Mark Your Calendars — Welcome Back Edition — January 12/15, 2018

Welcome back to spring semester! LOTS of excellent opportunities are coming up, including the Illini Union Winter Week of Welcome, campus events honoring MLK Day, paid internships, an internship with a local law firm and scholarships.  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.

Pre-Law 101 — Monday, January 29, 4:00pm, 514 IUB

Are you new to pre-law at Illinois? Then this event is a great opportunity for you! 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.

LSAT Preparation Fair — Tuesday, February 6!

The PLAS-sponsored LSAT Preparation Fair is set for Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 4:00-6:00pm, Illini Union Rooms B&C! 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.

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

Upcoming Campus Events

UIUC is hosting many events to celebrate the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., including the Service of Celebration at Krannert on Sunday, January 14, starting at 5:00pm. Click on the following link to find out more.

The Illini Union is hosting the Winter Week of Welcome featuring all kinds of fun events this week and next week.  Check out the listing here, and mark your calendars for the RSO Involvement Fair on Wednesday, January 24!

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

Career Center Opportunities Fair – Tuesday, January 23, 5-6:30pm

Learn about job and internship opportunities on campus! Visit with campus units that are hiring students. Learn about services and work opportunities at The Career Center. Enhance your Illinois experience and build your resume. This event will include games, prizes and a chance to win a FREE Amazon Fire tablet!

For information about other events and workshops at The Career Center, check out their spring calendar 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.

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

  • Intersect: Saturday, January 20
  • Integrity: Saturday, January 27
  • Inclusion: Saturday, February 3

Study Abroad – First Steps Info Sessions January 17 and 18!

Not sure how to get started in the study abroad process? Attend a First Steps Info Session to learn what it means to study abroad, how to select a program, components of an application, and how study abroad can advance to your personal and academic goals. The Study Abroad Office will be holding their First Steps Info Session this week on Wednesday, January 17, 10-11am, and Thursday, January 18, 3-4pm.  Both sessions will be held in the International Studies Building, Room 112. Go here for more information.

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS), set for Thursday, April 19.

Deadline for submitting an application to the URS is Friday, February 16, 2018, at 11:59 pm. The application can be found here. 

The URS is the signature event of Undergraduate Research Week (April 15-21), and brings together students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus, as well as corporate partners and sponsors, to learn more about undergraduate research and its potential to change the world. Students are encouraged to apply even if titles or abstracts have not yet been finalized – they can be edited.  Just make sure the application is successfully submitted by February 16!

For more information on Undergraduate Research Week, the URS, and OUR programs, please visit our website at:

Questions may be addressed to; please put “URS Application” in the subject line.

The Office of Undergraduate Research announces its Spring 2018 calendar for the Getting Started in Research Workshop!

PLEASE NOTE – These workshops fill up quickly, so if you are interested, sign up now!

During the workshop, we will discuss the various forms of undergraduate research that take place on campus, guide students to develop a plan of action to locate research opportunities on campus, and discuss ways to contact faculty research mentors. Students will leave the workshop with (1) a better understanding of undergraduate research and how it takes place on our campus, (2) increased confidence to contact faculty research mentors, and (3) a list of faculty mentors to contact. For more information and to register, go here.

The first two workshops will be held next week:

Getting Started in Research Workshop, January 22, 2018
Date/Time: Monday January 22, 2018 from 3:00 – 4:30pm
Lincoln Hall, Room 1027

Registration is available at:

Getting Started in Research Workshop, January 24, 2018
Date/Time: Wednesday January 24, 2018 from 3:00 – 4:30pm
Noyes Laboratory of Chemistry, Room 165

Registration is available at:

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, you should regularly check Handshake via the Career Center’s website to see if summer internships have been posted there.

Undergrad PAID Internship at UIUC in Environmental Humanities for 2018-2019        Applications due March 1, 2018!

Environmental Humanities is environmental studies from a humanistic standpoint. Envrionmental Humanities pulls from different movements (environmental philosophy, environmental history, ecocriticism, cultural geography, anthropology, and others) to study the relationship between humans and non-human nature, past and present. The IPRH-Mellon Environmental Humanities Research Group is composed of professors, post-doctoral scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates from different disciplines who are united by their desire to understand the human place in nature, as well as to examine critically the way people make meaning of it.

The research group seeks three undergraduate interns who will work with the group on their seminars, workshops, and programs for the academic year 2018-2019. Interns will also work with the research group director, Professor Bob Morrissey, to develop their own research projects as well as a research symposium for undergraduates at the end of the spring semester.

Interns will work approximately 10-11 hours per week, paid at the rate of $15.75 per hours, and will have $600 to support their research. Applicants must be juniors or seniors the year of the internship. For more information and to apply, go here.  Remember: The application deadline is March 1! Please address questions to: Dr. Nancy Castro, at

Paid Summer Internship at the Nuclear Energy Institute in Washington, D.C. Application Deadline is January 31!

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) in Washington, D.C., has a number of openings for paid interns beginning in the summer of 2018. The Nuclear Energy Institute ( 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 one of the following areas: technical, communications, policy development, government relations, legal, and member relations and corporate services on issues critical to the industry. Internships are 10 weeks and take place during the summer. Interns will be paid $15.00 an hour.

All applicants must submit an application that includes the NEI Internship Application, a resume, and a copy of their transcript to If requested, applicants must also participate in an interview either by phone or in person.

Applications are being accepted for review between December 15, 2017 and January 31, 2018. Applications submitted beyond January 31, 2018 may be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis thereafter. Click on this link for more information. you have additional questions about NEI’s Internship Program, please contact the NEI Human Resources Department at

Legal Internship Opportunity — Holder Law Group, LLP

Holder Law Group, LLP, 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. Holder Law Group engages in personal injury, medical malpractice, and civil litigation. Attorneys at Holder Law Group 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. Positions are available for fall, spring, and summer semesters as well as during breaks. Please email resumes and cover letters to Betsy Holder:  

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 2018 and submit an application, personal statement, and statement of financial need by March 2. Find the application and more details here.

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

The Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Day is set for Friday, February 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This event is open to all students. For more information and to register, visit their website here. Cosponsored by the University of Wisconsin Law School and Marquette University Law School, this FREE event includes lunch and:

  • an update on law school admissions in Wisconsin featuring the University of Wisconsin and Marquette University Law Schools;
  • breakout workshops featuring a mock class for students ; and
  • law school fair featuring admissions representatives from law schools around the country.  Click here for a list of law schools that participated in last year’s event.

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 three Illinois law schools.

Chicago Kent Law School Open House, Saturday, January 27, 9:00am-2:00pm.  For more information or to register, go here. 

DePaul University College of Law Open House, Saturday, January 20, 10:00am. For more information and to register, go here.

John Marshall Law School Open House, Saturday, January 27, 9:00am-Noon. For more information or to register, go here.

Northern Illinois University College of Law Open House, Saturday, January 27, Noon-4:30pm. For more information or to register, go here.