The law schools are beginning to announce their fall open houses as well as their tour and information session schedules. This is an excellent opportunity for you to visit some of those schools on your list and get a sense for what the student experience is like at each institution. Check the law schools’ websites for more information about open houses and tours. Here are some Illinois law schools that have begun advertising their events.
The John Marshall Law School — Open Houses Based on a sample itinerary, it appears that these sessions begin around 9am and go to approximately 1pm, featuring mock classes, tours and opportunities to chat with current JMLS students.
Saturday, October 13, 2012; Saturday, November 17, 2012
For more information and to register for an open house at JMLS, go to: http://www.jmls.edu/admission/jd/visiting.asp.
In addition, the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution at the John Marshall Law School is inviting interested UIUC students to participate in an “All-Star Advocacy” workshop at their Chicago campus on select Fridays during the fall semester from 11am-3pm. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in this specially designed workshop, tour the newly-remodeled JMU facility, be treated to lunch and then observe one of JMU’s trial teams in pre-competition preparation. This program will be offered on the following dates:
September 28; October 5; October 12; October 19; October 26; November 2; and November 9. If you are interested in attending any of these events, please contact Chase Grusczka at either: CGRUSZK@law.jmls.edu or (630) 319-3942 with your R.S.V.P.
Northern Illinois University Law School — Open Houses
For more information, go to: http://www.niu.edu/law/admission/on-campus_recruitment.shtml
- Fall Open House and Class Visit
NIU DeKalb, Room TBD
- Fall Open House and Mock Class
NIU DeKalb, Room TBD
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- Fall Open House and Class Visit
NIU DeKalb, Room TBD
Most of the remaining Illinois law schools have information on their websites about upcoming information sessions and tours. Several schools require the completion of an online form to schedule a visit. Make sure you follow the instructions given by each school.
- University of Chicago Law School: Info Sessions: To be announced. Tours: Mondays and Fridays at 12:15pm. For more information, go to: http://www.law.uchicago.edu/prospectives/visit
- Chicago-Kent College of Law: Admissions Information Sessions: Fridays, 12:30-2pm. Tours: M-Th 12-1pm. For more information and to register using the online form, go to: http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/prospective-students/jd-program-admissions/visit-campus.
- DePaul University College of Law: Information Sessions, Tours and Class Visits will be Mondays and Wednesdays at Noon, and Fridays at 1pm. To register, go to: http://www.law.depaul.edu/applicants/visit_depaul/
- University of Illinois College of Law: For information, go to: http://www.law.illinois.edu/prospective-students/
- Loyola University-Chicago School of Law: To schedule a visit and tour, go to: http://www.luc.edu/law/admission/visit_us1.html
- Northwestern University School of Law: Tours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday at Noon while classes are in session. Registration is not required. For more information, go to: http://www.law.northwestern.edu/admissions/tour/
- Southern Illinois University School of Law: To schedule a visit, go to: http://www.law.siu.edu/Prospective%20Students/Visit_sol.php
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Georgetown Law just announced its fall Group Interview/Info Sessions. Dean Andy Cornblatt will be hosting a Group Interview (open to Illinois students and alumni who are applying to law school this fall) on Thursday, September 27 in Chicago. He will also host an Information Session that same day, open to all who are interested. The time will be late afternoon/early evening but has yet to be set. The location is also yet to be announced, although Chicago is a confirmed site for Sept. 27.
Those interested in attending either of these events should RSVP online at https://lawgeorgetown.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_86rp5vQydfFVBlP
Questions may be directed to Georgetown Law Admissions at 202-662-9015 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WELCOME BACK to campus! And welcome to our new blog!
Farewell to our newsletter, the Pre-Law Informer. For four years we have been sending it out every week. Now, we’re happy to be joining the Blogosphere! Just like our newsletter, our blog will still cover information about the application process, upcoming event information, interesting articles about the legal field, book reviews, and more. Plus, the blog is searchable and archived for easy reference!
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Recent reports showed that the Class of 2011 law grads faced a very difficult job market. As this author says, perhaps the challenge of placement has forced law schools to institute some much-needed change into how they deliver legal education. This is a good, well-balanced article that addresses the challenges of the job market while also acknowledging interesting (and possibly more effective) law school initiatives that have resulted from the job market. Take a look!
As part of the recent student loan overhaul, subsidized federal loans were eliminated for graduate students as of July 1. What does that mean? Before July 1, graduate (including law) students were allowed to borrow up to a certain amount (about $65,000) in subsidized loans, meaning that interest did not begin to accrue on those loans until after the student graduated. With the elimination of the subsidy, these loans will now begin to accrue interest as soon as they are dispersed.
Maybe it seems like this isn’t a big deal in the overall borrowing of law students. However, the Chronicle of Higher Education estimates that the subsidy for graduate students who borrowed the maximum subsidized loans ($65,000) saved them $207 PER MONTH in payments over a 10 year payoff period. That’s $24,000 more that graduate students will now be paying in interest. It’s important for students to consider the overall costs–including interest–when evaluating your educational investment.
Check out the article here: http://chronicle.com/article/Federal-Loan-Changes-May-Curb/132665/?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en
For 4 years now, we’ve been sending our weekly e-newsletter, the Pre-Law Informer, to all UIUC Pre-Law students. Now we’re trying something new.
Starting this fall semester, we will be moving away from the newsletter format into this blog. We’ll still be posting the same kinds of helpful information–articles and reminders about the application process, information about upcoming events, and links to internships and job opportunities. We think this format is a major upgrade because we’ll be able to update it more easily and more frequently. Plus, we’ll be able to add links to interesting articles and websites that readers will find helpful.
We hope you enjoy this new format! Join us as say goodbye to the newsletter to join the Blogosophere.