Planning For Study Abroad & Illinois in Washington

Important Things to Consider for the Pre-Law Student Studying Abroad in 2019

Studying Abroad in 2019? Think ahead for which test you want to take!

A note about the LSAT and Study Abroad: Many students choose to study abroad in the
spring of their Junior year. This can impact your planning and preparation for the LSAT,
especially if you plan to take the exam in March or June.

You should factor in your study abroad timing when deciding which LSAT to take. The LSAT is offered in many other countries (which you can investigate at, but you should carefully consider whether you will have the time and focus necessary for preparing for the exam while abroad.

See our handbook for more information about the application process.

Illinois in Washington Program (Summer 2019 Session) 

Illinois in Washington (IIW) is an academic internship program open to all U of I undergraduates. Participants live and intern in Washington, DC, while taking U of I classes.  IIW offers an exceptional opportunity to gain rewarding work experience while enjoying the political, intellectual, and cultural experiences than only the nation’s capital can offer.

Student internships have included positions with members of Congress, think tanks, consulting groups, social justice organizations, and government agencies.  Come and join us for an unforgettable semester in one of the most exciting cities in the world.  Our information session will provide a brief overview of the program.  The application deadline for the Summer 2019 term is February 1st.  Application instructions are available at

Pre-Law Events

GRE v. LSAT for Law School Admissions Monday, October 15, 2018 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm Lincoln Hall 1002

A hot topic in legal education is the recent decision by several law schools to accept a GRE or LSAT score. What should prospective law students know about the GRE versus the LSAT? Join us as Ms. Jennifer Kott, Director of Admissions at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, shares details about how her offices uses the GRE in the law school admission process. This session will cover:

  • Why the GRE is now being accepted by law schools
  • How the GRE differs from the LSAT
  • How law school admissions staff evaluate GRE scores versus LSAT scores
  • Advice on how to decide which exam to take; and
  • Communicating with law school admissions offices.

Click here for more information on the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

Build Your Law School Application Plan: Part of the Applying to Law School Webinar Series Friday, October 19, 2018 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm Online Webinar

This is part of our Applying to Law School webinar series for Illinois students and alumni.During this webinar, we will discuss:

  • How to create a law school application strategy
  • Building a list of realistic and dream law schools
  • Assessing your priorities in a legal education
  • Research strategies for finding law schools that are a good fit
  • Budgeting for the application process
  • Creating an effective timeline to maximize admission and scholarship results

Bring your questions!

Register for this webinar by October 16 at this link Webinar link and handouts will be sent to registrants before the session.

Scholarship Opportunity (Graduate Students Only)

The Celia M. Howard Fellowship program was established by the Illinois Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs in 1948.  Its purpose was to give financial assistance to train well-qualified, mature Illinois women for study in the field of Diplomacy.  This Fellowship has since been expanded to include study in International Management, Law, and Administration of Justice. Since 1950, over 150 women have received financial assistance from this fellowship.  The total amount and number of awards varies annually.

To qualify for the scholarship, you must:

  1. Attend one of the eligible programs;
    1. University of Illinois College of Law – Champaign, Illinois (Juris Doctor)
    2. The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy – Medford, Massachusetts (Master of Arts and Diplomacy Degree)
    3. Garvin School of International Management – Glendale, Arizona (Master of International Management)
    4.  Paul Simon Public Policy Institute – Carbondale, IL
  2. Have been a resident of Illinois at some time for a period of at least two years;
  3. Have received A.B., B.A., B.S. or equivalent baccalaureate degree;
  4. Have at least 12 undergraduate hours in History, Economics or Political Science;
  5. Have an undergraduate GPA of B or better.

Click this link to fill out an application Application deadline is due November 15th and awards are announced by April 1st.

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