Mark Your Calendars: Week of April 11

PLAS Events and Opportunities

Making the Most of Your Gap Year (or Two) – Join us on Tuesday, April 12 at 4:00 pm in 1092 Lincoln Hall for our event on taking a gap year between undergrad and law school. If you are planning to take a gap year (or more), you are not alone – currently more students are working prior to law school than going straight through from undergrad. How can you maximize your time, plan ahead, and use your year + to make yourself into an even better law school candidate? Find out as we provide a game plan for how to continue community involvement, how to gain relevant skills no matter what industry you work in, and how to plan ahead to create a timeline that works for a working professional to apply to law school. Hear from a current third-year law student, Keith St. Aubin, and a current attorney, Donna Davis, each of whom worked for 3+ years prior to law school. Bring your questions about how they each transitioned back into the classroom from the working world. A must-see for anyone planning to apply to law school one or more years after graduation.

Applying to Law School: A Workshop for Fall Applicants — Monday April 18, 4-5:30pm, Room 504 IUB.  Are you a junior or senior planning to apply to law school this fall or next? This workshop will introduce you to each element of the application process. You will walk away with a master plan for completing your applications early, maximizing admission and scholarships! This workshop will not cover the personal statement; attend the separate Perfecting the Personal Statement and Resume workshop for pointers on those items. The last 15 minutes will be Q&A for you to get your questions about the application process answered.

Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume: Wednesday, April 27, 4-5pm, 514 IUB. Not sure what to write in your law school application? Students who plan to apply for law school this fall can get a head start by working on your personal statement and resume this summer! This workshop will cover: What the personal statement and law school resume are; how they complement each other; a plan for how to write the personal statement; tips and suggestions for how to maximize the personal statement and the resume as well as how to make them stand out. Bring your questions! Please register by going to our Events Calendar  and clicking on the registration link so that we can ensure enough seating and materials for everyone.

Upcoming Campus Events

The Career Center spring workshop calendar is posted on their website at: If you have not done so already, 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 an Internship, Wednesday, April 13 at 5:00 pm
  • Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters, Wednesday, April 13 at 6:00 pm

Illinois Fulbright Week: Explore Fulbright Grant Opportunities, April 14 – April 20!

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards 2000 scholarships annually for studies, research or English teaching in 150 countries. U.S. citizens who are current juniors, seniors, graduate/professional students, or alumni may apply. The National & International Scholarships Program will host Illinois Fulbright Week from Thursday, April 14 – Wednesday, April 20, featuring events for juniors, seniors,  graduate/professional students and alumni who wish to explore Fulbright opportunities and begin preparing materials for the Fulbright Priority Deadline of July 1, 2016 for grants beginning in fall 2017.  See full session descriptions here:

Thursday, April 14 Fulbright Information Session – 3:30-5:30 pm, 180 Bevier Hall. An overview of the Fulbright Program, with a panel of recent Illinois grant recipients!

Friday, April 15 Panel: Fulbright and Your Future Career – 3:00-4:00pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstor. Plan a Fulbright grant experience that positions you well for your career goals, featuring The Career Center and Illinois Fulbright alumni!

Fulbright Mixer – 4:00-5:00pm, 5th floor lobby, Illini Union Bookstore. Enjoy refreshments and network with Illinois faculty, staff, and student Fulbright alumni and learn more about their experiences on the grant. Also, connect with international Fulbrighters here at Illinois!

 Upcoming Off Campus Events and Opportunities


Summer Law and Leadership Academy – Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.  The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Summer Law and Leadership Academy is a one-week program designed to foster diversity in the legal profession. The program aims to introduce undergraduate students to the study of the law and expose students to a sampling of potential career paths available with a law degree. Students who attend will gain an understanding of what it’s like to study law at the graduate level. Current undergraduate students who have completed at least 50 credits and possess a 2.7 or above cumulative GPA are eligible to apply for the program.  Interested students should complete the online application form prior to April 25, 2016.

Apply here to include a letter of recommendation from your college professor or advisor.Questions? Contact Assistant Dean for Professional Development Chasity Thompson, ’02; Phone: (317) 278-3001;

Legal Internship Opportunity — Steigmann Law LLP

Steigmann Law, P.C., a young law firm in Champaign-Urbana, is looking for interns who want to be involved in a fast paced, high-tech, multi-area, legal environment. Steigmann Law, PC engages in personal injury, medical malpractice, family law, civil litigation, real estate, criminal, DUI and wills and estate work. Attorneys at Steigmann Law, PC have had experience in both public and private sectors of work, including small and large law firms and are happy to share their knowledge and experience. Interns jobs will vary, and be assigned based on capabilities, but may include medical record organization, filing, abstracting depositions, assisting in trial preparations, Court filings, and attending depositions and Court hearings and legal marketing. Work times are flexible and we are willing to work around your academic schedule. Please email resumes and cover letters to

Have a great week!

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