The LSAT is Over – Time to Focus on Your Personal Statement

Most applicants list the LSAT as the single most stressful part of applying to law school.  But the item coming in at a close second is the personal statement.  Why? Because people find it very difficult to write about themselves.  Applicants have to navigate the fine line of showing the admissions folks that they are qualified without appearing to be on a turbo-charged brag session.

So — what is it? The personal statement is a 2- to 3-page essay that, when done well, introduces who you are and tells the reader the unique qualities you bring to the institution while also highlighting your strengths and demonstrating strong writing skills.

Naturally, opinions vary on what makes a great personal statement. Approach the personal statement from the perspective of the admissions committee. They may have 8 applicants or more for every available seat in their class and must now choose among a sea of highly competitive candidates. Give them a reason to choose you.

Here are a few Dos and Don’ts to keep in mind:

DO sign up for one of our PLAS “Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume” workshops.  We still have space in this week’s session, set for tomorrow, October 8, 12:30-1:30pm, 514 IUB.  To attend this or another session, please register here.

DO read each personal statement prompt from each school and respond to the question asked. 

DO begin working as soon as possible if you haven’t started already.

DO make an appointment with a pre-law advisor to review your personal statement. If you’d like us to review your personal statement, we ask that you make an appointment and then email your statement to the advisor with whom you are meeting at least 2 days prior to it so that he or she is prepared to discuss it with you. After the appointment, we can offer feedback on revisions once more via email or in person.

DO check and re-check for typos and grammatical errors.  The law school admissions deans expect your personal statement to be ERROR FREE!

DON’T write this the night before you plan to submit your application.  The best essays take time and involve considerable revision from first draft to final submission.

DON’T  treat this as another résumé. There is no need to summarize your work or academic history by writing something like, “First I had this job, and then I got hired at this company.” You have the opportunity to do that in your résumé. Write with more detail about highlights and experiences at your jobs instead.

For more tips and suggestions about the personal statement, check out the PLAS website and our Compass page.  For an admissions perspective on the personal statement, you might want to take a look at this interesting and short video by Asha Rangappa, Dean of Admissions for Yale Law School.  Chicago-Kent College of Law also recently posted a “Writing a Winning Personal Statement” tip sheet on its admissions blog that has some other good suggestions.  Good luck and start writing!

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Mark Your Calendars — Week of October 5

There is a lot going on this week, beginning with the 2015 Law School Fair, which is TOMORROW.  Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom to learn about a paid position, scholarship opportunities and more!

PLAS Events

2015 Law School Fair – TOMORROW, October 6, 2015 – Illini Union Rooms A, B, C

Our biggest event of the year is almost here! Join us for the 2015 Law School Fair TOMORROW, Tuesday, October 6 from 10:00-2:00 at the Illini Union! Over 100 law schools will be here to visit with ALL students. Dress is business casual. It is not necessary to bring a résumé, but you may bring business cards. Most schools will have a sign-in sheet for you to provide your contact information if you wish. Bring your questions about the schools and their programs. Find out about joint degree programs. Ask about scholarships. Talk with admissions reps about what law schools are looking for. Ask questions, collect some freebies and fee waivers, and learn about law school admissions from the experts. For more details like who’s coming and what to expect, check out our website. See you there!

Perfecting Your Personal Statement & Resume for Law School: Thursday, October 8, 12:30 – 1:30 pm in IUB 514.

The personal statement and resume are a law school applicant’s opportunity to tell a school all about yourself and why you will make a great addition to their class. Students consistently tell us that this is the hardest part of the application, so we have developed this workshop to provide some insight. We will cover: What the personal statement is; how to begin writing it; what to include and exclude; writing separate addenda; how the personal statement and resume should work together; and an overview of the law school resume. Bring your questions because there will be plenty of time to ask them. Please register here.

Campus Events and Opportunities

LAS Student Success Workshop: Argumentation and Analysis in Academic Essays, 3:00-4:50 pm Tuesday, Oct. 6 in 1 Foreign Language Building. This workshop is designed to provide strategy and guidelines about writing assignments such as understanding the nature of the assignment, creating a format, conducting scholarly research and putting ideas in the paper in a coherent manner to help students succeed. The primary focus is on making fact-based arguments and writing straight-forward papers using current academic knowledge, general knowledge/observations and research skills.

English Department Alumni Career Panel – Wednesday, October 7, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Gregory Hall 213

Curious about what you can do with your undergraduate degree? This is your chance to hear from English and Creative Writing alumni with experience in law, education, politics, entrepreneurship, publishing, fundraising, communication, PR, and web design. We’ll have refreshments and plenty of time for Q&A. We welcome students in all majors to one of our most popular annual events! RSVP at https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/7170247. We hope to see you there!

