Summer Internships

Summer break is only a couple months away. If you have not done so already, now is the time to secure your summer internship. Below you will find a list of resources that will help you lock down the summer experience you need.

  • The 2015 Internship Newsletter – The 2015 version of our annual newsletter has been posted since December. The newsletter contains 20 pages of opportunities in Illinois and across the U.S. Take some time to review the newsletter as soon as you can. The newsletter can be found on our Compass page, https://compass2g.illinois.edu/webapps/blackboard/execute/content/file?cmd=view&mode=designer&content_id=_1248852_1&course_id=_13908_1.
  • Illini Career and Internship Fair – Wednesday, March 9, ARC, 12-4pm. You should attend the Illini Career and Internship FairTHIS Wednesday, March 9, at the ARC, 12-4pm!  This is a great opportunity for Illinois students to find jobs and internships.  Scroll down for information on upcoming Career Center workshops to help you prepare for the fair!
  • Career Center Programming – Check out the Career Center’s website to take advantage of their weekly programming. If you want to secure an internship, you better have a stellar resume and cover letter. The career center offers weekly help on creating the best resumes, cover letters, and more. Check out their website here: https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/.
  • Sign up for I-Link – Tens of thousands of jobs and internships are posted annually on I-Link, Illinois’ campus-wide recruiting platform. Employers post their opportunities and many who recruit on campus schedule interviews and information sessions in I-Link. Students and recent alumni can search for internships, employment opportunities, as well as sign-up for interviews, and view a full calendar of career programs and events. For more information on I-Link visit https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/about/services/ilink.

The above list is not exhaustive. Use the internet to learn more and tolocate more opportunities. Summer will be here before you know it so there is no time to waste!

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Mark Your Calendars — Week of April 6

PLAS Events

The Path to Practicing Law in the US: An International Law Student Panel & Discussion: THIS Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 4:30 – 5:30 PM in IUB Room 514. Are you an international student considering attending law school in the U.S.? Join us as we host a panel of international law students from China and Brazil. PLAS welcomes four current College of Law international students, Ning Ning, Andre Reis, Zhiqi Wu and Xi Zhou, to answer questions and discuss their experiences studying law in the U.S. After the panel, students will get to talk to the speakers in small groups. Bring your questions! For more information on the event and the panelists, go here. Food will be served. No registration necessary.

Applying to Law School: A Webinar for Fall Applicants: Next Monday, April 13, 4:00-5:15pm.

If you are planning to apply to law school this fall, this workshop is for you! We will create a plan to help you maximize your law school applications for admission and scholarship purposes by getting them in EARLY. Topics include: First steps to take in the application process; Making the most of summer; Tackling the personal statement; Creating an application strategy; and Financing your law school application cycle. Bring your questions about law school applications! We are piloting this workshop as a WEBINAR and we will be using Compass. Please register at this link and we will send login information prior to the workshop.

For more info about these and other PLAS Events, including our upcoming “Perfecting the Personal Statement and Resume for Law School” workshop, set for Monday, April 20, 4-5pm, IUB 514, go here.

Campus Events

Career Center Workshops and Career Fairs —Unless otherwise indicated, all workshops are held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street. For more information or to register, click here.

  • Hire Big 10 Plus Virtual Career Fair, Tues, April 7 and Wed, April 8, 8:00am – 5:30pm.  To see what employers are participating and for more info on this live, online event, go here.
  • Getting the Job: Interviewing Tips, Tues, April 7, 5-6 pm
  • Research Park Career Fair, Wed, April 8, 4:30-7:00pm, John Deere Bldg, 2021 South First Street, #101. For more info, go here.
  • Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters, Thurs, April 9, 4-5pm
  • Professional Communication for International Students, Thurs, April 9, 4-5:30pm, The Interview Suite, 616 E. Green (enter Kaplan building next to McDonald’s and head to 2nd floor).

