. Registration will be open until October 1 or the session fills.

Practice LSAT–Friday, Oct. 5, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. Just a few seats left!
Pre-Law Advising Services presents an opportunity to take an actual, previously administered Law School Admission Test under timed, proctored, testlike conditions. For those prepping for the November LSAT this is a great chance to see how you will perform on test day. For those planning to take the LSAT in the next couple of years, this practice LSAT will provide a helpful baseline score. Please register here. Registrants will receive additional details about the exam and its location.

TODAY: Live with Kellye & Ken: Why Now is a Great Time to Go to Law School. We just received an invite for students to attend this webinar TODAY at 4:00 pm. Click here to register. Join hosts Deans Emeritus Kellye Testy (LSAC CEO) and Ken Randall (iLaw President), as they lead a live dialogue about the present and future of legal education.

Joining the discussion this month are:

  • Dean Mark Alexander, Villanova
  • Dean Heather Gerken, Yale
  • Dean Jennifer Mnookin of UCLA
  • Dean Blake Morant, George Washington

This engaging one hour discussion will include a Q&A period at the end. The event will be recorded. If you register but cannot attend, you will receive a link to watch at a later time.

Upcoming: Midwest VIRTUAL Law Fair on November 14! Were you unable to attned our Law School Fair? Over 25 midwest law schools will be available to chat online with you about the admissions process, their schools, scholarships, journals, etc. This event is FREE and participants don’t need to travel! Click here for more information and to register. 

Career Center EventsClick here to visit the Career Center’s website for more information or to register for these sessions.

The Illinois ACES + LAS Career Fair is Oct. 4, 1:30-6 pm at the ARC. Over 125 employers and 1500 students attend! For more information on the fair, including which employers will be attending, visit Handshake.

  • Finding an Internship–Oct. 2, 5-6 pm, SDRP 2005
  • Career Fair Prep Workshop–Oct. 3, 4-5 pm in TCC Conference Room
  • Resume/Cover Letter/Linked In Reviews
    • Oct. 1, 2-4:30 pm TCC Resource Center; 5-7:30pm Ikenberry Commons
    • Oct. 3, 2-4:30pm TCC Resource Center; 5-7:30pm BrewLab Coffee Shop
    • Oct. 4, 2-4:30pm TCC Resource Center
    • Oct. 5, 2-4:30pm TCC Resource Center

Scholarships

THE ILLINOIS CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS: Application Deadline October 13!

Diverse and welcoming, The Illinois Club draws its membership from all areas of the University as well as the surrounding community. Since 1915, The Illinois Club has provided financial support to worthy undergraduate students. This year, we will be giving out the following scholarships:

  • Make-A-Difference Awards of $3,000
  • A Global Focus Award of $3,000
  • A Humanities Award of $3,000
  • Isabelle Purnell Education Awards of $3,000 • The Judith Life Ikenberry Fine Arts Award of $5,500

General Eligibility: You must be an undergraduate, have earned at least 60 credit hours by the beginning of the Spring 2019 semester, and graduate no earlier than December 2019 to apply. A minimum GPA of 2.75 at both the time of application and winning of award is also required.

For more information about the individual awards, go to http://go.illinois.edu/TICScholarship.

Interested in more scholarships? PLAS has collected information on over 200 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!

 

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All About Law School Interviews

Here’s everything you need to know about law school interviews–what they are, how to prepare for them, and what to expect. Note: Registration is already open for many law school interviews!

What is the purpose of the interview? In addition to admission, law schools might use the interview to screen candidates for scholarships, research opportunities, or special programs such as law school ambassadors. It is definitely worth an applicant’s time and effort to take the interview seriously.