Critical Language Scholarship Information Session – Thursday, October 8, 3:30-4:30pm, Room 514 Illini Union Bookstore (807 S. Wright St, entrance near Coble Hall)

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), from the U.S. Department of State, is a fully-funded, intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students in ALL fields. The CLS institutes cover one academic year of university-level language coursework in 8 to 10 weeks over the summer, and include cultural programming, local language partners, and excursions. Participants receive academic credit at their U.S. institutions. Applicants must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age and enrolled in a degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Our advisors, who have served as national-level CLS reviewers, will provide an overview of the program and give you helpful guidance on how to put together a competitive application. You will also hear from Illinois CLS alumni who spent summer 2015 in overseas language institutes on the scholarship.

Languages Offered
No previous study required: Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu
1 year of study required: Arabic, Persian
2 years of study required: Chinese, Japanese, Russian

For more information, please visit: http://www.clscholarship.org/.

Apply to Become an I-Connect Facilitator — Apply BEFORE October 9!

Are You Passionate About Diversity and Inclusion? Will you like to help make change on your campus? Become an I-Connect Facilitator!!! Diversity and Social Justice Education is looking for undergraduate students to facilitate I-Connect Diversity and Inclusion Workshops starting in Spring 2016.

The I-Connect Diversity and Inclusion Workshop is an initiative of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, and the Division of Student Affairs. Students of color, LGBTQ students and allies, international students, and students with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply.

Students of diverse backgrounds will be able to use their to use their positionality and their unique perspectives to guide new students to understand and accept diversity and inclusion not only on the University of Illinois campus, but in their personal and professional lives as well. Experience facilitating difficult conversations is a must! The position is paid, and interviews will be held in mid-October.

Apply BEFORE October 9th at the link: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/409195.  For more information, contact: diversityed@illinois.edu or 217-244-1814

Freshman Scholarship

The Kevin T. Early Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) is open to freshman students who demonstrate an aptitude for writing poetry. To apply, submit 5 poems by Oct. 30 to Jennifer Price, Department of English, jajones6@illinois.edu. Include your name, address, phone number, email, and UIN on a title sheet with your submission. Do not include a name on the poems themselves.

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

  • Career Fair Prep: Maximizing Your Experience Tues, Oct 6, 4-5pm.
  • Strategic Use of Linked In for International Students Tues, Oct. 6, 4-5:30pm

    The Interview Suite, 616 E. Green (enter Kaplan building next to McDonald’s and head to 2nd floor)
  • Finding an Internship Wed, Oct 7, 4-5pm
  • Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters Wed, Oct. 7, 5-6pm

College of Law Events

This Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 10:30-12:30, watch the Illinois Fourth District Appellate Court hear oral arguments for both a criminal and a civil case at the College of Law (Rowe Auditorium).

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke will speak at the College of Law on Fri, Oct. 9, from 12-1 pm. This event is free and open to the public, and lunch will be provided. Click here for more details. 

Have a great week!

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Mark Your Calendars — Week of September 14

PLAS Events

Perfecting Your Personal Statement & Resume for Law School: Next Monday, September 21, 4:00 – 5:00 pm in IUB 514.

The personal statement and resume are a law school applicant’s opportunity to tell a school all about yourself and why you will make a great addition to their class. Students consistently tell us that this is the hardest part of the application, so we have developed this workshop to provide some insight. We will cover: what the personal statement is; how to begin writing it; what to include and exclude; writing separate addenda; how the personal statement and resume should work together; and an overview of the law school resume. Bring your questions because there will be plenty of time to ask them. Please register here.

Campus Events

Pre-Law Club/Pre-Law Honors Society Informational Meeting

Interested in learning more about joining either Pre-Law Club or Pre-Law Honors Society?  The clubs will be having a joint information session this Wednesday, September 16, at 7pm in Wohlers Hall, classroom TBD. Please RSVP by clicking on the following link by midnight tomorrow, September 15 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AXqUinyYBVK5i1tjDmrgJip1VPAemh6wbXlxKm7Br8M/viewform?usp=send_form.

Career Center

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

  • Career Fair Prep: Maximize Your Experience, TODAY, September 14, 5-6 p.m
  • Getting the Job – Interviewing Tips Tuesday, September 15, 4-5pm
  • Creating Powerful Resumes & Cover Letters, Tuesday, September 15, 5-6pm
  • Internships and CPT for International Students, Tuesday, September 15, 4-5pm The Interview Suite 213, 616 E. Green (enter Kaplan building next to McDonald’s and head to 2nd floor)
  • Business Career Fair, Wednesday, September 16, 2-7pm, and Thursday, September 17, 2-7pm, Activities and Recreational Center (ARC)
  • Pizza and A Professional “Interning at Research Park”, Friday, September 18,
    12:00 PM1:00 PM
    The Interview Suite 213, 616 E. Green (enter Kaplan building next to McDonald’s and head to 2nd floor)

History Careers Night –  Thursday, September 17, 2015,  5 PM-7PM, 1002 Lincoln Hall

Come hear what four successful entrepreneurs did with their History degrees! All majors are welcome! Refreshments provided! Sponsored by the Department of History.

