Alumni Attorney Talks

Alumni Attorney Talks is a virtual series which aims to provide prospective law students with helpful insights about attending law school and pursuing a legal career. This series features interviews with University of Illinois alumni working in a variety of diverse settings within the legal profession.

Featuring: Judge Katherine Kern

Judge Kern is a Federal Administrative Judge with the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board.  The Merit Systems Protection Board examines important issues related to the federal workforce. The Board is an independent, quasi-judicial agency in the Executive branch that serves as the guardian of Federal merit systems.  The mission of the MSPB is to “Protect the Merit System Principles and promote an effective Federal workforce free of Prohibited Personnel Practices.” 

To learn more about the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board visit their website: U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (mspb.gov).

Quick facts about Judge Kern:

    • Law School: University of Illinois College of Law
    • UIUC Undergraduate Major: Political Communications
    • Judge Kern’s Three Words to Describe an Attorney:

Representative | Story-Teller | Officer-of-the-Court

Be sure to check out this insightful interview!

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December Snapshot

End of Semester Wrap-Up!

December is finally here and with it the end of the semester! Our best wishes as you complete your end of semester tasks,  prepare for finals, and set goals for winter break!

Below please see a list of important dates, upcoming events, and reminders for December 2021!

December 1: Law Chat Live @ Noon: Strategies for Spring Application Success. Click here for more information.

December 1: PS 392 (International Organizations and Regionalism) Study Abroad Information Session at 12:00 pm in Lincoln Hall 1027 or via Zoom. Click here to learn more about the program!

December 2: AccessLex Webinar“Choosing a Law School” at 7:00 pm. Click here for more information.

December 2: Registration Deadline: LSAC December Digital Law School Forum. Click here to register.

December 2: Harvard Law Information Session with First Class Law Students Association, an affinity group for first-gen and low-income law students, at 6:00 pm. Click here to register.

December 3: LSAT Registration Deadline: January 2022 LSAT.

December 3: University of Houston Law Center: Pre-Law Pipeline Program Information Session at 12:00 pm. To learn more about the program, click here. Info Session Zoom link

December 3: Center for East Asian & Pacific Studies: “How Might Transitional Justice Lead to Community Restoration?” presentation with Professor Chungmoo Choi via Zoom. Click here to register.

December 4: LSAC: December Digital Law School Forum. Click here for more information. Register by December 2nd!

December 6: Women’s Resources Center: Dish It Up Series- “Home for the Holidays- Navigating New and Old Relationships Over Winter Break” Illini Union 210 General Lounge at 12:00 pm.

December 7: University of Chicago Law School: Admissions Webinar at 12:00 pm. Click here to register.

December 7: UIUC Counseling Center: Workshop-“#FinishStrongIllinois: Preparing for Finals”, Lincoln Hall 1092 at 7:00 pm.

December 8: Last Day of Instruction, Fall Semester.

December 8: University of Miami School of Law: Admissions 101 Information Session (virtual) at 7:00 pm. Click here to register.

December 9: Reading Day.

December 9: Loyola University Chicago School of Law: JD Virtual Information Session at 6:00 pm. Register here!

December 9: AccessLex Webinar– “Building Your Law School Budget” at 7:00 pm. Click here for more information.

December 9: Final Exam Period Begins – Good Luck!

December 13: University of Houston Law Center: Pre-Law Pipeline Program Information Session at 12:00 pm. To learn more about the program, click here. Info Session Zoom link

December 14: AccessLex Webinar“Applying to Law School” at 2:00 pm. Click here for more information.

December 15: AccessLex Webinar“Applying to Law School: A Strategic Approach For Underrepresented Students” at 5:00 pm. Click here for more information.

December 16: AccessLex Webinar“Paying for Law School” at 7:00 pm. Click here for more information. 

December 17: University of Illinois College of Law: Prospective Student Webinar- “How Does Illinois Law Assist Students? Discussing Academic, Administrative, and Alumni Supports” at 12:00 pm. Click here for more information.

December 17: Final Exam Period Ends – Have a safe and enjoyable winter break!

December 19: Winter Session Course Add/Drop (100% refund) Deadline.

December 20: First Day of Instruction, Winter Session.

December 22: University of Chicago Black Law Students Association Law Admissions Q&A at 5:00 pm via Zoom.  Register online to attend.

December 29:  LSAT Registration Deadline: February 2022 LSAT.

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