Summer 2015 Pre-Law Programs

Still trying to figure out what to do this summer to either make yourself a better applicant or prepare for law school?  Several law schools have summer pre-law programs with deadlines approaching. We have provided information for some of these below. For more info about other summer pre-law programs, go to the PLAS Compass page and click on “Summer Pre-Law Programs.”

Harvard/NYU Trials Program: Harvard Law School – June 28-August 7, 2015 Applications DUE NEXT FRIDAY, February 27, 2015

Trials is a unique partnership of NYU School of Law, Harvard Law School, and the Advantage Testing Foundation. It is a fully subsidized/full scholarship summer study program for students of modest means whose backgrounds are currently underrepresented at the nation’s top law schools. Students are not responsible for any tuition, fees, or related expenses. In addition, each Trials student also receives a $3,000 stipend to replace or supplement summer employment income.

In addition to the academic curriculum of the program, every Trials student will receive:

  • Transportation to and from the host university campus (Harvard Law School in 2015)
  • Campus housing for the duration of the five-week program
  • Three daily meals at the campus dining hall
  • Access to the host university’s library, computer centers, and gym

Each week, senior instructors from Advantage Testing prepare Trials students for the LSAT by deconstructing the test and presenting a step-by-step approach to each question type. Students maintain a rigorous practice testing schedule, frequently sitting for full-length official LSATs under simulated testing conditions. Working closely with their instructors, students learn to develop an individualized study plan, focus their preparation, and apply the core principles they master.

Trials students also attend lectures presented by prominent lawyers, public figures, and legal scholars, including distinguished faculty from both NYU Law and Harvard Law School. These lectures provide a wide-ranging introduction to the study and practice of the law while giving students the opportunity to ask specific questions related to their particular fields of interest.

Perhaps most important, Trials allows students to experience communities similar to those they will encounter in law school. Students form study groups to challenge, motivate, and inspire one another. In lunches with instructors and speakers, students can take part in informal discussions to learn more about the law, their peers, and themselves.

Finally, Trials is committed to taking full advantage of the resources of its host locations. Students enter the field in Boston and New York City to meet with and observe lawyers at work, garnering practical experience that complements the academic curriculum.  This year’s program will be held at Harvard Law School June 28- August 2, 2015.  Applications are due February 27, 2015. Click here for more information or to apply.

 

ITT Chicago-Kent College of Law PLUS Program: May 31-June 19, 2015.  Applications due March 2, 2015

The IIT Chicago-Kent Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars program (“PLUS”) offers a unique and unforgettable experience for college students who are interested in the legal profession. This rigorous three-week program is designed to provide students with a “taste” of the law school experience. The program is primarily directed at undergraduate college students from disadvantaged groups that are underrepresented in the legal profession.

The PLUS program is a three-week summer institute which will: (1) introduce participants to law school and the legal profession; (2) provide participants with substantive skills to strengthen their preparation for law school; and (3) educate and prepare participants for the law school application and admission process. Students must attend all classes and participate in all program activities to receive a stipend. Because this is a full-time commitment, students must agree not to have any outside commitments that would prevent them from giving the program their full attention.

The PLUS program targets college students who have just completed either their first, second or third year in college. All students are encouraged to apply who will not have received their bachelor degree by the start of the program, but preference will be given to those who will have completed their first and second years of college by the start of the program. Students who have already completed a bachelor degree are not eligible for the program. For additional information, please download the application packet or contact Theda Mickey, Administrative Director-PLUS Program, at plus@kentlaw.iit.edu if you have any questions. Applicants must submit a $30 application fee.  In addition, accepted applicants will be required to submit a $70 seat deposit.  Both of these fees are non-refundable. Download PLUS Application

Download PLUS Brochure

2014 PLUS Program Schedule

 

CLEO Achieving Success in the Application Process (ASAP) Prelaw Seminar:

John Marshall Law School, July 11-12, 2015

Applications Due: April 1, 2015

Goal: To prepare talented, motivated, yet under-represented students to successfully gain admission to and succeed in law school.

Overview: The ASAP program curriculum will focus on aspects of the law school application process that are commonly overlooked or undervalued by students when applying to law school.

