September LSAT takers: Extended Nov LSAT deadline just for you

September LSAT results are in today. If you took the September LSAT and want to retake, the LSAC has extended the deadline for you to register for the November LSAT through TOMORROW–Tuesday, October 15. (This extension only applies for September LSAT takers…for everyone else, the deadline to register for the November LSAT was Oct. 10.)

You’ll need to make a quick decision, since the deadline is tomorrow. What should you know/consider about the November exam? Here’s an overview (taken from our Guide to Remaining 2019 LSATs).

November 25, 2019 LSAT Details

    • IF you are planning to apply to law school this cycle (to enter in Fall 2020), then this is the latest LSAT we advise taking. (Why? The next LSAT isn’t until January 2020, which is getting late in the cycle due to rolling admissions.)
    • This exam is on a Monday, but it’s also during our Fall Break, so current students won’t have to miss class. It may be necessary to miss work.
    • This LSAT is not offered on our campus, so takers should plan to travel elsewhere. Registering as early as possible will help secure a seat at a strategic location near campus or near home, if you want to avoid hotel expenses.
    • For current students–This exam is very close to finals, and LSAT prep will need to be carefully balanced with academic performance throughout the fall semester.
    • This exam is disclosed, meaning that test takers will receive a full report of questions answered correctly and incorrectly.

If you decide to retake, then:

  • Get back to LSAT studying right away. This test is six weeks out, and you’ll want to maximize that time in order to see improvement.
  • Review your score report carefully from the Sept. exam. What types of questions did you get wrong? Spend your time wisely on improving in those areas.
  • Explore a different LSAT prep resource than you used last time.
  • Make sure that you are timing yourself, taking full length practice tests, and taking a mix of paper and digital tests (as opposed to using only paper-based previous exams) to get used to the digital format.
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Mark Your Calendars: Week of October 14

Pre-Law Advising Services Events & Services

Taking the GRE? We have vouchers for a $50 discount on GRE registration fees. Email Jamie at thomas99@illinois.edu if you are planning to take the GRE to apply to law school and we can provide you with one of the vouchers.

Pre-Law 101 – Today, Monday, October 14, 4-5pm, Room 514 IUB. This workshop is designed for incoming students who are new to pre-law or are interested in learning more about it. All Illini are welcome. 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. Each Pre-Law 101 session is the same, so pick the one that best suits your schedule. Incoming freshmen should attend a Pre-Law 101 prior to setting up an individual pre-law advising appointment. Please register here so that we can ensure we have enough seating and materials.

Go here to check out other upcoming PLAS Events!

Law School/Legal Education Events

Volunteer jurors needed for law students in Trial Advocacy who will hold trials next week! Email Skylar Layman at slayman2@illinois.edu to sign up; indicate which date you’d like. Cookies will be served.
Tues, Oct. 15, 6-8:30 pm
Mon, Oct. 21, 6-8:30 pm
Tues, Oct. 22, 6-8:30 pm

All Illini are invited to hear from Judge John Coady, Illinois alumnus, on Oct. 18 from 2-3 pm in 404 David Kinley Hall. Judge Coady will speak about his career as a state’s attorney and then judge. RSVP here: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/6720206

Illini are invited to join the Federalist Society at Illinois Law for a Minimum Wage Debate on Wed, Oct. 16 at noon in Room D of the Law Building. Lunch will be served.

University of Toledo College of Law – Launch into Law Program – Applications due October 31, 2019! Launch into Law is an immersive, 5-day experience at Toledo Law designed to prepare students from traditionally underserved groups for the law school application process. Learn test-taking strategies for the LSAT, enhance your legal writing skills, and connect with student and professional mentors to explore law school options and legal career paths. The program will be held at Toledo Law January 13-17, 2020.

Students who complete the program and later apply to Toledo Law are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship upon acceptance to The University of Toledo College of Law. Go here for more information and to apply.  This program is open to highly-qualified undergraduates at no cost. Space is limited. Students from traditionally underserved populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Selected students will be notified on or before Nov. 8.

Harvard Law School Online Info Sessions. Interested in learning some tips about applying to Harvard Law School?  HLS has begun offering online information sessions.  Some concern the admissions process, others offer insight into campus life, student organizations, and clinical opportunities at HLS. Click here to register for these upcoming sessions, and to see the entire schedule. 

    • Journals, Research, & Scholarship at HLS — Oct. 17
    • Clinics & Student Practice Organizations — Oct. 24

NYU  Law School Online Info Session–Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 3:00 pm EST.  The Office of JD Admissions is inviting all prospective applicants to attend their Online Information Sessions to learn more about the law school application process and about NYU Law’s offerings. The presentations will be a special broadcast of a live information session with an admissions representative. Participants will have an opportunity to submit questions about NYU’s curriculum, student life, and the admissions process via our online chat tool. Click here to register for an upcoming session and to see the entire schedule.

AccessLex, a nonprofit working to educate law students about the financial aspects of legal education, invites all who are interested to these free upcoming webinars. Click here to register and to view their full schedule.

