Selecting A Law School

Making the Right Choice for You…

You’ve applied, you’ve waited, and you’ve been accepted – now you have to decide.  Although this might feel like the easiest part of the process, many applicants are surprised to feel unsure, anxious, and overwhelmed once they face making the final decision on where to attend law school.  It’s important to know that these feelings are normal!

As you advance through the application process you gain more knowledge and insights about the schools you have chosen to apply to, what it means to attend law school, and what the most important aspects of a law school are to you.  As a natural result, your priorities and perspectives about the schools you applied to may have also changed.  A school that may have been in the middle of your list – could now be your top choice.  A top choice school, may no longer feel like the right fit for you.

One of the most important things you can do at this stage is to reevaluate! 

In addition to your personal rankings and perspectives, you are also now working with more information about the realities of what your choices may be.  Some schools may no longer be options (aka you received a denial), you may have received generous scholarship offers you weren’t expecting.   This is an important time to step back and assess your situation – reevaluating your goals and seeking out information you need to feel confident in your decision.

Take a look at the following slides for perspectives on navigating your selection process:

Need to Talk? Join Us…

SOUND OFF @ 7: March 23|April 6

Many applicants seek peer perspectives through online discussion platforms and social media as way to help navigate the application process and create community.  Sound Off is a discussion group which aims to create a community unique to UIUC students and alumni who are participating in this year’s application cycle.  Sound Off provides an opportunity to discuss personal experiences, share insights, offer advice, and connect with one another. This is a great way to meet new people and establish a network of UIUC students who will be attending law school after graduation.  We hope you can join us!

Discussion are held at 7 pm via Zoom, visit the PLAS calendar for Zoom link and to learn more!

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Tips for Maximizing Spring Break

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Spring Break is right around the corner and is a wonderful opportunity to make some progress towards your law school goals. Here is our “Spring Break Top Ten” list to help you maximize Spring Break!

#10: Complete your FAFSA if you haven’t already

This is how financial aid for federal loans for summer/fall will be determined, whether you are a returning undergrad or planning on being an incoming law student next year, be sure to get this done ASAP!

#9: Think about what classes you want to take

Spring break is a great time to begin researching classes and upcoming academic opportunities. Check out our blog post: Guide to selecting Pre-Law coursework for Illinois students! Also, stay tuned for a future blog post about our suggested courses for the Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 semesters!

#8: Start thinking about your summer plans

Will you be working or completing an internship? Will you be taking summer classes?  Perhaps a Pre-Law Summer program is exactly what you need! Start making a plan for how you will maximize your summer. Check our internship newsletter and Handshake regularly for new opportunities!

#7: Research and Connect

Job shadow, or ask a law student or lawyer to spend 30 minutes doing an informational interview with you. Don’t be intimidated; this is an informal opportunity for you to have coffee with someone new and ask about their educational and/or professional life. Here’s a resource for planning your informational interview. 

#6: Get a head start on LSAT Prep

If you are in the early stages of your application process, consider using this time to take a practice LSAT. Go to this website to download a free practice test. When you’re done, you can score it and watch videos there with explanations of the answers.

#5: Visit Law Schools

Have you started receiving letters of admission to law schools? Consider using this time to visit (virtually or in-person) your top choices! This is also a good time to begin narrowing your list and withdrawing from schools that you know you are not going to attend.

#4: Start Planning

Are you getting ready to apply to the 2022-2023 cycle? Think about when you will take the LSAT. You’ll want to consider how much time you need to study and the possibility that you may choose to take the LSAT twice. June, August, or September are good test dates to consider.  Start building out your overall timeline for law school applications considering when you will submit an application and planning for big events in the fall!  Be sure to mark important deadlines and dates now!

      • Consider registering for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) if you will be applying to law school during the 2022-2023 application cycle.  This is the account you will need to open in order to have your recommendation letters processed, submit transcripts, and compile your application materials. Once you set it up, your account is good for five years. You can read all about it here.  We recommend setting up your account no later than August if you will be applying this cycle.
#3: Decide who will be your recommendation writers

Letters of recommendation will be necessary for many different opportunities throughout college including scholarships, leadership roles, internships, and other positions.  This is particularly true as you enter your upper-level years and prepare for your law applications.  If you are a junior or senior, you will want to consider approaching potential recommenders by the end of THIS semester for upcoming opportunities this summer or fall (including your law application). If you are an alum, reach out ASAP because the longer you wait the more difficult it is to track people down and for them to remember you.

#2 WORK AHEAD

The end of the spring semester is fast approaching. Consider carving out an hour or two a day to work ahead on a project or assignment, internship and/or leadership application, or your resume. By working ahead you are setting yourself up to make your last few weeks go really smoothly! Your future self will thank you.

#1 Recharge!

