LSAT Test Prep Scholarship Contest

Are you taking the June LSAT but not sure you can afford a commercial prep course? Pre-Law Advising Services is pleased to announce that 7Sage Test Prep has donated six LSAT prep course scholarships and Kaplan Test Prep has donated one full scholarship for one complete LSAT Prep Live Online, In Person or Self-Paced course.  Find out more about 7Sage here and Kaplan here.

These scholarships are intended to assist a University of Illinois student who is in financial need and who will be taking the LSAT within the next year. (Please note that the Kaplan scholarship expires on June 1, 2017, and you must be enrolled in a course by that time). If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships, please submit the following:

1) Your resume, AND
2) A short essay (no more than 600 words) that addresses each of the following:

  • When do you plan to take the LSAT?
  • Have you taken an LSAT prep class before? If so, which one and when?
  • What is your financial need? (It is not necessary to provide exact numbers, just describe your financial situation and why a scholarship is necessary.)
  • How can this scholarship help you achieve your goals?

Submit your resume and essay to Judy Argentieri via email only at by Monday, January 23 at NOON.

We are making this public now so applicants can work on their essays over Winter Break.  Winners will be announced quickly–by Wednesday, January 25–so that they can make necessary plans for spring LSAT courses. Good luck!

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Mark Your Calendars — Week of November 28, 2016

The semester is winding down and so is PLAS programming.  However, do not forget that the Annual PLAS Internship Newsletter will be posted the week of December 12 Keep a look out for it as Winter Break is a great time to look for summer internships.  Want a little preview? Last year’s Internship Newsletter is available on our Compass page.

Scroll down for information on campus events and opportunities, including the link to the application for students interested in serving as Orientation Leaders, which is due THIS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30.


Goldwater Scholarship — Campus Deadline is THIS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30

The Goldwater is for juniors or exceptional sophomores who are current U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or resident aliens. The Goldwater awards one- or two-year $7,500 awards to students who demonstrate strong evidence of contributing to the technological advances of the U.S. Applicants should be committed to pursuing a Ph.D in the research fields of mathematics, sciences, or engineering. For more information, go to the National & International Scholarships Program website. 

Great Opportunities This Week Across Campus

The Career Center fall workshop calendar is posted on their website at: If you have not done so already, update your resume, plan your job search or summer internship, and get to know their office and resources. All sessions will be held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street, unless otherwise indicated. Upcoming workshops include:

  • Peace Corps Drop-Ins, Nov 29, 12-2 pm; Nov 30, 2-4pm
  • Resume, Cover Letter, & LinkedIn Reviews
    • Nov 28, 2-4:30pm at the Career Center
    • Nov 28, 7-9 pm, Undergraduate Library, Consultation Corner
    • Nov 29, 2-4:30pm at the Career Center
    • Nov 29, 5:30-7:30pm, the IKE, Room 1010A
    • Nov 30, 2-4:30 pm at the Career Center
    • Nov 30, 7-9pm, Undergrad Library,Consultation Corner
    • Dec 1, 2-4:30pm at the Career Center
    • Dec 2, 2-4:30pm at the Career Center
    • Dec 4, 4-9pm, Undergraduate Library, Consultation Corner

More Career Center events and times are listed on their website.  Click on this link to see what other programs are being offered!

Apply to be an Orientation Leader! Applications due THIS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30!

What is an Orientation Leader (OL)?

An Orientation Leader (OL) is a University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana undergraduate student that implements orientation programming for new students, transfer students, and family members. OLs assist with various NSP events RISE, INBOUND, International Student Orientation, Fall Orientation/Welcome Days.  This is a PAID position.

What you need to be an Orientation Leader (OL)?

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing with the University
  • Hold Full time undergraduate student status (12 credit hours) for the academic year current Fall Semester to next Fall Semester
  • Knowledgeable about the University of Illinois
  • Have a desire to help new students have a successful transition

How to apply?

Learn more about the OL position by:

  • Attending an OL Information Session held during the Fall semester.

    OL 2017 Information Session:

    • TOMORROW, Tuesday, November 29 (6-7pm)
      La Casa Cultural Latina, Nevada Street
  • Complete online application and group interviews
    • OL 2017 Application due Wednesday, November 30 by 5pm » Apply Now
    • Upon completion of your application, you will receive a confirmation email to sign-up for your Group Interview session. Please complete this prior to Wednesday, November 30 by 5pm. You will be notified of your session and location by Friday, December 2.