 

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Mark Your Calendars — Week of February 16

Pre-Law Events

Penn State Law Presents: Law School Admissions & Employment Webinar Illinois students and alumni are invited to participate in a free, interactive webinar at 7 p.m. EST (6 p.m. CST) this Wednesday, February 18 to learn more about law school admissions and potential career opportunities that await after graduation. Hosted by  Penn State Law and the University of Illinois’ Pre-Law Advising Services, the live webinar will feature presentations by two Penn State Law deans and an opportunity for participants to ask questions.

Amanda DiPolvere, Penn State Law’s assistant dean for admissions and financial aid, will walk participants through the law school admissions process and discuss some of the new academic programs at Penn State Law.

Neil Sirota, Penn State Law’s assistant dean for career services, will describe how his office works with students and employers to help students secure internships and full-time employment around the country, including in markets like Chicago.

The event is open to anyone who is considering law school. To participate, please register here: https://fap.lsac.org/prospect.aspx?data=MjIwMgEBOA%3d%3d-NCmEJfHhQ7M%3d

The University of Chicago Law School Presents After the Application: Scholarships, Wait Lists and Interviews — NEXT Wednesday, February 25, 5-6pm, 514 IUB

Ann Perry, Associate Dean for Admissions at the University of Chicago Law School, will share the inside view of what happens in law school admissions after you submit your application. What are they looking for in an interview, and how to they decide whom to invite to interview? How does the wait list work? Is there anything applicants can do to improve their wait list chances? Bring your questions for Dean Perry about what’s really going on in the admissions office after your applications are submitted!

Campus Events

Career Center Workshops Unless otherwise indicated, all Career Center events will be held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street. For more information or to register for any of these programs, go here.

  • Careers in the Federal Government: TODAY, Monday, Feb 16, 4-5pm
  • Finding An Internship: Tuesday, Feb 17, 5-6pm
  • Career Fair Prep: Maximize Your Experience: Tuesday, Feb 17, 6-7pm
  • Creating Powerful Resumes & Cover Letters: Wednesday, Feb 18, 5-6pm
  • UIntern Information Session: Monday, Feb 23, 4-5pm, The Interview Suite, 616 E Green Street

Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad: Info Session & Workshop

Are you interested in study abroad but concerned that it is not financially feasible? Are you a recipient of the Federal Pell Grant?

If you answered ‘yes’ to the above questions, there is a study abroad scholarship just for you! The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.

Eligibility: U.S. citizen undergraduate students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding

Timeline: The Gilman Scholarship is available for semester-long, year-long, and summer programs (must be at least 4 consecutive weeks in a country). The next deadline is March 3, 2015 for Summer 2015, Fall 2015, and Academic year 2015-2016 study abroad programs.

2-Day Info Event in Room 514 Illini Union Bookstore:
Tuesday, February 17, 2:00-3:00pm – Info session: Get an overview of the scholarship and hear from Illinois Gilman Scholars
Friday, February 20, 3:30-4:30pm– Workshop: How to craft a competitive Gilman application
For more information, please contact the National and International Scholarships Program at topscholars@illinois.edu.

Off Campus Events

Midwest Law School Virtual Fair: February 18, 2015, Co-Sponsored by the Midwest Alliance for Law School Admissions and the Midwest Association for Prelaw Advisors. Attention students! Whether you are looking at attending law school this fall or in a couple of years, this online law fair is a free and convenient way to interact with law school representatives right from your computer. Please click here to register to chat with Midwest law schools on February 18 (available chat times for each school are located on the fair website). Here is a list of the schools attending:

Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Creighton University
Drake Law School
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Marquette University Law School
Michigan State University College of Law
Ohio Northern University College of Law
Saint Louis University School of Law
Southern Illinois University School of Law
University of Dayton School of Law
University of Illinois College of Law
University of Iowa College of Law
University of Kansas School of Law
University of Minnesota Law School
University of Missouri School of Law
University of Nebraska College of Law
University of St. Thomas School of Law – Minneapolis
University of Wisconsin Law School
Valparaiso University Law School
William Mitchell College of Law

Have a great week!

