Mark Your Calendars — Week of January 25

Pre-Law Events

IIT Chicago-Kent Open House with Professor Dan Katz: Wednesday, January 27, 4:00 – 4:45 pm in IUB 504.

Professor Dan Katz from IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law will be here to meet pre-law students and chat about Chicago-Kent’s programs and people. Have a question for Professor Katz about his work with Law Lab? Want to chat about being a 21st century lawyer? Want to know more about Chicago-Kent or law school generally? Stop by and talk with Professor Katz before his workshop!

 “Becoming a 21st Century Lawyer” with IIT-Chicago Kent Professor Dan Katz: Wednesday January 27, 5:00 – 6:00 pm in 1064 Lincoln Hall.

What does it take to be a successful 21st century lawyer? The legal market has experienced drastic changes as technology has disrupted traditional legal services. What are current trends in the legal market, and how will it change in the future? Join us as we host Dan Katz, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Law Lab at Illinois Tech–Chicago Kent College of Law. Professor Katz will share his unique insights into today’s legal market, including cutting-edge technological legal skills that 21st century lawyers need. He will outline steps that today’s pre-law students can use to begin building the skills of a 21st century lawyer, and he will demonstrate how he is changing legal services by launching The Law Lab.

Students will learn about the current legal market and cutting edge new legal service delivery, understand what skills future legal employers are seeking, and know how to begin developing those skills NOW.

Read more about Professor Katz here: http://www.chicagolawyermagazine.com/Archives/2015/05/Dan-Katz-IIT-Chicago-Kent.aspx

 LSAT Prep FairIf you plan on taking the LSAT at any time in the future, you should also plan on attending the 2016 LSAT Prep Fair. Join us on Monday, February 1, in Illini Union Room B from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. The fair will have six LSAT prep companies in attendance with whom you may speak to learn what options and services they offer to prospective LSAT-takers. Four of the companies will also have mini-workshops where you can experience their teaching styles and methods firsthand. The prep companies will be offering BIG discounts to students who attend – so make sure you’re there! Snacks and beverages will be served and you can enter for a chance to win an LSAT prep course scholarship!

LSAT Prep Course Scholarship Contest – DEADLINE February 5 at 5:00 pm.

Illinois students: Are you taking the June LSAT but not sure you can afford a full LSAT test prep course? Thanks to the generous donation of Kaplan Test Prep, Pre-Law Advising Services is pleased to announce the availability of two full LSAT prep course scholarships courtesy of Kaplan Test Prep. The recipients will be able to use the scholarships on Kaplan’s LSAT In-Person, Live Online or Self-Paced Courses. To learn more about Kaplan, go here:http://www.kaptest.com/LSAT/Home/index.html.

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:

  • Have you taken an LSAT prep class before?
  • What is your financial need? It is not necessary to provide exact numbers, just give us a sense of your financial situation and why a scholarship is necessary.
  • How can this scholarship help you achieve your goals?

Email your resume and essay to Judy Argentieri at jargenti@illinois.edu by February 5, 2016 at 5pm.  Winners will be announced the week of February 8!

Note: Pre-Law Advising Services has no formal affiliation with any test prep company and does not endorse any particular LSAT prep method. 

 

Campus Events

Illinois in Washington summer semester applications are due Feb. 1. For more information check out the Illinois in Washington website.

Career Center Opportunities Fair – Tuesday, January 26, 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Career Center (715 S. Wright St.)

Learn more about the Career Center enhance your Illinois experience and build your resume. This open house will include food and prizes

Career Center Workshops – Unless otherwise indicated, all workshops are held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street. For more information or to register for an event, click here.

  • Getting the Job: Interviewing Tips, Wednesday, January 27, 6-7 pm.
  • Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters, Thursday, January 28, 5-6 pm.

Illinois Leadership Center – i-Programs

  • Ignite – Develop skills in leading change and understanding systems thinking. Will be held on Saturday, February 6. For more information on the event and to register, please visit: http://www.illinoisleadership.illinois.edu/.

Study Abroad Summer 2015 Faculty Led Programs–Applications due Feb. 1. These are 2-5 week study abroad programs over summer break with automatic Illinois credit. This could be a great way to manage both study abroad and taking the LSAT. For a list of available courses and application materials, visit the study abroad website here.

Internship and Scholarship Opportunities

We hope you have been utilizing our 20 page Internship Newsletter over on our Pre-Law Compass page that we posted in December! (Click here for instructions on how to access our Compass page.) It’s got lots of job and internship listings for spring, summer and long-term opportunities from Champaign to D.C. and beyond.  In addition, a few more summer internships have been posted on I-Link so keep checking there to seek what has been added! We have listed a couple of these new openings below.

Paid Summer Internship Program at Reproductive Rights and Social Justice Organization — Application Deadline February 1, 2016!

The Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) is a 10-week paid summer internship program sponsored by the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College. Undergraduate students intern at reproductive rights and social justice organizations around the country. Organizations work on a wide array of issues from reproductive health, immigrant rights, food justice, LGBTQ rights, anti-violence, prison abolition, intimate partner abuse, labor rights, and public policy.

