Mark Your Calendars – Week of September 5/6

The semester is in full swing at Pre-Law Advising Services.  We kick off our events TOMORROW, Wednesday, September 7, with a visit from Ann Perry, Associate Dean of Admissions at the University of Chicago Law School.  In addition, the UIUC Office of University Counsel has posted an opening for 1-2 PAID interns, with applications due September 15. Finally, Pre-Law Honors Society is accepting applications and some new scholarships have been announced. Scroll down for info on these opportunities and more!

PLAS Events and Opportunities

Interacting with Law School Admissions: Interviews, Visits and Law Fairs                   Ms. Ann Perry, Associate Dean of Admissions, University of Chicago Law School  TOMORROW, Wednesday, September 7, 5-6pm, 514 IUB

Law school applicants will have several opportunities throughout the application cycle to engage with law school admissions professionals. Whether it is through an interview, at a law fair, or during a law school visit, these interactions can make or break a candidate’s application. What should you wear? What should you talk about? What impresses an admissions dean–or what leaves a terrible impression? Learn from a veteran law school dean, Ms. Ann Perry, Associate Dean for Admissions at the University of Chicago Law School, all about how to maximize your admission and aid through successful interactions with admissions professionals. No registration necessary.

FREE Practice LSAT — Friday, September 9, 8:30am-12:30pm

This proctored practice LSAT provides the opportunity to take an actual Law School Admission Test in a real classroom environment. Whether you are prepping for the September 24 LSAT or you have never taken a practice LSAT before and just want to get a baseline score, this is your chance. This exam will be set up much like the real LSAT: Please bring pencils, personal items, and a snack in a clear plastic baggie.  Location and follow up details will be sent to all registrants within a week of the exam. Please go here to register.

Pre-Law 101 — Monday, September 12, 4-5pm, 514 IUB

This workshop is designed for incoming students who are new to pre-law or are interested in learning more about it. We will cover: What it means to be pre-law at Illinois, course selection, majors, and extracurriculars, building a pre-law resume, and what law schools are really looking for. We will outline a four year plan to maximize your undergraduate experiences in order to make a great law school candidate. We’ll also take any questions about law school and legal careers. Please reserve a seat by clicking on this link to ensure enough seating and materials for everyone. Each Pre-Law 101 session is the same. Incoming students should attend a Pre-Law 101 session prior to setting up an individual pre-law advising appointment.

Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume for Law School — Monday, September 19, 4-5pm, 514 IUB

The personal statement is one of the most difficult yet powerful elements of the law school application. Join us for this workshop, which will cover what the personal statement is, how to prepare for writing it, and some tips and suggestions for making it reflect an applicant’s strengths. We will also discuss how the personal statement and resume can complement each other to create a stronger law school application. Please register by clicking on this link so that we can ensure enough seating and materials for everyone. Each session is the same, so select the one that best suits your schedule.

Upcoming Campus Events and Opportunities

Political Science Fair — Wednesday, September 7, 2-4:30pm, David Kinley Hall, 4th Floor

The Political Science Fair is tomorrow, September 7 from 2:00pm-4:30pm. Stop by to learn about Political Science student organizations, meet with representatives from resources from all over campus (including PLAS) and talk with classmates and professors. Mark your calendars and we’ll see you then!

UIUC Pre-Law Honors Society — Applications due Monday, September 12th!

The Pre-Law Honors Society of the University of Illinois seeks to provide activities and opportunities that will facilitate the needs and wants of pre-law students who have achieved high honors at the undergraduate level. Through such activities PHS strives to further educate members on the requirements and preparation needed to enter a law school as well as any legal profession or arena.

The application deadline for membership in the UIUC Pre-Law Honors Society is Monday September 12th at 5pm. To apply students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3/4.0 and must have completed 30 hours of campus credit prior to initiation (Sophomore status). The link to apply can be found on the PHS official website here or the PHS Facebook page here

PAID Internship — UIUC Office of University Counsel — Applications due September 15!