    • Applying to Law School: A Strategic Approach — Oct. 17, 4:00 pm (EST)
    • The Road to Zero: A Strategic Approach to Student Loan Repayment–Oct. 17, 12:00 pm (EST)
    • Financing Your Legal Education–Oct. 22, 4:00 pm (EST)

Law School Open Houses/Admissions Programs

Some schools schedule formal open houses and others require you to choose a date for a visit. Open houses are a great opportunity to visit the campus, sit in on a class, see what the students and professors are like, and a great opportunity to answer all of your questions.  Most law schools require you to register for these events.  We have listed below some upcoming open houses for law schools in Illinois.  If you want to research other law schools’ open house info, you can begin by checking out our list of the law schools that attended the Law School Fair last week.  Scroll down the page. When you click on the law school, the embedded link will take you to that school’s admissions page.

ADMISSIONS EXPERT PANEL–All Illini are invited to the Admissions Panel Road Show featuring admissions deans from the University of Chicago, Stanford, Cornell, and Duke law schools today, Oct. 14, 5:30-7:30 at Posinelli in Chicago. To register and find additional details visit this website.

Chicago-Kent Law School Open House/Admissions Workshop:  Preparing for a Legal Career. Saturday, November 16, 9am-12:30pm. This will be an in-depth workshop on Preparing for a Legal Career, including a mini law school class, admissions overview, and tour.   Click here to register!

University of Chicago Law School Open House – Friday, November 1, 9am-1pm. The programs for the Open House will give you a glimpse into life at the Law School: you will attend a class, meet with students, faculty, and staff, and take a tour of the school. Members of the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid will be available to answer any questions you have about applying for admission to the Law School or about the Law School in general. Click here for more information and to register!

Northern Illinois University College of Law Open House–Saturday, November 16, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Includes a student panel, mock class, tour, and lunch with current law students. For more information and to RSVP visit their website here.

Northwestern University School of Law – Super Saturday – November 9.  After requesting an On-Campus Interview within your JD application (so you need to submit your application first), the Admissions Office will send you an invitation and you will be equipped to select from available slots for your interview.  Go here for more info. Note:  Early decision / ED applicants are required to complete an online video interview. Upon submitting your ED application to Northwestern Law, you will receive an invitation to our online video interview portal and guidance for completing this requirement. For additional information on the interview process, visiting the school and other questions you may have, check out the FAQs on Northwestern Law’s website here.

Marquette University Law School – Open House Saturday, November 16, 9:00am-11:30am. Tours begin at 9am followed by an Information Session and Student Panel beginning at 10am.  RSVP online here or by calling 414.288.6767.

Internships and Jobs

We’ve been posting job opportunities for December grads over on our Pre-Law Compass page and on our Facebook page. Follow us on Facebook to make sure you don’t miss any postings! We will be posting summer internships too.

2020 Census Takers Needed

Looking for a way to make some extra money this year?  The U.S. Census Bureau is looking to hire individuals all across the United States to help collect data for the 2020 Census.  Hourly rates vary by location, with pay starting at $15 per hour in Champaign County and ranging from $18-$22 per hour in Cook County.  Go here for more information and to apply!

Career Center https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/

Handshake–Looking for internships, jobs, career fairs, networking receptions, or other professional opportunities? Handshake is where it’s at! All students, not just seniors, should set up an account and start checking in on a consistent basis to see what opportunities interest you. Set up your account here.

ALL students should utilize the Career Center’s services! They offer a variety of programs to help you identify career paths through workshops, career fairs and individual meetings. Click on the link above to view all of their offerings.

Here are some of their upcoming events:

      • Coping with Cultural Differences in the Job Search –Oct. 16, 5:30-7:00pm, Asian American Cultural Center 1st Floor
      • International Career Festival--Oct. 19, 1:00-5:00 Location TBD. Check the website for updates.
      • Resume, Cover Letter, and Linked In Reviews are offered almost every day. Check the website for times and locations.

 

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LSAT Writing Sample: What to Know

If you took the LSAT in June 2019 or later, then read on! The writing sample part of the LSAT has changed.

What is the LSAT writing sample? The writing sample portion of the LSAT is required but it is NOT scored. During this 35 minute timed portion, you will get a writing prompt and you’ll be asked to provide a written response. The prompts usually present two equally reasonable options. You will be asked to choose one and make a supported argument about why that option is preferable. Every law school to which you apply will receive your writing sample. This is intended to give them a sense of your competence with writing skills when you aren’t given the luxury of unlimited time and outside assistance. For an example of a writing sample topic and instructions, click here.

When do I take it? The LSAT writing sample used to be part of test day, but as of June 2019 it is done separately. LSAT takers will have one year after the LSAT to complete the writing sample. But you should know: Your LSAT score is not complete until the writing sample is submitted and processed. This means that none of your law school applications will be reviewed until your writing sample is complete.

What is the process like? After downloading the proctor software, you’ll take pictures with your computer showing your writing area so that it is clear you are not using forbidden materials like a dictionary. You will also take a picture of your government-issued photo ID to demonstrate that it’s really you taking the test. To learn more, click on the Get Acquainted With LSAT Writing link inside your CAS account.  Click here for more information about the LSAT writing sample, including FAQs.