Know what kind of interviews your law schools offer

  • Research your law schools’ websites to see whether and what format of interview is offered. We posted a list of known interview types by school over on our Compass page.
  • First come, first served interviews–Some law schools like Northwestern offer interview slots to all applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. (To schedule an interview visit their interview calendar here. Hurry, because they will fill fast. Note that IF you are applying Early Decision then you must interview and it must be complete by the ED deadline.)
  • Group interviews–Some schools like Georgetown will offer group interviews in selected cities. Visit their website here for details and to register.
  • By invitation only–some law schools like University of Chicago choose to interview applicants after applications are submitted and by invitation only.
  • Recorded interviews. Some law schools are now offering applicants the opportunity to record an interview. Usually this is how it works: You are given a prompt, and then 2-3 minutes to think about that prompt. Then the webcam records you for a few minutes while you give your answer to the prompt.
    • TIP: Make sure that you look professional and are in a quiet place without interruptions. Also, take a picture with your webcam before the interview so that you can see what’s behind you…you may be surprised to see that pile of laundry or unmade bed in the background.

Preparing for the interview

  • Do your research. You should expect them to ask you “Why this law school?” and they will want to hear specific answers. Take a careful look at the school’s website, employment data, and social media.
    • Do be prepared with specific talking points about the school that interest you: A particular journal, clinic, moot court, externship, or certificate program is a good example.
    • Avoid general platitudes like “you have a national reputation” or “you’re the best ranked school I can get into.” They want to see that your interest goes beyond their ranking.
  • Carefully review your resume and be prepared to discuss anything on it.
  • Many schools will also ask something like “What are your career goals?” or “Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?,” or even “Why do you want to be a lawyer?” and you should be prepared to discuss your career interests.
  • Decide how you will address the inevitable “What are your strengths and weaknesses” question.
  • Behavioral interviewing. This mode of interviewing will ask you to “Tell me about a time when…” For example, you’ll be asked to tell about a time when you resolved a conflict, managed a team project, made a mistake, or made a big decision.
  • Practice. Sign up for a mock interview with Career Services, or have a lawyer/professor/trusted person sit down with you and ask you mock questions. Think carefully about what you want to say, and how you can best convey it.

At the interview

  • Make eye contact, introduce yourself, and shake hands. (You would be surprised how many people skip this. Seriously.)
  • DO NOT BE LATE under any circumstances. The biggest sign of disrespect to lawyers is wasting their time. Allow yourself plenty of time for parking/traffic/restroom. If you absolutely cannot avoid being late, call the office to let them know.
  • Dress up. This is not a business-casual situation; business formal is best.
  • Engage in small talk. How’s the weather, what a lovely office/view, how is your semester going, etc., is not only socially necessary but also gives the interviewer an idea of how good you are at making people feel comfortable talking with you–a critical skill to be a successful lawyer. This might even be part of the interview itself.
  • Bring questions for the interviewer.  Most interviewers will ask if you have any questions for them. Use the opportunity. Some examples might include:
    • What are the most important qualities in a Law School X student?
    • How would you describe the student body/atmosphere here?
    • What challenges do you see current law students facing?
    • What’s the best advice you have for an aspiring law student?
  • Thank the interviewer for their time. Reiterate your interest.

After the interview

  • Follow up with an email thanking the interviewer for their time.
  • Include something specific that you learned or enjoyed about the interview. Examples:
    • Thank you for your advice about _______________; I found that very insightful.
    • It was so interesting to hear your perspective on the unique qualities of this school.
    • I appreciate your candid advice for prospective law students.
  • Take the opportunity–again–to reiterate your interest in the school.
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Mark Your Calendars: Week of September 17

We have some BIG events coming up! Take a look.

Pre-Law Events–Our Fall Event Calendar is posted! Here’s a preview of what’s coming up.

Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume for Law School–TODAY, Monday, Sept.17, 4-5pm, 514 IUB. 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. 