If you are interested in being an OL and cannot attend an information session, please email New Student Programs at

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Course options for spring

Still looking for some spring courses? As you know, students of ANY major can attend law school, and there are NO specifically required courses for pre-law undergrads. However, given an interest in law, here are some spring courses that pre-law students may find particularly helpful and interesting. These courses are only suggestions and are not requirements. Check out Course Explorer and speak to your academic advisor about the best courses for you.

PHIL 102: Logic & Reasoning. Professor McCarthy typically uses LSAT examples of causal reasoning, analogical reasoning, elementary statistical inference (including arguments based on samples), and truth-functional inference.

  • This course is particularly helpful for students who have yet to take the LSAT, as one part of the LSAT is based on Logical Reasoning.

Law 199: Poverty & Law, or Law 199: Exploring the Judicial System

  • These electives will allow you to explore the study of law and the practice of law.

Political Science options to explore specific legal areas include:

  • PS 301/302: US Constitution I &II, are helpful primers for law school
  • 322: Public Policy and Law
  • 323: Law & Representation
  • 386: International Law

Communication courses are helpful, as all lawyers must demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills.

  • CMN 101: Public Speaking (this is a prereq for most upper level CMN courses)
  • 211: Business Communication
  • 310: The Rhetorical Tradition
  • 321 & 323: Strategies of Persuason & Argumentation

ACE 240: Personal Finance Planning

  • Understanding financial instruments and tax implications is critical for many lawyers

Courses to explore different areas of law include:

  • JOUR 311: Media Law
  • RST 354: Legal Aspects of Sport
  • SOC 396: Special Topics in Sociology–Criminal Justice System

INFO 303: Writing Across Media, a skill that all careers integrate


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Mark Your Calendars — Week of October 31

Pre-Law Events

Pre-Law 101 Workshop TODAY –  Monday October 31, 3-4pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building

This workshop is designed for incoming students who are new to pre-law or are interested in learning more about it. We will cover: what it means to be pre-law at Illinois; course selection, majors, and extracurriculars; building a pre-law resume; and what law schools are really looking for. We will outline a four year plan to maximize your undergraduate experiences in order to make a great law school candidate. We’ll also take any questions about law school and legal careers. Although registration for this event has closed, we will be able to accommodate students on a first-come, first served basis.  Each Pre-Law 101 session is the same. Incoming students should attend a Pre-Law 101 session prior to setting up an individual pre-law advising appointment.

Personal Statement and Resume Workshop – NEXT Tuesday, November 8, 4-5pm, Room 503, Illini Union Bookstore Building

The personal statement is one of the most difficult yet powerful elements of the law school application. Join us for this workshop, which will cover: What the personal statement is, how to prepare for writing it, and some tips and suggestions for making it reflect an applicant’s strengths. We will also discuss how the personal statement and resume can complement each other to create a stronger law school application. Please click on this link to register so that we can ensure enough seating and materials for everyone.

Great Opportunities This Week Across Campus

Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program — Deadline Wednesday, November 2!

Now in its second year of collaboration, the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) and the Graduate College offer the opportunity for first and second-year undergraduate students (including transfer students) to assist advanced graduate students (those who have completed all coursework requirements and are in the dissertation research stage) with their research projects. Through a one-on-one research experience with their graduate student mentor, undergraduate students will have the opportunity to learn what it means to do research, create knowledge, and produce scholarship. Undergraduate students will begin work with their mentors in Spring 2017.

Undergraduate researchers will be given flexible course credit, at a minimum of 2 (equal to approximately 6 hours per week) and a maximum of 3 credit hours (equal to approximately 9 hours per week). Undergraduate students will attend regular (biweekly, i.e., every other week) class meetings with OUR and Grad College instructors, as well as work one-on-one with their graduate mentors. Students will also complete a final project, consisting of a research poster, to be presented during “Undergraduate Research Week” sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR). For more information, including how to apply, please see the blog on OUR’s webpage – The URL for the blog post is:

Deadline for application is November 2, 2016. Questions may be addressed to:; please put “URAP” in the subject line.