Some of the participating organizations include: Advocates for Youth, Sadie Nash Leadership Project, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Amnesty International, Political Research Associates, HealthRight International, Justice Now, the Audre Lorde Project, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Tewa Women United, the Prison Birth Project, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, National Asian Pacific American Womens Forum, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.

Locations include: Washington DC, New York, NY, Boston, MA, Chicago, IL, Atlanta, GA, New Orleans, LA, Montgomery, AL, Denver, CO, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco/Oakland, CA, New Orleans, LA, Santa Fe, NM, Bloomington, IN, Louisville, KY, Amherst, MA, Burlington, VT, Miami, FL, Nashville, TN.

Internship stipend is $3500.

Eligibility requirements:

-Must currently be an undergraduate student at a US college/university
-Must not be graduating in Spring/Summer 2016
-Must be able to attend the CLPP Conference in Amherst, MA, April 7-10, 2016 (CLPP will cover all travel costs for students who live outside of Western Massachusetts)

More information and an application are available at:http://clpp.hampshire.edu/internship

Application deadline: February 1, 2016. Note: This week’s highlighted internship opportunity was posted in I-Link so access it through your I-Link account:

Paid Summer Internship at the Nuclear Energy Institute – Application Deadline is January 31!

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) has a number of openings for paid interns beginning in the summer of 2016. The Nuclear Energy Institute (www.nei.org) is the policy organization of the nuclear energy and technologies industry and participates in both the national and global policy-making process. NEIs mission is to ensure the implementation of policies that promote the beneficial uses of nuclear energy and technologies in the United States and around the world. To that end, NEI works to establish unified industry positions on the regulatory aspects of generic operational and technical issues. NEI’s members include all entities licensed to operate commercial nuclear power plants in the United States, nuclear plant designers, architect/engineering firms, fuel fabrication facilities, nuclear materials licensees, and other organizations and entities involved in the nuclear energy industry.

Interns at NEI will work with seasoned nuclear professionals in the technical, communications, policy development, government relations and legal areas on issues critical to the industry. Internships are 10 weeks and take place during the summer. All applicants must submit an application that includes a resume and a copy of their transcript. Applicants must participate in an in person interview or by phone, if requested.

For more information on NEIs internship program, please contact the NEI Human Resources Department at resumes@nei.org. Applications are being accepted for review between December 15, 2015 and January 31, 2016. Applications submitted beyond January 31, 2016 may be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis thereafter.

In addition, there are other opportunities for jobs in the nuclear industry, at nuclear facilities, law firms and consulting and lobbying organizations. For information on jobs in the nuclear industry please visit our website athttp://www.nei.org/careersandeducation/.

The Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division is currently accepting applications for student volunteers. See their description here.

Scholarship opportunity for those entering law school this fall

The ABA Diversity Scholarship is designed for underrepresented students who demonstrate financial need and community involvement. Awards will be $15,000 for entering law students, which is renewable for years 2 and 3 of law school.  Applicants must be entering law school in 2016 and submit an application, personal statement, and statement of financial need by March 2. Find the application and more details here.

University of Illinois STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) students are especially invited to apply for Carlson Caspers Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship ProgramDeadline March 1, 2016!.

This scholarship program is for current undergrads who will enter law school in Fall, 2016, and intend to practice intellectual property law in the Twin Cities area upon graduation. Visit their website for more information and to apply: http://carlsoncaspers.com/Firm/InclusionAndDiversity/1LDiversityScholarshipProgram

 

Have a great week!

It’s January — Get Your Applications In ASAP!!

If you are applying to law school this cycle and do not have your applications in, get them in ASAP!  Remember: this is a rolling admissions process! What is your hold up?

Personal Statement: If you are struggling with drafting your personal statement, get cracking!  Not sure how to get started?  Check out our “Perfecting Your Personal Statement” video on the PLAS Compass page You can also look at our tips both on Compass and the PLAS website.  Once you have a draft, you are welcome to contact the PLAS office at (217) 333-9669 to set up an appointment with an advisor to go over your personal statement.  REMEMBER: you need to submit your draft personal statement 2 business days prior to your appointment!

Addendum:  If you have to submit an addendum to explain something related to a character and fitness disclosure or to explain something else in your application, just sit down and write it!  No amount of hand wringing is going to change a law school’s requirement that you submit this.  Not sure how to begin? First —  Check out the PLAS website to help you get started. Next — Go to the PLAS Compass page for more specific advice.  Both the “Perfecting Your Personal Statement” and “Character and Fitness” videos (found within the “Application Pointers” section) provide information to help you decide how to craft this document.  Once you have a good draft, feel free to make an appointment with a pre-law advisor to discuss it.  We have the same policy for a written addendum as we do for the personal statement: submit your draft 2 business days prior to your appointment.

Letters of Recommendation: Have your letter writers turned in your letters?  If not, you should gently remind them that you need letters submitted to LSAC before the law schools that require LORs will review your applications.  If you haven’t yet asked for letters of recommendation ASK TODAY!

