Mark Your Calendars: Week of September 4

Welcome back from Labor Day weekend! We have lots of September events going on, so take a look!

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Pre-Law Events

Our Fall Event Calendar is posted! Here’s a preview of what’s coming up.

Interested in joining the Pre-Law Club? Come to a Pre-Law Club Info Session on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 6 pm in Greg Hall Room 223!

Pre-Law 101 Workshop–Monday, Sept. 10 at 4:00 pm. 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. Register here.

Letters of Recommendation: Part of the Applying to Law School Webinar Series–Friday, Sept. 14, 2-3 pm. Register here.
During this webinar, we will discuss:

  • How many letters of recommendation law school applications require
  • Who to ask for recommendations
  • How to approach your request
  • Timelines for getting recommendations
  • How to input your recommenders in your Credential Assembly Service account

Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume for Law School–Monday, Sept.17, 4-5pm. 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.  Register here.

Law School Admissions Panel–Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7:00 pm in 1002 Lincoln Hall. Join us for this panel as we hear from experts in law school admissions. What happens after you submit an application? What do they really look for in a candidate? What do they love and hate to see in a personal statement? What can applicants expect during an interview? How can applicants build effective relationships with admissions staff? Get all of your questions answered from this panel of admissions professionals with a vast array of experience.This is a must-see event for anyone considering applying to law school!

Panelists include representatives from the following law schools:

Law School Fair–Wednesday, Sept. 26, 10:00 am-2:00 pm at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC). It’s the biggest pre-law event of the year as 120 law schools visit campus to meet all who are interested in applying to law school. Learn about law schools, scholarships, and the application process while meeting the people who will be reading your law school applications. Application fee waivers and other freebies will be available. Stop by or stay the whole time! This event is free and open to the public. For more information click here to visit our website. No registration required.

Campus Events

Illinois Abroad Day is Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 11-3 all over campus. Click here to explore the six events held that day everywhere from the main Quad to the ACES Library.

Gilman Scholarship Information Sessions will be held  Sept. 6 at 3:30 and Sept. 7 at 2:00 in 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building. This scholarship awards $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduates to pursue summer, semester, or academic year study abroad programs.

Constitution Day 2018–Tolerance Means Dialogue: “Religious Liberty and the Culture War Over LGBT Rights: Can University Students Make a Difference?” Sept. 17 at 7 pm in Lincoln Hall. This event features dialogue catalysts Robin Fretwell Wilson, Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law, University of Illinois, and Director of the Tolerance Means Dialogues, and Shannon Minter, Legal Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Constitution Day Scholarship Opportunity: Submit a 500 word essay here on what tolerance means to you by Sept. 10, 2018 for a chance to win a $750 scholarship.

The School of Information Sciences will be hosting a Fall Open House event on Friday, September 14 from 12-5 pm. Anyone interested in the programs MS in Library and Information Science or MS in Information Management should attend. Click here to register.

Career Center EventsClick here to visit the Career Center’s website for location and more information or to register for these sessions.

Part-Time Job Fair: Sept. 4, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm in Illini Union, Room B. Engage with local and campus employers to find paid part-time opportunities! Visit Handshake for a list of participating employers.

  • CC-I (Career Certificate, International) Information Session, Sept. 4, 4:00 pm
  • Creating Your Powerful Resume
    • Sept. 11, 4:00 pm
    • Sept. 12, 4:00 pm
    • Sept. 13, 5:00
  • Career Fair Prep Workshop, Sept. 6, 4-5 pm
  • Resume/Cover Letter/Linked In Review
    • Sept. 4, 2-4:30 pm and 5-7:30 pm
    • Sept. 5, 2-4:30 pm and 5-7:30 pm
    • Sept. 6 & 7, 2-4:30 pm


We’ve collected 200 scholarships–for both undergrads and incoming law students–on our Scholarships Spreadsheet over on our Pre-Law Compass page. It’s a wide variety of scholarships based on everything from being left-handed to making a video to tweeting, and deadlines vary, so check it out!


It’s NOT too early to start looking for spring/summer internships today! We post internships on our blog and our Facebook page. Check out this blog post for a plan on how to start finding spring and summer internships this fall.

Pre-Law Resources

Now is a great time to check out–or join–all of our pre-law resources! Click the links to explore. You can also search this blog for posts about the LSAT, law school applications, resumes, internships, and more!




Compass page