Law School Admissions Panel–Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7:00 pm in 1002 Lincoln Hall. Are you wondering what law school admissions professionals really look for in an applicant? How do they weigh LSAT scores, grades, or work experience? What gets their attention–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 admissions deans and professionals from the following schools:

  • Columbia Law School
  • Indiana University–Maurer School of Law
  • Northern Illinois University College of Law
  • University of Illinois College of Law
  • University of Wisconsin Law School

Law School Fair–Wednesday, Sept. 26, 10:00 am-2:00 pm at the ARC (201 E. Peabody Drive) It’s the biggest pre-law event of the year as 110 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. For more information click here to visit our website. No registration required.

Emory Law Interviews–Wednesday, Sept. 26, 3:00-5:00 pm, 504 Illini Union Bookstore Building. These are not formal interviews, but an opportunity for you to learn more about the programs offered at Emory Law, to discuss the law school admissions process in general, and to get all of your questions answered.  If you would like to schedule an appointment, sign up for a time slot here: Emory Law Sign Up. Please be sure to bring a copy of your resume during your time slot. Click here to learn more about Emory Law. 

Law School Events–Pre-Law students are invited!

Constitution Day 2018–TODAY, Sept. 17, at 7 pm in Lincoln Hall. Tolerance Means Dialogue: Religious Liberty and the Culture War over LGBT Rights: Can University Students Make a Difference? This moderated dialogue is open to the public. Click here for more details.

The Kavanaugh Nomination and the Future of the Supreme Court–Sept. 18, 12:00-1:15 pm in the Law Building Max L. Rowe Auditorium. Panelists include Dean Vikram Amar, Andrew Leipold, Jason Mazzone, and Arden Rowell. Click here for more details.

Career Center EventsClick here to visit the Career Center’s website for more information or to register for these sessions.

  • Finding & Applying to Federal Government Jobs–Sept. 17, 3-4 pm, TCC Conference Room
  • Finding an Internship–Sept. 18, 5-6 pm, TCC Conference Room
  • Resume/Cover Letter/Linked In Reviews
    • Sept. 17, 2-4:30 pm TCC Resource Center; 5-7:30pm Ikenberry Commons
    • Sept. 18, 2-4:30pm TCC Resource Center; 5-7:30pm BrewLab Coffee Shop
    • Sept 19, 2-4:30pm TCC Resource Center; 5-7:30pm BrewLab Coffee Shop
    • Sept. 20, 2-4:30pm TCC Resource Center
  • Creating Your Powerful Cover Letter
    • Sept. 17, 4-5pm, TCC Conference Room
  • Creating Your Powerful Resume
    • Sept. 17, 5-6 pm, TCC Conference Room
  • Making Your Major Decision–Sept. 19, 3-4 pm, TCC Conference Room
  • Careers Seen on TV–Sept. 19 from 12-1 pm, TCC Interview Suite Room 213. Enjoy lunch and hear from professionals in law, film, HR, and more! Panelists include: Elly Peirson, Federal Prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney at United States Attorneys Office Ronda Holliman, Associate Judge, 6th Judicial Court, U.S. Department of Justice Jessica Embleton, Talent Acquisition Partner, Carle Human Resources Lisa Rogers, Talent Acquisition Partner, Carle Human Resources Ryan Reid, Director of Sports & Special Events/Director of Champaign County Film Office, Visit Champaign County

Scholarships

THE ILLINOIS CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS: Application Deadline October 13!

Diverse and welcoming, The Illinois Club draws its membership from all areas of the University as well as the surrounding community. Since 1915, The Illinois Club has provided financial support to worthy undergraduate students. This year, we will be giving out the following scholarships:

  • Make-A-Difference Awards of $3,000
  • A Global Focus Award of $3,000
  • A Humanities Award of $3,000
  • Isabelle Purnell Education Awards of $3,000 • The Judith Life Ikenberry Fine Arts Award of $5,500

General Eligibility: You must be an undergraduate, have earned at least 60 credit hours by the beginning of the Spring 2019 semester, and graduate no earlier than December 2019 to apply. A minimum GPA of 2.75 at both the time of application and winning of award is also required.

