May Snapshot

The end of the school year is finally here! As you wrap up your end-of-semester obligations and begin looking to the summer, be sure to check back to the blog regularly for updates and new information – including summer programs, updates, and tips!  

We hope you have a successful end to the semester and a wonderful start to your summer!  Be sure to stay in touch with any questions you may have!

May 1: Happy National Law Day! Click here to learn more!

May 1: Reminder! Second (perhaps first) seat deposits will be coming up in the next several weeks – be sure to check dates now!

May 1: Writers Workshop “The Final Check: Proofreading & Editing Strategies” at 1:00 pm via Zoom. For additional information or to register, click here.

May 4: Last day of instruction.

May 4: Prelaw Open Office Hours & Prelaw Magazine Pickup from 3:30-5:00 pm! Stop by the PLAS Office (Campus Center for Academic Advising Services, 5th Floor of the Illini Bookstore, Room 504) with any questions before you head out for summer break or to pick-up a set of Prelaw Magazines for summer reading!

May 4: UIUC Counseling Center “Test Anxiety Workshop” at 1:00 pm via Zoom. Click here for additional information.

May 5: Reading Day! No classes.

May 5: Prelaw Open Office Hours & Prelaw Magazine Pickup from 9:00 – 10:00 am! Stop by the PLAS Office (Campus Center for Academic Advising Services, 5th Floor of the Illini Bookstore, Room 504) with any questions before you head out for summer break or to pick-up a set of Prelaw Magazines for summer reading!

May 5: National and International Scholarships Program “In-Person Information Session for UK and Ireland Scholarships (Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, and Gates)” 514 Illinois University Bookstore at 2:00 pm. For additional information, click here.

May 5: UIUC Counseling Center “Test Anxiety Workshop at 4:00 pm via Zoom. Click here for additional information.

May 6: Prelaw Open Office Hours (virtual) from 12:30-1:30 pm! Stop by the PLAS Zoom room with any questions before you head out for summer break!

May 6 – 13: Final examination period. Good luck!

May 9: The University of Chicago Law School “Bridge Across the Midway: Law School and the Law School Admissions Process” at 5:30 pm. For additional information or to register, click here.

May 10: National and International Scholarships Program “Online Information Session for UK and Ireland Scholarships (Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, and Gates)” at 12:00 pm via Zoom. For additional information, click here.

May 14: 2022 campus-wide Commencement Ceremony! Congratulations to all of our graduates and best of luck with your future endeavors!

May 20: University of Miami School of Law – Summer Legal Academy: Consider this unique opportunity to explore what law school is all about! This online program runs from July 11 to July 29. The program is free, but you must apply. The priority deadline is June 3. For more information, click here.

May 24: AccessLex “Your Law School Investment” at 6:00 pm. For additional information or to register, click here.

May 25: LSAC LawHub “Intellectual Charity: How to Disagree Like a Lawyer” at 1:00 pm. For additional information or to register, click here.

May 26: What’s your Best Debt Repayment Strategy? at 6:30 PM
Repaying debt is challenging in the best of situations, and today’s economic situation makes it more difficult. Learn tried and true strategies for prioritizing debt repayment and paying it down effectively. Explore options for student loan repayment too. Let’s Talk Money Webinar Series 2022 (illinois.edu)

May 30: Memorial Day! University Holiday – No classes.

 

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.


Captain David Sanders 

Administrative Clerk to Illinois Supreme Court Justice David Overstreet 
Learn more about military legal careers by clicking here.

 

Captain Sanders is also a JAG Officer in the Illinois Army National Guard where he serves as the Senior Trial Counsel (prosecutor) for the 404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade,  Normal, Illinois. 

 

QUICK FACTS ABOUT David Sanders
    • Law School: Southern Illinois University Law School
    • UIUC Undergraduate Major: Political Science with History Minor
    • David’s Three Words to Describe an Attorney:

Honest | Compassionate | Steadfast

CHECK OUT THIS INSIGHTFUL INTERVIEW BELOW!  

Wellness for Pre-Law Students

Wellness. Balance. Meditation. Mindfulness. These are big buzzwords. Everyone is talking about how to feel better, but why does it matter? And why should you, a future lawyer, consider incorporating these tools into your life?