Transcripts:  You need to submit your request for your most recent UIUC transcript to be submitted to your LSAC-CAS account.  Here is a link to the UIUC Registrar’s Office and to LSAC’s explanation of transcripts.  Note: if you have already submitted your applications, you still are obligated to submit an updated transcript to LSAC as part of your continuing obligation to disclose new information and supply updates to your file.  Go here for information on this requirement.

Good Luck!

Welcome Back Edition — Week of January 18, 2016

Welcome back to spring semester! LOTS of excellent opportunities are coming up, including the Sidley Austin Pre-Law Scholars Program – application deadline THIS FRIDAY – so be sure to give this week’s blog a read.

Pre-Law Advising Services Workshops and Programs

We have updated our Spring Semester calendar of events! Check them out on our website here.

Becoming a 21st Century Lawyer: January 27, 5-6pm, 1062 Lincoln Hall

What does it take to be a successful 21st century lawyer? The legal market has experienced drastic changes as technology has disrupted traditional legal services. What are current trends in the legal market , and how will it change in the future? Join us as we host Dan Katz, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Law Lab at Illinois Tech–Chicago Kent College of Law. Professor Katz will share his unique insights into today’s legal market, including cutting-edge technological legal skills that 21st century lawyers need. He will outline steps that today’s pre-law students can use to begin building the skills of a 21st century lawyer, and he will demonstrate how he is changing legal services by launching The Law Lab.

Students will: Learn about the current legal market and cutting edge new legal service delivery, understand what skills future legal employers are seeking, and know how to begin developing those skills NOW.

Read more about Professor Katz here: http://www.chicagolawyermagazine.com/Archives/2015/05/Dan-Katz-IIT-Chicago-Kent.aspx

2 Ways to Win an LSAT Test Prep Scholarship

(1) The PLAS-sponsored LSAT Test Prep Company Fair is set for Monday, February 1, 2016, 4-6pm, Illini Union Room B! This event is a chance to learn more about several commercial LSAT test prep companies, participate in informative mini-workshops conducted by the companies and win discounts on test prep materials and scholarships for courses! To find out who is coming and see the workshop schedule, keep checking the PLAS website for updates on the fair.

(2) Are you taking the June LSAT but not sure you can afford a full LSAT test prep course? Thanks to the generous donation of Kaplan Test Prep, Pre-Law Advising Services is pleased to announce the availability of two full LSAT prep course scholarships courtesy of Kaplan Test Prep. The recipients will be able to use the scholarships on Kaplan’s LSAT In Person, Live Online or Self-Paced Courses. To learn more about Kaplan, go here: http://www.kaptest.com/LSAT/Home/index.html.

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:

  • Have you taken an LSAT prep class before?
  • What is your financial need? It is not necessary to provide exact numbers, just give us a sense of your financial situation and why a scholarship is necessary.
  • How can this scholarship help you achieve your goals?

Email your resume and essay to Judy Argentieri at jargenti@illinois.edu by February 5, 2016 at 5pm.  Winners will be announced the week of February 8!

Note: Pre-Law Advising Services does not endorse any commercial LSAT test prep company.

Are you new to pre-law at Illinois? Pre-Law 101 will be held Monday, Feb. 8 at 4:00pm. This workshop will cover: What it means to be pre-law at Illinois;what law schools are really looking for; what pre-law students can do to maximize their undergraduate years; how to build a strong pre-law resume; what resources are available to assist pre-law students at Illinois. For more details and to register, click here.

Upcoming Law School Events–OPEN TO ALL PRE-LAW STUDENTS

The Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Day is set for Friday, March 4, 2016,  from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee is open to all students. For more information and to register, visit their website here. Cosponsored by Marquette University Law School and University of Wisconsin Law School, this FREE event includes lunch and:

  • an update on law school admissions in Wisconsin featuring the University of Wisconsin and Marquette Law Schools;
  • an overview of the Law School Admission Test with practice questions;
  • breakout workshops featuring a mock class for students ; and
  • law school fair featuring admissions representatives from law schools around the country. Over 20 law schools have already registered for this event! Click here for a list.

Law School Open Houses and Admitted Students Days

As we first mentioned in several of our fall blog posts, many law schools host open houses for prospective applicants and all law schools strongly encourage students to visit their campuses.  Note: spring semester is a time when many law schools will host events specifically for admitted students. Make sure you check the law school websites to see what types of events the schools in which you have an interest are offering.   Listed below are upcoming events for two Illinois law schools.

DePaul University College of Law Open House, Saturday, January 23, Tour = 9am; program begins at 10am. For more information and to register, go here.

Chicago Kent Law School Open House, Saturday, January 30, 9am-2pm.  For more information or to register, go here. 

John Marshall Law School Open House, Saturday, January 30, 9am-Noon. For more information or to register, go here.

Upcoming Campus Events

Illinois in Washington summer semester applications are due Feb. 1. For more information check out the Illinois in Washington website.

