Great opportunities for pre-law students–with approaching deadlines!!

I hope you’re enjoying your break and using this time productively! This time off is a great chance to compile applications for internships (see our big Internships Newsletter here) and for these upcoming opportunities. Note that their deadlines are looming.

LegalTrek–a summer program for undergrads–Applications open Monday!
Do you have dreams of being a lawyer?  Are you interested in attending law school?  If so, consider applying to LegalTrek.  LegalTrek is a ten-week summer program sponsored by Northwestern University School of Law, designed to provide a hands-on, comprehensive overview of the legal profession to diverse college students and recent grads.  LegalTrek meshes traditional legal learning with opportunities to build legal skills.
LegalTrek’s mission is to diversify the legal profession by encouraging and supporting students from historically underrepresented groups to attend law school.  We are seeking diverse applicants from racial/ethnic minority groups, as well as socio-economically disadvantaged students, LGBT students and students with disabilities.
LegalTrek offers practical, fun and engaging weekly seminars taught by law faculty and practicing lawyers at Northwestern Law.  Students will participate in classroom lessons and participate in a variety of exercises, including: a mock jury trial, a simulated client negotiation, a moot court appellate argument, a client interview and much more.  With the help of our partner, the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms, students will also be assigned an attorney mentor from one of Chicago’s top law firms, and will receive extensive one-on-one curricular advising and personal statement preparation.
Classes will meet one per week from 1-4 p.m. from June – August of 2013.  Our application process will open by Monday, January 7, 2013 and run through mid-February.

For more information, please contact Audra Wilson at or go to the website here.

Court Appointed Special Advocates–Applications Due January 11!
Champaign County CASA will be conducting training classes for potential new advocates to speak up for the more than 400 abused and neglected children in Champaign County Court. These advocates become the “eyes and ears of the Court” and work with the child and social service agencies to ensure that the best interests of the child are met throughout the court process.

“The need for additional advocates for the abused and neglected children of Champaign County continues to be high. All of these children deserve to have a voice in the courtroom helping to ensure their best interests are met.” said Rush Record, Executive Director of CASA.

CASA provides all the training necessary to become an advocate. No specific experience is required however, you must be at least 21 years old.

The 30 hour training program for new advocates begins on Tuesday January 15. Through a generous donation from Carle, most training sessions will be held at the Mills Breast Cancer Institute. Training will be held three times per week until graduation ceremonies on Wednesday February 6th.  More information about CASA can be found on their website at or by calling the CASA office at 384-9065. An application deadline has been set for January 11th and a background check is required.