For more information about the individual awards, go to http://go.illinois.edu/TICScholarship.

Interested in more scholarships? PLAS has collected information on over 200 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

David F. Prindable Undergraduate PAID Internship at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH): Communications and Undergraduate Outreach: Applications DUE Friday, September 28!

Undergraduate majors in humanities disciplines are invited to apply for a paid internship in communications and undergraduate outreach at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH), the campus humanities hub. The successful candidate will assist IPRH with its communications strategy, particularly its email communications and social-media presence, in addition to serving as a IPRH’s undergraduate liaison and chief strategist on undergraduate engagement. This position is funded thanks to a generous gift from David F. Prindable.

To be considered for this internship, candidates must possess strong writing and communications skills, excellent attention to detail, the ability to work independently, and an investigative mind. A broad interest in the humanities is preferred.

The position commences October 15, 2018 and ends May 15, 2019. The Prindable intern will work approximately two to three hours per week, for 24 weeks, at the rate of $15.75 per hour (up to $1,000 per year). There is flexibility regarding the hours to be worked.

To apply, please email a one-page letter of interest, a resume, and a list of three references (academic or non-academic, so long as they can speak to your skills and work ethic; at least one referee should be able to comment on your writing skills) to iprh@illinois.edu by September 28 with “Prindable Internship” in the subject line. Letters may be addressed and questions directed to IPRH Deputy Director, Nancy Castro (ncastro@illinois.edu).

The Office of Undergraduate Research is Hiring a PAID Graphic Design Intern

Graphic Design Intern: The Illinois Office of Undergraduate Research is seeking a motivated and experienced undergraduate student to assist with creating innovative and visually impactful graphics for the office. The graphic design intern will be expected to work from 5 – 10 hours per week (workstation and required software will be provided). This is a PAID internship at $12/hour. Federal Work Study designation is required.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist with layout, design, and production of flyers, digital/web graphics, office brochures, and other print/digital resources, consistent with current office branding.
  • Assist with converting digital assets to web-ready formats.
  • Assist with other projects as needed.

For a full description of the position, including the required experiences and qualifications and information on how to apply, please visit: http://go.illinois.edu/OURintern

 

Interested in other 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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5 Fall Semester Tips for All Pre-Law Students

  • Get to know your professors.  Go to office hours and participate in class. It’s a great way to learn how to network, a critical life skill. Eventually you’ll need letters of recommendation, and building these relationships now will help you later.
  • Create or update your resume and LinkedIn profile.
    If you already have a resume, update it and take it to the Career Center for a review. If you don’t have a resume yet, now is a great time to draft one. The Career Center offers workshops on creating a resume, or you can find some good templates online.
    Now is also a good time to create or update a Linked In profile. While you’re at it, review your social media and clean it up…ask yourself if you would want employers or law schools to view everything that’s posted.
  • Start looking for spring/summer jobs and internships. It’s not too early! Here’s a blog post that we recently wrote about it with tips and suggestions.
  • Explore study abroad, Illinois in Washington, and/or national and international scholarships such as Fulbright, Luce, or Gilman for next summer or next year. These take time and have early application deadlines.
  • Consider your LSAT options for 2019. If you’re planning to graduate in 2019 and take a gap year or two prior to law school, you might want to go ahead and take the LSAT before you graduate. Alumni tell us all the time how challenging it is to balance full-time jobs (plus commutes, family, and personal time) with studying for the LSAT. The scores are good for 5 years so banking the score prior to graduation may save you some time and stress in the future.
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Mark Your Calendars: Week of September 4

Welcome back from Labor Day weekend! We have lots of September events going on, so take a look!

Join our Pre-Law Listserv to stay connected. It’s easy–here’s how:
1. Log in to https://lists.illinois.edu/
2. In the search box on the left, type “prelaw” and add yourself to the list
prelaw-l@lists.illinois.edu. That’s it!