Returning from spring break not only means the final weeks of the semester are approaching, but the end of the entire academic year – it will be busy! Get some rest, reconnect with friends and family, catch up on your favorite shows, read for fun, get outside! Use this time to reflect, rest, and regroup!

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March Snapshot

Spring is almost here! Here’s to a month full of warmer weather and more amazing events and opportunities! Keep checking this post as we will continuously update it throughout the month.

March 1: Application Deadline! Last day to apply for Southern Illinois University School of Law’s Diversity Prelaw Summer Institute. For more information about this opportunity, click here.

March 1: The Career Center at Illinois “Creating Your Powerful Resume” In-Person Workshop at 5:00 pm, The Career Center Conference Room 143. Click here for additional information.

March 2: AccessLex “Applying to Law School: A Strategic Approach For Underrepresented Students” Webinar at 11:00 am. Click here for additional information.

March 2: LSAC “A Look Toward the Future: Planning Your Legal Career Today” Webinar at 1:00 pm. For additional information or to register, click here.

March 2: PLAS Workshop- Application Roadmap and Gap Year at 4:00 pm. Click here for additional information.

March 3: AccessLex “Choosing a Law School” Webinar at 2:00 pm. Click here for additional information.

March 3: UIUC Counseling Center– Test Anxiety Workshop at 3:00 pm via Zoom. Click here for additional information.

March 3: The Career Center at Illinois “Creating Your Powerful Cover Letter” In-Person Workshop at 5:00 pm, The Career Center Conference Room 143. Click here for additional information.

March 3: University of San Francisco School of Law Webinar: “Information Session on Criminal Law” at 6:30 pm. To access this event, click here.

March 4: University of Houston Law Center Webinar: “Law in the Lone Star State” at 11:00 am. Click here for additional information.

March 8: UIUC Counseling Center– Test Anxiety Workshop at 2:00 pm via Zoom. Click here for additional information.

March 9: PLAS Workshop- Law Chat Live: Selecting a Law School at 12:00 pm. Click here for additional information.

March 9: University of San Francisco School of Law Webinar: “Information Session on Environmental and Energy Law” at 6:00 pm. To access this event, click here.

March 9: PLAS Event- Sound Off: Peer Discussion Group at 7:00 pm. Click here for additional information.

March 10: AccessLex “Applying to Law School” Webinar at 11:00 am. Click here for additional information.

March 11-12: March 2022 LSAT Administration. Good luck to all of our test takers! 

March 12-20: Spring Break! 

March 13: Application Deadline! Last day to apply for the Summer 2022 Minnesota Pre-Law Scholars (MPLS) Program. For additional information about this program or to apply, click here.

March 15: Application Deadline! Last day to apply for the 2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS). For additional information, click here.

March 15: Application Deadline! Last day to apply for the Environmental Law & Policy Center’s Science & Policy summer internship in their Chicago office. For more information about this opportunity, click here.

March 15: “Strategies for Success” Webinar with law representatives from eight different law schools across the country at 11:00 am. For additional information or to register, click here.

March 15: AccessLex “Paying for Law School” Webinar at 3:00 pm. Click here for additional information.

March 16: Deadline! Last day to register for the April 2022 LSAT Administration. Visit LSAC to register.

March 16: Ms. JD 2022 Annual Virtual Law School Fair from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm. For more information about the fair and how to register, click here.

March 16: University of Illinois College of Law Prospective Student Webinar: “Admissions Open Forum” at 2:00 pm. For additional information, click here.

March 18: Application Deadline! Last day to apply for the Division of General Studies Summer Peer Advisor program. Email a cover letter, resume, and three references (including email and phone number) to Jessica Arnold (jarnold7@illinois.edu) by 5:00 pm.

March 18: Application Deadline! Last day to apply for Chicago-Kent’s Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program. To learn more about this opportunity, click here.

March 20: Application Deadline! Last day to apply for a Summer 2022 Illinois Student Admissions Representative position (I STARs). For more information about this position or to apply, click here.

March 21: National and International Scholarships Program information session for juniors and seniors at 2:00 pm via Zoom. For additional information or to register, click here.

March 22: National and International Scholarships Program information session for juniors and seniors at 11:00 am via Zoom. For additional information or to register, click here.

March 22: AccessLex “Building Your Law School Budget” Webinar at 11:00 am. Click here for additional information.

March 22: PLAS Workshop: Pre-Law 101- Session 1 at 5:00 pm. Click here for additional information.

March 23: LSAC “Decision Day: Choosing the Right Law School” Webinar at 1:00 pm. For additional information or to register, click here.

March 23: National and International Scholarships Program information session for juniors and seniors at 4:00 pm via Zoom. For additional information or to register, click here.

March 23: PLAS Event- Sound Off: Peer Discussion Group at 7:00 pm. Click here for additional information.

March 24: La Casa Cultural Latina “Lunch on Us” at 12:00 pm.