The Career Center has posted its spring workshop calendar on their website at: https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/. Now is a great time to update your resume, plan your job search or summer internship, and get to know their office and resources. Upcoming workshops include:

  • Finding an Internship, Jan. 20, 5-6 pm
  • Career Fair Prep: Maximize Your Experience, Jan. 20, 6-7 pm
  • Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters, Jan. 21, 4:00 pm
  • Career Certificate – International Students (CCI) Info Session – Monday, Jan.25, 4:00pm, The Interview Suite, 616 East Green Street, Room 213
  • How to Sell Your LAS Degree at the Business Career Fair – Tuesday, Jan. 26, 12:30-1:30pm, 1002 Lincoln Hall

Ilinois Leadership Center will host several upcoming I-Programs. For more information and to register, visit their website here.

  • Ignite: Saturday, February 6
  • Petullo Insight: Saturday, February 13

Study Abroad Summer 2015 Faculty Led Programs–Applications due Feb. 1. These are 2-5 week study abroad programs over summer break with automatic Illinois credit. This could be a great way to manage both study abroad and taking the LSAT. For a list of available courses and application materials, visit the study abroad website here.

Internship and Scholarship Opportunities

We hope you have been utilizing our 20 page Internship Newsletter over on our Pre-Law Compass page that we posted in December! (Click here for instructions on how to access our Compass page.) It’s got lots of job and internship listings for spring, summer and long-term opportunities from Champaign to D.C. and beyond.  In addition, a few more summer internships have been posted on I-Link so keep checking there to seek what has been added! We have listed a couple of these new openings below.

Paid Summer Internship Program at Reproductive Rights and Social Justice Organization — Application Deadline February 1, 2016!

The Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) is a 10-week paid summer internship program sponsored by the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College. Undergraduate students intern at reproductive rights and social justice organizations around the country. Organizations work on a wide array of issues from reproductive health, immigrant rights, food justice, LGBTQ rights, anti-violence, prison abolition, intimate partner abuse, labor rights, and public policy.

Some of the participating organizations include: Advocates for Youth, Sadie Nash Leadership Project, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Amnesty International, Political Research Associates, HealthRight International, Justice Now, the Audre Lorde Project, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Tewa Women United, the Prison Birth Project, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, National Asian Pacific American Womens Forum, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.

Locations include: Washington DC, New York, NY, Boston, MA, Chicago, IL, Atlanta, GA, New Orleans, LA, Montgomery, AL, Denver, CO, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco/Oakland, CA, New Orleans, LA, Santa Fe, NM, Bloomington, IN, Louisville, KY, Amherst, MA, Burlington, VT, Miami, FL, Nashville, TN.

Internship stipend is $3500.

Eligibility requirements:

-Must currently be an undergraduate student at a US college/university
-Must not be graduating in Spring/Summer 2016
-Must be able to attend the CLPP Conference in Amherst, MA, April 7-10, 2016 (CLPP will cover all travel costs for students who live outside of Western Massachusetts)

More information and an application are available at: http://clpp.hampshire.edu/internship

Application deadline: February 1, 2016. Note: This week’s highlighted internship opportunity was posted in I-Link so access it through your I-Link account:

Paid Summer Internship at the Nuclear Energy Institute – Application Deadline is January 31!

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) has a number of openings for paid interns beginning in the summer of 2016. The Nuclear Energy Institute (www.nei.org) is the policy organization of the nuclear energy and technologies industry and participates in both the national and global policy-making process. NEIs mission is to ensure the implementation of policies that promote the beneficial uses of nuclear energy and technologies in the United States and around the world. To that end, NEI works to establish unified industry positions on the regulatory aspects of generic operational and technical issues. NEI’s members include all entities licensed to operate commercial nuclear power plants in the United States, nuclear plant designers, architect/engineering firms, fuel fabrication facilities, nuclear materials licensees, and other organizations and entities involved in the nuclear energy industry.

Interns at NEI will work with seasoned nuclear professionals in the technical, communications, policy development, government relations and legal areas on issues critical to the industry. Internships are 10 weeks and take place during the summer. All applicants must submit an application that includes a resume and a copy of their transcript. Applicants must participate in an in person interview or by phone, if requested.

For more information on NEIs internship program, please contact the NEI Human Resources Department at resumes@nei.org. Applications are being accepted for review between December 15, 2015 and January 31, 2016. Applications submitted beyond January 31, 2016 may be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis thereafter.

In addition, there are other opportunities for jobs in the nuclear industry, at nuclear facilities, law firms and consulting and lobbying organizations. For information on jobs in the nuclear industry please visit our website at http://www.nei.org/careersandeducation/.

The Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division is currently accepting applications for student volunteers. See their description here.

Scholarship opportunity for those entering law school this fall

The ABA Diversity Scholarship is designed for underrepresented students who demonstrate financial need and community involvement. Awards will be $15,000 for entering law students, which is renewable for years 2 and 3 of law school.  Applicants must be entering law school in 2016 and submit an application, personal statement, and statement of financial need by March 2. Find the application and more details here.

Sidley Austin LLP Summer Pre-Law Scholars Program — Applications Due THIS FRIDAY January 22!!