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Mark Your Calendars – Week of January 26

Are you planning on taking the LSAT in June or October?  If so, don’t miss LSAT Test Prep Company Fair NEXT Thursday, February 5.  Several LSAT prep companies will be there and attendees will have the opportunity to win test prep discounts and scholarships!  Also — are you thinking about working before law school or looking for internships? Scroll down for information about Career Center programming that could help you get moving on your job search!  Finally, if you are interested in Study Abroad or Illinois in Washington, Summer 2015 applications are due February 1.  Keep reading for more information on these programs and other events!

PLAS Events

LSAT Test Prep Company Fair — NEXT Thursday, February 5, 4-6pm, Illini Union Rooms A&B

Be an efficient, savyy consumer and compare multiple LSAT prep companies in one location at one time! Representatives from the following LSAT test prep companies are planning to attend: Kaplan, LSATMax, NextStepTestPrep, Powerscore, TestMasters, and Blueprint.  Come for a chance to WIN SCHOLARSHIPS TO LSAT PREP PROGRAMS! Refreshments provided! For more info about this and other PLAS Events, go here.

Campus Events

Career Center

Career Services Paraprofessionals: Hiring Information Sessions

TODAY, Monday, January 26, 6-7pm, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, 51 East Gregory Drive; Wednesday, January 28, 6-7pm, Native American Cultural Center, 1206 West Nevada Street; Thursday, January 29, 7- 8 PM, FAR – Trelease Lounge 102; Friday, January 30,1-2pm, The Career Center, 715 S. Wright St.

Career Services Paraprofessionals are charged with the following responsibilities:
• Work a minimum of 8 hours per week
• Attend required Thursday bi-weekly meetings @6pm
• Participate in project work that supports TCC’s initiatives
• Interact with The Career Center via social media sources such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter
• Attend two full-day mandatory training sessions upon hire on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 and August 22nd, 2015

Career Center Workshops

Unless otherwise indicated, all workshops are held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street.  For more information or to register, go here.

International Career Certificate Program Info Sessions: Tuesday, January 27, 4:00 PM5:00 PM or Friday, January 30, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM The Interview Suite, 616 E. Green (enter Kaplan building next to McDonald’s and head to 2nd floor). The International Student Career Certificate (ICC) program is a unique and innovative career program designed for international students pursuing a career in the U.S. This information session will you give you an overview of the program and tips on the application process for Spring 2015. Learn more about ICC.

Opportunities Fair, Tuesday, January 27, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM,
Learn how you can enhance your Illinois experience and build your resume at this open house! Several campus units who are hiring students will be in attendance to talk to you about their opportunities. Don’t miss the chance to network and learn of campus jobs! There will also be food and prizes. Sponsored by The Career Center and New Student Programs.

Selling Your LAS Degree at the Business Career Fair: Tuesday, January 27, 6:007:30 PM,The Interview Suite, 616 E. Green (enter Kaplan building next to McDonald’s and head to 2nd floor)
Career Fair Prep: Maximize Your Experience: Wednesday, January 28, 4:005:00 PM
Coffee Chat at The Career Center: Wednesday, January 28, 4:305:30 PM
Creating Powerful Resumes & Cover Letters: Wednesday, January 28, 5:006:00 PM

Getting the Job: Interviewing Tips – Thursday, January 29, 4:005:00 PM

Next Week: Business Career Fair, February 4 & 5, 12-4pm, Activities & Recreation Center (ARC)

 

Summer Study in Vienna — FINAL INFO SESSION TONIGHT, January 26, Wohlers Hall Room 245 at 5:00pm! Applications DUE February 1.

