Wondering what to do over winter break? Start looking for summer internships! Our annual Internship Newsletter is the perfect resource to assist you as you begin looking into summer internships in Illinois and elsewhere. You should also check out the Sidley Prelaw Scholars Program (applications due January 18) as well as the Trials Program at Harvard Law School (applications due February 1) described on page 3. These are amazing opportunities for our pre-law students. Note — many employers have January application deadlines so click on the link, 12 20 12 Summer Internship Newsletter, and start researching now before you miss out on some great internships!!
Planning on being in the New York City area over break? You should consider signing up for the New York City Bar’s Annual LSAT/Law School Prep Series, set for January 7, 8 and 10. If you sign up by January 1, the cost is $5! (It only increases to $10 after January 1). The program was created to provide prospective law students with information on everything from preparing for the LSAT through being successful in the first year of law school. The program includes LSAT Preview Classes by several well-regarded test prep companies – as well as panels with admissions representatives and law students from regional law schools and a Networking Fair with free classes and material giveaways. It will be held at the NYC Bar Association Office, 42 West 44th Street. For more information and to register, go here: http://www.nycbar.org/index.php/diversity/student-pipeline-program/programs/187-lsatlaw-school-prep-series.
For those of you looking into summer internships or job opportunities for after graduation, remember to check the U of I Career Center’s I-Link, https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/jobs/ilink, as these postings are updated weekly. For information about recently-posted opportunities with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, McDonald’s Corporation, United States Steel Corporation and Syngenta, just to name a few, please click on this link, http://www.las.illinois.edu/students/career/internships/opportunities/. Note: These listings have an application deadline of this Friday, November 30.
Fall 2012 Applicants
For most applicants, the LSAT is over and now the focus is on completing your applications. For those of you feeling a little overwhelmed by letters of recommendation, personal statements, and the application process generally, here is a link to one of our earlier blog postings to help you stay on task. http://publish.illinois.edu/prelawadvising/2012/10/08/after-the-lsat-what-now/.
Additionally, as you try to gauge your admissions chances, here is another tool to assist you. The Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors (NAPLA) Law School Locator is designed to help applicants quickly assess the LSAT and GPA expectations of different law schools across the country. Click on this link to access this tool. http://www.bc.edu/content/dam/files/offices/careers/pdf/2012_NAPLA_Law_Locator.pdf.
Fall 2013 Applicants
Are you considering appying to law school next fall? If so, then you need to begin planning NOW. In particular, you should consider taking the June LSAT. Why?
First — law schools use a rolling admissions process. That means that as a general matter, applications are reviewed in the order they are received. So even though most law schools list deadlines in February or March, you are encouraged to submit your applications as soon as possible. Most applications become available online between August 15 and October 1. As such, if you take the June LSAT and are happy with your score, you can complete your applications early in the cycle.
Second — if you are not satisfied with your June results, you have the option of re-taking in October and have the ability to submit your applications by late fall, which is still relatively early in the application cycle.
Third — as this year’s applicants can tell you, you need time to prepare for the LSAT. What does this mean? This means that when planning your schedule of classes, extracurricular activities, etc. for Spring 2013, you need to set aside a significant amount of time for studying for the LSAT.
Preparing for the LSAT
The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) advises that most law school applicants preparing for the LSAT familiarize themselves with test directions and question types, practice on sample tests, and study the information available on test-taking techniques and strategies. Although LSAC indicates that it is difficult to say when LSAT examinees are sufficiently prepared, LSAC advises that very few people achieve their full potential without some preparation. It has been our experience at PLAS that most test takers set aside at least 4-6 months to prepare for the LSAT. For information on the test and how to prepare, go to http://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/about-the-lsat.asp.
Not sure how much prep you will need? A great way to get an idea of your “baseline” LSAT score or simply begin the LSAT prep process is to take a full-length practice LSAT. Here are some upcoming opportunities to take a free practice test.
Note: We are not affiliated with any LSAT prep company. We do not receive any compensation from them. We simply provide information to students about upcoming opportunities that you may find beneficial. Students are under no obligation to use any company’s services just by taking a free test.
Princeton Review is offering a free online practice LSAT. To register, go to www.princetonreview.com/testfest or call 800-273-8439.
