Fall 2013: Important Dates and Deadlines

Below is an abbreviated list of dates, deadlines and events for Fall 2013 that may be of interest to pre-law students. These dates do not include all PLAS programs. Visit our online Event Calendar to view all upcoming workshops at http://illinois.edu/calendar/list/2508

Date                             Event                                                        

September 3                Deadline to register for the October LSAT. www.lsac.org

September 5                Illinois Study Abroad Fair 


September 9                Deadline to add a semester course

September 10              Illinois in Washington Information Sessions


September 17              Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Visit

IUB Room 514, 4-5pm

September 17              Michigan State University College of Law Webinar:

                                    Suggestions for Strengthening Your Law School Application

MSU College of Law is offering a series of FREE webinars on a variety of topics relating to law school and a legal career.  MSU kicks off this year with suggestions on how to craft a strong law school application.  If you would like to learn more about this and upcoming webinars, and to register, go here: http://www.law.msu.edu/admissions/webinars/Suggestions-for-Strengthening-webinar.html.

September 19              First Pre-Law Orientation workshop

Visit our online calendar, http://illinois.edu/calendar/list/2508to view all workshops and to register

September 26              First Personal Statement & Resume workshop

Visit our online calendar, http://illinois.edu/calendar/list/2508to view all workshops and to register

October 5                     LSAT—Register at www.lsac.org by September 3

October 12                   Kaplan Practice LSAT/Princeton Review Practice LSAT

Kaplan Test Prep is offering a FREE practice LSAT test at their 616 East Green Street location. For more information and to register, go to www.kaptest.com. Princeton Review is also offering a FREE practice LSAT at the UIUC College of Law, 504 East Pennsylvania Avenue. For more info and to register, go to www.princetonreview.com. Other test prep companies will offer similar opportunities online.  Do your research and take advantage of these opportunities to help evaluate where you are with regard to your LSAT preparation.  

October 18                   Deadline to drop a semester class or to elect credit/no credit

October 22                   Law School Fair

It’s the biggest pre-law event of the year! 10-2 at the ARC. Take advantage of the opportunity to meet reps from 100 law schools! Click on the link to see details of last year’s Law School Fair. Info on 2013 will be posted soon!


October 29                  Harvard Law School Visit

514 IUB 11am-Noon

November 1 -15          Early Decision Applications due

This is also a good target date to complete your law school applications.

November 4                 Deadline to register for December 7th LSAT

                                       Register online at www.lsac.org

November 25-29         Fall Break

This is a good time to visit law schools! Call the admissions office to see when they are open; most will be open earlier in the week.

December 11              Last Day of Classes

December 13-20        Final Exams





Welcome Back Edition

Welcome Class of 2017 and Welcome Back Pre-Law Students!

Hello students!  Our first blog posting of the 2013-2014 school year features a quick overview of a few events happening on campus in the next week and a brief update on PLAS.  We will resume our regular blogging schedule next week.  Our postings will include updates on PLAS programs, campus events, internships, and information on a variety of pre-law topics and items of interest so keep checking in!!

Upcoming Campus Events

The semester kicks off this weekend with Quad Day, Sunday, August 25, Noon-4pm.  Quad Day will introduce you to over 500 organizations! Go and learn more about how you can make the most of your time at the University of Illinois and join an organization! (Hint — law schools like to see applicants who are both good students and who are involved in their community). Following Quad Day, head over to the Taste of Nevada at 4:00 p.m. The event promises great food, entertainment, and tours of the Cultural Centers on Nevada Street.

National Center for Supercomputing Students Pushing Innovation (NCSA SPIN)Program Internships — Open House Tuesday, August 27

The University of Illinois’ National Center for Supercomputing (NCSA) is looking for highly motivated, creative Illinois undergraduate students to participate in hands-on research fellowships during the 2013-2014 academic year. The NCSA SPIN (Students Pushing Innovation) program offers paid internships to Illinois students who can contribute to challenging projects alongside the center’s expert staff, or who would like to pursue their own innovative projects with support from NCSA colleagues and mentors.

To learn more about SPIN and collaborative opportunities at NCSA, attend the SPIN Open House from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 27 in the first floor atrium of the NCSA Building (1205 W. Clark St., Urbana). Then formulate a project or define an area of exploration and submit your proposal by Sept. 6.

For more information, go to http://spin.ncsa.illinois.edu/ or contact spin@ncsa.illinois.edu.

Luce Scholars Program — Information Sessions August 28, 29 and 30

The National and International Scholarships Program (NISP) is offering a three-day informational event about the Luce Scholars Program.  The Luce is a one-year internship in East or Southeast-Asia, and designed specifically for students who do not have much prior experience in that region.  Starting August 28th, NISP will offer an informational overview session, followed on August 29th with an informal discussion with a previous Luce scholar, and ending on August 30th with a workshop designed to help students begin to craft their personal statements.   

The dates and times are as follows. All events will be held in 514 IUB.

August 28th 2:00-3:00-informational session

August 29th 3:30-5:00-Discussion with former Luce Scholar

August 30th 3:30-5:00-Workshop on how to craft a Personal Statement

More information about the Luce can be found here: http://www.topscholars.illinois.edu/prestigious/luce.html

Added 8/26/13  Illinois Trial Team — Informational Meetings August 28 and 29!

Thinking about law school and intrigued by the idea of being a trial attorney? Then this opportunity might be just what you are looking for! The Illinois Trial Team allows undergrads to prepare and perform real trials in real courtrooms in front of real judges and attorneys. This organization serves as a combination for those interested in going to law school, those interested in debate, those interested in theater, and those interested in speech team. No experience is necessary, and all majors are welcome. The Trial Team is holding its informational meetings on Wednesday August 28th and Thursday August 29th at 6:30 at the law school (504 E. Pennsylvania Avenue). Mark your calendars and plan to stop by to see if this is for you!  For more information, go to www.IllinoisTrialTeam.com; Facebook: “Illinois Trial Team”; Twitter:@ILTrialTeam.  Questions? Send your emails to Illinoistrialteam@gmail.com.

PLAS Updates for Fall 2013

1. What’s going on at PLAS? All of our events are listed in our Event Calendar here: http://illinois.edu/calendar/list/2508.  You may also look at the right side of this page for info on events coming up in the next few weeks. Note that some of our workshops have limited seating, like the Pre-Law Orientation sessions, so you’ll want to register for those in advance. We will add a few programs as the semester progresses.  Be sure to check our blog next week  for an overview of the semester’s events!

2. Attend an Orientation. If you are a new pre-law student you’ll definitely want to attend a Pre-Law Orientation, which will answer most of your questions about what it means to be pre-law and how you can maximize your opportunities as an undergrad. These sessions are all listed in our Event Calendar and you can register there.

3. How do we keep in touch? Blog, Facebook group, email
The best way to keep up with pre-law news is to read this blog and join our Facebook group. We send occasional emails but we don’t want to clog your inbox…so instead, we update this blog and our Facebook page every week.

4. Making an appointment….is easy. Call 333-9669. Except please, if you’re sick, stay home in your jammies! You can call us at the appointment time if you really need to talk. Otherwise, please reschedule.