The ASAP curriculum seminar includes the following sessions:

  • Selecting a law school
  • Drafting an effective personal statement
  • Choosing sources for letters of recommendations
  • Preparation strategies for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
  • The impact of LSAT scores and Grade Point Averages (GPA) in the selection process
  • The significance of the early application process offered by many law schools
  • Debt management and developing credit worthiness
  • Common errors committed by law school applicants

Advantages of being an ASAP participant include:

  • Provides a head start on the law school admissions process
  • Establishes mentoring relationships with CLEO students in law school
  • Nominal fee
  • Meals provided
  • Opportunity to network with Attitude Is Essential (AIE) participants from around the country
  • An opportunity you don’t want to miss

Targeted Students:

  • ASAP is open to college juniors and seniors, as well as post-graduates.

Click here to Register online for the ASAP program.

CLEO Attitude Is Essential Seminar

John Marshall Law School — July 11 & 12, 2015

The first year of law school is the most important year.  Employers hire second year law students primarily based on their first year GPA. If you want to hear them say “You’re Hired,” and you want to be more than a law school survivor, then you need the right attitude to take control of your legal education.

At the “Attitude is Essential” (AIE) seminar, you will:

  • Develop the skills you need to take control over your own law school learning process
  • Learn how to:
    • Read and brief opinions
    • Prepare for law school exams, including the best practices for memorizing all the law you need for your exams
    • Write exams using the IRAC form
    • Conquer your workload, time, and stress in law school
  • Experience the Socratic Method by participating in a Mock Law School Class
  • Write a contracts essay exam and debrief the experience
  • Discover the benefits of study groups and how to make sure your groups are productive and not dysfunctional
  • Begin to build a network of other successful law students

Who should attend? All students who intend to begin law school in the fall of 2015.

What is required?  Applicants must have been admitted to a law school, submit an online application, and pay a $200 registration fee.

Click here for more information or to register online for the AIE Seminar.

 

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The Law School Decision, Looking Back: Attorneys’ Reflections

As undergraduate students with a pre-law major or membership in a pre-law society, you no doubt have heard how critical it is for you to make a sober and reasoned decision about whether you want to go to law school, and, perhaps more importantly,  whether you want to be a lawyer. It is rightly framed as an important decision, but it is one that people handle in different ways.

Below, six attorneys from different legal fields discuss how they felt and what they thought when making the decision to go to law school. We ask them for one piece of advice they wished they had known, or heard, when they were younger and facing this monumental decision.

Participating Attorneys:

Tony Munter: A whistleblower and False Claims Act attorney in the DC-metropolitan area, who primarily handles qui tam actions fighting fraud against the government. For more information about Tony Munter and qui tam actions, click here.

Kaveh Miremadi: A federal criminal defense and OFAC sanctions attorney. He provides clients with compliance, requests for reconsideration, SDN list removal, risk assessment, and internal audits. To learn more about Kaveh Miremadi’s background and OFAC law, visit this page.

Edward Tayter: A Maryland criminal lawyer who focuses on traffic and drunk driving cases, including DUI, DWI, driving while suspended, and restricted licenses. Information about Edward Tayter is available here.

April Cockerham: An immigration attorney who works out of DC. She represents clients in deportation proceedings, family and humanitarian-based petitions for visas and asylum, and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) applications for domestic abuse victims. More information about April’s background and practice is available here.

Peter Biberstein: A personal injury and medical malpractice lawyer who represents clients in Virginia and DC. He handles a variety of personal injury cases, dangerous product cases, and disability claims. Visit this page for more information on Mr. Biberstein.

Terry Eaton: A DC and federal criminal defense attorney who handles white collar and government investigation cases. He is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, and he was also a commercial litigator. Learn more about Terry’s background and practice here.

What one piece of advice do you wish you had known, or heard, when you were younger and facing the monumental decision of whether to apply to law school?

Tony Munter: Unfortunately, I think it is a much more difficult environment for young people attempting to get a law degree now to make a career through the law than it was when I was younger.  Now law degrees cost much more than in the past, and the legal market is much more competitive. Therefore, an analysis of the costs and benefits makes sense.  It would be most helpful to know what area of law a young person wants to pursue and or what other skills or job experience a person can add to a law degree. One thing that is almost impossible to prepare for is the degree to which going to law school, any law school, will take over every aspect of life. It’s a major commitment.  So, think about what you will do with the degree when you finish. It may not work out the way you plan but even a bad plan has more chance of a serendipitous result than no plan.

Kaveh Miremadi: Be true to yourself and focus on an area of law that interests you.  Don’t let yourself be distracted by the people in law school who think there is only one path to success.  Identifying and then acting towards your true interests will help you succeed and find a satisfying career.