“In its purest form, wellness involves doing whatever you need to do to feel better and be healthier on a day-to-day basis. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to achieving a general sense of well-being and overall health, and anyone who claims otherwise is selling you something.”

Lawyer Mental Health and Wellness: Why It Matters (clio.com)

As this quote shares, wellness is whatever makes you feel better, day-to-day. And it is important to feel as good as you can so that you can really show up for yourself, your studies, and your (future) clients. When you feel good, your mind is clearer, you process information better, communication increases, and your overall sense of purpose and satisfaction rises.

Let’s explore different types of wellness and how you can incorporate those that align with you into your life.

Water: Our bodies absolutely need water to survive. And our bodies need to be properly hydrated to thrive. Consider evaluating your water intake and increasing it if it is not enough.

Movement: Our bodies need to move! Perhaps that is going for a walk or taking a HIIT class, make sure you move your body to keep it (and your mind!) strong and sharp. Consider visiting the ARC on campus Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) – Campus Recreation (illinois.edu) to explore different ways you can move.

Mental Health: Mental health is everything. When you feel better, you do better. Stress and anxiety can impact your ability to focus and work at your best level. There are many wonderful resources on campus such as counselors, group therapy, workshops, and more! Visit the UIUC Counseling Center website for information. Looking to attend a workshop? Explore the Outreach Series here.

Meditation: Meditation has been shown to provide wonderful benefits. Healthline states that meditation may reduce stress, control anxiety, promote emotional health, enhance self-awareness, improve sleep, enhance memory, and more. Consider getting started with daily mindfulness sessions on campus! Here’s a great meditation resource for Test Anxiety from Northwestern: Test Anxiety: Breathe – Northwestern University.

Financial Health: Learning how to manage your finances is very important to your overall wellness! According to the American Psychological Association, 72% of Americans are worried about money. Being stressed about money can lead to poor sleep, decreased mental health, and more. Learning how to work with your finances is going to pay dividends! Explore UIUC’s Financial Wellbeing program to learn how you can enhance your financial wellness!

At PLAS, we are committed to supporting your academic and professional growth and that means supporting your overall wellness, too. Visit our Canvas page for additional Wellness resources!

April Snapshot

April is always a busy month of the academic year as the final weeks of classes come to an end, registration for the upcoming semester begins, and summer plans are finalized! Continue to check this post throughout the month for important deadlines, events, and other information!

April 1:  LexScholars 2022 Summer Program – Be sure to check out the Access Lex – Lex Scholars summer program.  This is an excellent resources for students planning on starting law school in Fall 2023 and planning on an upcoming LSAT!  Spots are filled on a first-come, first-selected basis.  Apply early!

April 1: REMINDER – SEAT DEPOSITS If you applied this application cycle please be sure to mark your seat deposit deadlines on your calendar as many will be upcoming in the month of April and dates will vary between institutions.  Do not let these critical dates pass without action for the school you wish to attend. 

April 4: UIUC Counseling CenterTest Anxiety Workshop at 4:00 pm via Zoom. Click here for additional information.

April 5: NISP Fulbright Scholarship Information Session at 1092 Lincoln Hall at 3:30 pm. For additional information, click here.

April 5: PLAS Workshop – Application Roadmap at 4:00 pm. Registration closes on Monday, April 4, at 11:59 pm. For additional information or to register, click here.

April 5: The Career Center “Career Fair Preparation (In-Person)” The Career Center Conference Room 143 at 5:00 pm. For additional information, click here.

April 5: Counseling Center’s Tuesday @ 7 Series “Managing the Harmful Effects of Social Media” Lincoln Hall 1022 at 7:00 pm. For additional information, click here.

April 6: NISP Program Fulbright Scholarship Information Session via Zoom at 8:30 am. For additional information or to register, click here.

April 6: AccessLex “Choosing a Law School” Webinar at 5:00 pm. For additional information or to register, click here

April 7: Registration Deadline! Last day to apply for the Illinois Leadership Center’s “Blended Petullo Insight i-Program” on Tuesday, April 19th at 5:00 pm. For additional information or to apply, click here.