Pre-Law Club and Pre-Law Honors Society Present – Wake Forest University School of Law, NEXT Monday, November 7, 6pm, Lincoln Hall Room 1060

Want to meet law school admissions people and learn more about the stress-inducing personal statement? Wake Forest University School of Law will be coming to deliver a presentation on how to craft a strong personal statement as well as provide tips on how to approach the law school application process.  All pre-law students are welcome so mark your calendars and take advantage of this great opportunity!

The Career Center fall workshop calendar is posted on their website at: If you have not done so already, update your resume, plan your job search or summer internship, and get to know their office and resources. All sessions will be held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street, unless otherwise indicated. Upcoming workshops include:

  • Finding an Internship, Tuesday, November 1, 4 pm
  • Global Career Opportunity: Careers and the UN and International Organizations, Wednesday, November 2, 3-6pm, School of Information Sciences Bldg, Rooms 126 & 131
  • Creating Your Powerful Resume, Wednesday, November 2, 4-5pm
  • Creating Your Powerful Cover Letter, Wednesday, November 2, 5-6pm
  • Translating Your Study Abroad Experiences, Wednesday, November 2, 6-7pm
  • Resume, Cover Letter, & LinkedIn Reviews
    • October 31, 2-4:30pm at the Career Center
    • October 31, 7-9 pm, Undergraduate Library, Consultation Corner
    • November 1, 2-4:30pm at the Career Center
    • November 1, 5:30-7:30, the IKE, Room 1010A
    • November 2, 2-4:30 pm at the Career Center
    • November 2, 7-9pm, Undergrad Library,Consultation Corner
    • November 3 & 4, 2-4:30pm at the Career Center
    • November 6, 4-9pm, Undergrad Library, Consultation Corner

More Career Center events and times are listed on their website.  Click on this link to see what other programs are being offered!

Law School Admissions Events

Save the Date – Midwest Law School Virtual Fair is Wednesday November 9th

Planning to apply to law school in the Midwest?  The Virtual Fair will allow you to have your admissions questions answered by representatives from law schools across the Midwest in this FREE live online event.  Get immediate answers to your pressing questions without the cost of travel.  Only a one-time registration is required to explore and interact with multiple schools. For more information, call 770-980-0088 or to register:

New York University Law School — Online Admissions Event — Tuesday, November 15, 9-10am CST

To chat live with an admissions officer, plan ahead to join our online information sessions this fall. We strive to offer all applicants at least one opportunity to join these online sessions with an admissions officer in order to ask questions about our programs, the admissions process, or application procedures in a public forum. Go here for more info and to participate in this event.

Upcoming Law School Open Houses and Admissions Events

As we explained in an earlier blog post, most law schools will offer tours or open houses for prospective applicants.  Upcoming events include the following Open Houses: the University of Chicago Law School – Monday, November 21; DePaul University College of Law – Saturday, November 12; John Marshall Law School – Saturday, November 19. For more information check out the blog post or go to our Compass page for a list of such events at several Illinois law schools.  You can find it by going to Compass and clicking on the “Applying to Law School” tab.  It is the first item in that section. Fall break is usually a good time to attend one of these events or to contact the schools to arrange a visit so make your plans now!

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Law School Open Houses and Tours – To Go or Not to Go?

The answer: go! Try to attend as many open houses and tours as you can. Make the time now to attend these events to visit the school, see what you think of the location, observe a class or two if possible, and consider other factors that are important to you. Attending open houses will make your law school decision much easier later on.

Once the Law School Fair is over on Tuesday, you should begin planning and registering for open houses and touring schools. Listed below are the open houses or tour opportunities for schools in Illinois.

Open House/Tour Info for Illinois Law Schools 2016-2017

Note, the first open house is THIS weekend at John Marshall on October 8. The next one is on October 15 at Chicago-Kent.

Please check our Compass page for more information. The information is located in Compass under the “Applying to Law School Folder.”

Once you decide to attend a law school open house or tour, here are a few things you should do.

  1. REGISTER! Make you are following the school’s directions and reserve a spot for the open house or tour.
  2. Dress professionally for the event. Likely the open houses will have a business casual dress code. Tours may be more casual attire, but check with the school and see what they encourage prospective students to wear.
  3. Read the website and be familiar with the time, date, where to park, and what to bring to the event.