This summer, the Department of Political Science once again offer a study abroad course in Vienna with Professor John Vasquez.  The course offered is PS 394 Crisis Diplomacy. This advanced hours, study abroad course will count as “in-residence” as it is taught by a professor from this campus. The course has two components: A section on Global Governance where students attend briefings in Vienna at the UN, International Atomic Energy Agency, OSCE, and the US mission to the IAEA and an historical section where students compare crises that go to war with those that do not from 1816-1945. The course will be given in the first summer session, May 17-June 14. Additionally, two long weekends provide an opportunity to travel in Europe, allowing you to visit international cities like Venice, Munich, Budapest and Prague. A course syllabus, more information about fees and related opportunities can be found at the course website: https://app.studyabroad.illinois.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10886. Contact Prof. Vasquez for more information at vasqueja@illinois.edu.

NOTE:  The application deadline for many Summer 2015 Study Abroad Faculty-Led Programs is February 1. For more information about these programs, go here.

Illinois in Washington — Summer Applications Due February 1!

Illinois in Washington is enriching for students of all majors.  By participating in IIW, you will gain solid work experience, insight into your professional goals, and an understanding of the policy world in Washington, all while earning U of I credit.  If you are drawn to any element of Washington, you will enjoy this program.  Whether you are interested in communications, international affairs, the environment, politics, or a host of other topics, there is an organization in Washington that works on the issues you care about or uses the skills you are developing for your future career. IIW allows you to get a jump start on life after graduation. Note: Students can also apply for early decision for Fall 2015 on February 1.  Applications are available on the IIW website at  http://www.washington.illinois.edu/. Interested students can also read what current and former students have to say on the IIW blog: https://illinoisinwashington.wordpress.com/.

 

 Off Campus Events

Law School Open Houses and Admitted Students Days

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.  Note: spring semester is a time when many law schools will host events specifically for admitted students. Make sure you check the law school websites to see what types of events the schools in which you have an interest are offering.   Listed below are upcoming events for several Illinois law schools.

Chicago Kent Law School:  Open House, Saturday, January 31 9am-2pm.  For more information or to register, go here: http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/prospective-students/jd-program-admissions/visit-campus/open-house-programs/january-open-house

John Marshall Law School Open House: Saturday, January 31, 9am-Noon. For more information or to register, go here: http://www.jmls.edu/admission/jd/visiting.php 

Northern Illinois University Law School, Information Session, Friday, February 13, Noon-1:30pm. For more information or to register, go here: http://www.niu.edu/law/admission/chicago_events.shtml

Southern Illinois University School of Law Visit Day: Friday January 30, 8:30am.  For more information or to register, go here: http://www.law.siu.edu/about/schedule-visit.html

Midwest Law School Virtual Fair: February 18, 2015, Co-Sponsored by the Midwest Alliance for Law School Admissions and the Midwest Association for Prelaw Advisors

Attention students! Whether you are looking at attending law school this fall or in a couple of years, this online law fair is a free and convenient way to interact with law school representatives right from your computer. Please click here to register to chat with Midwest law schools on February 18 (available chat times for each school are located on the fair website). Here is a list of the schools attending:

Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Creighton University
Drake Law School
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Marquette University Law School
Michigan State University College of Law
Ohio Northern University College of Law
Saint Louis University School of Law
Southern Illinois University School of Law
University of Dayton School of Law
University of Illinois College of Law
University of Iowa College of Law
University of Kansas School of Law
University of Minnesota Law School
University of Missouri School of Law
University of Nebraska College of Law
University of St. Thomas School of Law – Minneapolis
University of Wisconsin Law School
Valparaiso University Law School
William Mitchell College of Law