PANELISTS:

Anne Lukeman, Coordinator of Video Production, Office of Public Affairs, UIUC
Scott Mayer, Account Manager, Gamma Partners LLC
Steven Schulwolf, Principal Attorney/Managing Partner, Law Firm of Michaels, Schulwolf & Salerno, P.C.
Frank Valadez, Executive Director, Chicago Metro History Education Center (CMHEC)

Illinois Leadership Center

Petullo Insight on September 19th, 2015, 8:30am

What do you need to learn about yourself to become an effective leader? What are your unique strengths and weaknesses as a leader? The Petullo Insight Leadership program is designed to help students focus on the personal knowledge required for effective leadership in a complex, changing world.  Discover your strengths, values, social identities, and explore your intrinsic leadership styles. Enroll for Insight now! http://www.illinoisleadership.illinois.edu/_auth/login.asp.
All of the Illinois Leadership Center’s services are at no additional cost to students. These programs have attendance from students across campus so freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students are welcome!

College of Law Opportunities and Events

Volunteer Opportunities at the College of Law

Interested in getting an inside view of law school as law students learn trial skills?

Volunteer witnesses are needed for three hours the evening of Sept. 29 and/or Sept. 30 (Tues. or Wed.).  Witnesses would get some basic training, a script and exposure to being on the witness stand.  No knowledge required.  It is all in the information.  Witnesses are needed to testify on fingerprint, DNA, medical evidence and cause of death.  Contact Julie Campbell jjhill@illinois. edu or 333-5842 to sign up.

Volunteer jurors are needed to hear opening statements from College of Law students enrolled in the Trial Advocacy Program from 6:30-9:00pm October 13 and 14 at the Champaign County Courthouse. You may volunteer for one night or more.  Opening statements are from a homicide and a serious personal injury case.  Contact Julie Campbell, jjhill@illinois.edu or 333-5842 to sign up.

Events at the College of Law

Adam Liptak will deliver “The Roberts Court at Ten: A Reporter’s Reflections” for the fall 2015 Paul M. Van Arsdell, Jr. Memorial Lecture on Litigation and the Legal Profession on Tuesday, September 15, at Noon, in the Max L. Rowe Auditorium at the College of Law, 504 East Pennsylvania Avenue. Liptak is the Supreme Court correspondent of The New York Times. Lunch will be provided for lecture attendees. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The COL will host a Constitution Day Panel: The Roberts Court Turns Ten on Sept. 17 at 12:00 pm in the Rowe Auditorium of the Law Building. College of Law Dean Vikram David Amar and Professors Eric Johnson, Kurt Lash, Jason Mazzone, and Robin Fretwell Wilson will discuss the decisions of the Supreme Court over the past decade and where the Court is headed in the future. Lunch will be provided for lecture attendees.

Check the College of Law’s website for additional events that are open to public: http://law.illinois.edu/.

More Pre-Law Opportunities

Michigan State University College of Law Webinars

Michigan State University College of Law will host a variety of FREE webinars this fall for college students and graduates who are exploring or planning for law school. As noted below, webinars will focus on LSAT preparation, preparing a personal statement, financing law school, and legal careers.

Webinar presenters are highly experienced content-area experts (including pre-law advisors; the former director of Harvard Law School admissions; the former dean of admissions at the University of Virginia Law School; and legal career consultants and professionals). There is no cost to participate and webinar attendees will have the opportunity to interact with presenters during the 15-minute Q and A segment.

• Sept. 22: Strategies for Success on the LSAT
• Oct. 14: Crafting a Winning Law School Personal Statement
• Oct. 21: Preparing for Success in Law School: Expert Advice for Undergraduates
• Oct. 27: Expert Advice for Assembling a Competitive Law School Application
• Nov. 3: Career Options and Market Outlook for Attorneys
• Nov 17: Developing a Financial Plan for Law School
• Dec. 1: Tips for Assembling a Competitive Law School Application

To learn more about these webinars and to register, click here!

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

 

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Be An “Early Bird” Fall Applicant — Tips for Getting Started Now!

You have decided to apply to law school in the fall.  You are prepping for either the June or October LSAT.  What else should you do this spring?

1. Attend PLAS Programs! Attending our upcoming “Early Bird” PLAS programs will help you get a jump start on your applications.  Remember — most law schools admit applicants on a rolling basis so the earlier you apply, the better!