Edward Tayter: The best advice that I can give for deciding whether or not to go to law school is to really understand what the day-to-day work-life of an attorney is.  Very little of a lawyer’s work is correctly portrayed in popular media.  It’s extremely important to know what you are getting into, before committing three years of your life and tens of thousands of dollars of your money to a legal education.

April Cockerham: Do an internship or get a job in the legal field before you start and consider where you want to be after you graduate when choosing a law school. Often, the friends and connections you make while you’re a law student can be extremely important when you’re starting out as a new lawyer. If you’re really committed to ending up in a particular geographic region, it’s definitely something to take into consideration.

Peter Biberstein: Go work for a year or two before going back to school. Work experience will make you more a more marketable candidate, will give you a better perspective on life, and will provide a financial cushion for your future.

Terry Eaton: If I could go back and give my younger self some pre-law school advice it would be this: take your time, relax, breathe, and learn to smell the roses.  I spent way too much time in law school obsessing over grades and wondering if I was smart enough.  The zero sum game of cold calling on students in law school lectures and high stakes all-or-nothing final exams only breads the ultra-competitive law student behavior Scott Turrow famously characterized in his book One L.  It turns out that law school is not random and the people who study hard actually do make good grades.  I truly wish I had spent more time exercising, having a good diet, and spending time on the weekends with my family.  My law school grades were good and at graduation I had earned a federal clerkship followed by a job at a prestigious and big Washington, DC law firm.  Had I slowed down and enjoyed my experience more, I don’t think the outcome would have changed one bit. Mark Twain said it best: “I’ve been through some terrible things in life, some of which actually happened.”  My advice to future law students is to study hard, but take time out for yourself to enjoy life.  Believe me, you’ll be happy you did it.

Submitted by: Oliver Krischik

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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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Mark Your Calendars – Week of September 8

Read on for info about the 2014 Law Fair, the Political Science Department Fair and several Career Center programs of interest.

PLAS Events

Pre-Law Advising Services–Join us for the 2014 Law Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 10:00-2:00 at the Union! Over 100 law schools will be here to visit with interested students. This is a great chance to talk to 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.

We’ve got plenty of room in our upcoming Pre-Law 101 sessions, which begin on Monday, September 22. 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. 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 on Monday, September 29.  For more details and to register for either of these workshops, visit our calendar.

Other Campus and Community Events and Opportunities

Political Science Major Fair: Tuesday, September 9, 3-5pm, David Kinley Hall, 4th Floor
Interested in majoring in Political Science? Learn about Political Science honors, internships, study abroad, study groups, courses and more!

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

Interested in spending a semester or summer in Washington, D.C.?  Then stop by this info session! www.washington.illinois.edu.

Public Relations Certificate Program Info Session: Wednesday, September 10, 6-6:45pm, 319 Greg Hall

Applications are open for the PR Certificate program administered by the College of Media. This professional development program provides a practical foundation in the principles and practice of public relations. The undergraduate-level coursework is designed for students from any discipline who wish to develop public relations competencies and skills to enhance their primary area of study or expertise. Public relations is important to many disciplines, including engineering, English, computer science, communication, business, agricultural communications, and numerous others.

Applications are due by Tuesday, September 30 at 3:00 pm via the online application.  For more information and to apply, go to: http://experience.media.illinois.edu/prcertificate/

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Applications Due this Thursday, September 11.

Champaign County CASA will be conducting training classes for potential new advocates to speak up for the more than 400 abused and neglected children in Champaign County Court. These advocates become the “eyes and ears of the Court” and work with the child and social service agencies to ensure that the best interests of the child are met throughout the court process. CASA provides all the training necessary to become an advocate. No specific experience is required however, you must be at least 21 years old and be willing to make the time commitment necessary to fulfill the role of a CASA advocate.

More information about CASA can be found on their website at www.casa4kids.org or by calling the CASA office at 384-9065. An application deadline has been set for Thursday, September 11th and a background check is required.

Certificate in International Development Studies–Learn about this new certificate offered by Global Studies at upcoming Info Session on Sept. 17 from 4-4:30 in the Lucy Ellis Lounge of the Foreign Language Building.

Career Center

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

I-Link Essentials Monday, TODAY, September 8, Noon-1pm, The Career Center Interview Suite, 616 E. Green Street

Are you new to I-Link, the jobs/internships database? This workshop will teach you the basics – how to navigate the I-Link system, information on available features, and best practices to search and apply for internships and jobs. We will also answer any of your questions! For more information about I-Link, go here: https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/about/services/ilink.