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Reminders for Fall Break

  • Pre-Law Advising Services’ 2014 LSAT Prep Resource Contest is underway. This contest is designed to provide LSAT preparation resources for students demonstrating financial need. Illinois students are eligible to enter by submitting a 500 word essay online here by Tuesday, December 2 at 12:00 NOON. Check out the submission page for more information.  You’ll have plenty of time over Fall Break to submit it!
  • Check to see if your prospective schools are in session over Fall Break. Seeing a law school during normal operating days provides a great opportunity to see what it will be like when you begin as a 1L!
  • If you have not done so already, FINISH YOUR APPLICATIONS! The time to submit is now!
  • If you have decided to retake the LSAT, continue your preparations over Fall Break.
  • If you know that you will be taking the LSAT in the next year, Fall Break is a great time to take a timed practice LSAT.
  • Michigan State University College of Law has held multiple webinars for prospective law students that speak to the application process and beyond. Webinars can be viewed on their website here.
  • Study for FINALS!
  • Freshmen, sophomores and juniors: Update your résumés and begin thinking about possible internships for summer 2015.  It may seem early, but many internships have due dates in February and March.  Also, look out for our annual Internship Newsletter that will be posted to our Compass page in mid-December.
  • Have a wonderful Fall Break!
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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 27

PLAS Events

Pre-Law 101: TODAY, Monday, Oct. 27 at 4:00, Room 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building. This is the final Pre-Law 101 session for Fall Semester. Are you new to pre-law? Whether you are a first-year student or a senior, this workshop will give an in-depth orientation to being a pre-law student at the University of Illinois. Topics we will cover: What law schools are looking for; choosing a major/minor; helpful coursework to take; maximizing your extracurricular opportunities; planning ahead for the LSAT and law school applications. We will also answer your questions, so bring them! Please click here to register so that we can ensure enough seating and materials for everyone.

Gaining Practical Skills for Legal Practice: Associate Deans Bill Powers and Anthony Niedwiecki, from The John Marshall Law School, will be on campus Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 5:00, Room 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building. Gaining practical skills before graduating from law school has never been more important…and the process begins before law school even starts! Join us to 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!

 

Career Center

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/.

• Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 6 pm – Creating Powerful Résumés & Cover Letters
• Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 4 p.m., Making Your Major Decision (Online at http://go.illinois.edu/findmajor)
• Thursday, Nov. 6 at 10 a.m., Creating Powerful Résumés & Cover Letters

 

Law School Sessions

 Harvard Information Sessions: Harvard will provide information sessions via Google Hangouts. Each session will include a Q&A following the general presentation. For more information and to register, please visit Harvard’s Google+ page or click on one of the events below.

Fall 2014 Online Information Session Schedule

General Information Session

Wednesday, October 29th 12:00-1:00pm 

Monday, November 3rd 5:30-6:30pm

Applying After Time Off

Wednesday, November 5th 12:00-1:00pm 

Thursday, November 13 5:30-6:30pm

Application Requirements & Advice

Monday, November 17th 12:00-1:00pm 

Wednesday, November 19th 5:30-6:30pm 

 

University of Illinois, College of Law Events: The College of Law provides various lectures relating to different fields of law that are open to the public. Below you will find one of the upcoming lectures.

Innocence Project Lecture: Meet the Exoneree – Jarrett Adams: Thursday, November 06, 2014 in the Max L. Rowe Auditorium, College of Law Building from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM. Jarrett Adams is the co-founder of Life After Justice, an organization the helps exonerees and parolees re-enter society. Adams is also a law student at Loyola University Chicago, a journey he started after he was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to 28 years in prison at the age of 17. Come to hear about his experiences and his organization. Lunch will be provided.

More lectures are scheduled for 2015 and will be added to this blog as the dates near.

 

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Top 5 Professionalism Tips for Law School Applicants

As you begin the law school application process, you now have increased opportunities to interact with law school professionals. This can be a great way to make a strong impression on the people who will be deciding whether to admit you and award you precious scholarship dollars. It can also mean more opportunities to make those same people doubt whether you’re ready to enter the profession! Here are 5 simple and effective ways to make sure you maximize your chances to make a great impression.

1. Clean up your online image. Many law schools we know will search publicly available Facebook, Twitter, and other online records. Sometimes a law school rep will be interested in an item on your resume and will look for more information online. It is also not uncommon to check up on a candidate before offering a significant scholarship. Make sure your online image is clean–not only of profanity and alcohol, the usual suspects, but also consider whether your image looks professional. Make sure that your online presence doesn’t raise any questions about your judgment.

