Mark Your Calendars: Week of September 26

We’re gearing up for the biggest pre-law events of the year! Mark your calendars for next week.

Law Admissions Panel & Mock Admissions–Monday, October 3, 6:30-7:45 pm. Join us for this fun mock admissions session with SIX law school admissions deans! You’ll be part of the admissions decisions as we examine applications, discuss candidates, and decide whom to admit. This session will feature law school deans from University of Illinois, University of California–Berkeley, Richmond University, Boston College, Widener University, and Notre Dame. For more details visit our website here. This is a must-see for any students interested in applying to law school.

Law School Fair — Tuesday, October 4, 10am-2pm, Illini Union A, B, C. The Law School Fair is a gathering of over 110 law school representatives here on campus to talk to you about their schools.  Everyone is welcome — students, alumni, community representatives.  Dress is business casual.  Want to find out if your favorite schools are attending?  Click on this link to learn more about the event.

Upcoming Campus Events and Opportunities

Majors and Minors Fair–Wednesday, September 28 from 2-4 pm in Illini Union ABC Rooms. Are you considering changing majors or adding a minor? Come and learn more about every major and minor on campus, as well as study abroad, Career Center, and us! We’ll be there, so stop by our table and say hello!

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:

  • Resume, Cover Letter, & LinkedIn Reviews
    • September 26, 2-4:30pm at the Career Center
    • September 26, 7-9 pm at the Undergraduate Library
    • September 27, 2-4:30pm at the Career Center 
    • September 28, 2-4:30 pm at the Career Center
    • September 29, 2-4:30pm at the Career Center
    • September 30, 2-4:30pm at the Career Center
  • Join the Conversation: LinkedIn, September 27, 4-5 pm
  • Finding and Applying to Government Jobs, September 28, 4-5 pm
  • Finding an Internship, September 29, 4-5 pm
  • Special Guest Presentation for International Student Job Search I, September 30, 1-2:30 pm, BIF Auditorium
  • Special Guest Presentation for International Student Job Search 2, September 30, 3-4:30 pm, DCL Room 1320
  • Creating Your Powerful Cover Letter, September 26, 4-5pm; September 21, 5-6pm, Room 143

And coming in October….

Illini Career & Internship Fair — Wednesday, October 26, Noon-4pm at ARC. This is a fair focused on industries that recruit students from the liberal arts and humanities, media, education, and applied health sciences.  Mark your calendars now so that you don’t miss out on this great opportunity! To learn more, go to the Career Center’s website.

Law School Events
Law Schools are starting to hold Open House and other recruiting events. Check the websites of your top choice law schools for events such as these:

Chicago-Kent College of Law IIT will host an October Open House: Getting Into Law School Seminar on Saturday, October 15 from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm. Visit their website for more details or to register.

University of Chicago Law School will host Prospective Student Open Houses starting on October 31 from 1:00-4:45 pm. For more details or to register, visit their website here.

Emory University School of Law: Great news, law school applicants! We just received several application fee waivers for Emory University School of Law! Email us at to claim; first come, first served. Must apply this year.

Upcoming Off Campus Internships, Scholarships and Events

Department of State InternshipsApps due Oct. 14

Are you interested in a career as a diplomat? The U.S. Department of State offers students unpaid internships to work in U.S. embassies and consulates around the world and throughout the United States. Must be at least a college junior with minimum 2.5 GPA, U.S. citizen, able to pass a background investigation. All majors accepted. Visit their website here for additional details; you can also subscribe to receive their emails about internship opportunities. Applications are due October 14

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.