March 24: Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations Undocu/DACA Student Support “ALAS” Introductory Meeting at the OVCDEI Building (614 E. Daniel St., 3rd Floor, Room 3070) at 6:30 pm. For additional information or to register, click here.

March 28: National and International Scholarships Program information session for freshmen and sophomores at 3:30 pm via Zoom. For additional information or to register, click here.

March 29: National and International Scholarships Program information session for freshmen and sophomores at 1:00 pm via Zoom. For additional information or to register, click here.

March 29: AccessLex “Applying to Law School: A Strategic Approach For Underrepresented Students” Webinar at 2:00 pm. Click here for additional information.

March 29: PLAS Workshop: Pre-Law 101- Session 2 at 5:00 pm. Click here for additional information.

March 30: Application Deadline! Last day to apply for The Career Center Undergraduate Summer Internship. View details on Handshake. Questions can be directed to James Castree at castree2@illinois.edu

March 31: Application Deadline! Last day to apply for the University of Memphis School of Law’s 2022 Virtual PLUS program. To learn more about this summer opportunity, click here.

March 31: Application Deadline! Last day to apply for the Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program. For additional information about this program or to apply, click here.

March 31: Application Deadline! Last day to apply for the Career Center’s Undergraduate Summer Intern position. For more information about this opportunity or to apply, click here.

March 31: LSAC Webinar: “Prelaw Professionalism in the Virtual and Physical World” at 1:00 pm. For additional information or to register, click here.

March 31: National and International Scholarships Program information session for freshmen and sophomores at 3:00 pm via Zoom. For additional information or to register, click here.

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The LSAT with Peer Advice and Perspectives

The LSAT

The LSAT (Law School Admission Test) is administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).  The LSAT assesses critical thinking skills and is an essential aspect to the law school admissions process, similar to the ACT or SAT for undergraduate admissions.

The Basics:
      • The LSAT consists of two parts, the Multiple-Choice (MC) and Writing portions. 
          • The MC portion of the exam is the graded portion of the exam.  It consists of four, 35-minute sections.  There is one graded section each of reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, and logical reasoning question types.  The fourth section of the MC portion is an ungraded, experimental question section.
          • The Writing portion of the exam is taken at a separate time from the MC section.  This section consists of a 35-minute persuasive writing exercise.  The Writing portion is ungraded, but most be completed to receive a MC score.
      • The LSAT is a digital, remotely proctored exam.  The exam is administered multiple times each testing cycle, with summer and fall administrations typically being the most popular.  Test takers may choose from a selection of days and times during each administration. 
      • Plan Ahead! Advanced planning is essential for success on the LSAT.  We typically recommend planning to spend 4-6 months prepping for your first exam and registration deadlines are approximately six-weeks in advance of test dates.

To learn more about the LSAT, visit lsac.org or view a recording of the 2022 LSAT Bootcamp: Session 1 below. 

Peer Perspectives!

Student peers can be some of the best resources for students to turn to while navigating the law school admission process. Everyone has their own, unique journey, so it can be beneficial to gain different ideas and perspectives.

Three of our undergraduate pre-law students, Rama, Adem, and Stella, share their personal experiences with the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and offer insights and advice for anyone who is preparing to sit for an upcoming LSAT administration. 

Please note there are many preparation resources available for students, including those for free or low-cost through LSAC.  Explore the many options available and find what is right for you.  Don’t hesitate to reach out to our office to talk through an individual study plan for you!

Want to learn more?

Check out this helpful presentation by LSAC to learn more about the LSAT, preparation resources available, and logistics for signing up for an upcoming exam!  

LSAT Bootcamp – Session 1

Presented by the Law School Admission Council

Click here to view online!

*LSAT Bootcamp – Session 1 was recorded on February 1, 2022.

Additional Resources | Test Anxiety

Many students find taking tests, completing assignments, and/or giving presentations very stressful. At times, this stress can be counterproductive and negatively impact performance. Fortunately, there are ways to address anxiety so that you can do your best work. During the academic year, we offer drop-in Test Anxiety Workshops. These workshops are free for students, but space is limited, so we request that you register in advance by completing a brief form for the date you want to register. Test Anxiety Workshops | University of Illinois Counseling Center

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Tips and Tricks on Navigating Any Interview Process

As a pre-law student, you will likely come across many opportunities to interview. Perhaps you are interviewing at the law school of your dreams or for a summer internship. Maybe you have started networking and have a few informational interviews scheduled. Regardless, interviewing is an important aspect to many opportunities you will have as an undergraduate student and will be an essential skill as you look toward a career in law.

No matter what type of interview you have coming up, we are here to help! In this post you will find helpful insights and information you need to know about interviews–what they are, how to prepare for them, and what to expect. Happy Interviewing!