2. Take care to communicate professionally throughout the entire application process. It seems that applicants know this prior to being admitted. Once admitted, though, those same people sometimes think it is now acceptable to make scholarship demands, call relentlessly, and even insult the school in an effort to get more scholarship dollars. So many law school deans have told me stories of a once-polished applicant acting like a completely different person after being admitted. Make sure that you are taking care to communicate professionally throughout the entire application process. This includes responding in a timely way to any requests from the law school, such as whether you want to be included on their wait list.

3. Dress carefully for visits.  Like the old adage “dress for the job you want rather than the job you have”, your look should demonstrate that you know that law school is not like undergrad. (There is a reason it is called “professional school.”) Although law students at some schools dress casually (jeans, t-shirts, button down shirts, sandals, etc.), when you visit, you want to make a good impression. Business casual is a good compromise between not being overdressed (in a full 3 piece suit, say) or under dressed (flip flops and shorts are not the look you’re going for). A button down shirt or sweater and non-jean pants are always appropriate for a law school visit, or a nice blouse and pants or skirt of appropriate length for ladies. For a good guide to appropriate dress in any situation, visit this website.

4. Shake hands, look people in the eye, and practice your telephone skills. It’s disappointing how many people have a limp dog handshake or avoid looking directly at the person with whom they are speaking. Similarly, an overly casual, rambling, or vague voice mail message isn’t going to help convey your professionalism. (Hint: Practice what you want to say and make sure to include the basics: clearly enunciated name, telephone number, why you are calling.) It’s the absence of these small but important behaviors that really gets noticed. It might feel a bit awkward being so formal at first, but these are expected courtesies in a professional (not undergrad) setting.

5. Consider the law school’s perspective. The essence of etiquette is to consider the other person’s side. How might a law school interpret this email/phone call? What might they consider a reasonable time frame for a response? What information can you provide that might make this conversation flow more smoothly? Are you requesting rather than demanding action? Always be as polite and as prepared as possible when interacting with a law school.

Do these things really matter? Yes, yes, yes. We know LOTS of applicants who were admitted on the spot during a law school visit, or who were admitted from a wait list because they made a strong, professional impression. Remember that law schools still have a lot of discretion to decide who they want to admit and who to give their precious scholarship money to, so applicants should maximize every opportunity to interact professionally.

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Law Firm Internship Announcement

Pre-Law Advising Services works with local law firms to establish internship opportunities for Illinois pre-law students. We are happy to announce a NEW internship opportunity!

Steigmann Law, P.C., a young law firm in Champaign-Urbana, 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.

Also, remember to join us tomorrow at the Law Fair at the Union from 10:00-2:00 in the Illini Union! Over 110 law schools will be here to meet with you!

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Mark Your Calendars: Job and Externship Opportunities; FREE LSAT 101 Webinar — Week of April 14

PLAS Events and Opportunities

Applying to Law School Worshop for Fall 2014 Applicants

TODAY, 4-5PM, 1022 LINCOLN HALL

Calling all students planning to apply to law school this fall! There is plenty that you can do over the summer to ensure that you apply EARLY–which is ideal for admission and financial aid for law school. We will give an in-depth overview of the elements of the law school application, as well as demonstrating how to work within the Law School Admission Council’s Credential Assembly Service. If you want to know how to get letters of recommendation, how to upload your resume, how many schools you should apply to, and where to send your transcript, this is the workshop for you. No registration necessary.  Note: We have a separate workshop covering personal statements and resumes for law school applicants, set for Tuesday, April 22, which we encourage participants to attend as well.  If you would like to attend the Personal Statement Workshop, please go here and click on the event to register: http://illinois.edu/calendar/list/2508.

