Mark Your Calendars – Week of February 17, 2020

Scroll down for information on: internships; writing cover letters and resumes; how to craft a research proposal; how to negotiate law school scholarships and more!


Law School Scholarships and Negotiating Aid, featuring Rebecca Ray, Assistant Dean of Admissions at the University of Illinois College of Law – NEXT Monday, February 24, 5:00 pm, Room 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building

Law school financial aid works differently from undergraduate scholarships. Rebecca Ray, Assistant Dean of Admissions at University of Illinois College of Law, will be here to share insights into how scholarships are allocated and how to request additional scholarship opportunities. You’ll find out what to ask for, how to phrase these conversations, and what strategies are successful to achieving additional scholarships. Bring your questions and learn how to maximize financial aid for law school!

Off Campus Events

The Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Office of Admissions & Financial Aid, The Office of Inclusion & Engagement, the Black Students Initiative, the Black Law Students Association, and the Latino Law Students Association cordially invite you to attend the Pathway to the Legal Profession Law School Admissions Conference. Saturday, March 7, 2020, 9:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, 375 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611

The goal of this conference is to increase diversity in law school and ultimately in the legal profession. This conference will offer prospective law school applicants a comprehensive overview of the law school application process and provide advice on how to successfully navigate from applicant to law student. Current law students from diverse and non-traditional backgrounds, including first generation students and students with limited financial means, will be available to discuss their personal journeys. The conference will include a workshop on mastering the LSAT, a mock law school class, mentorship opportunities, and various panels consisting of law professors, lawyers, and law students.

This event is FREE. Please help us spread the word about this event to your constituents.

Those interested in attending should RSVP by Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. by using the form at this link:


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 Ms. Betsy Holder:  

Undergrad PAID Internship at UIUC in Environmental Humanities for 2020 — 2021 Applications due March 2, 2020!

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 2020-2021. Interns will also work with the research group director, Professor A. Naomi Paik, 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 up to $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 5:00pm on Monday, March 2! Please address questions to: Dr. Nancy Castro, at

Writer’s Workshop

Preparing for the Job Search: Cover Letters and Resumes – Tuesday, February 18, 4-5pm, Gregory Hall Room 113

This workshop will help you prepare two documents that you will use frequently during your job search: the cover letter and resume.  Learn basic formatting, effective work choice, and tips for tailoring your documents to specific employers.

Proposal Writing in Undergraduate Research – Thursday, February 20, 3-4:30pm, Lincoln Hall Room 1002

This workshop, offered in collaboration with the Office of Undergraduate Research, will guide students to explain their research in a concise and compelling manner.  Students will leave with basic knowledge about research proposals and their structure, tactics and tools to write successful research statements, and resources for assistance in the writing process.

Career Center

The Career Center offers regular opportunities for resume, cover letter and Linked In reviews.  Here are some other programs offered this week.

Finding An Internship – Wednesday, February 19, 5-6pm, Room 143, The Career Center, 715 South Wright Street

Snack Bite: Research Opportunities – Thursday, February 20, 4:30-5:00pm, Room 143, The Career Center, 715 South Wright Street

Pizza & Professionals: Research Park – Friday, February 21, 12:00-1:00pm, Room 407 Illini Union

For a complete list of upcoming Career Center events, go here.


The Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Day is set for Friday, February 28, 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.

Minnesota Pre-Law Scholars Summer Program – Application Due March 6!

Minnesota Pre-Law Scholars (MPLS) is a program that offers a select number of students a free LSAT prep class each summer at the University of Minnesota Law School. Admission is highly selective and based on a holistic review of the MPLS application material.

College students considering law school, especially rising seniors and those from groups historically underrepresented in law school, are encouraged to apply. The program is open to undergraduate students and recent graduates from any undergraduate institution.

Students will learn about law school admissions preparation from Minnesota Law School staff. The remaining portion of class, taught by an instructor from The Princeton Review, will be dedicated to LSAT preparation and practice exams. Some daytime events such as law firm visits will also be offered. Three (3) excused absences will be allowed during the summer session.

There is no cost to participate in MPLS. However, participants must submit a $100 seat deposit which is fully refundable upon successful completion of the program. All books and study materials will be provided.  The program will run from June to mid-August 2020.

To learn more about MPLS or to apply, click on this link:


This program offers scholarships of $600-1800 dollars to University of Illinois undergraduate and Master’s level graduate students leading international service projects who plan to travel within the specified period.  Recipients will be selected on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to the project/program, long-term career goals in international development or related fields, the trip’s potential impact on the student’s learning and professional development, potential for positive impact on the host community and financial need. If selected, all recipients must participate in a 7-week online pre-departure course.  (For trips that occur between May 1, 2020 – January 17, 2021)

Application Deadline: February 24, 2020

To learn more and apply, visit:

Contact: Kasey Umland

Director, Bailey Scholarship Program, University YMCA


Office of Undergraduate Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is now accepting submissions for the 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS), set for Thursday, April 30Deadline for submitting an application to the URS is Sunday, March 1, 2020, at 11:59 pm. The application can be found here. 

The URS is the signature event of Undergraduate Research Week (April 26-May 2, 2020), 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.  Need help?  Attend the workshop on “Proposal Writing in Undergraduate Research” this Thursday, February 20, 3-4:30pm, Lincoln Hall Room 1002, described aboveJust make sure the application is successfully submitted by March 1!