  • Applying to Law School — A Webinar for Fall Applicants THIS Monday, April 13, 4-5:15 pm. Applying to law school early in the application cycle can result in more admission offers, more aid, and much less stress. This workshop is designed for students who will be applying to law school this fall and want to maximize their law school opportunities. We will provide an overview of the law school application process, including information about the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and the LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service.  We will also share a timeline for an optimal application completion process.  Bring your questions about law school applications! We are piloting this workshop as a WEBINAR and we will be using Compass. Please register by clicking on this link and we will send login information prior to the workshop.
  • Personal Statement Workshop for Fall Applicants Monday, April 20, 4:00-5:00pm, Room 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building.  Law school applicants consistently say that the personal statement took much more time to write than they expected. This workshop will provide an overview of how to craft the personal statement and the resume for law school applications. Please register by clicking on this link and then click on “register.”  Registration is required so that we can provide enough seating and materials for everyone.

2. Request Letters of Recommendation. Consider whom you should ask to write your letters of recommendation and plan to request your LORs BEFORE you leave campus for the summer.  Applicants frequently make the mistake of waiting until fall to approach their professors and then find themselves waiting quite a while.  Your professors are busy so you need to plan ahead to give them enough time to write your letters… and the letters that others are requesting. Not sure how to request an LOR?  Check out our website for tips and suggestions.

3. Draft Your Personal Statement. If you are taking the LSAT on June 8, your primary focus now should be preparing for the test.  Once the test is over, begin working on your personal statement. October LSAT takers should be both studying and finding time to begin drafting the personal statement.  It may be the hardest 2 page writing assignment you have ever had.  A good personal statement isn’t written in 1 or 2 days.  It takes weeks of drafts and edits and re-writes to get you where you need to be.  We urge you to make time to attend our Personal Statement and Resume Workshop on Monday, April 20 (see above) to help get you started on drafting this very important document. We also have some helpful information about personal statements on our website.

4. Stay informed… about all of our PLAS Programs, information sessions, updates on law school admissions, the legal profession, etc.  How???

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Law School Application Week: Personal Statements

Today’s application topic is personal statements. Here are some quick AppTips and resources.

  • To get started, check out the suggestions on our Compass page and on our  website (If you are planning for future semesters, attend our Personal Statement Workshops. We have completed them for Fall 2014, but we will continue to offer them in future semesters.)
  • Check the prompts of the law schools to which you are applying. What kinds of things do they want to know? What do they ask about in any optional essays?
  • You should allot about 3-4 weeks for this process, including time to brainstorm, write, set it aside, edit, and have it reviewed by multiple people.
  • After you write a draft, first have it reviewed by someone who knows you. Ask: Does it sound like you? Is it personal and genuine? Does your reviewer have any ideas about experiences you’ve had that might be interesting or relevant to a law school?
  • Next, have it reviewed by a trusted writer/professor or the Writer’s Workshop for grammar/structure/flow issues.
  • Finally, make an appointment with us in Pre-Law Advising Services and we will give you some specific feedback about the content, tone, relevance to law school, and we can address any specific concerns that you have. To make an appointment, call 333-9669.

The most important advice about the personal statement: Give it the time and attention it deserves because it DOES MATTER.

We’ll be back tomorrow with more AppTips for Law School Application Week!

 

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Mark Your Calendars — Week of November 3, 2014

Campus Events

PLAS Workshops and Programs

Gaining Practical Skills for Legal Practice

TOMORROW: Tuesday, November 4, 5-6pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building

Sponsored by Pre-Law Advising Services, Pre-Law Club & The John Marshall Law School

Gaining practical skills before graduating from law school has never been more important…and the process begins before law school even starts! Join us as Associate Deans Bill Powers and Anthony Niedwiecki from The John Marshall Law School discuss how aspiring lawyers can begin building practical skills for a successful legal career. We will highlight which skills law schools and legal employers find appealing, and discuss ways to gain those skills both now and during law school. Food will be served!

Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume Workshop

Next Monday, November 10, 4-5pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building

The personal statement and resume are a law school applicant’s opportunity to tell a school all about yourself and why you will make a great addition to their class. Students consistently tell us that this is the hardest part of the application, so we have developed this workshop to provide some insight. We will cover: What the personal statement is; how to begin writing it; what to include and exclude; writing separate addenda; how the personal statement and resume should work together; and an overview of the law school resume. Bring your questions because there will be plenty of time to ask them. Please click on this link to register so that we can ensure enough seating and materials for everyone.  This is our LAST Personal Statement session for Fall 2014.

Chicago Legal Careers

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 5:00 pm, 1022 Lincoln Hall

Interested in practicing law in the Chicagoland area? Join us in this session as we meet a lawyer who practices in Chicago who will share the inside scoop about how you can best prepare and job search for a legal career in Chicago. Rebecca Ray, Assistant Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid at the University of Illinois College of Law, will also give us an update on the new Chicago Program that allows University of Illinois 3Ls to take courses and work in Chicago during law school. No registration required.

Career Center Workshops

Unless otherwise indicated, all Career Center workshops will be held in the Career Center Conference Room, 715 S. Wright Street.  For more information and to register, go here: https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/.

Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters, Nov 4, 6-7pm; Nov 6, 5-6pm      Making Your Major Decision — Online, Nov 5, 4-5pm

Next week, November 10-14, is “Career Week”, featuring information about how to find jobs and internships.  Check out the Career Center’s website for more details!

Off Campus Events

Law School Open Houses

As we first mentioned in our October 6 blog, many law schools host open houses for prospective applicants and all law schools strongly encourage students to visit their campuses.  Make sure you check the law school websites to see what types of events the schools in which you have an interest are offering.  As we noted on October 6, both DePaul and John Marshall have scheduled open houses for Friday, November 22. Here is some info on another law school event in our region.

University of Cincinnati College of Law Admissions Open House: November 7

The Office of Admissions will host its annual Fall Open House for prospective students on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 1:00 to 4:30 pm. This event is the perfect opportunity for anyone to learn more about the benefits of earning a JD degree from the University of Cincinnati. The program will include tours of the law school, time to interact with faculty and students, and sessions led by experts on admissions, financial aid, and career services. To register, call (513) 556-0078 or email the following information to admissions@law.uc.edu: your name, phone number, and the number of people attending with you. Anyone who cannot attend on November 7 is invited to instead schedule an individual visit through the Office of Admissions.

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Mark Your Calendars – Week of October 13

Hello Pre-Law Students!  There are a lot of PLAS events this week!  Scroll down for information about the Applying to Law School workshop, as well as a session on crafting the perfect personal statement, the Yale Law School Admissions webinar and more!  And keep on reading for information about Career Center workshops (including sessions about job shadowing over Winter Break) and law school open houses.

PLAS Events

Applying to Law School Workshop: Due to the severe weather predicted for this afternoon, we will reschedule today’s Applying to Law School Workshop. We will announce a new date and time very soon. If you have application questions, feel free to make an appointment by calling 333-9669. We have appointments available this week!

Yale Law School Admissions Webinar: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 3-4 pm. This webinar will feature a Yale Law School Admissions professional to provide an overview of Yale Law Admissions. The majority of the session will be taking Q&A from students, so bring your questions! Students are encouraged to explore Yale’s website and blog here: http://www.law.yale.edu/admissions/. To register for this event, please visit: law-yale.adobeconnect.com/chinoruiuc14/event/event_info.html. Registrants will also have access to a recorded version of the session, for those who are unable to be present during the session.

Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 4pm, Room 504 IUB. The personal statement and resume are a law school applicant’s opportunity to tell a school all about yourself and why you will make a great addition to their class. Students consistently tell us that this is the hardest part of the application, so we have developed this workshop to provide some insight. We will cover: What the personal statement is; how to begin writing it; what to include and exclude; writing separate addenda; how the personal statement and resume should work together; and an overview of the law school resume. Bring your questions because there will be plenty of time to ask them. To register, go here.

Campus Events and Opportunities

Leading into Leadership: Becoming a Leader on Campus, Presented by the Counseling Center Paraprofessionals,Tuesday, October 14, 7-9pm, 406 Illini Union

Counseling Center Paraprofessionals (CCPs) are students from ALL departments on campus and with many different majors. They are students who want to make a difference in someone’s life while having a good learning experience. The Tuesday @ 7 Workshops are presented by Counseling Center Paraprofessionals in order to provide information for the general student population. The topics cover a variety of personal, social, and academic concerns. Workshops are presented every Tuesday night at 7 pm, during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Illinois Leadership Center Programs and Services

Ignite: Develop skill in leading change and understanding systems thinking on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

For more information on either the Integrity or Ignite I-Programs, or for more information about upcoming leadership programs visit www.leadership.illinois.edu.

Career Center

I-Link Help Hours

The Career Center is now offering I-Link Help hours! This service is for students with questions about how to use I-Link and those who are having problems with their account. The help hours are at The Career Center Resource Center, 715 S. Wright, during the following times:
• Monday 2-3 p.m.
• Wednesday 1-2 p.m.
• Thursday 10-11 a.m.

If students are not available to stop by The Career Center during those hours, please email tcc-ilink@illinois.edu. For more information about I-Link, go here: https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/about/services/ilink.

Winter Break Job Shadow Program

The Winter Break Job Shadow Program will help students engage with a company of interest, establish a professional network, and foster potential career opportunities! This program is a one-day commitment over winter break (between Dec. 22, 2014 – Jan. 16, 2015). The Job Shadow Program is open to ALL MAJORS and will include a variety of industries. Students must be in their Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior year.
To apply, students must attend one of the Job Shadow Information Sessions listed below:
• Monday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m., Gregory Hall 223
• Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m., Burrill Hall 124
• Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m., Gregory Hall 223
• Thursday, Oct. 30 at noon, Materials Science and Engineering Building 119
• Friday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m., Gregory Hall 319

Workshops

Unless otherwise indicated, all Career Center workshops will be held in the Career Center Conference Room, 715 S. Wright Street.  For more information and to register, go here: https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/.