April 7: Virtual All-Campus Career and Internship Fair at 12:00 pm. For additional information about this opportunity or to register, visit Handshake

April 7: NISP Fulbright Scholarship Information Session via Zoom at 12:00 pm. For additional information or to register, click here.

April 8: Application Deadline! Last day to apply for an ISSS NISE Student Worker Position. For additional information or to apply, click here.

April 10: PLAS Deadline! Summer LSAT Study Group Sign-Ups End!  Click here to sign-up for a group!

April 11: National and International Scholarships Program Fulbright Personal Statement Workshop via Zoom at 12:00 pm. For additional information, click here.

April 11: The Career Center “Finding an Internship (In-Person)” The Career Center Conference Room 143 at 5:00 pm. For additional information, click here.

April 12: TestMasters “Logical Reasoning Workshop” via Zoom at 6:00 pm. For additional information and to register, click here.

April 12: AccessLex “Applying to Law School” Webinar at 3:00 pm. For additional information, click here.

April 12: College of Media Webinar- “Media and Law” at 7:00 pm via Zoom. For additional information or to register for this event, click here.

April 12: Counseling Center’s Tuesday @ 7 Series “Don’t Be Shocked… It’s Culture” Noyes 157 at 7:00 pm. For additional information, click here.

April 13: Writers Workshop “Effective Cover Letters for Job Applications” at 1:00 pm via Zoom. For additional information or to register, click here.

April 13: PLAS Event- Pre-Law 101: Session 1 at 5:00 pm. Registration closes on Tuesday, April 12, at 11:59 pm. For additional information or to register, click here.

April 13: AccessLex “Paying for Law School” Webinar at 7:00 pm CST. For additional information or to register, click here.

April 13: Legal Humanities Lecture with exoneree and best-selling author Anthony Ray Hinton at the I-Hotel at 7:30 pm. For additional information about this event, click here.

April 14: LSAC LawHub Webinar Series “About the LSAT: An Insider’s Look” at 1:00 pm. For additional information or to register, click here.

April 14: NISP Fulbright Personal Statement Workshop 514 IUB at 3:30 pm. For additional information, click here.

April 15: Application Deadline! Last day to apply for a Summer 2022 Illinois Student Admissions Representative (I STAR) position for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. For additional information or to apply, click here.

April 19: Writers Workshop “Networking & Job Search Writing” at 12:00 pm via Zoom. For additional information or to register, click here.

April 19: Illinois Leadership Center “Blended Petullo Insight i-Program” at 5:00 pm. For additional information about this program or to register, click here. Registration closes on April 7th.

April 19: Counseling Center’s Tuesday @ 7 SeriesSubstitutes for Substance Use” Gregory Hall 311 at 7:00 pm. For additional information, click here.

April 20: Application Deadline! Last day to apply for the 2022 Michael Curry Summer Internship. For additional information or to apply, click here.

April 20: LSAC LawHub Webinar Series “Strategies for Success in Law School” at 1:00 pm. For additional information or to register, click here.

April 20: PLAS Event- Pre-Law 101: Session 2 at 5:00 pm. Registration closes on Tuesday, April 19, at 11:59 pm. For additional information or to register, click here.

April 21: The Career Center “Rock Your Profile with LinkedIn” at 2:00 pm via Zoom. For additional information or to register, visit Handshake.

April 21: AccessLex “Building Your Law School Budget” at 3:00 pm. For additional information or to register, click here.

April 21: Writers Workshop “Curating a Vibe: Synthesizing Sources in Academic Papers” at 5:00 pm via Zoom. For additional information or to register, click here.

April 21: Roosevelt University Online Paralegal Studies Program Information Session at 6:00 pm. For additional information or to register, click here.

April 22: Application Deadline! Last day to apply for the Pre-Law Advising Services (PLAS) & National and International Scholarships Program (NIS) Marketing & Communications Internship for the Fall 2022 Semester. To apply, email your resume, cover letter, and a short writing sample (no more than 500 words) to Megan Pickens, mpickens@illinois.edu, with the subject line: “comm intern”.