Also, research schools that you are considering out of state. Most schools offer open houses throughout the year and regular tours. Make use of the week off for Thanksgiving break and the long winter break for farther distance trips. Schedule these events early!







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3 Ways to Improve Your Resume This Year

When you apply to law school, admissions deans will be taking a close look at your resume to see how you spent your time as an undergrad. Law schools aren’t looking for hundreds of cookie cutter applicants who all do exactly the same thing–you should feel free to explore your interests and passions while building your pre-law resume. Here are some tips on building a pre-law resume that will allow you to explore your interests while impressing a law school admissions dean.

1. Go somewhere.

What it is: Illinois now has tons of study abroad opportunities over summer, winter break, and semester or yearlong programs all around the world worth checking out. (Today is Illinois Abroad Day! Check out the daylong calendar of events here.) Or consider Illinois in Washington to gain federal government/political contacts in DC.

How it helps your law school resume: Like every industry, law is increasingly global in its reach. Law schools and legal employers like to see candidates with exposure to international cultures and issues, along with language skills. It shows not only an awareness of the global scale of local issues but a willingness to work with a wide variety of people from all kinds of backgrounds and an interest in other cultures. Language skills are a big plus to a multinational legal entity. If your goal is to work in federal government or politics domestically, getting those contacts and experiences early will be a huge plus in the competitive world of federal government work.

2. Do something meaningful with your time instead of watching more Netflix.

What it is: Illinois has literally hundreds of student organizations (called RSOs) about every imaginable topic. Whether your passion is music, art, volunteering, kids, the environment, or sports, something exists for everyone. Don’t see an RSO about your passion? Start one!

How it helps your law school resume: Law and legal issues are part of nearly every facet of life, so it is possible to link almost any passion to a career in law. First, law schools like to see people with passion, and they want to see applicants that actually spend time working on their passions rather than just reading about them. Second, law schools like to see applicants who demonstrate effective time management outside of the classroom. Third, law schools and the board of admission to the bar want to see people join the profession who understand community/social issues and the importance of giving back through pro bono (volunteer) work…in many states it is required of licensed lawyers.

3. Gain transferrable skills.

What they are: Transferrable skills refer to skills you can learn on the job or in an internship that carry over to other areas–in this case, the legal field. Take a look at employers’ top 10 attributes they want in a candidate. You don’t have to work in a law office to learn the transferrable skills necessary to be an effective lawyer: ability to work in a team, communication skills, problem solving, strong work ethic, technical/computer skills, in addition to working with clients, giving presentations, marketing, managing people, working with budgets/handling money, resolving conflict…all of these are necessary skills that law school does not teach you.

How it helps your law school resume: Law schools and legal employers want candidates who understand how a business functions and who possess the professional skills mentioned above. Importantly, work experience also allows you to explore different jobs and work environments to begin to identify what your priorities are in a career. Do you want a fast-paced work environment with lots of deadlines or do you prefer open time to prioritize yourself? Do you like working closely with clients or do you prefer a less people-oriented environment? Are you looking for a job with lots of independence or do you like being part of a team? These are all elements of the work experience that can help you identify your career priorities moving forward. Now is the time to explore!

For more information on pre-law resumes:

If you’re in the early stages of drafting a resume, explore the Career Center’s workshops and resume review offerings.

Attend a Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume workshop this fall. Follow the link for our workshop calendar and register there.

Check out our online resume resources on our website here.

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Welcome Back Edition

Welcome Class of 2020 and Welcome Back Pre-Law Students!

Hello students!  Our first blog post of the 2016-2017 school year features an overview of many of the events happening on campus in the next week and a brief update on Pre-Law Advising Services (PLAS), including information about our FREE practice LSAT being offered on Friday, September 9.   Scroll down for more on that.  We will resume our regular blogging schedule August 29.  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

Welcome Days/Welcome Week 2016 — August 18-25, 2016

To stay informed and updated about all Illinois Welcome Days events, including Quad Day this Sunday, August 21, download the Illinois Student Affairs App and open the Fall Orientation/Welcome Days 2016 Schedule here:  Scan the QR code on the Student Affairs page or search in the Apple App Store under “Illinois Student Affairs” or for Droid users search for “University of Illinois Student Affairs”.

Quad Day: Sunday, August 21!