INTERVIEWING FOR:
INTERNSHIPS/SUMMER POSITIONS

What is the purpose of the interview? Interviews are generally part of an internship application process. This is also true of summer positions, regardless of whether they are paid. Employers and Internship Hosts want to get to know you and evaluate if you are a good fit for the position. Applicants also have an opportunity to get to know the employer/internship host and ask questions.

INTERVIEWING FOR:
LAW SCHOOLS OR SPRING VISITS

What is the purpose of the interview? In addition to admission, law schools might use the interview to screen candidates for scholarships, research opportunities, or special programs such as law school ambassadors. It is definitely worth an applicant’s time and effort to take the interview seriously.

TIP: Know what kind of interviews your preferred law schools offer.

Research your law schools’ websites to see whether and what format of interview is offered. Not all law schools offer interviews as part of their admissions process and the format of interviews can vary between different institutions. It is important to know if interviews might be part of your experience.   We’ve provided some examples of interview formats below for reference!

      • First come, first served interviews–Some law schools like Northwestern offer interview slots to all applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.
          • Note – IF you are applying Early Decision then you must interview and it must be complete by the ED deadline.
      • Group interviews–Some schools may offer group interviews in selected cities or virtually.
      • By invitation only – Some law schools like University of Chicago choose to interview applicants after applications are submitted and by invitation only.
      • Recorded interviews – Some law schools are now offering applicants the opportunity to record an interview. Usually this is how it works: You are given a prompt, and then 2-3 minutes to think about that prompt. Then the webcam records you for a few minutes while you give your answer to the prompt.

INTERVIEWING FOR:
NETWORKING/INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEWS

What is the purpose of the interview? Informational interviews are a wonderful way to network with professionals and to learn about the profession you are interested in. Typically informational interviews are short and rely on you to come prepared with questions for the expert.  While these may be less formal than a job or law school interview, you still need to be prepared, professional, and most importantly, yourself.

Securing an informational interview can be as simply as  reaching out and asking. Don’t be intimidated; this is an opportunity for you to buy them coffee and ask about their professional life. Here’s a resource for planning your informational interview. Check out this additional resource on the topic from the Career Center.

GENERAL INTERVIEWING TIPS

ALWAYS BE PREPARED:
    • Do your research. You should expect them to ask you “Why this law school or this employer or this opportunity?” and they will want to hear specific answers. Take a careful look at the appropriate websites, blogs, videos, and/or news articles. Get to know the place you are interviewing at.
    • Be prepared with specific talking points about the school or employer that interests you. For example, if this is a law school interview, you may want to research a particular journal, clinic, moot court, externship, or certificate program that is interesting to you. If this is an internship or summer position, understand the work they do and how you can contribute.
    • Carefully review your resume and be prepared to discuss anything on it.
    • You may also be asked something like “What are your career goals?” or “Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?,” or even “Why do you want to be a lawyer?” and you should be prepared to discuss your career interests.
    • Decide how you will address the inevitable “What are your strengths and weaknesses” question.
    • Behavioral interviewing – “Tell me about a time when…”. This mode of interviewing will ask you to address a hypothetical or refer back to prior situations and experiences.  For example, you might be asked to tell about a time when you resolved a conflict, managed a team project, made a mistake, or made a big decision.
    • Practice. Sign up for a mock interview with Career Services, or have a lawyer/professor/trusted person sit down with you and ask you mock questions. Think carefully about what you want to say, and how you can best convey it.
    • Know the format – plan accordingly.  Many interviews are now conducted via Zoom/online format.  It is important to know the format and plan accordingly for best success. Make sure you have equipment that is working and select a location that is a quiet place without interruptions. Also, take a picture with your webcam before the interview so that you can see what’s behind you…you may be surprised to see that pile of laundry or unmade bed in the background.
“At” the interview:

Although many schools, companies, and organizations have moved to online formats for interviewing, almost all of the same “rules” that apply for traditional interviews are true for online formats as well.  No matter what type of interview you have, be sure to follow these important tips. Make sure that you look professional and