Career Fair Prep: Maximize Your Experience, TODAY, September 8, 5-6pm

Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters, TODAY, September 8, 6-7pm

Finding An Internship, Tuesday, September 9, 4-5pm

Attending a Career Fair for the First Time, Wednesday, September 10, 4-5pm

Getting the Job: Interviewing Tips, Wednesday, September 10, 5-6pm

Selling Your LAS Degree at the Business Career Fair, Thursday, September 11, 6-7:30pm, The Career Center Interview Suite, 616 E. Green Street

Pizza and A Professional: Owning Your Own Business, Noon-1pm, The Career Center Interview Suite, 616 E. Green Street

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

 

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Welcome Back Edition!

Welcome Class of 2018 and Welcome Back Pre-Law Students!

Hello students!  Our first blog posting of the 2014-2015 school year features a quick overview of a few events happening on campus in the next week and a brief update on PLAS.  We will resume our regular blogging schedule next week.  Our postings will include updates on PLAS programs, campus events, internships, and information on a variety of pre-law topics and items of interest so keep checking in!!

Upcoming Campus Events

Quad Day Events: Sunday, August 24!

The semester kicks off this weekend with Quad Day, Sunday, August 24, Noon-4pm.  Quad Day will introduce you to over 500 registered student organizations (RSOs)! Go and learn more about how you can make the most of your time at the University of Illinois and join an organization! Remember — law schools like to see applicants who are both good students and who are involved in their community.  Note: the Illinois Trial Team is one RSO that will have a booth to answer questions and to sign up interested students.  Scroll down for more information about the Illinois Trial Team.

Also on Quad Day….The Career Center will be hosting its annual Quad Day Open House on Sunday, Aug. 24 from 1-3 p.m. Students are encouraged to stop by and learn about Career Center programming and services for the fall semester. The Career Center will be offering ice cream, prizes and a chance to win will an iPad Mini!  The Career Center is located at 715 S. Wright Street, next to Cocomero.

After you have visited the Quad and the Career Center, head to Nevada Street to experience the Taste of Nevada, starting at 4pm after the Quad events are over. The Taste will feature food samples and live cultural music and dancing.  This is a great opportunity to enjoy the music, grab a bite to eat and learn about programs offered at UIUC cultural centers and other departments.

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

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! Prospective members should make sure to visit the Illinois Trial Team’s booth on Quad Day, Sunday, August 24! In addition, 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.

 PLAS Updates for Fall 2014

1. What’s going on at PLAS? All of our events are listed in our Event Calendar here: http://illinois.edu/calendar/list/2508.  You may also look at the right side of this page for info on events coming up in the next few weeks. Note that some of our workshops have limited seating, like the Pre-Law 101 sessions, so you’ll want to register for those in advance. We will add a few programs as the semester progresses.  Be sure to check our blog next week  for an overview of the semester’s events!

2. Attend a Pre-Law 101 Workshop. If you are a new pre-law student you’ll definitely want to attend a Pre-Law 101 Workshop, which will answer most of your questions about what it means to be pre-law and how you can maximize your opportunities as an undergrad. These sessions are all listed in our Event Calendar and you can register there.

3. How do we keep in touch? Blog, Facebook group, Twitter, email
The best way to keep up with pre-law news is to read this blog and join our Facebook group or follow us on Twitter (UIUC Pre-Law). We send occasional emails but we don’t want to clog your inbox…so instead, we update this blog, Twitter and our Facebook page at least once a week.

4. Making an appointment….is easy. Call 333-9669. Except please, if you’re sick, stay home in your jammies! You can call us at the appointment time if you really need to talk. Otherwise, please reschedule.

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Effective Advocacy

I had the privilege of attending a LEAD seminar at the College of Education last week where graduate students hosted disability advocates Sarah Castle and Ann Cody.  These women described effective advocacy and the policy making process.  A crucial component is a lucid legal understanding.  Advocates need legal expertise, and you can build a better understanding of legal and social policy by engaging in these groups in your local community.  Check out their advice for being an effective advocate in the PowerPoint link below, and please email me this summer to let me know how you are advocating in your community – I’d like to spotlight these endeavors by Pre-Law students next Fall.

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Ann Cody, MS, CDSS:  As Director of Policy and Global Outreach for BlazeSports America, Ann Cody oversees the Washington, D.C. office, develops relationships with major national and international partners, shapes the organization’s policy efforts, and supports the organization’s sport development initiatives overseas.

As a Washington veteran and Paralympic sport expert of two decades, Ann has extensive knowledge and experience in sports management and governance, community-based sports, policy and advocacy, international development, as well as governmental and international affairs.