The semester kicks off this weekend with Quad Day, Sunday, August 21, Noon-4pm. For more info about Quad Day and other Welcome Week Events, check out the Illini Union webpage:

Come out for a day of learning about any and every Registered Student Organization on the Illinois campus. Campus offices and local organizations will also be lining the Main Quad for you to get a taste of how diverse the university is and what it has to offer. The Illini Union vendors will be there, along with the Rec Room, so you can see what we are all about! Special performances by the Marching Illini and other RSOs will take place. With over 600 RSOs present, you are bound to find something you are interested in. Remember — law schools like to see applicants who are both good students and who are involved in their community.
 Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations
 Wake Up Call – Saturday, August 20th, 5 pm, Foellinger Auditorium

Sponsored by 100 STRONG and the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center

The Wake Up Call program was created with several purposes in mind including:

  • To provide incoming African American students with a list of resources that will assist them throughout their college career.
  • To encourage African American students to strive for academic excellence.
  • To promote African American unity throughout the campus and community.

With the assistance of current Illinois students, faculty and alumni, Wake-Up Call provides a forum for discussion on the topics relevant to the African American experience at Illinois via skits, multimedia, and the performing arts. We hope you will join us for informative, yet entertaining event. The theme for this year is A Different World, based on the late 80s/early 90s show. The concept will include ways for students to successfully adjust to college as it is a completely “different world” than what first-year students are leaving behind.

Sunday, August 21st, 3–5:30 pm — I Celebrate at Illinois

Nevada Street, between Mathews and Goodwin, Urbana
Sponsored by the Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations, New Student Programs, and University Housing

After Quad Day, celebrate the many diverse cultures of the University of Illinois with live music featuring Bomba Con Buya, an Afro-Puerto Rican Chicago-based ensemble, and Emcee One (Osage/Potawatami/Delaware and Puerto Rican), national speaker, DJ, and recording artist. We’ll also have a variety of games, a mehndi design artist, and an array of food samples, including Jerk Chicken, Chana Masala, and Churros. Make new friends, and learn about the programs offered at the 7 cultural and resource centers, and other university departments.

Paleta Social – Monday August 22nd, 6–8pm
La Casa Cultural Latina, 1203 W. Nevada St., Urbana

After the first day of classes, La Casa holds a social for new students to come and meet other new and returning students, while returning students can catch up with fellow classmates, all while enjoying a paleta/ice cream. It is also an introduction of La Casa to new students in an informal manner.

LGBT Resource Center Welcome Back Event – Wednesday August 24th, 4–6 pm (program starts 4:30 pm)
Illini Union 314 A & B

Celebrate the start of a new year with food, music, and opportunities to meet LGBT Resource Center staff, LGBT RSOs, campus partners, and more! Come find out how to get involved with and stay connected to LGBTQ life at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign! All students, staff, faculty, and community members including partners are invited.

Lunch @ La Casa -Thursday August 25th at Noon
La Casa Cultural Latina, 1203 W. Nevada St., Urbana

Meet and Greet La Casa Cultural Latina Staff. Learn about programs and events for the Fall semester.

Asiantation — Thursday, August 25th, 5–7 pm
SDRP Multipurpose Room (2nd floor) 301 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign

For over twenty years, students have been producing “Asiantation,” a new student-welcoming program and resource handbook to introduce first year students, transfer students, as well as graduate and professional students to the Asian and Asian American campus community and resources. Learn more about AAPI student organizations and see how you can get involved.

For more information on these and other OIIR happenings, go here for the full OIIR calendar of events.

To access the UIUC calendar for campus-wide events and holidays, go here:  For information about add/drop deadlines for classes and other information, check out the calendar for the Office of the Registrar here:

Other Campus Events and Opportunities

Luce Scholars Program — Information Sessions August 25 and 26

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 25th, NISP will offer an informational overview session, featuring an informal discussion with previous Luce Scholars. On August 26th, NISP will host a workshop designed to help students begin to craft their applications.

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

August 25th, 3:30-4:30pm – Informational session and discussion with a former Luce Scholar.

August 26th 3:30-4:30pm – Workshop on how to craft a Luce application.

More information about the Luce can be found here:

Campus Deadline for Rhodes, Marshal, Mitchell or Schwarzman Scholarships — Tuesday, August 23 — NOON!