The Sidley Prelaw Scholars Initiative aims to increase diversity in law schools, and eventually, within the legal profession by subsidizing the LSAT preparatory course and law school application expenses of talented, racially diverse college students who may have difficulty paying the expenses associated with applying to law school. Successful applicants will receive funding ($2,500 maximum) for:
(1) tuition for a Sidley-approved LSAT preparatory course; (2) registration fees for the June 2016 LSAT and the Credential Assembly Service (CAS); (3) law school application fees (up to seven); (4) CAS report fees (up to seven); (5) expert counseling on creating a successful law school application.

Selected scholars will also have the opportunity to attend the 2017 Sidley Scholars Summer Seminar (“S4”), a 2-3 day introduction to the structure of the American legal system and substantive instruction on the traditional first-year law school courses, as well as an opportunity to meet Sidley lawyers and other leaders in the legal community. In addition, upon successful completion of an approved LSAT preparatory course, completion of the LSAT, submission of at least five law school applications,confirmation of intention to matriculate to law school during Fall 2017, each Scholar will receive an additional $2,500 scholarship award. In the past three years, four UIUC students have been selected as Sidley Prelaw Scholars! Find this opportunity and many more in our Internship Newsletter posted over on our Compass page!

The 2015 Internship Newsletter is live on Compass!

The long wait for the 2015 Internship Newsletter is finally over!  Please visit our Compass page to begin combing through the newsletter for summer opportunities that interest you.  If you are a pre-law student, simply log in with your credentials to access the page.  If you are not pre-law but would like to access the newsletter, please follow the instructions here.  Positions are available throughout Illinois and across the country.  Many positions have due dates over break, so we encourage you to begin working on applications as soon as possible.

Remember that winter break is a wonderful time to rest and relax after finals, but it is also a time that you will have fewer obligations.  So, use your break to begin planning for summer.  By the time February rolls around, it may be too late to secure the summer position you want.  Graduating seniors should begin looking for post-graduation jobs, and juniors, sophomores and freshmen should decide how they will spend their summer months.

For those of you who plan on applying to law school in fall 2016, winter break is a great time to begin preparing for the LSAT.  Take a practice LSAT to see where your strengths and weaknesses lie.  We have uploaded a complete sample LSAT to Compass (source: LSAC.org) for your convenience, which can be found here.  You can never start studying too early!  Additionally, this will provide you with some perspective that will help you gauge which LSAT prep company is the best for you at the 2015 LSAT Prep Fair on Monday, February 1, from 4:00-6:00 pm in Illini Union Room B.

For anyone who has not applied to their prospective schools yet and wishes to start in fall 2016, FINISH YOUR APPLICATIONS! The time to submit is now!

Enjoy your break and Happy Holidays!

Harvard Law School events, End of Semester appointments

The December LSAT is over! Attention December LSAT Test Takers — Upcoming Appointment Times

For those of you who took the December LSAT, now is the time to continue working on your personal statement(s).  We have personal statement review appointments available until December 23 before closing the office for the holidays. We will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2016, and will have limited appointments available until spring semester begins (including phone appointments if you are not in Champaign). Make an appointment by calling 333-9669.

Harvard Law School invites all Illini to attend the following upcoming webinar sessions.

Women’s Law Association at Harvard Law School
December 8, 2015
6:00 PM EST
Please register for the session.

BGLTQ+ Life at Harvard Law School
December 9, 2015
6:00PM EST
Please register for the session.

Students of Color at Harvard Law School
December 10, 2015
6:00PM EST
Please register for the session.

International Students at Harvard Law School
December 16, 2015
5:00 PM EST (US)
Please register for the session.

Japanese Students at Harvard Law School
December 16, 2015
10:00 PM EST (US)
(December 17, 12:00 PM JST)
Please register for the session.

Have a great week and good luck on finals!

December LSAT Reminders, February LSAT Registration and the 2015 Internship Newsletter

Here are some reminders as Test Day approaches for those of you taking the LSAT this Saturday. Additionally, check out the registration information below for those of you planning to take the February LSAT and keep an eye out for the 2015 Internship Newsletter.

For December LSAT Takers

You’ve been prepping and you’re ready. As you enter the last days of prep, be sure to review the LSAC’s Day of the Test overview here. You may need to gather some test day items in advance. Some highlights:

  • Bring valid government ID along with 3-4 No. 2 pencils (not mechanical pencils).
  • You will also need to obtain a passport-style photo for your admission ticket.
  • Remember to bring a snack in a ziploc bag! It’s a long test. You’ll need it.
  • No cell phones–this has been a problem at some test sites! DO NOT BRING YOUR CELL PHONE.
  • Digital watches are not allowed–only analog watches can be used.
  • No purses, backpacks, or earplugs are allowed.

For February LSAT Takers
Regular registration is now open for the February LSAT and it closes on December 31. Late registration closes on January 8, 2016. Early registration is recommended so that you can get a seat at your preferred test site. To see future test dates or to register, visit LSAT Dates and Deadlines.