    • DO NOT BE LATE under any circumstances. Allow yourself plenty of time for parking/traffic/restroom. If you absolutely cannot avoid being late, call the office to let them know. This applies to online interviews as well. Make sure you are online and everything is working properly. Don’t assume that because it is online that you can hop on 30 seconds before.
    • Make eye contact, introduce yourself, and shake hands (if appropriate). (You would be surprised how many people skip this. Seriously.
    • Dress up. This is not a business-casual situation; business formal is best unless the interview parameters explicitly state something else. Even if you are on Zoom or online, treat it just as seriously and professionally as if you were in-person.
    • Engaging in small talk is not only socially necessary but also gives the interviewer an idea of how good you are at making people feel comfortable talking with you–a critical skill to be a successful lawyer. This might even be part of the interview itself.
        • Some interviews may be “recorded” and are conducted by question prompts instead of a traditional back and forth conversation.  Think about ways you can help express your personality if small talk is not part of your interview structure.
    • Bring questions for the interviewer.  Most interviewers will ask if you have any questions for them. Use the opportunity to ask some thoughtful questions. Some examples might include:
            • What are the most important qualities in a Law School X student or, in a Business Y employee or intern?
            • How would you describe the student body/atmosphere here?
            • What challenges do you see current law students facing?
            • What’s the best advice you have for an aspiring law student/lawyer?
    • Thank the interviewer for their time. Reiterate your interest in the law school or position you are applying to.
After the interview
    • Follow up with an email thanking the interviewer for their time.
    • Include something specific that you learned or enjoyed about the interview. Examples:
        • Thank you for your advice about _______________; I found that very insightful.
        • It was so interesting to hear your perspective on the unique qualities of this school or position.
        • I appreciate your candid advice on ____________________.
    • Take the opportunity–again–to reiterate your interest.
    • Reflect on the interview. What went well? What could you improve? What did you learn that was really useful?
    • Celebrate! Congratulations, you completed the interview!

 Finally, check out these tips on interviewing from The Career Center.

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Alumni Attorney Talks

Alumni Attorney Talks is a virtual series which aims to provide prospective law students with helpful insights about attending law school and pursuing a legal career. This series features interviews with University of Illinois alumni working in a variety of diverse settings within the legal profession.

Sharone R. Mitchell, Jr.

Illinois Cook County Public Defender 

Sharone R. Mitchell Jr. | Crain's Chicago Business | Crain's Chicago Business

Quick facts about Sharone R. Mitchell, Jr.:
    • Law School: DePaul University College of Law
    • UIUC Undergraduate Major: Political Science
    • Mr. Mitchell’s Three Words to Describe an Attorney:

Empathetic | Critical | Diligent

Check out this insightful interview below!  

To learn more about Mr. Mitchell and the Cook County Public Defender’s Office click here.

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Make the most of your spring!

Spring semester is here and this is an important time to look ahead at what you can do to best prepare yourself for your future law school adventures, including planning your spring task-list, finalizing summer plans, and setting fall goals.

Below are some suggested areas to prioritize this spring depending on your point in your journey to law school…

Freshmen and Sophomores:

Apply for Summer Jobs and Internships.  Do you have summer plans locked down? If not, apply for jobs and internships. This is a great way to gain valuable experiences and enhance your resume. Check out our internship newsletter here or browse available opportunities on UIUC’s Handshake page.

Apply to Summer Pre-Law Programs These short summer programs are a wonderful opportunity for students interested in the legal profession. They typically last 3-5 weeks and are usually free for qualified students. Application deadlines vary, but are typically in March and April. If you are interested in these programs check out our newsletter here or hop over to LSAC and start your application process as soon as possible!

Sophomores – Start researching the LSAT. Not ready to take the real LSAT yet but wondering what it’s all about? Then it’s time to make LSAC (Law School Admission Council) your best friend! This is the organization that manages the LSAT. Learn how to prepare for the LSAT and even take a free test here.

Job Shadow/Informational Interviews. Job shadow or ask a lawyer to spend 30 minutes doing an informational interview with you. Don’t be intimidated; this is an opportunity for you to buy them coffee and ask about their professional life. Here’s a resource for planning your informational interview. And here’s anther resource on the topic. For more formal interview tips, check out this resource.

Keep up. Use this time to reassess your study plans and goals and prepare for finals–those grades are very important to law schools! Feeling stressed, overwhelmed or anxious? Consider these student wellness resources to support you.

Juniors and Alumni Applying during the 2022-2023 cycle:

Make your LSAT plans.  Taking the April or June LSAT? Select your prep option and start studying as soon as possible. You want to give yourself the most time to prepare. Ideally, you will study for 4-6 months prior to taking the LSAT. Keep this in mind when selecting your ideal LSAT examination date. Spring break can be a great time to crank up your LSAT studying.

      • Ready to register for your preferred date? Click here for the April LSAT and here for the June LSAT.

Taking a Summer or Fall LSAT? Now is the time to research LSAT prep options. Visit the LSAC website here to learn about resources available including Kahn Academy (free), LSAT Prep, and LSAT Prep Plus  They also include a list of prep books (hyperlink) available and a list of commercial companies who offer services.

      • Stay Tuned for our LSAT Q&A blog post with recent LSAT takers for first-hand advice later this month!

Decide who will be your recommendation writers.  Applications to law school require letters of recommendation. You will want to approach your recommenders by this May/June (at the end of THIS semester) so they have plenty of time to write the letter and your performance is still fresh in their mind. If you are an alum, reach out ASAP because the longer you wait, the more difficult it is to track people down and for them to remember you.

Plan to Register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).  This is the account you will need to open to have your recommendation letters processed.  The fee to register is $195 so you will need to budget accordingly.  Be sure to get signed up no later than August if you will be applying in the upcoming cycle.  Once you set it up, your account is good for five years. You can read all about it here.