Kaplan is hosting an LSAT practice test on November 11 from 3:00-7:00 pm. For information on other free LSAT practice tests and to register, go to http://www.kaptest.com/enroll/LSAT/61820 or call 1-800-KAP-TEST.
The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) offers a free LSAT online that you can download, print, and take under your own conditions. (Make sure that you time yourself carefully to get a realistic idea of how you perform.) Find it at http://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/lsat-prep-materials.asp
PowerScore offers the same free practice LSAT as the LSAC website, along with a “virtual proctor” to keep yourself on track. http://www.powerscore.com/lsat/help/content_index.cfm Their website also has some sample “lessons” about test sections.
These would be great opportunities for sophomores and juniors to get an idea of what the LSAT is all about, or even for students taking the December or February LSAT to gain more experience taking the test under “testlike” conditions.
Our biggest Law Fair ever is tomorrow! Over 120 law schools will be here for the Law Fair on Tuesday, October 23 from 11am-3pm at the ARC. Click on our LawSchoolFairNewsletter2012to access our special edition Newsletter for the list of attendees, as well as tips and suggestions for getting the most out of this great opportunity! This newsletter contains information on what to wear, what questions to ask (page 2), and which schools are coming (pages 5 and 6). And to help you focus your approach, check out pages 3 and 4 for some possible “target” schools lists. This newsletter has ALL the details on the fair.
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow at the ARC, 11am-3pm!
Our biggest Law Fair ever is almost here! Over 120 (125 and counting!) law schools will be here for the Law Fair on Tuesday, October 23 from 11-3 at the ARC. Click on our LawSchoolFairNewsletter2012 to access our special edition Newsletter for the list of attendees, as well as tips and suggestions for getting the most out of this great opportunity! This newsletter contains information on what to wear, how to target specific schools, what to ask, and which schools are coming! Check it out for ALL the details on the fair.
Why should you attend the fair? Good question; read on.
If you are not yet applying to law school, you may be wondering how it will benefit you to attend. It’s a great opportunity to practice your networking skills. It’s also a good idea to begin building professional contacts of deans and directors who can provide helpful advice about their school’s application process and ultimately accept you into their schools. You can also find out helpful information now, while you are still in a position to build your resume or GPA, rather than finding out the day before you want to apply that they really would have preferred some work experience.
If you ARE currently applying to law school, why should you attend? It’s a great opportunity to meet the deans and directors who will be reading your applications. (I am consistently impressed with their ability to remember prospective students, right down to specific details about what they wore or what their personal statement was about.) It never hurts to make a great impression. You can also find out more about what specific schools are looking for, and even discover a school that you may not have considered but is actually a great fit for you. Finally, this is a great chance to collect some application fee waivers. It is definitely worth your time to attend, even for an hour or two.
Do you have to stay the entire time? No. Even an hour is enough time to target 4-5 of your top choice schools. Think about the schools you want to speak to, and make the most of however long you can attend. Check out the newsletter for lists of specific schools you may want to target based on geography, cost, specific program offerings, etc.
What should I say? We have specific examples of questions for the reps in the newsletter too. Good questions are ones that go beyond the basic “What are your medians?” question. How about asking what their favorite thing is about their school? Or asking the reps to name one thing about their school that can’t be found on their website or viewbook? If you know what area of law you want to specialize in, ask about that. Example: “I”m interested in environmental law and I see you have a clinic about that–can you tell me more about how students are selected for the clinic, and what types of cases they work on?”
Check out our LawSchoolFairNewsletter2012 for much more about the fair, and how you can get the most out of the experience. We’ve also included a list of attending schools and other details on our website here. See you at the fair!
Following up on last week’s posting about visiting opportunities at Illinois law schools, here is some information on law school tours, open houses and information sessions for several midwest law schools outside of Illinois. Again — we encourage you to check out the websites of the schools on your list for more information about visiting the various campuses.
Drake University Law School: Explore the opportunities available at Drake Law School by arranging a campus visit tailored to your interests. Your visit may include sitting in on a class, meeting with an admission and financial aid counselor, visiting with a professor in your area of interest, and/or touring the Law School and Legal Clinic with a current student.
