Welcome Back Edition — Week of January 18, 2016

Welcome back to spring semester! LOTS of excellent opportunities are coming up, including the Sidley Austin Pre-Law Scholars Program – application deadline THIS FRIDAY – so be sure to give this week’s blog a read.

Pre-Law Advising Services Workshops and Programs

We have updated our Spring Semester calendar of events! Check them out on our website here.

Becoming a 21st Century Lawyer: January 27, 5-6pm, 1062 Lincoln Hall

What does it take to be a successful 21st century lawyer? The legal market has experienced drastic changes as technology has disrupted traditional legal services. What are current trends in the legal market , and how will it change in the future? Join us as we host Dan Katz, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Law Lab at Illinois Tech–Chicago Kent College of Law. Professor Katz will share his unique insights into today’s legal market, including cutting-edge technological legal skills that 21st century lawyers need. He will outline steps that today’s pre-law students can use to begin building the skills of a 21st century lawyer, and he will demonstrate how he is changing legal services by launching The Law Lab.

Students will: Learn about the current legal market and cutting edge new legal service delivery, understand what skills future legal employers are seeking, and know how to begin developing those skills NOW.

Read more about Professor Katz here: http://www.chicagolawyermagazine.com/Archives/2015/05/Dan-Katz-IIT-Chicago-Kent.aspx

2 Ways to Win an LSAT Test Prep Scholarship

(1) The PLAS-sponsored LSAT Test Prep Company Fair is set for Monday, February 1, 2016, 4-6pm, Illini Union Room B! This event is a chance to learn more about several commercial LSAT test prep companies, participate in informative mini-workshops conducted by the companies and win discounts on test prep materials and scholarships for courses! To find out who is coming and see the workshop schedule, keep checking the PLAS website for updates on the fair.

(2) Are you taking the June LSAT but not sure you can afford a full LSAT test prep course? Thanks to the generous donation of Kaplan Test Prep, Pre-Law Advising Services is pleased to announce the availability of two full LSAT prep course scholarships courtesy of Kaplan Test Prep. The recipients will be able to use the scholarships on Kaplan’s LSAT In Person, Live Online or Self-Paced Courses. To learn more about Kaplan, go here: http://www.kaptest.com/LSAT/Home/index.html.

If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships, please submit the following: 1) Your resume, AND
2) A short essay (no more than 600 words) that addresses each of the following:

  • Have you taken an LSAT prep class before?
  • What is your financial need? It is not necessary to provide exact numbers, just give us a sense of your financial situation and why a scholarship is necessary.
  • How can this scholarship help you achieve your goals?

Email your resume and essay to Judy Argentieri at jargenti@illinois.edu by February 5, 2016 at 5pm.  Winners will be announced the week of February 8!

Note: Pre-Law Advising Services does not endorse any commercial LSAT test prep company.

Are you new to pre-law at Illinois? Pre-Law 101 will be held Monday, Feb. 8 at 4:00pm. This workshop will cover: What it means to be pre-law at Illinois;what law schools are really looking for; what pre-law students can do to maximize their undergraduate years; how to build a strong pre-law resume; what resources are available to assist pre-law students at Illinois. For more details and to register, click here.

Upcoming Law School Events–OPEN TO ALL PRE-LAW STUDENTS

The Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Day is set for Friday, March 4, 2016,  from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee is open to all students. For more information and to register, visit their website here. Cosponsored by Marquette University Law School and University of Wisconsin Law School, this FREE event includes lunch and:

  • an update on law school admissions in Wisconsin featuring the University of Wisconsin and Marquette Law Schools;
  • an overview of the Law School Admission Test with practice questions;
  • breakout workshops featuring a mock class for students ; and
  • law school fair featuring admissions representatives from law schools around the country. Over 20 law schools have already registered for this event! Click here for a list.

Law School Open Houses and Admitted Students Days

As we first mentioned in several of our fall blog posts, many law schools host open houses for prospective applicants and all law schools strongly encourage students to visit their campuses.  Note: spring semester is a time when many law schools will host events specifically for admitted students. Make sure you check the law school websites to see what types of events the schools in which you have an interest are offering.   Listed below are upcoming events for two Illinois law schools.

DePaul University College of Law Open House, Saturday, January 23, Tour = 9am; program begins at 10am. For more information and to register, go here.

Chicago Kent Law School Open House, Saturday, January 30, 9am-2pm.  For more information or to register, go here. 

John Marshall Law School Open House, Saturday, January 30, 9am-Noon. For more information or to register, go here.

Upcoming Campus Events

Illinois in Washington summer semester applications are due Feb. 1. For more information check out the Illinois in Washington website.

The Career Center has posted its spring workshop calendar on their website at: https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/. Now is a great time to update your resume, plan your job search or summer internship, and get to know their office and resources. Upcoming workshops include:

  • Finding an Internship, Jan. 20, 5-6 pm
  • Career Fair Prep: Maximize Your Experience, Jan. 20, 6-7 pm
  • Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters, Jan. 21, 4:00 pm
  • Career Certificate – International Students (CCI) Info Session – Monday, Jan.25, 4:00pm, The Interview Suite, 616 East Green Street, Room 213
  • How to Sell Your LAS Degree at the Business Career Fair – Tuesday, Jan. 26, 12:30-1:30pm, 1002 Lincoln Hall

Ilinois Leadership Center will host several upcoming I-Programs. For more information and to register, visit their website here.