The campus deadline for the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, or Schwarzman Scholarships-all scholarship materials must be submitted to the National and International Scholarships Program by 12:00 pm (noon).

Information regarding these scholarships can be found at:

Illinois Trial Team — Info Nights August 24 and 25, 6:30-8:30pm, College of Law

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!

We are the Illinois Trial Team, the undergraduate mock trial team at the University of Illinois. We are a group of motivated, pre-law focused students who learn actual courtroom techniques to use in competitive tournaments. We are ideal for students who want to go on to law school, make a group of close friends, and learn about the legal field of trial advocacy. We have info nights August 24th and August 25th from 6:30-8:30pm at the Law Building (504 E Pennsylvania Ave, Champaign) and tryouts the following week. Keep in mind, you must attend an info night in order to tryout. If you have any questions feel free to email us at or check out our website,

 PLAS Updates for Fall 2016

1. What’s going on at PLAS? All of our events are listed in our Event Calendar here:  You may also look at the right side of this page for info on events coming up in the next few weeks, which include a FREE practice LSAT on Friday, September 9! Note that some of our workshops have limited seating, like the Pre-Law 101 sessions and the practice LSAT, 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 August 29  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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Mark Your Calendars — End of Semester Edition — Farewell Seniors!

Information for Graduating Seniors and Alumni

First — congratulations and best wishes to our UIUC graduating Seniors!  We would love to hear from you so please keep in touch.  In fact, we have created a Linked In Group, entitled “Illini Pre-Law Alumni.”  This is an opportunity for PLAS to stay in touch with all of you and for you to stay in touch with your classmates and other UIUC alums. You never know when you might end up in a new city and need to network to find a new job or information on law school. Please go to LinkedIn to join our group.

Information for Fall Law School Applicants

Our events have concluded for this semester but we do have a public service announcement.  Fall law school applicants — do not forget to identify and meet with people whom you would like to write letters of recommendation on your behalf BEFORE you leave campus!  If you wait until the fall to make the request(s), you will likely find yourself waiting in line behind others who asked first!  For information on how to solicit letters of recommendation, go to our April 20 blog post. If you would like a helpful overview on letters of recommendation that you can share with letter writers, then go to the PLAS Compass Page and check out our “Guide to Letters of Recommendation” in the “Application Pointers” section.

Information for June LSAT Test Takers — Reminder about day of exam!

As we discussed in an earlier blog post, the June 2016 LSAT is the first test with new photo ID requirements.  Further, LSAC provides a list of day of test reminders here. It is absolutely critical that you look at this list well in advance of June 6 so that you follow the LSAC’s instructions to the letter.  Any violation of LSAC rules constitutes grounds for you to be dismissed from the test.  

PLAS Summer Activities and Office Hours 

Although we will not be regularly posting to our blog, we will occasionally post information of interest on Facebook (Pre-Law Advising at U of IL) and Twitter (@UIUCPreLaw).   If you need to schedule an appointment with a pre-law advisor over the summer, remember that PLAS Summer Hours are in effect and appointments are available in advance.  Just call the PLAS office at (217) 333-9669 to make an appointment.  Enjoy your break and look for announcements about our fall calendar when you return in August.

Have a great summer!

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Mark Your Calendars — Week of April 18

The semester is winding down but there are still plenty of things going on. Check out some of the final PLAS and other events of the semester.  Scroll down for info on our Applying to Law School Workshop for Fall Applicants which is TODAY, our Personal Statement Workshop on April 27, Fulbright Scholarship Info Sessions, a legal internship and more!

PLAS Events and Opportunities

Applying to Law School: A Workshop for Fall Applicants — TODAY, April 18, 4-5:30pm, Room 503 IUB

Are you a junior or senior planning to apply to law school this fall or next? This workshop will introduce you to each element of the application process. You will walk away with a master plan for completing your applications early, maximizing admission and scholarships! We’ll demonstrate how to use the Credential Assembly Service account while covering: Letters of recommendation and how to get them; transcripts and how they are summarized; creating a law school resume; application fee waivers; and budgeting for application expenses. We will also share checklists to keep you on task and strategies for building your application list. This workshop will not cover the personal statement; attend the separate Perfecting the Personal Statement and Resume workshop for pointers on those items. The last 15 minutes will be Q&A for you to get your questions about the application process answered.

Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume: Wednesday, April 27, 4-5pm, 514 IUB

Not sure what to write in your law school application? Students who plan to apply for law school this fall can get a head start by working on your personal statement and resume this summer! This workshop will cover: What the personal statement and law school resume are; how they complement each other; a plan for how to write the personal statement; tips and suggestions for how to maximize the personal statement and the resume as well as how to make them stand out. Bring your questions! Please register by going to our Events Calendar  and clicking on the registration link so that we can ensure enough seating and materials for everyone.

June 2016 LSAT Study groups – Taking the June LSAT? Think about joining a study group.  PLAS is helping to coordinate the creation of study groups for the June LSAT.  The process is simple. Students fill out the requested information in the Google form here:  We will create study groups based on your responses and email each student so that the group can coordinate study times.

Upcoming Campus Events

The Career Center spring workshop calendar is posted on their website at: If you have not done so already, update your resume, plan your job search or summer internship, and get to know their office and resources. All sessions will be held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street, unless otherwise indicated. Upcoming workshops include:

  • Getting the Job: Interviewing Tips, Wednesday, April 20 at 4:00 pm
  • Immigration Attorney Workshop: Friday, April 22, 2-3:30pm, The Career Center Interview Suite, (2nd floor of KAPLAN building by McDonald’s on Green St.) Room 213.  Immigration attorney Dhenu Savla will be visiting our campus on Friday, April 22nd. Ms. Savla speaks on immigration options after OPT and can answer questions about what options are available after the completion of F-1 or J-1 status in the U.S. This presentation will also include information about current immigration law issues including the OPT STEM extension and H1B lottery predictions. This event is co-sponsored by The Career Center, International Student and Scholar Services and Career Service Council (CSC) International Student Career Connections Committee. For more information, contact Un Yeong Park at

Illinois Fulbright Week Continues!

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards 2000 scholarships annually for studies, research or English teaching in 150 countries. U.S. citizens who are current juniors, seniors, graduate/professional students, or alumni may apply. The National & International Scholarships Program will host Illinois Fulbright Week through this Wednesday, April 20, featuring events for juniors, seniors, graduate/professional students and alumni who wish to explore Fulbright opportunities and begin preparing materials for the Fulbright Priority Deadline of July 1, 2016 for grants beginning in fall 2017.  This week’s events include:

Monday, April 18 

Fulbright Informational Webinar for Illinois Alumni and Students Abroad – 12:00-1:00pm CST. Register for the webinar here:

Fulbright Personal Statement Workshop – 3:00-4:30pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstore

Along with the Writer’s Workshop, we’ll explain everything you need to know about writing a Fulbright personal statement and help you begin to portray your own story!

Tuesday, April 19

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Application Workshop – 3:30-4:30pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstore

Learn how to put together a competitive statement of grant purpose for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship!

Wednesday, April 20

Fulbright Informational Webinar for Illinois Alumni and Students Abroad – 8:00-9:00am CST

Register for the webinar here:

Workshop: Designing a Fulbright Research Proposal

Undergraduates and recent alumni – 3:00-4:30pm, 161 Noyes — Registration for undergraduate students and recent alumni:

 Graduate students – 3:00-4:30pm, 308 Coble Hall — Registration for graduate students:

 Join us for a crash course in research design and methods especially for Fulbright applicants.  We will explain what a Fulbright selection committee will be looking for in your proposal, and then help you start laying the foundation of a solid research design.

See full session descriptions here:

Upcoming Off Campus Events and Opportunities

Summer Law and Leadership Academy – Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Summer Law and Leadership Academy is a one-week program designed to foster diversity in the legal profession. The program aims to introduce undergraduate students to the study of the law and expose students to a sampling of potential career paths available with a law degree. Students who attend will gain an understanding of what it’s like to study law at the graduate level. Current undergraduate students who have completed at least 50 credits and possess a 2.7 or above cumulative GPA are eligible to apply for the program.  Interested students should complete the online application form prior to April 25, 2016.

Apply here to include a letter of recommendation from your college professor or advisor.Questions? Contact Assistant Dean for Professional Development Chasity Thompson, ’02; Phone: (317) 278-3001;

Legal Internship Opportunity — Steigmann Law LLP

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

Have a great week!

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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,
  • 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:
  • 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

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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