2015 Internship Newsletter Coming Soon! – The 2015 Internship Newsletter will be available on December 18, 2015, on our Compass page. If you have the time in the coming weeks and cannot wait to start your applications until the 2015 Newsletter is released, the 2014 Newsletter is still available on Compass. Many of the same internships will be offered again this year. Take look at the individual internships’ websites to find updated information for summer 2016 opportunities.

Good luck on your LSAT prepping, finals, and summer 2016 applications!

Mark Your Calendars — Week of November 30

PLAS Announcements

October LSAT Takers – We Want Your Feedback! If you sat for the October LSAT, we ask that you take a few minutes to let us know what study method you used and how helpful you thought it was in preparing for the LSAT. We have prepared a short questionnaire for you to complete, which can be found here.

Campus Events

Don’t Put the “Pro” in Procrastination – Tips for Prevention – 7-9 pm on December 1. Come to the Illini Union, Room 209, for this event sponsored by the Counseling Center.

 

Scholarship/Fellowship Opportunities!

Carlson Caspers Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship Program – University of Illinois STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) students are especially invited to apply for this opportunity.

This scholarship program is for current undergrads who will enter law school in Fall, 2016, and intend to practice intellectual property law in the Twin Cities area upon graduation. Deadline is March 1, 2016. Visit their website for more information and to apply:http://carlsoncaspers.com/Firm/InclusionAndDiversity/1LDiversityScholarshipProgram

Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad 

Studying a less-commonly-taught language? Seeking linguistic and cultural immersion? Boren Undergraduate Scholarships provide unique funding opportunities for freshman through seniors to study language and culture in non-Western regions critical to US interests. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

The strongest candidates have a solid academic record and the potential to succeed in their proposed study abroad experience, as well as clear plans for how they will use the target language in their future academic and professional endeavors. Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least 1 year after graduation.

The maximum awards are:
• $10,000 for a semester
• $20,000 for an academic year
• For STEM students only: $8,000 for a summer program (8 weeks minimum)

ROTC participants: see the special Boren-ROTC Initiative

The campus deadline is January 19, 2016. Please learn more about the campus process here. For complete information on Boren Awards preferred languages and countries, click here.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship

This fellowship is available to both graduate and undergraduate students.  Awards will be given for the summer and the academic year.  The awards are for study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, area aspects of professional studies or international studies.  The awards include tuition/fee payments and a generous stipend!

Info sessions: Thursday, December 3 and Friday, December 4, 126 GLSIS, 4-5pm.  For more information, visit http://publish.illinois.edu/illinoisflas/aboutflas. 

Have a great week and keep working hard as finals approach!

Course Selection Ideas for Spring

As you know, pre-law students come from ALL majors and there are no specific required courses to be a successful pre-law student. Here are some ideas of classes you may find interesting or useful. NONE OF THESE ARE REQUIRED but are merely offered as suggestions.

English 310: Introduction to the Study of the English Language
Unprotected Speech (Language and Law): What we can and cannot say, and why.
https://courses.illinois.edu/schedule/2016/spring/ENGL/310

The First Amendment reads, “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech,” but although much of our speech is protected, a great deal of it is not. The First Amendment has never protected obscene speech, incitement to violence, fighting words, or falsely shouting fire in a crowded theater, though some of these categories have proved difficult to define. This semester, we will study the workings of our language through the lens of protected and unprotected speech and writing: what we can say without fear of legal consequences, and what we can’t. Starting with the murderous attacks on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last year, we’ll look at the history of censorship, speech bans, and government surveillance of speech. We’ll see how the boundaries between permitted and banned speech shift over time and with context; how advances in technology change the border between public speech and private speech; whether speech codes are desirable or defensible; and how the concept of intellectual property informs and limits what we can do with our words, and with the words of others. All readings will be available on line. Students will be asked to write several short papers on the topics covered, and to participate in a group presentation on one of them.

Law 201: Basic Constitutional Law and Individual Rights 
https://courses.illinois.edu/schedule/2016/spring/LAW/201

Taught by Vikram Amar, the new Dean of the College of Law, this class is an introduction to the main themes of the American Constitution – with an emphasis on the First and Fourteenth Amendments – and to basic techniques of constitutional interpretation. Attention will be paid to the interplay of constitutional text, judicial doctrine, and constitutional decision-making outside the judiciary. No prerequisites.

Law 199: Introduction to Domestic Violence Legal Issues
https://courses.illinois.edu/schedule/2016/spring/LAW/199

This course will introduce students to legal and cultural issues in the domestic violence area. This course may be of interest to those interested in child and family studies, psychology, law, sociology, ethnography, gender and women?s studies, and/or political science. The course will consist of two 1 hr 20 minute interactive course meetings per week. You should expect to hear from many different “players” in the legal system in the form of guest lectures as well. Assessment will take the form of short multiple choice quizzes and written assignments; there will be no final exam.