Undergraduate Research Options (presented with Office of Undergraduate Research), TODAY, 12-1 p.m., The Interview Suite, 616 E. Green (enter Kaplan building next to McDonald’s and go up to second floor)
Creating Powerful Resumes & Cover Letters, Tuesday, October 14, 5-6 p.m.
Finding an Internship, Wednesday, October 15, 5-6 p.m.,
Funding Graduate School Domestically and Abroad, Thursday, October 16, 6-7 p.m., The Interview Suite, 616 E. Green (enter Kaplan building next to McDonald’s and go up to second floor).

Off Campus Events

FREE Webinar: Understanding the Law School Admissions Process – Wednesday, October 15, 6:30pm.

Pre-law students are cordially invited to participate in a free online chat about the law school admission process Wednesday, October 15th, 7:30-8:30pm Eastern (6:30-7:30pm Central) This event is co-hosted by MAPLA (Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors)
and MALSA (Midwest Alliance of Law School Admissions).

You are encouraged to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to gain valuable insight into the law school admissions process. Get your questions answered by Deans and Directors of Admissions at several law schools including:Cincinnati, Marquette, Michigan State, Southern Illinois, Kansas, and Valparaiso along with several undergraduate pre-law advisors from institutions such as Miami U., Notre Dame, Purdue, Ohio State and Illinois. Yes – UIUC’s Director of Pre-Law Services, Jamie Thomas-Ward, is one of the featured speakers!

For details on how to preregister and receive a reminder email, go to: http://mapla.org/Online_Chat.html.  To join the chat on Wed Oct 15, please click on:
https://msulaw.campfirenow.com/35128 (Thanks to MSU’s College of Law for their assistance hosting the chat).

Law School Open Houses

As we noted in last week’s blog, law schools often offer opportunities for prospective applicants to visit their campuses, have a tour and possibly sit in on a 1L class. Here is some information we have received about another admissions event. To find out about other law school open houses, visit the law schools’ websites!

Drake Law School Prospective Student Open House: Friday, October 24, 9am-1pm.
Schedule
9:15-9:30am: Registration and Welcome
9:30am: Admission and Financial Aid Session
10:00am: Observation of a First Year Class
11:00am: Tours with Current Students                                                                                12:00pm: Lunch with Faculty and Deans
Individuals can RSVP by October 21st by calling 515-271-2782 or by emailing
law-admit@drake.edu.  When you RSVP, please provide the following:
Name
Phone Number
Email Address
Number of Guests
Areas of Law That May Interest You (not required) A confirmation email will be sent to all prospective students who RSVP with driving directions and parking information.  All events will be held in Cartwright Hall.
CLEO: College Scholars Program- The Ultimate Preparation to Help You Become a More Competitive Law School Applicant! Saturday, October 25, 9am-5pm, DePaul University College of Law
Designed to identify, motivate and prepare students for a career in the legal profession. Committed students can learn how to successfully navigate the law school admission process and underwrite their success in law school by participating in the College Scholars program.
• When: Saturday, October 25, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
• Where: DePaul University College of Law.
25 East Jackson Boulevard • Chicago • Illinois • 60604
• How: Register online at CLEO College Scholars.
• Who: All college students & post grads
For Freshmen: The Road To Law School seminar aims to provide Freshmen an overview of the key components of the law school application process.
For Sophomores: The Sophomore Super Saturdays seminar aims to help students further develop logical reasoning, reading comprehension and writing skills – the skills needed to become a competitive law school applicant.
For Juniors, Seniors/Post Graduates: Juniors Jumpstart the LSAT seminar aims to help participants understand the importance of systematic and timely preparation for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
For more information about these programs and to register, go here. CLEO is a non-profit project of the American Bar Association.
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Mark Your Calendars: Week of September 22

Read on for information about Pre-Law 101, Personal Statement and Resume Workshops, a local law firm internship and more!

PLAS Events

Our first Pre-Law 101 Session is TODAY, Monday, September 22 at 4pm and it is full.  Our next Pre-Law 101 session will be Tuesday, October 7, 4pm, Room 514 IUB. This is a great workshop if you’re new to the University or just new to being pre-law. We’ll cover topics including: selecting majors/minors/coursework, creating a resume for law school, and extracurricular options for building pre-law skills. To register for the October 7 or October 27 Pre-Law 101 workshop, go to our calendar.

Applying to law school this fall?  You should try to attend one of our Personal Statement and Resume sessions to make sure you are on the right track.  These workshops start next Monday, September 29, 4pm, Room 514 IUB.  For more details and to register for a workshop, visit our calendar.