Ann is widely known and respected throughout the world as a leader in sport and human rights. She has led a number of national and international advocacy initiatives on sport with a focus on girls and women with disabilities. Through her leadership, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) established a policy on gender equity and several initiatives aimed at increasing participation by women in Paralympic sport and the movement. Ann’s significant international sport network and project experience anchors BlazeSports’ international programs in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Ann serves on the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Governing Board and is the highest ranking American and highest ranking woman in the IPC worldwide. She is a member of the International Olympic Committee 2018 Evaluation Commission.  Ann holds a bachelor of fine arts and a master of science degree in leisure studies and therapeutic recreation from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign. She is a Paralympic Gold Medalist in Athletics and competed on three U.S. Paralympic Teams (Basketball ’84, Athletics ’88, ’92).

Prior to joining BlazeSports Ann served as a Vice President with B&D Consulting where she designed federal affairs strategies for amateur sports, health, and disability-related organizations and provided representation before the United States Congress and the Executive Branch. (from: http://www.blazesports.org/about/our-team/)

 An interview with Ann: http://youtu.be/Vp13KA2PoyU

Sarah Castle, J.D.:  Current Position: Special Assistant, United States Attorney.  Education: Doctor of Law (J.D.) at University of Missouri at Kansas City – 2012.  M.A. in Political Science and Government (emphasis and certification in Civic Leadership) – UIUC 2008.  B.A. in Political Science and Government (emphasis in Disability Studies and Civic Leadership) – UIUC 2008

Sarah Castle is a four-time Paralympian, as well as a recently licensed attorney. Sarah is presently employed by the United States Attorney’s Office as a Special Assistant US Attorney. She also serves as a member of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) Board of Directors, and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Athlete Advisory Council. She was recently asked to be a panel speaker at the NCAA National Convention, and spoke on the importance of inclusion of adapted athletic programs in the NCAA.

In 2002, Sarah began college at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. While there she was a member of the Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team and won 5 National Championships, in addition to earning her Bachelors of Arts and Masters of Arts in Political Science and Civic Leadership. As a part of the Civic Leadership Graduate program, Sarah interned for United States Senator Ken Salazar (presently Secretary of the Interior) and for B & D Consulting, where she worked on disability issues. In 2008, Sarah joined the Campaign for Real Choice in Illinois as a Community Organizer, and helped organize initiatives around the state of Illinois promoting the rights of people with developmental disabilities.

Sarah is also a four-time Paralympian. She competed in the 2000 Sydney and the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games in swimming, and in the 2008 Beijing and the 2012 London Paralympic Games in wheelchair basketball. While unsure if she will pursue a fifth Games, Sarah is presently spending her free time coaching a junior wheelchair basketball team in Kansas City and working with the University of Missouri Wheelchair Basketball team on development. She is also actively involved in working with children with disabilities and their families, teaching skills and providing guidance about ways to help children with disabilities achieve independent lifestyles.

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Free Stanford Law School Navigator!

Stanford Law School has released a unique online career and curriculum guide to the public! SLS Navigator allows you to learn about different careers in law and choose courses that will help you prepare for those careers. The overall theme is that a comprehensive guide will allow students to make the most of their three years of law school. Access the guide here: http://slsnavigator.law.stanford.edu/

The most helpful aspect is the breakdown between four major “directions” that a law degree may be used for: Academia, Litigation, Regulation and Policy, and Transactional; and the “paths” that explore the specific legal area within each direction. Just reading the introductory pages for these directions and paths is an incredible resource as you begin to refine your career and academic goals!

The level of depth and integration that Stanford put into this three-year development of SLS Navigator becomes evident when you start to select options from within each “path”. Then you are guided to course suggestions, law reviews and journals, and clinics at Standford that students with your interests should pursue.

Perhaps you aren’t interested in attending Stanford, but this resource can service you in two incredible ways. First, having a vocabulary and understanding of the four major “directions” and some of the “paths” that interest you will put you ahead of the ranks of applicants that don’t understand these major directions, and be incredibly helpful to you in the decision-making process for choosing a law school and allow you to know what kinds of options and opportunities you should be asking admissions officers about at your potential schools. Second, once you are in law school, looking back to this guide in preparation for your 2L and 3L years is comprable to an incredible advising session and the type of advice that can guide you to exactly where you need to go!

If you value knowing the opportunities that exist for you and having a model guide that can enlighten your law school experience, this navigator is something you should sit down with and dedicate an hour or two exploring!

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