Greenlight Giving CollegeCONNECT – Pilot Program free and exclusively designed for UIUC Pre-Law Students!

PLAS has a very unique opportunity we’ve arranged with a new networking initiative called “Greenlight Giving CollegeCONNECT.  This particular initiative of Greenlight Giving started as a project with Yale Law Students to develop what it means to truly network as an individual and within a committed group of similarly-focused peers.  The feedback that these students provided was unbelievably positive – and many students still report continued success and utilization of skills gained from the experience.

Now some of you may be as connected as Yale Law Students – but many of us are not! – and that’s why Greenlight decided to develop a program that can reap the same benefits of smart networking and build it specifically to a constituency of students at a public university with a more diverse group of students.  They felt that the U of I was the perfect place to develop the program – and have worked for the last year to prepare and develop the program to meet U of I student needs – and want to provide it free this year as a pilot to  a select group of UIUC Pre-Law Students!

We are looking to create 5 or 6 teams of students composed of 5-6 members per team.  Each team will move the program together and complete tasks and approach challenges together.

If you are interested in participating in this free pilot program that could be the entry to a new and major network for you – please visit for sign-up information.  The kick-off event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Please forward this message to motivated and interested students in your group that you could envision taking the initiative to benefit from such a program!

You can read more about Greenlight Giving’s organization at

Looking forward to your participation and success!

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Even Supreme Court Justices have to work on their writing.

NPR’s Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg recently interviewed Justice Sotomayor about her soon-to-be published memoir. In this clip (below) Justice Sotomayor tells a fascinating story about how she learned to improve her writing in college. Even though the Justice was an excellent high school student, in college she quickly found that she had room for improvement. She took it upon herself to work on her writing all summer. It’s refreshing and inspiring to hear someone in such a powerful legal position admit that getting there took a lot of effort!

Writing well is critical to being an effective advocate. Justice Sotomayor’s story is inspiring, and hopefully it motivates prospective law students to be very engaged in your education, both inside and outside of the classroom.

You can listen to or read the interview with Justice Sotomayor here.

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Introducing our blog!

WELCOME BACK to campus! And welcome to our new blog!

Farewell to our newsletter, the Pre-Law Informer. For four years we have been sending it out every week. Now, we’re happy to be joining the Blogosphere! Just like our newsletter, our blog will still cover information about the application process, upcoming event information, interesting articles about the legal field, book reviews, and more. Plus, the blog is searchable and archived for easy reference!

This blog will be updated throughout the week. To subscribe to our feed, click on the orange icon in the upper right corner of our page and add our site to your Google Reader or whichever reader you prefer.

Our event calendar is also linked to our blog. Upcoming PLAS events are listed in the upper right corner of the blog, and you can click the link to find out more or to register.

We’ve added some of our favorite helpful links as well–browse through the listings on the right, grouped by topic.

We’ll be adding more links and details to the blog over the coming weeks. We hope you enjoy reading it, and we look forward to hearing your feedback!

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Welcome to our new format!

For 4 years now, we’ve been sending our weekly e-newsletter, the Pre-Law Informer, to all UIUC Pre-Law students. Now we’re trying something new.

Starting this fall semester, we will be moving away from the newsletter format into this blog. We’ll still be posting the same kinds of helpful information–articles and reminders about the application process, information about upcoming events, and links to internships and job opportunities. We think this format is a major upgrade because we’ll be able to update it more easily and more frequently. Plus, we’ll be able to add links to interesting articles and websites that readers will find helpful.

We hope you enjoy this new format! Join us as say goodbye to the newsletter to join the Blogosophere.

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