  • Ignite: Saturday, February 6
  • Petullo Insight: Saturday, February 13

Study Abroad Summer 2015 Faculty Led Programs–Applications due Feb. 1. These are 2-5 week study abroad programs over summer break with automatic Illinois credit. This could be a great way to manage both study abroad and taking the LSAT. For a list of available courses and application materials, visit the study abroad website here.

Internship and Scholarship Opportunities

We hope you have been utilizing our 20 page Internship Newsletter over on our Pre-Law Compass page that we posted in December! (Click here for instructions on how to access our Compass page.) It’s got lots of job and internship listings for spring, summer and long-term opportunities from Champaign to D.C. and beyond.  In addition, a few more summer internships have been posted on I-Link so keep checking there to seek what has been added! We have listed a couple of these new openings below.

Paid Summer Internship Program at Reproductive Rights and Social Justice Organization — Application Deadline February 1, 2016!

The Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) is a 10-week paid summer internship program sponsored by the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College. Undergraduate students intern at reproductive rights and social justice organizations around the country. Organizations work on a wide array of issues from reproductive health, immigrant rights, food justice, LGBTQ rights, anti-violence, prison abolition, intimate partner abuse, labor rights, and public policy.

Some of the participating organizations include: Advocates for Youth, Sadie Nash Leadership Project, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Amnesty International, Political Research Associates, HealthRight International, Justice Now, the Audre Lorde Project, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Tewa Women United, the Prison Birth Project, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, National Asian Pacific American Womens Forum, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.

Locations include: Washington DC, New York, NY, Boston, MA, Chicago, IL, Atlanta, GA, New Orleans, LA, Montgomery, AL, Denver, CO, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco/Oakland, CA, New Orleans, LA, Santa Fe, NM, Bloomington, IN, Louisville, KY, Amherst, MA, Burlington, VT, Miami, FL, Nashville, TN.

Internship stipend is $3500.

Eligibility requirements:

-Must currently be an undergraduate student at a US college/university
-Must not be graduating in Spring/Summer 2016
-Must be able to attend the CLPP Conference in Amherst, MA, April 7-10, 2016 (CLPP will cover all travel costs for students who live outside of Western Massachusetts)

More information and an application are available at: http://clpp.hampshire.edu/internship

Application deadline: February 1, 2016. Note: This week’s highlighted internship opportunity was posted in I-Link so access it through your I-Link account:

Paid Summer Internship at the Nuclear Energy Institute – Application Deadline is January 31!

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) has a number of openings for paid interns beginning in the summer of 2016. The Nuclear Energy Institute (www.nei.org) is the policy organization of the nuclear energy and technologies industry and participates in both the national and global policy-making process. NEIs mission is to ensure the implementation of policies that promote the beneficial uses of nuclear energy and technologies in the United States and around the world. To that end, NEI works to establish unified industry positions on the regulatory aspects of generic operational and technical issues. NEI’s members include all entities licensed to operate commercial nuclear power plants in the United States, nuclear plant designers, architect/engineering firms, fuel fabrication facilities, nuclear materials licensees, and other organizations and entities involved in the nuclear energy industry.

Interns at NEI will work with seasoned nuclear professionals in the technical, communications, policy development, government relations and legal areas on issues critical to the industry. Internships are 10 weeks and take place during the summer. All applicants must submit an application that includes a resume and a copy of their transcript. Applicants must participate in an in person interview or by phone, if requested.

For more information on NEIs internship program, please contact the NEI Human Resources Department at resumes@nei.org. Applications are being accepted for review between December 15, 2015 and January 31, 2016. Applications submitted beyond January 31, 2016 may be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis thereafter.

In addition, there are other opportunities for jobs in the nuclear industry, at nuclear facilities, law firms and consulting and lobbying organizations. For information on jobs in the nuclear industry please visit our website at http://www.nei.org/careersandeducation/.

The Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division is currently accepting applications for student volunteers. See their description here.

Scholarship opportunity for those entering law school this fall

The ABA Diversity Scholarship is designed for underrepresented students who demonstrate financial need and community involvement. Awards will be $15,000 for entering law students, which is renewable for years 2 and 3 of law school.  Applicants must be entering law school in 2016 and submit an application, personal statement, and statement of financial need by March 2. Find the application and more details here.

Sidley Austin LLP Summer Pre-Law Scholars Program — Applications Due THIS FRIDAY January 22!!

The Sidley Prelaw Scholars Initiative aims to increase diversity in law schools, and eventually, within the legal profession by subsidizing the LSAT preparatory course and law school application expenses of talented, racially diverse college students who may have difficulty paying the expenses associated with applying to law school. Successful applicants will receive funding ($2,500 maximum) for:
(1) tuition for a Sidley-approved LSAT preparatory course; (2) registration fees for the June 2016 LSAT and the Credential Assembly Service (CAS); (3) law school application fees (up to seven); (4) CAS report fees (up to seven); (5) expert counseling on creating a successful law school application.

Selected scholars will also have the opportunity to attend the 2017 Sidley Scholars Summer Seminar (“S4”), a 2-3 day introduction to the structure of the American legal system and substantive instruction on the traditional first-year law school courses, as well as an opportunity to meet Sidley lawyers and other leaders in the legal community. In addition, upon successful completion of an approved LSAT preparatory course, completion of the LSAT, submission of at least five law school applications,confirmation of intention to matriculate to law school during Fall 2017, each Scholar will receive an additional $2,500 scholarship award. In the past three years, four UIUC students have been selected as Sidley Prelaw Scholars! Find this opportunity and many more in our Internship Newsletter posted over on our Compass page!