The Office of University Counsel seeks 1-2 undergraduate student interns for 2016-2017. This PAID position will provide administrative support to the office, with specific duties outlined in the link provided below. Hours per week will depend upon intern availability. Interns will gain experience working in a legal environment and will also be introduced to legal procedures with the possibility of increased responsibilities over time.

About the office: The Office of University Counsel (OUC) provides legal advice and representation to the university, its administrators/employees, University Related Organizations and others who seek legal advice arising from their official university responsibilities. OUC attorneys provide advice on an extremely wide variety of subjects. The office staff consists of attorneys and staff with unique skills and specialized training, as well as generalists who are well versed in multiple areas of law and policy.

Required: Sophomore, junior, or senior standing; minimum 3.0 GPA; consistent weekly availability. Preference will be given to candidates with availability over breaks.  Applications are due Thursday, September 15! For more information about the position and how to apply, go here: Intern – Urbana – Clerical 2016.

The Career Center fall 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:

  • Creating Your Powerful Resume: Monday, September 5, 3pm; Tuesday, September 6, 4pm
  • Creating Your Powerful Cover Letter, Tuesday, September 6, 5pm
  • Translating Your Study Abroad Experience, Tuesday, September 6, 6pm
  • Career Fair: Maximizing Your Experience, Wednesday, September 7, 4pm
  • Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) Program Info Session, Friday, September 9, 3pm, Interview Suite Room 213. MAVNI is a recruiting program that allows legal non-citizens with in-demand skills to join the U.S. Army in exchange for expedited U.S. citizenship. Recruiters from U.S. Army and Navy will explain how to apply and take exams. Some international students who were admitted to MAVNI will share their preparation experiences.

Gilman International Scholarship Program — Info Session Thursday, Sept 8 – 3:30-4:30pm, Room 514 IUB; Application Workshop Friday, Sept 9, 3:30-4:30 pm

The Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards of $5,000 (plus up to a $3,000 supplement for critical languages) for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue summer, semester, or academic-year study abroad opportunities in other countries. This is a need based award, and to be eligible, students currently must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant.  The National and International Scholarships Program is willing to assist in reviewing your scholarship application material, in fact, we welcome the opportunity to help make your application more competitive!  As such, we are offering a two-day informational event about the Gilman Scholarship. September 8th from 3:30-4:30 is an informational session and alumni Q&A.  September 9th between 3:30-4:30 is a workshop on how to craft your application essays. 

For more information, contact the scholarships office at or visit our website at

LENS Diversity Certificate — Applications Due THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

Join the LENS Diversity Certificate Program Today! The LENS Diversity Certificate Program is a two-semester (Fall 2016-Spring 2017) commitment that provides students with enriching, thought-provoking experiences culminating in a certificate. Get a certificate for taking classes, developing projects with a team of your peers, and attending events! The LENS Diversity Certificate Program operates on a multi-dimensional framework that encourages students to view and explore diversity, social justice, and intercultural relations to develop skills for functioning in a diverse and global society: Learn, Envision, Navigate, and Synthesize.

To apply, go to   For more information about the LENS Diversity Certificate Program, go to e-mail

Provost’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Board — Applications Due THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

Established in 2007, the Provost’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Board is overseen by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is composed of undergraduate students named by each of the undergraduate serving colleges as well as five at-large members selected through this open application process. All members are appointed to serve one-year terms.


In Fall 2016, the Board will meet for discussion from 12:00 – 1:00 pm on Tuesday, October 4; Friday, November 4; and Friday, December 2. A buffet lunch will be provided. Dates for the Spring 2017 meetings will be determined at the December meeting.


The purpose of the Provost’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Board is to work with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost to:

  • Provide feedback on programs, administrative and academic policies, and initiatives established or overseen by the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Innovation.
  • Generate ideas and suggestions for programs and activities to enhance the academic experience of undergraduate students at the university.