Personal Statement and Resume Workshop

Tuesday, April 22, Noon-1pm, Room 514 IUB

Applying to law school this fall? This workshop will introduce fall applicants to the personal statement and how to write it. We’ll help you understand what a personal statement is all about, including who will be reading it and what they will be looking for. We’ll also give tips and suggestions for how you can go about writing this very important part of the application. In addition, we will talk about strategies to craft the best possible resume.  Get started now, and give yourself all summer to perfect your personal statement and resume!

Chicago Summer Externship with the CFTC –Applications DUE  NOON TODAY!

The Chicago office of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Enforcement seeks summer 2014 externship applications from undergraduate students interested in a future legal career.

The Commission is an independent, non-partisan federal agency that protects market users and the public from fraud, manipulation, abusive practices, and systemic risk and fosters open, competitive, and financially sound markets.  The Division of Enforcement investigates potential violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and Commission Regulations and, at the direction of the Commission, prosecutes alleged violations in U.S. District Courts across the country.  The Division of Enforcement also provides expert and technical assistance with case development and trials to U.S. Attorneys, federal and state regulators, and international authorities. You can find out more about the office here: http://www.cftc.gov/LawRegulation/Enforcement/index.htm.

Undergraduate externs with the Division of Enforcement will participate in investigations and litigations led by attorneys and investigators and experience witness interviews, sworn testimony, legal research and writing projects, analysis of materials gathered during investigations and litigations, and educational training programs.  Division of Enforcement staff will also mentor students and provide educational and career guidance.

Externships will last for 8 weeks and require approximately 35 hours per week.

To participate in the summer externship, applicants must have completed at least 4 semesters of college, but not yet have graduated from their degree program.  Offers are also contingent on an applicant’s ability to demonstrate U.S. citizenship or permanent residency and successfully complete a background check (prior to beginning the externship).  Finally, applicants must be able to receive course credit, through ENG 451 or otherwise (such as through your academic department). More information about ENG 451 can be found below.

To apply, interested students should email a cover letter and resume (in either Word or .pdf format) to Judy Argentieri at jargenti@illinois.edu by NOON TODAY, Monday, April 14!!. In your cover letter, please indicate what interests you about the position, discuss what skills you can bring to the position, and address any other significant time commitments you will have this summer.

ABOUT ENG 451: Success in the Workplace This online 2 credit course is open to undergraduates who have accepted a career-related internship or co-op this summer. ENG 451 is a guided experiential learning course designed to prepare you for a successful transition from campus to the workplace. Lecture topics covered include basic business concepts and insights related to interpersonal and communication skills. Over the course of the summer, you will complete a project that will lead you to develop the skills that are covered in the course lectures.

For more information about ENG 451, visit http://engineering.illinois.edu/engage/career-services/success-in-the-workplace/.

Attention Seniors: Paralegal Job Opportunity

PLAS was contacted about this job opportunity.  Note — this position is also listed in the Career Center’s I Link database, which you can access here: https://i-link-illinois-csm.symplicity.com/.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan seeks a current senior or recent college graduate for a full-time paralegal/litigation specialist position in its Chicago office. Starting annual salary is $40,000. Position to start immediately or upon graduation this spring.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is the largest law firm in the United States devoted solely to business litigation, with over 500 lawyers and offices across the globe – including in Tokyo, London, and Moscow. Learn more at http://www.quinnemanuel.com.

THE JOB: As a litigation specialist at Quinn Emanuel, you will participate substantively in all aspects of the firm’s practice. For those considering a career in law, you will gain unparalleled experience performing substantive tasks that most firms reserve for associate attorneys. Typical tasks include conducting factual research, writing analyses, interacting with expert witnesses, reviewing documents, substantively assisting attorneys with preparation for depositions, hearings, and trials – and participating actively at depositions, hearings, and trials. At Quinn Emanuel, attorneys will seek out and value your opinions and insights on important strategic decisions.