April 22: Career Center Insiders Panel: “Advancing Public Health and Social Justice” at 12:00 pm via Zoom. For additional information or to register, click here.

April 25: PLAS Workshop- Application Roadmap at 5:00 pm. Registration closes on Sunday, April 24, at 11:59 pm. For additional information or to register, click here.

April 26: Writers Workshop “Giving Great Research Presentations” via Zoom at 6:30 pm. For additional information or to register, click here.

April 26: Counseling Center’s Tuesday @ 7 Series “Burnout and How to Rekindle the Flame: College Edition” English Building 160 at 7:00 pm. For additional information, click here.

April 27: LSAT Deadline! Last day to register for the June 2022 LSAT. Visit LSAC to sign up.

April 27: Writers Workshop “Acting In-Class Essay Exams” at 6:30 via Zoom. For additional information or to register, click here.

April 28: LSAC LawHub Webinar Series “Making the Transition to Law School” at 1:00 pm. For additional information or to register, click here.

April 28: AccessLex “Applying to Law School: A Strategic Approach for Underrepresented Students” at 1:00 pm. For additional information or to register, click here.

April 28: Writers Workshop “Researched-Argument Papers & Spotify: From Curating a Vibe to Synthesizing Sources” at 6:00 pm via Zoom. For additional information or to register, click here.

April 29: First day of the April 2022 LSAT Administration. Good luck to all of our test takers!

April 29: Humanities Research Institute “Legal Humanities Undergraduate Research Symposium” College of Law Building Room D at 1:00 pm. For additional information, click here.

April 30: Application Deadline! Last day to apply for the CLEO Pre-Law Summer Institute (virtual). For additional information or to apply, click here.

Fall and Summer Recommended Course Charts

Recommended Course Lists

It is that time of the year again! Registration for Summer and Fall 2022 is just around the corner!  Students in ANY major can attend law school, and there are NO specifically required courses for pre-law undergrads. Law schools do not require any particular major or coursework. However, given an interest in law, we have compiled a list of suggested fall courses that pre-law students may find helpful and interesting.

Be sure to keep in mind…

      • These are not exhaustive lists.  There are hundreds of classes being offered this fall and summer. The highlighted classes may be particularly helpful and interesting for pre-law students, but there are many great options available that may not be listed.
      • These courses are only suggestions and are NOT requirements. Students in ANY major can attend law school, and there are NO specifically required courses for pre-law undergrads. Law schools do not require any particular major or coursework.
      • Recommended courses include those that examine specific and related legal topics, and also classes that provide opportunities to build skills or knowledge in areas particularly relevant to legal studies and future careers in law, including writing, research, leadership, cultural competency,  communication, and critically thinking and analysis!
      • Some of these courses have prerequisites or may be restricted to students in the same department; check Course Explorer for additional course details and specific enrollment requirements.
      • Some courses may be more relevant to you than others – look for classes in your major/minor or on general topics that enhance your skills and knowledge.
      • Keep checking back and check-in with the experts!  Courses may continue to be added as we approach the fall semester.  Having trouble deciding?  Be sure to meet with your academic advisors for academic and course planning, we are also here to assist with course options!  Professors are also a great resource to discuss goals and course options!
To review a handy chart version of suggested Summer 2022 course options, please click here.
To review a handy chart version of  suggested Fall 2022 course options, Please Click here.

*last updated 3.28.22

 

See what fellow Illini say about some of the most helpful courses at Illinois…

Stella Green

Stella is currently a communications intern with the Pre-Law Advising Services Office and shared the following perspectives on her list of  favorite pre-law related course…