  • Undergraduate student standing for the 2016-2017 school year.
  • On campus (not studying abroad or graduating early) both fall and spring.
  • Does not have class or work conflicts with the established fall meeting days/times (see above).
  • Interest in academic affairs initiatives and activities on campus.
  • Strong record of academic achievement (GPA 3.0 or above).
  • Involvement on campus both in academic and extracurricular activities.

Application Process

Interested undergraduate students are encouraged to submit an application. Successful applicants will be notified and may be scheduled for an interview. Applications must be received no later than September 9, 2016. Click on the following link for the application. UG Advisory Board App 2016-17.

Questions about the Provost’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Board may be directed to Assistant Provost Kathy Martensen,, or Melinda Schaefer,, phone 217-333-6677.

Upcoming Off Campus Events and Opportunities

LSAT Scholarship — Diversity Scholarship Foundation — Applications due September 21!

This Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student who is actively applying to an accredited law school in Illinois, Wisconsin, or Indiana or is a recent graduate with a four-year degree and is taking the LSAT. Eligible students maintain a 3.5 GPA. The award will be sent directly to LSAT or to a law school and/or to a LSAT class provider and/or tutoring for LSAT.  For more information and to apply, click on this link: DSF 2016 Scholarship Application.

Organizing Change Leadership Retreat — Saturday, October 8 – Sunday, October 9, 2016

Join Illinois students from around campus for a free two-day retreat that will build your leadership skills.  Meet students who are active in leading change, and learn how to get involved in the issues that matter to you.

Held at the Lake Williamson all-inclusive retreat near Springfield, Organizing Change features workshops, team building activities, and opportunities to network with other student leaders and staff.

Transportation, lodging, and food are provided.  Space is limited. Register for the conference here.

Priority Deadline is Monday, September 26, 2016. Questions? Contact Ross Wantland at or (217) 244-1814.

Illinois Club Scholarships — Applications Due Saturday, October 15!

Diverse and welcoming, The Illinois Club draws its membership from all areas of the University as well as the surrounding community. Since 1915, The Illinois Club has provided financial support to worthy undergraduate students. We now award scholarships in excess of $20,000 each year.

  • Seven-Nine (7-9) combined Make-A-Difference Awards & Isabelle Purnell Education Awards of $2,500
  • One (1) Judith Life Ikenberry Fine Arts Award of $3,400
  • One (1) Global Focus Award of $2,500

You must be an undergraduate, have earned at least 60 credit hours by the beginning of the Spring 2017 semester, and graduate no earlier than December 2017 to apply. A minimum GPA of 2.75 at both the time of application and winning of award is required. Applicants are evaluated for all awards for which they are eligible. For more information, go here:  To apply for these scholarships, please complete the application here: Interviews with finalists will be scheduled January 21 and 28, 2017.

The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion: Annual Graduate & Professional Student Recruitment Initiative (GPS) Program — Applications due September 16!

The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to announce that it will hold its annual Graduate & Professional Student Recruitment Initiative (GPS) Program on October 16-18, 2016. GPS is Ohio State’s premier diversity recruitment program for students considering post- baccalaureate studies at Ohio State. As a professional program within GPS, the Moritz College of Law will host several students who are interested in attending law school.

Students should be planning to pursue a post-baccalaureate degree following graduation and meet the following criteria:

  • Be a rising senor eligible to graduate by June 2017
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Demonstrate serious consideration to attend Ohio State
  • Submit an application including:
    • One unofficial transcript
    • A short statement (250 words or less) indicating their research and/or professional interests and why s/he wants to pursue these interests at Ohio State
    • One letter of support from a faculty member
    • CV/resume

Students who are selected by Moritz to attend the GPS Program will have the opportunity to personally see Ohio State and interact with students, faculty and administrators within the law school and the broader university community.  Please encourage one or more of your students to consider submitting an application. Click on the following links to view the  flyer and application for more information regarding this program. GPS 2016 Flyer (3) (002); 2016 GPS Application. 

The GPS application window will remain open until the deadline of September 16 – applications and decisions are on a rolling basis.   Please submit all application materials via email to by no later than the September 16 deadline. 


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