Coming soon…

Wednesday, October 1:  Mock Law School Admissions session with Drexel University School of Law.  Join us for pizza and Mock Admissions! Isabel DiSciullo, Assistant Dean of Admissions at Drexel University School of Law, will bring some sample applications and let YOU be the admissions committee. Along the way, we’ll find out: What do deans really think of personal statements? Do letters of recommendation make a big difference? How do applicants below the medians get in? What happens when an admissions committee disagrees about admitting someone? Dean DiSciullo will give us the inside view of admissions, so bring your questions. Pizza will be served. No registration necessary.  This event begins at 5pm in 1022 Lincoln Hall. 

Thursday, October 2:  UIUC Alum Ho-Sung Chung (B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2000; JD Cum Laude 2009), currently working at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C., will be here to discuss careers in patent law.  This even is FREE and pizza will be provided! The event begins at 7pm, 165 Everitt Lab. No registration required.

Other Campus and Community Events and Opportunities

Michigan State University College of Law FREE Webinar Series

Cracking the LSAT: Tips for Maximizing Your Score on the LSAT

NEXT Tuesday, September 30, 6:30-7:30pm CST

Gain helpful insights and suggestions for achieving your best score on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).  The featured presenter is John Rood, president and founder of NextStep Test Preparation.  He will discuss skills that the examination seeks to measure; strategies for maximizing performance; and creating an effective LSAT prep plan.  To register for this FREE webinar, visit: www.law.msu.edu/admissions/events.html. Questions? Phone or email: admiss@law.msu.edu or (517) 432-0222.

Career Center Workshops

Visit www.careercenter.illinois.edu for more information and to register.

  • Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters, TODAY, Mon, Sept 22, 4:00pm.
  • Career Fair Prep: Maximize Your Experience, TODAY, Mon, Sept 22, 5:00pm
  • Making Your Major Decision, Tues, Sept 23, 4pm, Lincoln Hall Room 1022
  • Careers in the Federal Government, Tues, Sept 23, 4pm
  • Getting the Job: Interviewing Tips, Wed, Sept 24, 6pm
  • Diversity Career Forum: Thurs, Sept 25, 5:30pm, Career Center Interview Suite, 616 E. Green Street
  • Peace Corps Application Workshop, Thurs, Sept 25, 6pm

Law Firm Internship

Pre-Law Advising Services works with local law firms to establish internship opportunities for Illinois pre-law students. As we originally posted last week, we are happy to announce a NEW internship opportunity!

Steigmann Law, P.C., a young law firm in Savoy, just south of the UIUC campus, is looking for interns who want to be involved in a fast paced, high-tech, multi-area, legal environment. Steigmann Law, PC engages in personal injury, medical malpractice, family law, civil litigation, real estate, criminal, DUI and wills and estate work. Attorneys at Steigmann Law, PC have had experience in both public and private sectors of work, including small and large law firms and are happy to share their knowledge and experience. Interns jobs will vary, and be assigned based on capabilities, but may include medical record organization, filing, abstracting depositions, assisting in trial preparations, Court filings, and attending depositions and Court hearings and legal marketing. Work times are flexible and we are willing to work around your academic schedule. Please email resumes and cover letters to bholder@steigmannlaw.com.

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Fall 2014: Important Dates and Deadlines

Below is an abbreviated list of dates, deadlines and events for Fall 2014 that may be of interest to pre-law students. These dates do not include all PLAS programs.Visit our online Event Calendar to view all upcoming workshops at http://illinois.edu/calendar/list/2508

Date                             Event                                                        

September 3               Study Abroad Fair, 11am-2pm, Illini Union Room C & South Lounge   www.studyabroad.illinois.edu

September 8               Deadline to add a semester course

September 9               Illinois in Washington Info Session, 6-7pm, 119 David Kinley Hall

www.washington.illinois.edu

September 17              Law School Fair, 10am-2pm, Illini Union Rooms A, B & C

 We’re kicking Fall off with the biggest pre-law event of the year! Join us as over 100 law schools visit campus to meet with all interested pre-law students. Visit with law school representatives and find out all about their schools. Discover new schools and scholarship opportunities! Pick up some fun freebies and application fee waivers! No registration necessary. This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Business casual dress is recommended. For more information on the fair–including who is coming, what to bring, and what to expect–please visit our website at http://www.prelaw.illinois.edu/law-school-fair. See you at the fair!

September 22              First Pre-Law 101 Workshop

Visit our online calendar, http://illinois.edu/calendar/list/2508to view all workshops and to register

September 27              LSAT

September 29              First Personal Statement & Resume Workshop

Visit our online calendar, http://illinois.edu/calendar/list/2508to view all workshops and to register

October 1                   Mock Admissions with Drexel Law School Dean DiSciullo

October 7                   Pre-Law 101 Workshop

October 13                 Applying to Law School Workshop

October 16                 Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume for Law School

October 18                 Deadline to drop a semester class or to elect credit/no credit

October 27                 Pre-Law 101

November 1 -15         Early Decision Applications due

This is also a good target date to complete your law school applications.

November 4               Deadline to Register for December 6th LSAT

Register online at www.lsac.org

We will be adding events for November, including more presentations by law schools, so keep checking in!