JOUR 452 –  Great Books of Journalism
https://courses.illinois.edu/schedule/2016/spring/JOUR/452

This is an unusual class in that it is structured like a book club. The class will read eight books over the semester and one night a week will sit down in a comfortable seminar setting and talk about them—how they are structured, reported, narrated, written. The books are all classics of journalism and nonfiction. They range from books about political power and corruption, to endemic poverty, to oranges, to front-line soldiers in Iraq, to traveling the back roads of America, to living with the poorest of the poor in India. They range from historical investigative, to first-person poetic documentary, to matter-of-fact third-person descriptive, to deep personal reporter immersion, to combinations of all of these approaches. They reveal journalism on a far wider and grander stage than most ever imagine. Students write a  700-word essay on each book. No final exam but students  write a longer final essay on all the books. There are no prerequisites and the class is open to all majors.

Popular courses to build pre-law skills include the following. These are not required but are offered as suggestions. Some of these courses have prerequisites.

Classes to build oral and written communication skills
CMN 101: Public Speaking, CMN 211: Business Communication, CMN 321: Strategies of Persuasian, CMN 323: Argumentation, foreign language courses, upper level ENGL, HIST, PHIL, or PS courses

Classes to build logical reasoning skills
PHIL 102: Logic and Reasoning, or PHIL 103: Logical and Reasoning QRII, PHIL 202: Symbolic Logic

Classes to understand how our government is structured and how it regulates
PS 101: Intro to US Gov & Politics, PS 220: Intro to Public Policy, PS 302: The US Constitution II, PS 322: Law and Public Policy, Law 201: Basic Constitutional Law

Classes to explore legal issues
BADM 300: The Legal Environment of Business, GE 400: Engineering Law, RST 354: Legal Aspects of Sport, SOC 275: Criminology

Mark Your Calendars — Week of September 14

PLAS Events

Perfecting Your Personal Statement & Resume for Law School: Next Monday, September 21, 4:00 – 5:00 pm in IUB 514.

The personal statement and resume are a law school applicant’s opportunity to tell a school all about yourself and why you will make a great addition to their class. Students consistently tell us that this is the hardest part of the application, so we have developed this workshop to provide some insight. We will cover: what the personal statement is; how to begin writing it; what to include and exclude; writing separate addenda; how the personal statement and resume should work together; and an overview of the law school resume. Bring your questions because there will be plenty of time to ask them. Please register here.

Campus Events

Pre-Law Club/Pre-Law Honors Society Informational Meeting

Interested in learning more about joining either Pre-Law Club or Pre-Law Honors Society?  The clubs will be having a joint information session this Wednesday, September 16, at 7pm in Wohlers Hall, classroom TBD. Please RSVP by clicking on the following link by midnight tomorrow, September 15 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AXqUinyYBVK5i1tjDmrgJip1VPAemh6wbXlxKm7Br8M/viewform?usp=send_form.

Career Center

Career Center Workshops – Unless otherwise indicated, all workshops are held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street. For more information or to register for an event, click here.

  • Career Fair Prep: Maximize Your Experience, TODAY, September 14, 5-6 p.m
  • Getting the Job – Interviewing Tips Tuesday, September 15, 4-5pm
  • Creating Powerful Resumes & Cover Letters, Tuesday, September 15, 5-6pm
  • Internships and CPT for International Students, Tuesday, September 15, 4-5pm The Interview Suite 213, 616 E. Green (enter Kaplan building next to McDonald’s and head to 2nd floor)
  • Business Career Fair, Wednesday, September 16, 2-7pm, and Thursday, September 17, 2-7pm, Activities and Recreational Center (ARC)
  • Pizza and A Professional “Interning at Research Park”, Friday, September 18,
    12:00 PM1:00 PM
    The Interview Suite 213, 616 E. Green (enter Kaplan building next to McDonald’s and head to 2nd floor)

History Careers Night –  Thursday, September 17, 2015,  5 PM-7PM, 1002 Lincoln Hall

Come hear what four successful entrepreneurs did with their History degrees! All majors are welcome! Refreshments provided! Sponsored by the Department of History.

PANELISTS:

Anne Lukeman, Coordinator of Video Production, Office of Public Affairs, UIUC
Scott Mayer, Account Manager, Gamma Partners LLC
Steven Schulwolf, Principal Attorney/Managing Partner, Law Firm of Michaels, Schulwolf & Salerno, P.C.
Frank Valadez, Executive Director, Chicago Metro History Education Center (CMHEC)

Illinois Leadership Center

Petullo Insight on September 19th, 2015, 8:30am

What do you need to learn about yourself to become an effective leader? What are your unique strengths and weaknesses as a leader? The Petullo Insight Leadership program is designed to help students focus on the personal knowledge required for effective leadership in a complex, changing world.  Discover your strengths, values, social identities, and explore your intrinsic leadership styles. Enroll for Insight now! http://www.illinoisleadership.illinois.edu/_auth/login.asp.
All of the Illinois Leadership Center’s services are at no additional cost to students. These programs have attendance from students across campus so freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students are welcome!

College of Law Opportunities and Events

Volunteer Opportunities at the College of Law

Interested in getting an inside view of law school as law students learn trial skills?