Pre-Law Events

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

Interested in joining the Pre-Law Club? Come to a Pre-Law Club Info Session on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 6 pm in Greg Hall Room 223!

Pre-Law 101 Workshop–Monday, Sept. 10 at 4:00 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.

Letters of Recommendation: Part of the Applying to Law School Webinar Series–Friday, Sept. 14, 2-3 pm. Register here.
During this webinar, we will discuss:

  • How many letters of recommendation law school applications require
  • Who to ask for recommendations
  • How to approach your request
  • Timelines for getting recommendations
  • How to input your recommenders in your Credential Assembly Service account

Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume for Law School–Monday, Sept.17, 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.  Register here.

Law School Admissions Panel–Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7:00 pm in 1002 Lincoln Hall. Join us for this panel as we hear from experts in law school admissions. What happens after you submit an application? What do they really look for in a candidate? What do they love and hate to see in a personal statement? What can applicants expect during an interview? How can applicants build effective relationships with admissions staff? Get all of your questions answered from this panel of admissions professionals with a vast array of experience.This is a must-see event for anyone considering applying to law school!

Panelists include representatives from the following law schools:

Law School Fair–Wednesday, Sept. 26, 10:00 am-2:00 pm at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC). It’s the biggest pre-law event of the year 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. For more information click here to visit our website. No registration required.

Campus Events

Illinois Abroad Day is Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 11-3 all over campus. Click here to explore the six events held that day everywhere from the main Quad to the ACES Library.

Gilman Scholarship Information Sessions will be held  Sept. 6 at 3:30 and Sept. 7 at 2:00 in 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building. This scholarship awards $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduates to pursue summer, semester, or academic year study abroad programs.

Constitution Day 2018–Tolerance Means Dialogue: “Religious Liberty and the Culture War Over LGBT Rights: Can University Students Make a Difference?” Sept. 17 at 7 pm in Lincoln Hall. This event features dialogue catalysts Robin Fretwell Wilson, Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law, University of Illinois, and Director of the Tolerance Means Dialogues, and Shannon Minter, Legal Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Constitution Day Scholarship Opportunity: Submit a 500 word essay here on what tolerance means to you by Sept. 10, 2018 for a chance to win a $750 scholarship.

The School of Information Sciences will be hosting a Fall Open House event on Friday, September 14 from 12-5 pm. Anyone interested in the programs MS in Library and Information Science or MS in Information Management should attend. Click here to register.

Career Center EventsClick here to visit the Career Center’s website for location and more information or to register for these sessions.

Part-Time Job Fair: Sept. 4, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm in Illini Union, Room B. Engage with local and campus employers to find paid part-time opportunities! Visit Handshake for a list of participating employers.

  • CC-I (Career Certificate, International) Information Session, Sept. 4, 4:00 pm
  • Creating Your Powerful Resume
    • Sept. 11, 4:00 pm
    • Sept. 12, 4:00 pm
    • Sept. 13, 5:00
  • Career Fair Prep Workshop, Sept. 6, 4-5 pm
  • Resume/Cover Letter/Linked In Review
    • Sept. 4, 2-4:30 pm and 5-7:30 pm
    • Sept. 5, 2-4:30 pm and 5-7:30 pm
    • Sept. 6 & 7, 2-4:30 pm

Scholarships

We’ve collected 200 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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A Spring/Summer 2019 Internship Plan–starting NOW!

We’ve barely kicked off fall semester and it’s time to look for 2019 summer internships? In a word…yes.

The number one mistake we see time and time again is this: Students waiting until spring break to look for summer internships. They can’t find any, or deadlines have passed on the ones they have found.

Certainly there are some companies and programs that will do their summer hiring in late spring. BUT if you wait until spring, you will be giving up MANY opportunities to participate in great internships. Some companies and government agencies plan far in advance and already have a summer hiring plan. For example, the White House Internship Program has already finished taking applicants for Spring 2019.  Many federal internships will only accept the first 100 applications–so you need to be ready to apply ASAP when it opens! What is a good plan?