- To schedule your visit, call 1-800-44-DRAKE, x2782 one week in advance. The Law School Office of Admission is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Indiana University Mauer School of Law — Bloomington: Call or e-mail the Admissions Office if you’d like to attend a 1L (first-year) class and/or tour the building with a current student. Phone: (812) 855-4765
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law — Indianapolis: Contact the admissions office by e-mail at email@example.com, or by phone at 317-274-2459.
University of Iowa College of Law: Fall 2012 tours will be given between September 5 – November 21 at the following times:
- Mondays and Wednesdays: Class visit at 11:30 a.m. to Criminal Procedure: Investigation with Professor James Tomkovicz and tour at 12:35 p.m.
- To schedule a visit during the above listed times or to request a different time, contact the Admissions. The Admissions Office is open from 8 am to 12 pm and 1 to 4:30 pm (CST) Monday through Friday, and is closed on weekends and University holidays. Please contact the Admissions Office to schedule your visit by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone 319-335-9095.
Marquette University Law School: Information sessions are set for 11:45am-1:30pm on the following Fridays: September 28; October 5; October 19; November 16; November 30; and December 17. For more information about these sessions or other visiting opportunities and to register, go to: http://law.marquette.edu/prospective-students/prospective-students-visit. To contact the Office of Admissions about visiting the campus, you may use the online form available via the link above, or by calling (414) 288-6767.
University of Michigan Law School: For general information about visiting the law school, go here: http://www.law.umich.edu/aboutus/Pages/visiting.aspx. Prospecitve students interested in visiting the Ann Arbor campus and taking a tour, visiting a class or meeting with an admissions counselor should schedule their visit by using the online registration system.
During the term, the law school offers at least two student-led tours each weekday. Between terms and during the first three or four weeks of each term, the law school has tours led by an admissions staff member on a slightly more limited schedule. Fall term ends December 7. There are no classes October 15-17 or November 22‑23.
Michigan State University: The Office of Admissions welcomes prospective students and their guests to visit the Michigan State University College of Law. Visits to the College typically are 60-75-minutes in duration, include a 30-minute appointment with a member of the Admissions staff, and a 30-minute student-led tour of the College. To arrange a visit, you must complete the online form at least one week prior to the preferred visit date. Go here to register online: http://www.law.msu.edu/visit/index.php.
University of Minnesota: If you are an admitted student for Fall 2013, please contact the Office of Admissions directly at email@example.com to schedule a visit. If you are a prospective student who has not yet gone through the application process, Minnesota will host weekly information sessions this fall. During a typical visit, prospective students have the opportunity to attend a small-group information session, tour Mondale Hall, and observe a first-year class (optional). All visits will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Office of Admissions, located at 229 19th Avenue South in Room 290. Visits will conclude at approximately 11:30 am. If you do not wish to attend class, please arrive at 9:45 a.m. The law school suggests scheduling visits 1-2 weeks in advance to ensure availability. Go here to register: http://www.law.umn.edu/prospective/visit.html.
Notre Dame Law School: Admissions offers three types of visits, Weekday Visit Programs (Class Visit, Information Session, and Tour); Class Visits (Class Visit and Tour only); and an Open House (day-long informational program). You must register online. Details about each event and registration information can be found here: http://law.nd.edu/admissions/visit-nd-law/. Space is limited, so please register early.
St. Louis University School of Law: If you would like to set up a visit, contact the Admissions Office at (314) 977-2800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valparaiso University: The admissions office has set the following visitor days: September: 17, 21, 28; October: 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26; November: 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19
To Schedule Your Visit contact the Admissions office by phone or email at:
Washington University School of Law-St. Louis: The School of Law Admissions Office is open Monday through Friday throughout the academic year and the summer. The University is closed for various holidays and events. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information. To schedule a tour, please make an appointment through the Admissions Office at 314-935-4525. During your visit you are welcome to meet with an Admissions Counselor to talk about your application and the admissions process.
University of Wisconsin Law School: The Fall Open House will be held on Monday, October 22nd. The event includes a continental breakfast followed by building tours and class visits throughout the afternoon. Special presentations by Rebecca Scheller, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, administrators, faculty members, and current students are also on the agenda. All attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions. To register, please email email@example.com, or call the Law School Admissions & Financial Aid Office at (608) 262-5914.
