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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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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Law School Interview Information

As the law school application period ramps up, applicants may wonder which law schools conduct interviews.  Well, most schools do not offer interviews as a portion of the application process.  However, some schools, such as Northwestern, offer and encourage interviews, while others offer interviews on an invitation only basis. We’ve created a handy tool for you–a spreadsheet outlining which schools provide interviews, and in what format.

Generally, if a school offers an interview program as a part of the application process, participation is strongly encouraged.  For similar experiences at schools that do not offer an interview program, applicants may be interested in a campus visit.  Campus visits will not be considered in the application process but still provide valuable insight into the schools.  Speaking with students, sitting in on a class and meeting some of the faculty will aid applicants as they narrow their choices.

To prepare for an interview: research the school, be able to answer any questions about yourself, and practice interviewing.  If any applicants are interested in practicing interviewing, please contact Career Services to conduct a mock interview.  The experience presents a wonderful opportunity to eliminate nervousness and receive valuable feedback.

To access the law school interview information spreadsheet, please visit our Compass page.

 

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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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Upcoming Open House and Reception Events

We have received information about upcoming open house and receptions events at various locations and would like to pass that information onto you here.  Please note that the events are quickly approaching and are not listed in chronological order.

Cooley Law School
On Thursday, January 30, Dean Paul Zelenski will be hosting an information session in the Chicago area for prospective law students.  During the session, Dean Z along with Cooley Law School alumni will be there to guide students through the law school application process, discuss what it takes to get in law school, and what to expect once they get there. When: Thursday, January 30 at 6:30 pm.  Where: Hotel Arista – Mykonos Room. 2139 CityGate Lane. Naperville, Illinois 60563.  hotelarista.com

Learn more: info.cooley.edu/on-the-road-chicagoland

Register: eventbrite.com/e/cooley-on-the-road-chicago-il-tickets-10122375297?ref=ebtn. For your convenience, a downloadable PDF handout is available for your use and distribution: http://goo.gl/bcILJ0

University of Illinois College of Law
Prospective Student Open House here at the University of Illinois College of Law on Monday, February 3 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. We will provide information on law school admissions, financial aid, careers (including careers in Chicago), a student Q & A panel, and tours.  Oh, and we’ll have food!  Register via email:  law-admissions@illinois.edu.

University of Iowa College of Law
Our “Explore Iowa Law” events are scheduled for two Saturdays this year from 10 am to 2 pm: February 15, 2014, and April 12, 2014.  We have designed the program for anyone who may be interested in a career in law, including undergraduates at all levels, whether or not they are ready to apply to graduate schools.  

At each open house, participants will attend small group sessions led by law school faculty and students exploring different areas of law practice, answering questions such as what lawyers do in that area of the law, how  law school helps prepare students for a career in that field, and what kind of preparation before law school might be helpful for such a career.  After lunch, which we will provide for all participants, there will be opportunities to ask more general questions about legal careers and the admissions process,  to meet one-on-one with faculty and staff members, and to tour the law building.
 
Please help us get the word out to your students and colleagues about the February 15 event.  For more information and to register online, please visit www.law.uiowa.edu/explore.
Indiana University – McKinney School of Law
We are going to host a live chat , on Tuesday, January 28, at 7:00 pm EST. You may register for the chat at http://iumckinney.tv/. Dean Andy Klein, some of our current students, and I will be available to answer questions about our school, student life, and the admissions process.
John Marshall Law School
Saturday, February 1, 2014, John Marshall Law School will host an open house.  Throughout the academic year, the Office of Admission offers open house programs for prospective students interested in John Marshall. The open house programs provide an overview of curriculum, the classroom experience, and student life, and offer prospects a chance to familiarize themselves with legal education. Download a sample itinerary.  Registration for open houses is limited. Please reserve your space online or by calling the Office of Admission at 800.537.4280.
Marquette University Law School and University of Wisconsin Law School
You are cordially invited to join admission officers from Marquette University Law School and the University of Wisconsin Law School at the Second Annual Wisconsin Statewide Minority Students and Advisor Seminar Day! This event is free to students and advisors and will be held on Friday, February 28, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, WI.  Register here.
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CLEO pre-law programs next Saturday!

The CLEO College Scholars Program will be hosting workshops for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors next Saturday, Oct. 26 at DePaul University College of Law. This is a great opportunity for pre-law students at all levels to learn more about the law school application process!

This program was designed to identify, motivate, and prepare students for a career in the legal profession. The following workshops will all be offered:

Freshmen: The Road to Law School
Sophomores: Sophomore Super Saturday Seminar
Juniors: Jumpstart the LSAT

All three workshops are free and will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 26 at DePaul University College of Law. Find out more and register here.

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Chicago-Kent Learning By Doing Open House

We’re passing along information we received about Chicago-Kent’s Learning by Doing Open House this Wednesday, November 14 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. During this open house, prospective students will hear about the Chicago-Kent application process and see a panel discussion of current Chicago-Kent students talk about the opportunities they have to gain practical experience while in law school. Tours of the school will also be offered. This would be a great opportunity for learn more about this school and meet its current student population.

All prospective law students are invited to attend the November Open House. This program requires a reservation. To register for the open house, please complete the online RSVP form or contact the Office of Admissions by phone at (312) 906-5020

 

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CLEO/ABA Offering Free Pre-Law Seminars

The Council on Legal Educational Opportunity of the American Bar Association has designed some courses to help 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.

Click here for directions.   25 East Jackson Boulevard · Chicago · Illinois · 60604 

 For FreshmenThe 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). Accordingly, juniors will be granted priority enrollment for the seminar

CLEO is a non-profit project of the American Bar Association.  Since 1968, CLEO has helped more than 7,000 low-income and minority students become successful members of the legal profession.  The College Scholars Program seeks to continue this standard of excellence through a collaborative effort between CLEO and colleges and universities throughout the United States.

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Georgetown Law Group Interview and Info Session

Georgetown Law just announced its fall Group Interview/Info Sessions. Dean Andy Cornblatt will be hosting a Group Interview (open to Illinois students and alumni who are applying to law school this fall) on Thursday, September 27 in Chicago. He will also host an Information Session that same day, open to all who are interested. The time will be late afternoon/early evening but has yet to be set. The location is also yet to be announced, although Chicago is a confirmed site for Sept. 27.

Those interested in attending either of these events should RSVP online at https://lawgeorgetown.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_86rp5vQydfFVBlP

Questions may be directed to Georgetown Law Admissions at 202-662-9015 or interview@law.georgetown.edu.

 

 

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