Thank you to the students that joined us for the LSAT Prep Fair last week!
Our next event will be the “Negotiating Scholarships Workshop” on Monday February 26! The event will be held at 1090 Lincoln Hall from 5PM – 6:15PM.
Now is the time to assess aid offers and discuss options for additional scholarships with your law schools. How can applicants have a respectful yet productive conversation that potentially results in more scholarship dollars being awarded? Join us as we examine exactly how to go about negotiating law school scholarships with the expertise of a panel of law school admissions professionals with a wealth of experience! This session is a must-see for anyone applying to law school, and the information applies to any law school. Panelists include:
- Amanda Noascono, Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions, DePaul University College of Law
- Rebecca Ray, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Illinois College of Law
- Nicole Vilches, Assistant Dean for Admissions, Chicago-Kent College of Law
Financing Your Legal Education Webinar: Feb. 15 at 6:00 pm. Law school is an important investment. Making informed decisions about how to finance that investment is crucial. This session, provided by Access Lex, will help you to understand the costs of pursuing legal education and the financial aid application process. We’ll also review the available financing options and identify ways for you to be financially prepared to achieve your educational goals. To register for this free workshop visit http://bit.ly/2ESeyuu
Applications for Chicago-Kent’s Honors Scholars program are due TODAY Feb. 12 for current applicants. Honors Scholars receive full tuition scholarships for 3 years. Candidates must have a GPA of at least 3.5 and LSAT score of 160. Visit their website for more details and to apply.
Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis is now accepting applications on a rolling basis for its new Pathway to the Law program, featuring online for-credit courses, LSAT assistance, a $2000 scholarship, mentoring, and more for selected applicants. https://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/admissions/jd/diversity/pathway-to-the-law.html
A preview to our March event . . . the “Taking a Gap Year Before Law School” Workshop will be on Thursday March 29th in Room 514 of the Illini Union Bookstore from 5:00 – 6:00PM.
Are you considering working or taking a gap year before law school? Do you want to know more about going straight through to law school after undergrad? Pre-Law Advising Services is hosting an event for students to learn more about different paths to law school. The panel will feature three current law students–two with work experience and one who went directly from undergrad to law school–to answer your questions and discuss the pros and cons of going straight to law school versus taking time off and working.
SUMMER PLANS–Still looking for opportunities? Check these out.
Career Fairs. Mark your calendars for spring career fairs, which are open to all Illinois students and present both job and internship opportunities. Find these and other fair opportunities in Handshake.
- Research Park Career Fair–March 13. Visit their website here.
- Just-in-Time Illini Career & Internship Fair–April 10. Visit their website here.
Looking for some tips on how to make the most of a career fair? The Career Center is offering a workshop on Career Fair Prep TODAY, February 5, 5pm, Career Center Conference Room 143 at the Career Center. The Career Center is also offering workshops on crafting a strong resume, how to use LinkedIn, and more. Visit their website here for information on other great programming opportunities at the Career Center!
Summer PLUS programs. We posted a spreadsheet full of pre-law undergraduate summer programs over on our Compass page! For example:
- Chicago-Kent PLUS program. Applications due March 1.
- University of Wisconsin PLUS program. Applications due April 13.
- Indiana ICLEO Summer Institute. Applications due March 1.
June LSAT Registration–Planning to take the June LSAT? Registration is now open here! We recommend registering early because this one typically fills early AND LSAT takers were up nearly 30% last year! Now is also a good time to apply for a fee waiver. For more on LSAC fee waivers revisit this blog post.
Did you know that you can get a scholarship for working at an unpaid internship this summer? Apply for the Fred S. Bailey scholarship here, which provides a $1000 stipend for part-time internships and a $2500 stipend for full-time summer internships. Applications due April 12.
University of Illinois’ Office for Student Conflict and Resolution Subcommittee Applications Now Open!
The University of Illinois’ Office for Student Conflict and Resolution has opened up their applications for their two subcommittees: the Subcommittee on Student Conduct and the Subcommittee on Sexual Misconduct. Student applicants must be:
- Enrolled full-time at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
- At least two full semesters from graduation; and
- In good academic standing with at least a 2.5 grade point average.
It is encouraged that students have Friday afternoon availability for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters. For more information and to apply, visit their website here.
OIIR’s Lunch on Us Program – Free Lunch Every Weekday!
The Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations is offering their “Lunch on Us” program this semester. Programs take place every weekday from noon to 1pm every day and offer a free lunch for attending. To see their schedule, click here.
“Creating Your Powerful Cover Letter” at the Career Center – Thursday February 15 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm at the Career Center Conference Room 143
Cover letters are challenging to write, and yet, are often a critical aspect of an internship or job application. Learn how to write an effective cover letter that showcases your skills and experiences for a specific position.
Upcoming Law School Opportunities–open to pre-law students!
Indiana University Maurer School of Law (Bloomington) is hosting a Diversity Law Day on Saturday, Feb. 17. This free event includes a mock class, lunch, tours of the law school, and sessions about critical thinking and what lawyers do. Visit their website here for more details and to register.
The Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Day will be Friday, Feb. 23 at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee. This free event features sessions with the deans of both Marquette and University of Wisconsin law schools, a law school admissions update, mock law school class, tours, lunch, and a mini law school fair. For more details and to register visit their website here.
Free Speech After Charlottesville–February 16 from 12-1 pm at the University of Illinois College of Law Rowe Auditorium. Speaker Teresa Sullivan will discuss the August 2017 events that involved clashes between white supremacists and counter-protestors on the grounds of UVA and in Charlottesville. She will discuss how these events have shaped the debate about free speech, led to discussions about the proper dividing line between free speech and hate speech, and changed the way that universities prepare for public assemblies that can lead to violent clashes between opposing groups. Free and open to the public–lunch will be provided to the first 200 participants. Find more details here.