The law schools are beginning to announce their fall open houses as well as their tour and information session schedules. This is an excellent opportunity for you to visit some of those schools on your list and get a sense for what the student experience is like at each institution. Check the law schools’ websites for more information about open houses and tours. Here are some Illinois law schools that have begun advertising their events.
The John Marshall Law School — Open Houses Based on a sample itinerary, it appears that these sessions begin around 9am and go to approximately 1pm, featuring mock classes, tours and opportunities to chat with current JMLS students.
Saturday, October 13, 2012; Saturday, November 17, 2012
For more information and to register for an open house at JMLS, go to: http://www.jmls.edu/admission/jd/visiting.asp.
In addition, the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution at the John Marshall Law School is inviting interested UIUC students to participate in an “All-Star Advocacy” workshop at their Chicago campus on select Fridays during the fall semester from 11am-3pm. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in this specially designed workshop, tour the newly-remodeled JMU facility, be treated to lunch and then observe one of JMU’s trial teams in pre-competition preparation. This program will be offered on the following dates:
September 28; October 5; October 12; October 19; October 26; November 2; and November 9. If you are interested in attending any of these events, please contact Chase Grusczka at either: CGRUSZK@law.jmls.edu or (630) 319-3942 with your R.S.V.P.
Northern Illinois University Law School — Open Houses
For more information, go to: http://www.niu.edu/law/admission/on-campus_recruitment.shtml
- Fall Open House and Mock Class
NIU DeKalb, Room 155
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Registration is required by September 20. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (815) 753-8595 to register.
- Fall Open House and Class Visit
NIU DeKalb, Room TBD
- Fall Open House and Mock Class
NIU DeKalb, Room TBD
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- Fall Open House and Class Visit
NIU DeKalb, Room TBD
Most of the remaining Illinois law schools have information on their websites about upcoming information sessions and tours. Several schools require the completion of an online form to schedule a visit. Make sure you follow the instructions given by each school.
- University of Chicago Law School: Info Sessions: To be announced. Tours: Mondays and Fridays at 12:15pm. For more information, go to: http://www.law.uchicago.edu/prospectives/visit
- Chicago-Kent College of Law: Admissions Information Sessions: Fridays, 12:30-2pm. Tours: M-Th 12-1pm. For more information and to register using the online form, go to: http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/prospective-students/jd-program-admissions/visit-campus.
- DePaul University College of Law: Information Sessions, Tours and Class Visits will be Mondays and Wednesdays at Noon, and Fridays at 1pm. To register, go to: http://www.law.depaul.edu/applicants/visit_depaul/
- University of Illinois College of Law: For information, go to: http://www.law.illinois.edu/prospective-students/
- Loyola University-Chicago School of Law: To schedule a visit and tour, go to: http://www.luc.edu/law/admission/visit_us1.html
- Northwestern University School of Law: Tours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday at Noon while classes are in session. Registration is not required. For more information, go to: http://www.law.northwestern.edu/admissions/tour/
- Southern Illinois University School of Law: To schedule a visit, go to: http://www.law.siu.edu/Prospective%20Students/Visit_sol.php
The Council on Legal Educational Opportunity of the American Bar Association has designed some courses to help identify, motivate and prepare students for a career in the legal profession. Committed students can learn how to successfully navigate the law school admission process and underwrite their success in law school by participating in the College Scholars program.
- When: Saturday, October 27, 2012 – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Where: DePaul University College of Law.
Click here for directions. 25 East Jackson Boulevard · Chicago · Illinois · 60604
- How: Register online at CLEO College Scholars.
- Who: All college students
For Freshmen: The Road To Law School seminar aims to provide Freshmen an overview of the key components of the law school application process.
For Sophomores: The Sophomore Super Saturdays seminar aims to help students further develop logical reasoning, reading comprehension and writing skills – the skills needed to become a competitive law school applicant.
For Juniors, Seniors/Post Graduates: Juniors Jumpstart the LSAT seminar aims to help participants understand the importance of systematic and timely preparation for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Accordingly, juniors will be granted priority enrollment for the seminar
CLEO is a non-profit project of the American Bar Association. Since 1968, CLEO has helped more than 7,000 low-income and minority students become successful members of the legal profession. The College Scholars Program seeks to continue this standard of excellence through a collaborative effort between CLEO and colleges and universities throughout the United States.