Volunteer witnesses are needed for three hours the evening of Sept. 29 and/or Sept. 30 (Tues. or Wed.).  Witnesses would get some basic training, a script and exposure to being on the witness stand.  No knowledge required.  It is all in the information.  Witnesses are needed to testify on fingerprint, DNA, medical evidence and cause of death.  Contact Julie Campbell jjhill@illinois. edu or 333-5842 to sign up.

Volunteer jurors are needed to hear opening statements from College of Law students enrolled in the Trial Advocacy Program from 6:30-9:00pm October 13 and 14 at the Champaign County Courthouse. You may volunteer for one night or more.  Opening statements are from a homicide and a serious personal injury case.  Contact Julie Campbell, jjhill@illinois.edu or 333-5842 to sign up.

Events at the College of Law

Adam Liptak will deliver “The Roberts Court at Ten: A Reporter’s Reflections” for the fall 2015 Paul M. Van Arsdell, Jr. Memorial Lecture on Litigation and the Legal Profession on Tuesday, September 15, at Noon, in the Max L. Rowe Auditorium at the College of Law, 504 East Pennsylvania Avenue. Liptak is the Supreme Court correspondent of The New York Times. Lunch will be provided for lecture attendees. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The COL will host a Constitution Day Panel: The Roberts Court Turns Ten on Sept. 17 at 12:00 pm in the Rowe Auditorium of the Law Building. College of Law Dean Vikram David Amar and Professors Eric Johnson, Kurt Lash, Jason Mazzone, and Robin Fretwell Wilson will discuss the decisions of the Supreme Court over the past decade and where the Court is headed in the future. Lunch will be provided for lecture attendees.

Check the College of Law’s website for additional events that are open to public: http://law.illinois.edu/.

More Pre-Law Opportunities

Michigan State University College of Law Webinars

Michigan State University College of Law will host a variety of FREE webinars this fall for college students and graduates who are exploring or planning for law school. As noted below, webinars will focus on LSAT preparation, preparing a personal statement, financing law school, and legal careers.

Webinar presenters are highly experienced content-area experts (including pre-law advisors; the former director of Harvard Law School admissions; the former dean of admissions at the University of Virginia Law School; and legal career consultants and professionals). There is no cost to participate and webinar attendees will have the opportunity to interact with presenters during the 15-minute Q and A segment.

• Sept. 22: Strategies for Success on the LSAT
• Oct. 14: Crafting a Winning Law School Personal Statement
• Oct. 21: Preparing for Success in Law School: Expert Advice for Undergraduates
• Oct. 27: Expert Advice for Assembling a Competitive Law School Application
• Nov. 3: Career Options and Market Outlook for Attorneys
• Nov 17: Developing a Financial Plan for Law School
• Dec. 1: Tips for Assembling a Competitive Law School Application

To learn more about these webinars and to register, click here!

Stayed tuned for more excellent pre-law programming and have a great week!

 

Letters of Recommendation – The Sooner the Better

Law schools frequently stress the importance of having quality letters of recommendation. A letter of recommendation can influence whether a prospective student receives an acceptance letter.  For that reason, you must carefully select a professor or supervisor (if choosing an employer).* If a student chooses a recommender who does not know them well, the letter will fail to impress admissions officers.  In fact, such a “general” letter of recommendation can negatively influence an application.  Prospective law students should begin acquainting themselves with their professors early to avoid this unenviable situation.

In order to achieve a personal connection with your professors, visit them during office hours.  Professors have office hours so they can get to know their students and help them better understand the subject matter of the course.  Stop by early in the semester and explain to your professor that you would like to get to know them better.  Bring questions about material that was covered in a recent class or try to focus the conversation on a professor’s area of expertise.  Often times, professors focus their time on a specific area of interest within their field.  Employ your research skills and try to determine the professor’s area of interest.  Then, inquire about that topic.

Additionally, speak with your professors about your personal and professional goals. Let them know that you are considering law school. Ask for feedback and advice regarding your suggested path. Let them get to know the real you. A strong personal connection will come through in a letter of recommendation. A professor who knows you better will write a more impressive and meaningful letter on your behalf.

Stay for ten or fifteen minutes and thank your professor for his or her time.  Now, your professor will recognize you and will know you personally each time you contribute in class.  Go back to office hours as needed.  Provided you do well in the course, you have established the necessary groundwork for requesting a letter of recommendation at a later date.

For students who have waited to ask for letters of recommendation and would like to apply during this admission cycle, the process will be similar but more condensed. Do not wait to approach your professors until the week before you plan on submitting your applications. Make an appointment to see either your former professors or your current ones as soon as possible. At the meeting, ask whether the professor would be willing to write a letter of recommendation, and if so, offer to provide them with any information they desire. Such information may include: the grade you received in class, extracurricular activities and interests, a résumé, etc. Be sure to provide the requested information to your professor as soon as possible and stay in contact with your recommender throughout the process. The sooner you have your letters of recommendation finished, the closer you are to submitting your applications – so get to it!

 

*Typically, prospective students should choose professors to write their letters of recommendation unless they have been out of school for a while.  For more information, see the University of Chicago’s thoughts on the topic.