EXAMPLES OF CURRENT CASES: Quinn Emanuel’s Chicago office works on some of the most interesting and high-profile cases in the country. Here are some of examples of what we’re working on right now. Quinn Emanuel represents Google, Motorola, Samsung, Qualcomm, Cisco and other high technology companies in the highly publicized patent “wars.” Most recently much of the patent litigation has related to the disputes between Apple and the iPhone and companies who manufacture smartphones running Google’s Android operating system. We also represent companies like Uber, comScore and emerging start-up companies on cutting edge class action and privacy issues in areas where the law is currently developing. One difference between our firm and other large litigation firms is that we go to trial more often than any other firm and expect our litigation specialists to be eager for the opportunity to see how high stakes litigation really works from the inside of the process.

WHO WE WANT: First and foremost, we’re looking for someone smart. We value strong research skills, keen analytical ability, and clear and forceful writing – and we want someone who has demonstrated these skills through high academic achievement. We require that applicants have at least an “A-” grade point average. Our ideal litigation specialist has the intellect to contribute meaningfully to our practice and the confidence and communication skills to effectively express his or her ideas. While not a prerequisite, we are interested in applicants with a strong technical background in engineering, computer science, or programming (as patent law is one focus of our practice). Previous legal experience is not required.

HOW TO APPLY: Send your resume, cover letter, and transcript (unofficial) to yeshiahuweinstein@quinnemanuel.com. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a writing sample of up to six pages if available. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible.

Other Campus Events and Opportunities

The Career Center

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

Successful Interviewing: Tuesday, April 15, 4pm

Careers in the Federal Government: Wednesday, April 16, 4pm

Winning Resumes and Cover Letters: Thursday, April 17, 4pm

Internship Essentials: Monday, April 21, 4pm

 

Attention Students Interested in Undergraduate Research at UIUC! 

Come join Research as Students at Illinois (RSI) for their informational event on how to get involved in undergraduate research on campus! We will walk you through how to narrow down your research focus, find potential professors to work with, and what to expect once you find a lab. The meeting will take place during Undergraduate Research Week on April 16th at 6:30 PM in Noyes 217. Contact – John, ResearchStudentsIllinois@gmail.com. For more information, find us on Facebook.

Writer’s Workshop — Personal Statement Workshops

The Writer’s Workshop is offering brief personal statement workshops for students (primarily undergraduates) who are writing personal statements or any other type of application essay. Students should call 333-8796 to a reserve a spot at one of these times/locations:

Monday, April 21, 5-6 PM, Lincoln Hall 1090; Tuesday, April 22, 5-6 PM, Lincoln Hall 1090

Sessions will be interactive, starting with a brief presentation given by our consultants introducing the concept of personal statements, followed by a discussion on some strategies and pitfalls, sample statements, and time for questions and answers. Students will also have an opportunity to get individual feedback on their own personal statements if time allows. Call 333-8796 to reserve your place!

Other Pre-Law Opportunities

Legal Careers Update: Report from the Executive
Director of the National Association of Law Placement

Co-sponsored by Michigan State University College of Law and the Midwest Association of Prelaw Advisors (MAPLA)

Wednesday, April 16,
11:00am to 11:45 a.m., CST  

REGISTER NOW

This free webinar will offer a wealth of data relating to the legal market for
recent law school graduates:  hiring and compensation data for new
lawyers, an overview of law graduate career paths by employer type, trends in
large firm hiring, and much more.  The presenter will be James G. Leipold,
Executive Director of the National Association for Law Placement, a legal
professional organization whose members include attorneys, legal employers, and
law school career services personnel from across the country.

LSAT 101 Webinar: An Introduction to the Law School Admission
Test

Wednesday, April 16,
6:30 to 7:30 p.m., CST
 

REGISTER NOW

This free webinar, sponsored by the Michigan State University College of Law, will offer valuable insights regarding the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), including how and why law school admission committees use it; skills that the examination seeks to measure; an analysis of each LSAT question type; strategies for maximizing performance; and, recommendations for creating an effective LSAT preparation plan. The primary presenter is John Rood, president and founder of NextStep Test Preparation. REGISTER NOW!

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