Mark Your Calendars – Week of October 13

Hello Pre-Law Students!  There are a lot of PLAS events this week!  Scroll down for information about the Applying to Law School workshop, as well as a session on crafting the perfect personal statement, the Yale Law School Admissions webinar and more!  And keep on reading for information about Career Center workshops (including sessions about job shadowing over Winter Break) and law school open houses.

PLAS Events

Applying to Law School Workshop: Due to the severe weather predicted for this afternoon, we will reschedule today’s Applying to Law School Workshop. We will announce a new date and time very soon. If you have application questions, feel free to make an appointment by calling 333-9669. We have appointments available this week!

Yale Law School Admissions Webinar: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 3-4 pm. This webinar will feature a Yale Law School Admissions professional to provide an overview of Yale Law Admissions. The majority of the session will be taking Q&A from students, so bring your questions! Students are encouraged to explore Yale’s website and blog here: To register for this event, please visit: Registrants will also have access to a recorded version of the session, for those who are unable to be present during the session.

Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 4pm, Room 504 IUB. 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. To register, go here.

Campus Events and Opportunities

Leading into Leadership: Becoming a Leader on Campus, Presented by the Counseling Center Paraprofessionals,Tuesday, October 14, 7-9pm, 406 Illini Union

Counseling Center Paraprofessionals (CCPs) are students from ALL departments on campus and with many different majors. They are students who want to make a difference in someone’s life while having a good learning experience. The Tuesday @ 7 Workshops are presented by Counseling Center Paraprofessionals in order to provide information for the general student population. The topics cover a variety of personal, social, and academic concerns. Workshops are presented every Tuesday night at 7 pm, during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Illinois Leadership Center Programs and Services

Ignite: Develop skill in leading change and understanding systems thinking on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

For more information on either the Integrity or Ignite I-Programs, or for more information about upcoming leadership programs visit

Career Center

I-Link Help Hours

The Career Center is now offering I-Link Help hours! This service is for students with questions about how to use I-Link and those who are having problems with their account. The help hours are at The Career Center Resource Center, 715 S. Wright, during the following times:
• Monday 2-3 p.m.
• Wednesday 1-2 p.m.
• Thursday 10-11 a.m.

If students are not available to stop by The Career Center during those hours, please email For more information about I-Link, go here:

Winter Break Job Shadow Program

The Winter Break Job Shadow Program will help students engage with a company of interest, establish a professional network, and foster potential career opportunities! This program is a one-day commitment over winter break (between Dec. 22, 2014 – Jan. 16, 2015). The Job Shadow Program is open to ALL MAJORS and will include a variety of industries. Students must be in their Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior year.
To apply, students must attend one of the Job Shadow Information Sessions listed below:
• Monday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m., Gregory Hall 223
• Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m., Burrill Hall 124
• Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m., Gregory Hall 223
• Thursday, Oct. 30 at noon, Materials Science and Engineering Building 119
• Friday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m., Gregory Hall 319


Unless otherwise indicated, all Career Center workshops will be held in the Career Center Conference Room, 715 S. Wright Street.  For more information and to register, go here:

Undergraduate Research Options (presented with Office of Undergraduate Research), TODAY, 12-1 p.m., The Interview Suite, 616 E. Green (enter Kaplan building next to McDonald’s and go up to second floor)
Creating Powerful Resumes & Cover Letters, Tuesday, October 14, 5-6 p.m.
Finding an Internship, Wednesday, October 15, 5-6 p.m.,
Funding Graduate School Domestically and Abroad, Thursday, October 16, 6-7 p.m., The Interview Suite, 616 E. Green (enter Kaplan building next to McDonald’s and go up to second floor).

Off Campus Events

FREE Webinar: Understanding the Law School Admissions Process – Wednesday, October 15, 6:30pm.

Pre-law students are cordially invited to participate in a free online chat about the law school admission process Wednesday, October 15th, 7:30-8:30pm Eastern (6:30-7:30pm Central) This event is co-hosted by MAPLA (Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors)
and MALSA (Midwest Alliance of Law School Admissions).

You are encouraged to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to gain valuable insight into the law school admissions process. Get your questions answered by Deans and Directors of Admissions at several law schools including:Cincinnati, Marquette, Michigan State, Southern Illinois, Kansas, and Valparaiso along with several undergraduate pre-law advisors from institutions such as Miami U., Notre Dame, Purdue, Ohio State and Illinois. Yes – UIUC’s Director of Pre-Law Services, Jamie Thomas-Ward, is one of the featured speakers!

For details on how to preregister and receive a reminder email, go to:  To join the chat on Wed Oct 15, please click on: (Thanks to MSU’s College of Law for their assistance hosting the chat).

Law School Open Houses

As we noted in last week’s blog, law schools often offer opportunities for prospective applicants to visit their campuses, have a tour and possibly sit in on a 1L class. Here is some information we have received about another admissions event. To find out about other law school open houses, visit the law schools’ websites!

Drake Law School Prospective Student Open House: Friday, October 24, 9am-1pm.
9:15-9:30am: Registration and Welcome
9:30am: Admission and Financial Aid Session
10:00am: Observation of a First Year Class
11:00am: Tours with Current Students                                                                                12:00pm: Lunch with Faculty and Deans
Individuals can RSVP by October 21st by calling 515-271-2782 or by emailing  When you RSVP, please provide the following:
Phone Number
Email Address
Number of Guests
Areas of Law That May Interest You (not required) A confirmation email will be sent to all prospective students who RSVP with driving directions and parking information.  All events will be held in Cartwright Hall.
CLEO: College Scholars Program- The Ultimate Preparation to Help You Become a More Competitive Law School Applicant! Saturday, October 25, 9am-5pm, DePaul University College of Law
Designed to identify, motivate and prepare students for a career in the legal profession. Committed students can learn how to successfully navigate the law school admission process and underwrite their success in law school by participating in the College Scholars program.
• When: Saturday, October 25, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
• Where: DePaul University College of Law.
25 East Jackson Boulevard • Chicago • Illinois • 60604
• How: Register online at CLEO College Scholars.
• Who: All college students & post grads
For Freshmen: The Road To Law School seminar aims to provide Freshmen an overview of the key components of the law school application process.
For Sophomores: The Sophomore Super Saturdays seminar aims to help students further develop logical reasoning, reading comprehension and writing skills – the skills needed to become a competitive law school applicant.
For Juniors, Seniors/Post Graduates: Juniors Jumpstart the LSAT seminar aims to help participants understand the importance of systematic and timely preparation for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
For more information about these programs and to register, go here. CLEO is a non-profit project of the American Bar Association.