Mark Your Calendars — Week of February 8, 2016

Lots of things going on this week!  Scroll down for info on Pre-Law 101, tomorrow’s visits from Case Western Law School and Indiana University, McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, and information on the newly-launched Summer Pre-Law Program at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Pre-Law Advising Services Workshops and Programs

Check out our Spring Semester calendar of events here!

Are you new to pre-law at Illinois? Pre-Law 101 will be held TODAY, Feb. 8 at 4:00pm, Room 514 IUB. 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.

Case Western Reserve University School of Law Presents Law’s Violence: Justifying and Unjustifying Domestic and International Uses of Force, TOMORROW, February 9, 5-6pm, 1065 Lincoln Hall

Professor Avidan Y. Cover, Director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, will give a talk concerning the need to limit government abuse of power–as applied to both the domestic (police) realm and in the international realm (military and covert operations). Following the talk, questions about applying to and attending law school will be answered. Food will be provided. No registration required.

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

Diversity Law Day at Indiana University, Mauer School of Law, Bloomington, Saturday, February 20, 9am – 2:30pm

Diversity Law Day gives curious, ambitious high school and college students an inside look at law school. You’ll meet with professors, students, and practicing lawyers and have a chance to ask them about student life and career choices. Plus you’ll experience a class in how to think critically followed by a mock law class, taught by one of our professors. Diversity Law Day will help you decide whether law school is the right choice for you. Join us this February at Indiana University Maurer School of Law to experience what a legal education has to offer. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served.  For more information and to register, go here.

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.

Upcoming Campus Events

Indiana University, McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis — Tuesday, February 9, 6-7pm, 165 Noyes Lab

Join the Minority Association for Future Attorneys (MAFA) as they welcome Julie Smith, Director of Recruitment, IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law.  Ms. Smith’s presentation will include an overview of the IU McKinney J.D. Program, suggestions on how to prepare for law school and information on the application process.  In addition, Ms. Smith will be discussing the tuition discount for Illinois residents.  All are welcome!

The Career Center has posted its spring workshop calendar on their website at: Now is a great time to update your resume, plan your job search or summer internship, and get to know their office and resources. All sessions will be held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street, unless otherwise indicated. Upcoming workshops include:

  • Finding and Applying to Government Careers, Feb 8, 4-5:00pm
  • Career Certificate – International Students (CCI) Info Session – Monday, Feb 8, and Tuesday, Feb 9, 4-5:00pm, The Interview Suite, 616 East Green Street, Room 213
  • Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters, Feb 9, 5-6:00 pm
  • Finding an Internship, Feb 9, 6-7:00pm
  • Career Fair Prep: Maximize Your Experience, Feb 10, 4-5:00pm
  • Peace Corps General Information Meeting, Feb 10, 6-7:30pm
  • Pizza and a Professional: Learning About Careers in the Sports Industry, Feb 12, 12-1:00pm, The Interview Suite, 616 E. Green St., Room 213. Enjoy lunch on us and hear from professionals who work in the sports industry! Network and listen as they share their experiences with choosing a major and pursuing their career.
  • Strategic Use of Linked In for International Students, Feb 12, 4-5:30pm, The Interview Suite, 616 E. Green St., Room 213

Ilinois Leadership Center will host the Petullo Insight I-Program on Saturday, February 13. For more information and to register, visit their website here.

A Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Monday, March 07, 2016
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
7:00 PM–8:00 PM

The University of Illinois will host “A Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor,” a public event on Monday, March 7. Justice Sotomayor will discuss a wide range of topics with College of Law Professor Robin B. Kar.

The event is sponsored by the University of Illinois College of Law and is free and open to the public, but tickets are requiredTickets will be available beginning February 15 at 10 a.m. via phone at (217) 333-6280, in person at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office counter, or online at

Justice Sotomayor, who has served on the U.S. Supreme Court since 2009, was born in the Bronx, New York, and is a 1976 summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University. She earned her juris doctor degree in 1979 from Yale Law School, where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. She was an assistant district attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office from 1979 to 1984. From 1984 to 1992 she litigated international commercial matters in New York City as an associate and partner with the firm Pavia & Harcourt.

Nominated by President George H.W. Bush to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, in 1991, she served in that role from 1992 to 1998 and as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998 to 2009. President Barack Obama nominated her as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court on May 26, 2009.  For more information, go here.

 Internship, Scholarship and Summer Pre-Law Program 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 see what has been added!

University of Wisconsin Law School-James E. Jones Jr. Pre-Law Scholars Program

The University of Wisconsin Law School is now accepting applications for the James E. Jones Jr. Pre-Law Scholars Program. This four-week summer immersion program is designed to improve access to legal education for undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups and economically disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as those with other significant barriers to entering the legal profession.

The program is open to students who have completed their freshman or sophomore years in college, and is designed to help students explore legal education and careers, and to help them succeed in applying to, enrolling in, and graduating from law school.
Students will spend four weeks living on the beautiful University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. All program materials, and room and board, will be provided FREE of cost. Students will also receive a $1,000 stipend for participating in the program. For more information or to apply, go here.  Applications are due April 1!

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.