 

 

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Mark Your Calendars – Week of August 25

Happy First Day of Classes!  Here is a list of this week’s events.

Campus Events

Minority Association for Future Attorneys: On Tuesday, August 26th, 2014, at 6 p.m. in Noyes Lab 163, the Minority Association for Future Attorneys will have their first meeting of the 2014-2015 school year.

National Center for Supercomputing Students Pushing Innovation (NCSA SPIN) Program Internships — Open House Thursday, August 28

The University of Illinois’ National Center for Supercomputing (NCSA) is looking for highly motivated, creative Illinois undergraduate students to participate in hands-on research fellowships during the 2014-2015 academic year. The NCSA SPIN (Students Pushing Innovation) program offers paid internships to Illinois students who can contribute to challenging projects alongside the center’s expert staff, or who would like to pursue their own innovative projects with support from NCSA colleagues and mentors.

To learn more about SPIN and collaborative opportunities at NCSA, attend the SPIN Open House from 3-5 p.m. Thursday Aug. 28 in the first floor atrium of the NCSA Building (1205 W. Clark St., Urbana). Then formulate a project or define an area of exploration and submit your proposal by Sept. 4.

For more information, go to http://spin.ncsa.illinois.edu/ or contact spin@ncsa.illinois.edu.

Luce Scholars Program — Information Sessions August 28 and 29

The National and International Scholarships Program (NISP) is offering a two-day informational event about the Luce Scholars Program.  The Luce is a one-year internship in East or Southeast-Asia, and designed specifically for students who do not have much prior experience in that region.  Starting August 28th, NISP will offer an informational overview session, featuring an informal discussion with a previous Luce Scholars. On August 29th, NISP will host a workshop designed to help students begin to craft their personal statements.

The dates and times are as follows. All events will be held in 514 IUB.

August 28th, 3:30-4:30pm – Informational session and discussion with former Luce Scholars.

August 29th 3:30-4:30pm – Workshop on how to craft a Personal Statement.

More information about the Luce can be found here: http://www.topscholars.illinois.edu/luce.

Illinois Trial Team: Information Sessions August 27 and 28th

Thinking about law school and intrigued by the idea of being a trial attorney? Then this opportunity might be just what you are looking for! The Illinois Trial Team allows undergrads to prepare and perform real trials in real courtrooms in front of real judges and attorneys. This organization serves as a combination for those interested in going to law school, those interested in debate, those interested in theater, and those interested in speech team. No experience is necessary, and all majors are welcome. The team recruits new members each Fall!  The team will be holding informational meetings on Wednesday August 27th and Thursday August 28th at 6:30pm at the UIUC College of Law (504 E. Pennsylvania Avenue). For more information, go to www.IllinoisTrialTeam.com; Facebook: “Illinois Trial Team”; Twitter:@ILTrialTeam.  Questions? Send your emails to Illinoistrialteam@gmail.com.

Conflict Resolution Training Program — Applications Due September 1

Mediation Services in the Office for Student Conflict Resolution is currently accepting Fall 2014 applications for the Conflict Resolution Training Program, and this year we are offering an additional two-day advanced training opportunity for students in the class!

The program introduces the participants to mediation and other alternative conflict resolution concepts and is focused on developing conflict resolution skills to help them address conflict they may encounter in the future. It can be particularly helpful to students in leadership positions! Practice scenarios include a variety of situations, including roommate, personal, organizational, and work conflict. Students who complete this program will receive a certificate of completion and gain a skill to share on their resume.

Applications are being accepted now and must be in by September 1, 2014 at 1 p.m. for full consideration. Apply online now! Visit http://www.conflictresolution.illinois.edu/crt/default.asp for the application and for more information.

Sessions will be on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. from September 9 to November 4, 2014. The advanced training will be offered on November 11 and November 18.

Career Center

Unless otherwise indicated, Career Center events will be held at 715 S. Wright Street.

Finding An Internship: Wednesday, August 27, 5-6pm

Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters: Thursday, August 28, 4-5pm

For more information and to register for these workshops, go here: https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/.

 

Other Events

Michigan State University College of Law Webinar: Tips for Assembling a Competitive Law School Application, Wednesday, August 27, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This webinar will offer a wide-ranging series of recommendations for individuals who plan to applying for fall 2015 admission, as well as for college freshmen and sophomores who are giving thought to law school. Topics to be covered in this webinar include:

  • Recommendations for when to apply and where to apply for admission
  • Suggestions for writing an effective personal statement and securing letters of recommendation
  • How to tailor your resume for law school admission committees
  • Tips for what to include in a supplemental statement(s)
  • Factors relied upon by admission committees

Following presenters’ remarks will be a 10-minute Q and A segment during which participants will be able to ask questions via the chat function.

For more information and to register, go here: http://www.law.msu.edu/admissions/webinars/Tips-Competitive-application.html.

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