    • ACE 240 – Personal Financial Planning – This class helped me gain a better understanding of different financial principles. I now have a better understanding of personal finance, which I think almost anyone can benefit from. The topics covered in this course can be used and applied in the legal world, as well.
    • CMN 111/112 – Although these courses are generally required for most undergraduate students, I would recommend them to everyone. I noticed great improvement in both my written and verbal communication skills.
    • CMN 321 – Strategies in Persuasion– This class uses different aspects of U.S. political history and relates it to different forms of public persuasion. I became more familiar with different strategies of speech that are used in politics and the media. If you are interested in politics, I would highly recommend this course.
    • Law 301 Intro to Law –This class is a hidden gem. It is a great introduction to general law concepts and covers a variety of topics that are learned in law school. This class has given me a really great starting point as I begin my legal education. If you plan on going to law school or find interest in the legal field, I would 100% recommend this course. This course is a prerequisite to LAW 303, which applies these different concepts to real life situations. I recommend that course as well.
    • RST 354 – Legal Aspect of Sport – If you are interested in sports, I would definitely take this class. It was really interesting to be able to apply legal principles to the sports industry. This class was both interesting and enjoyable. This is another class that helped me gain a better understanding of topics that will be learned in law school.
Abbey Mizer

Abbey is currently the Vice President of the Pre-Law Honors Society and shared the following perspectives on her list of  favorite pre-law related course…

    • Phil 102 – Logic and Reasoning – This class was great for learning simple logic and being able to understand and work with complex arguments.
    • PS 270 – Intro to Political Theory – This class was helpful for getting comfortable with older texts and being able to put ideas about different political ideologies together.
    • PS 301 – The US Constitution I – This class helps you set a foundation for understanding how to brief cases, and the different branches of government, specifically the judicial branch.
    • PS 370 – Justice in the Law – This class was useful for reading and discussing a lot of court cases and practicing briefing skills. You learn how to brief cases in a way that helps you to truly understand and connect certain cases to the bigger picture of law.
    • PS 492 – Undergrad Research –  I did undergrad research for Prof. Samantha Frost, and found it to be super beneficial. I got to work with a team of research assistants and collaborate on a 25 page research paper. There are tons of professors who are looking for research interns, all you have to do is reach out to them via email to express your interest!
    • PS 375 – Feminist Political Theory – This class is very beneficial if you want to work on your writing skills. You get to learn different political theories, how they are connected, and how to form your opinions on which theories are the most effective and why.
MaryAllison Mahacek

MaryAllison is currently a student at the University of Illinois College of Law where she serves as the Notes Editor on the Elder Law Journal.  She will graduate as a double Illini in spring 2022 before sitting for the bar examination! Take a moment to view her list of  favorite pre-law related course from her time as a University of Illinois undergraduate student…

    • LAW 199: I took this my first year of college and honestly wish I would’ve wait to take it later because I completely forgot what it was like before law school. I believe the topics change each semester; when I took it, it was topics in domestic violence law. It was an awesome class, and a great primer to what law school is like.
    • CMN 101: Public Speaking. Pretty sure everyone has to take this, or most people, it was a good class and got me comfortable speaking publicly.
    • CMN 220: Communicating Public Policy. An interesting introduction to what public policy is, how people create policy and laws, and what it looks like in the public sector. If you want to go into government, its a great class.
    • CMN 323: Argumentation. While this isn’t exactly the type of arguing you’ll be doing in law school, it helped me learn how to form arguments and use evidence to back up my claims.
    • SOC 275: Criminology. An interesting view of social factors that relate to crime. I really liked this class and found it very interesting, especially for someone who wanted to go to law school.
    • CMN 211: Business Communication. A great class to help you with resume tweaking, interview prep, and making presentations! While it is more business oriented, I found my resume was helped a LOT from this class and I got a lot of interview experience in, which you’ll need in law school.
    • LAW 301: Intro to Law. While I didn’t take this class, I’ve heard many people liked it and it was a good introduction to topics that you’ll learn about in law school…
Considering possible minors?

Check out information about the Legal Studies Minor, including Q&A with Professor Pahre:  Legal Studies Minor At A Glance 

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: Aja Carr-Favors

Associate General Counsel for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

QUICK FACTS ABOUT Aja Carr-Favors:
    • Law School: Valparaiso University School of Law
    • UIUC Undergraduate Major: Pre-Law and History
    • Aja’s Three Words to Describe an Attorney:

Challenging | Gratifying Impactful

CHECK OUT THIS INSIGHTFUL INTERVIEW BELOW!

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!

Tips for Maximizing Spring Break

Spring Break Top Ten Image with Butterfly

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!

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.

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