Mark your calendars.  We have upcoming workshops just for you that you should plan to attend including the Exploring Legal Education and Application Roadmap. Find them all on our Event Calendar.

Seniors taking a gap year (or two) prior to law school:

Decide who will be your recommendation writers.  It’s a good idea to decide who on campus will write your recommendations, and approach them by the end of this semester to make contact. If you are applying during the 2022-2023 cycle, you’ll want to secure those letters soon. If you are planning on applying in a future cycle, it will be important to make contact with your recommender and ask for support. Your recommender will be better prepared to assist you in a year or two if you keep in touch regularly. Plus, regular contact will help with timing. Remember, if you wait too long to make contact,  your preferred professor may be gone, on sabbatical, retired, etc., so it’s better to get them now.

Register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).  If you plan to apply during the 2022-2023 cycle, register for CAS in the summer or early fall. If you plan to apply in a future cycle, hold off on CAS until you are closer to applying.

Gap Year Workshops. We have upcoming workshops just for you that you should plan to attend, including our Application Roadmap/Gap Years workshop in March. Find them all on our Event Calendar.

      • Internship Newsletter – Be sure to check out the Internship Newsletter which includes post-grad opportunities for ideas and available positions!
Seniors and alumni headed to law school this fall:

Get applications in ASAP! If you are still preparing applications for this cycle,  Touch base with our office ASAP – we are here to help!

Continue Researching!  If your applications are in then you will soon be in the decision making phase.  It is time to make sure that you have all the information needed to make your final decision.  Make final visits to law schools and/or attend admitted student days.

      • HousekeepingOnce you’ve decided where to attend, be sure to withdraw from the other schools that have admitted you so that they can offer that seat and/or scholarship to someone else.

Get organized! Mark important dates on your calendar – including seat deposits, admitted student open house days, and scholarship deadline information…

Stay Connected – Attend Programs! Attend upcoming workshops for guidance on successfully navigating your post-admissions process. Here’s a few we think will be valuable to you:

Apply for additional scholarships. We’ve posted a lot of information about this over on our Resource page!  Also, use your favorite search engine to explore other scholarship opportunities. Here’s a list to get you started. There may be some wonderful local, state and/or national scholarship opportunities with your name on it!

 

Planning to be enrolled in school next fall?  It’s FAFSA time!

Complete your FAFSA if you haven’t already. This is how financial aid for federal loans for summer/fall will be determined, whether you are an undergrad or an incoming law student.

Final Thoughts

Regardless of where you are on your pre-law journey, remember we are here to support you and you’ve got this!

 

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February Snapshot

We hope your semester is off to a great start! This month is full of different events and opportunities that you won’t want to miss! Check out the list of upcoming programming below…

February 1: Campus B Spring 2022 Positive Impact Internship Information Session at 4:30 pm EST. Click here for additional information.

February 1: PLAS Workshop: 2022 LSAT Bootcamp- Session 1 at 4:00 pm. Click here for additional information.

February 2: Illinois College of Law “Is It Too Late to Apply?: Discussing the Current Application Cycle, How the Waitlist Works and Transferring from Other Schools” Webinar at 2:00 pm. Click here to register.

February 2: AccessLex “Choosing a Law School” Webinar at 8:00 pm. Click here for additional information.

February 3: Registration Deadline! Last day to register for the March 2022 LSAT.

February 3: Registration Deadline! Last day to register for the February LSAC Digital Law School Forum. Click here for additional information.

February 3: AccessLex “Applying to Law School: A Strategic Approach for Underrepresented Students” Webinar at 7:00 pm. Click here for additional information.

February 4: Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Conference and Law Fair 2022 (virtual) from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. Click here for additional information.

February 4: Cornell Prelaw Program in Paris virtual information session at 11:00 am. Click here to register and learn more about this great opportunity!

February 5: February LSAC Digital Law School Forum from 1:00-6:00 pm CST. Register by February 3. Click here for additional information.

February 7: Application Deadline! Last day to apply for Campus B’s Spring 2022 Positive Impact Internship. Click here for additional information.

February 7: PLAS Workshop: 2022 LSAT Bootcamp- Session 2 at 4:00 pm. Click here for additional information.

February 7: UIUC Career Center “Career Fair Preparation” Workshop at 5:00 pm at The Career Center, Conference Room 143. Click here for additional information.

February 8: AccessLex “Applying to Law School” Webinar at 5:00 pm. Click here for additional information.

February 9: 2023-2024 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Virtual information session at 1:00 pm. Click here to register and click here to learn more about the program’s various opportunities.

February 9: Washington University School of Law Discord Event: “Everything Under the Sun Q&A” at 4:00 pm. To access this event, click here.

February 9: University of San Francisco School of Law Webinar: “Information Session on Immigration Law” at 6:00 pm. To access this event, click here.