Spring/Summer 2019 Internship plan

  1. Subscribe to internship websites. You can set them to email you a weekly digest, or just email you when the kinds of internships that you designate become available. Some suggested sites are listed below.
  2. Use Handshake. The Career Center uses Handshake to post jobs and internships for Illinois students and alumni. Click on the link below, log in, set up your profile, explore, and set it to contact you when internships you qualify for become available. Check back regularly.
  3. Attend Career Fairs. Did you know that most campus career fairs, like the Business Career Fair and the ACES + LAS Career Fair, are open to all students? And, many of those employers will have both job and internships available.  You can find a list of all campus career fairs on Handshake.
  4. Create or perfect your resume. The Career Center has numerous opportunities to have your resume reviewed–or attend a resume basics workshop–every week. Click here to see their events. You’ll need a resume for the rest of your life, so the sooner you start building these skills, the better! Aim to have a good quality resume by mid-September to avoid delay applying for the internships or scholarships that you find.
  5. Gcal or Ical it. NOW–right now–go to your Gcal, ical, or good old fashioned planner, and schedule an hour every other week (or every week, if you’re very ambitious) for Internships.(Use this time to check internship listings and prepare your applications.) When you find an internship listing, add that due date to your Gcal/ical/planner too. Finding and applying for internships and jobs is not done in an afternoon–it really helps to be organized and persistent.

What internship websites should you use? Here are the Top 5 Internship Sites that we have found to be helpful.

Handshake–Here is where companies post their opportunities for Illinois students. You can also find out about upcoming company info sessions and career/internship fairs.

Internships.com–Continuously updated nationwide internship listings

Idealist.com–Nonprofit internship offerings

Fastweb–Extensive internship listings (click on “Career Planning”)

USAJobs.gov–for federal government jobs and internships. Tip: The website gogovernment.org has a nice overview explaining how to get started and what to look for.

 

 

 

 

 

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September LSAT takers: 5 things to do now

We’ve been focusing recently on the June and July LSAT takers, but what should you be doing if you’re planning on taking the LSAT in September? This blog is for you.

Keep up that studying routine. The general time frame recommended for fully prepping for the LSAT is 4-6 months, and as of today the September LSAT is just over 7 weeks away. Here are some resources to incorporate into your study:

Register for the LSAT now. Registration for September has been open for some time and closes July 23. Don’t wait, though, because many sites fill quickly and you may not get a seat at your preferred test site–like the UIUC campus–if you wait. Click here to register

If you are also applying to law school this fall, it’s time to:

Register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) account. This is the account through which you will send your materials and submit your applications. Read more about it here.

Order your transcripts. You must provide one from each institution you’ve attended post-high school, and any dual credit courses you’ve taken. Here’s more about ordering transcripts.  If you’re currently taking summer courses, you can order your transcript and click “hold for grades”; otherwise, you can wait until August grades roll.

Follow up with your recommenders. By now you should have already approached your letter of recommendation writers, but if not, now is the time. Provide a resume and allow at least 6-8 weeks for them to write and upload the letter to your CAS account.

Then, focus on the LSAT. With 7 weeks to go, the LSAT should be a top priority until it is over. You’ll have time after the LSAT on September 8 to focus on your personal statement and essays.

 

 

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Illinois Alumni Applying to Law School Workshop

Illinois Alumni, we’re coming to Chicago for a  special Applying to Law School workshop we created just for you! Did you know that more law school applicants are applying 1-3 years after graduating from undergrad than students who are going straight through to law school? Entering law school after a “bridge year” or years has become the norm. We created this free workshop in order to better reach our alumni who are planning to apply to law school in the next year or two and no longer live near campus.

Join us! Click here to RSVP. We will accept reservations until the workshop is full or July 22.

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