February 9: United Nations Careers Live! Webinar: “UN Careers for Recent and Upcoming University Graduates” at 7:00 am. To access this event, click here.

February 10: AccessLex “Paying for Law School” Webinar at 11:00 am. Click here for additional information.

February 10: PLAS Workshop: Navigating Post Applications at 4:00 pm. Click here for additional information.

February 10: Legal Humanities Panel: The Futures of Legal Humanities at 7:30 pm via Zoom. Click here for additional information.

February 11: PLAS Workshop: Navigating Post Applications (encore) at 12:00 pm. Click here for additional information.

February 11: Washington University School of Law Discord Event: “WashULaw Live” at 12:00 pm. To access this event, click here.

February 11: Washington University School of Law Discord Event: “Current Student AMA” at 4:00 pm. To access this event, click here.

February 11-12: February 2022 LSAT Administration. Good luck to all of our test takers!

February 15: PLAS Workshop: Exploring a Legal Education at 4:00 pm. Click here for additional information.

February 16: Application Deadline! Last day to apply for the James Dunn 2022-2023 Fellowship Program with the Office of the Illinois Governor.  The fellowship program is for post-graduates and includes a stipend.  Click here for more information.

February 16: LSAC LawHub “What Law Students Wish They Had Known Before Law School” Webinar at 1:00 pm. For additional information, click here.

February 16: Cornell Prelaw Program in Paris virtual information session at 4:30 pm. Click here to register and learn more about this great opportunity!

February 16: AccessLex “Building Your Law School Budget” Webinar at 7:00 pm. Click here for additional information.

February 17: The Department of Urban and Regional Planning is hosting a Black History Month Discussion Panel at 12:30 pm via Zoom. Click here for additional information.

February 17: Indiana University Maurer School of Law “The Life of a Maurer Student” virtual event at 6:00 pm. Click here for additional information. 

February 18: Indiana University Maurer School of Law “What are Maurer Lawyers Doing?” virtual event at 5:00 pm. Click here for additional information. 

February 19: Indiana University Maurer School of Law is hosting their annual Diversity Law Day. Click here for additional information. 

February 21-26: The University of Memphis School of Law is hosting their 2022 Diversity & Pre-Law Week- Bridging the Gap: Inspiring Connection in a Divided World. To learn more about their virtual events and programming, click here.

February 21: The University of Memphis School of Law “Bridging the Gap Through Justice” virtual event with Attorney Kylar Broadus at 11:50 am. Click here for additional information.

February 21: PLAS Workshop: Pre-Law 101- Session 1 at 5:00 pm. Click here for additional information.

February 21: UIUC Career Center “Acing Your Interview” Workshop at 5:00 pm at The Career Center, Conference Room 143. Click here for additional information.

February 22: Master of Public Health at Illinois “Ask-a-Student” informational Q&A session at 6:00 pm via Zoom. For more information, click here.

February 23: Registration Deadline! Last day to apply for Illinois Leadership Center’s (ILC) i-Program: Imprint. Click here for additional information.

February 23: Spring 2022 Majors & Minors Fair at the Illini Union, Ballrooms A, B, and C at 1:30 pm. Click here for additional information.

February 23: LSAC LawHub “LSAC PLUS Program Q&A” at 2:00 pm. Click here for additional information.

February 23: PLAS Workshop: Law School Scholarships-  Law School Admissions Perspective at 5:00 pm. Click here for additional information.

February 24: First day of the 8-Week program “Mindfulness Training-Finding Peace in a Frantic World” every Thursday from 9-10 am. Click here for additional information.

February 24: The University of Memphis School of Law “Bridging the Gap Through Healing and Story Telling” virtual event with professors Sarah Katz and Deeya Haldar at 11:50 am. Click here for additional information.

February 25: The Career Center is hosting a virtual panel event for students at 12:00 pm, in partnership with the Research Park. They will have a discussion with a variety of Research Park employers on how to land an internship and make the most of the opportunities there. To register for this event, click here.

February 28: PLAS Workshop: Pre-Law 101- Session 2 at 5:00 pm. Click here for additional information.

February 28: DEADLINE!  TRIALS Summer Program with Harvard and NYU application deadline. Click here for additional information and to apply!

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January Snapshot

Welcome 2022!  As we start the new year and begin the spring semester, please check out the upcoming dates, deadlines and events for January!

 

January 1: Happy New Year!

January 3: Deadline! Last day to apply for Odyssey Project Internships. Find more information here.

January 5:  February LSAT Registration Deadline

January 7: Deadline! Last day to apply for the White House Fellows Program. Click here for more information.

January 10:  Winter Break is a great to to research and plan for the upcoming semester and summer.  Be sure to check out our Internship Newsletter, Scholarship Newsletter, and Course Recommendations on our Resource Page!

January 11: Marshall-Motley Scholars (for aspiring civil rights lawyers) Program Information Session 11:00 am CST.  Click here to register.

January 12:  AccessLex Webinar “Applying to Law School: A Strategic Approach for Underrepresented Students” at 3:00 pm CST.  Click here to register.

January 14:  First Day of Testing – January LSAT

January 14: Deadline! Last day to apply for the Sidley Austin LLP Summer Pre-Law Scholars Program. Click here for more information.

January 14: Deadline! Last day to apply for the National Public Radio Internship. Click here for more information.

January 14: Deadline! Last day to apply for the Stinson Diversity Scholarship/Diversity Fellowship. Find more information here.

January 17:  MLK, Jr Day Observed – University Closed.  Check out the 2022 list of events celebrating MLK, Jr. and his legacy at UIUC!

January 18:  First day of instruction – Spring 2022 (virtual)

January 18: Deadline! Last day to apply for The Point Foundation Scholarship. Find more information here.

January 21: University of Houston Pre-Law Pipeline Program Information Session at Noon.  Click here for additional information.

January 22: Northern Illinois University College of Law Virtual “Student Life” Open House at 10:00 am. Click here to learn more.

January 23: Deadline! Last day to apply for the Summer 2022 Heritage Internship in Washington, DC. Find more information here.

January 24:  Spring 2022 in-person instruction resumes – welcome back!

January 24: UIUC Career Center Event– “Creating Your Powerful Resume” The Career Center Conference Room 143 at 5:00 pm. Click here for more information.

January 25: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Online Lecture– “Education for Revolutionary Non-Violence” with Dr. Hakim Williams at 12:00 pm. Click here for more information.

January 25:  Virtual Event – “Finding Justice: How Attorneys Help Victims and Survivors of Human Trafficking Across the U.S.”.  2:00 pm CST, click here to learn more.

January 25: LSAC LawHub Webinar– “The Year Ahead: The LSAT, Law School, and Beyond” at 3:00 pm. Click here for more information.

January 26: UIUC Career Center Event- “Creating Your Powerful Cover Letter” The Career Center Conference Room 143 at 5:00 pm. Click here for more information.

January 26: LSAC LawHub Webinar- “The Year Ahead: Getting Ready for 1L and Beyond” at 12:00 pm. Click here for more information.

January 27:  PLAS Workshop: Application Roadmap (for those contemplating 22-23 application cycle or later) at 4:00 pm.  Click here for additional information.

January 27: Kappa Alpha Pi-Info Night at 6 pm at the Digital Computer Lab Room 1320.

January 27: Pre-Law Club-Welcome Back Event in room 1035 at the Campus Instructional Facility (CIF) at 7pm.

January 28: Deadline! Last day to apply for Teach for America for the current application cycle. Find more information here.

January 29: Rolls-Royce Innovation i-Program from 10am to 4pm. Lunch is provided. Click here to register and for more information. Register by January 26th.

January 31: Registration closes for Illinois Leadership Center’s (ILC) i-Program: Blended Ignite. Click here for additional information.

January 31: University of Houston Pre-Law Pipeline Program Information Session (encore) at 6:00 pm. Click here for additional information.

January 31:  Full semester course add deadline

January 31: Deadline! Last day to apply for the U.S. Department of  Transportation Internship in Washington, DC. Find more information here.

January 31: Deadline! Last day to apply for the Office of Legislative Affairs Internship in Washington, DC. Click here for more information.

January 31: Deadline! Last day to apply for the DDR Lawyers Legal Scholarship. Find more information here.

January 31: Deadline! Last day to apply for the fall Driggs, Bills & Day Law Firm Scholarship. Click here for more information.

January 31: Deadline! Last day to apply for the Kevin T. Early Memorial Scholarship. Find more information here.

January 31: Deadline! Last day to apply for the McAndrews Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship. Click here for more information.

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Alumni Attorney Talks

Alumni Attorney Talks is a virtual series which aims to provide prospective law students with helpful insights about attending law school and pursuing a legal career. This series features interviews with University of Illinois alumni working in a variety of diverse settings within the legal profession.

Featuring: Judge Katherine Kern

Judge Kern is a Federal Administrative Judge with the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board.  The Merit Systems Protection Board examines important issues related to the federal workforce. The Board is an independent, quasi-judicial agency in the Executive branch that serves as the guardian of Federal merit systems.  The mission of the MSPB is to “Protect the Merit System Principles and promote an effective Federal workforce free of Prohibited Personnel Practices.” 

To learn more about the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board visit their website: U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (mspb.gov).

Quick facts about Judge Kern:

    • Law School: University of Illinois College of Law
    • UIUC Undergraduate Major: Political Communications
    • Judge Kern’s Three Words to Describe an Attorney:

Representative | Story-Teller | Officer-of-the-Court

Be sure to check out this insightful interview!

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