Once the pictures are submitted, the writing prompt will launch, and you will have 35 minutes to respond. You’ll type your answer in a text box with limited formatting options…kind of like a very simplified version of Word.

How long will it take to be processed? According to the LSAC, the writing sample will likely be processed within a week of completion. However, it can take up to three weeks for processing, so you will want to take the writing sample at least 3 weeks prior to your planned law school application date.

Our advice: Take the writing sample within a week of taking the LSAT. (Just put a reminder in your calendar to make sure you don’t forget.) This way, the ENTIRE LSAT experience will be over and you can apply to law school as early as possible without the writing sample hanging over your head. Don’t wait until the day before your Early Decision deadline to take the writing sample! And don’t wait until months later, when you’re likely to forget all about it and think the LSAT is done. You will be so glad that the entire LSAT is behind you and you can then turn to other elements of the application.

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Mark Your Calendars: Week of Sept. 23

Pre-Law Advising Services Events

Personal Statements & Resumes for Law School Applicants–This workshop is for those who are applying to law school in the next year or so (although all are welcome). We will discuss the personal statement and resume, including: what law schools are looking for, how to get started, what to include and exclude, and a sample plan for drafting them. This workshop is also offered several times throughout the semester.

      • Personal Statement & Resume Workshop–Sept. 23 at 4:00. Register here.

Meet us at the Majors & Minors Fair TODAY, Sept. 23 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm in the Illini Union Rooms A, B, C.

WHERE is my workshop? If you look at our Events Calendar you will see that many of our event locations have not yet been identified. Due to construction, locations of these events will be announced about a week before the events.  Please continue to check our PLAS Events Calendar and our posts on Facebook throughout the semester to make sure you know where your workshop is being held!

Coming soon…

Law School Admissions Expert Panel – Wednesday, October 2, 7:00pm, 1002 Lincoln Hall

This panel features the law school admissions deans from the University of Illinois, Indiana University, St. Louis University and the University of Texas-Austin!  Click here for more info!

Law School Fair – Thursday, October 3, 10am-2pm at the Activities and Recreation Center

Close to 100 law schools will be here to answer your questions!  Click here for more info including a list of schools scheduled to attend!

Go here to check out other upcoming PLAS Events!

Law School/Legal Education Events

University of Illinois College of Law Special Invitation–Peers Pub on Sept. 26, 4-5:30 at the College of Law.

The College of Law invites all interested pre-law students to their twice/month Peers Pub celebration on September 26, 2019 from 4-5:30.  Please feel free to stop by the College of Law to meet current law students, learn more information about applying to the College, see our updated classrooms, take a tour of the College, and receive light refreshments.  Tours and a classroom will be available from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Harvard Law School Online Info Session

Interested in learning some tips about applying to Harvard Law School?  HLS has begun offering online information sessions.  Some concern the admissions process, others offer insight into campus life, student organizations, and clinical opportunities at HLS. Click here to register for these upcoming sessions, and to see the entire schedule. 

    • HLS Women’s Law Association–Sept. 24, 6:00-7:00 pm (EST)
    • Law, Science, and Technology–Sept. 26, 6:00-7:00 pm (EST)

AccessLex, a nonprofit working to educate law students about the financial aspects of legal education, invites all who are interested to these free upcoming events. Click here to register and to view their full schedule.

    • Financing Your Legal Education–Sept. 24, 7:00 pm (EST)
    • Applying to Law School: A Strategic Approach–Sept. 26, 1:00 pm (EST)
    • The Road to Zero: A Strategic Approach to Student Loan Repayment–Sept. 30, 4:00 pm (EST)

Campus Internships

ATLAS Internships for all LAS majors. ATLAS internships help students in the College of LAS gain hands-on learning with technology and provide real tech experience. No specific GPA or tech experience required. To apply or for more details visit their website here.

David F. Prindable Undergraduate Internship. This paid internship for undergrads in the Humanities (through the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities) provides the chance to assist with communications strategies, particularly through email and social media. Visit their website here for more details and to apply. Deadline: Sept. 27.

Office of Undergraduate Research

Proposal Writing in Undergraduate Research–Sept. 25, 3:00-4:30 pm. This workshop will discuss the fundamentals of proposal writing, guiding students to formulate successful research projects and explain their research in a concise and compelling manner that is understandable to a general audience. Students will leave the workshop with (1) basic knowledge about research proposals and their structure, (2) tactics and tools to write successful research statements, and (3) a list of resources for assistance in the writing process.Visit the Office of Undergraduate Research website to register for the upcoming workshop options below.

Career Center https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/

Handshake–Looking for internships, jobs, career fairs, networking receptions, or other professional opportunities? Handshake is where it’s at! All students, not just seniors, should set up an account and start checking in on a consistent basis to see what opportunities interest you. Set up your account here.

ALL students should utilize the Career Center’s services! They offer a variety of programs to help you identify career paths through workshops, career fairs and individual meetings. Click on the link above to view all of their offerings.

Here are some of their upcoming events:

      • ACES + LAS Career Fair–Sept. 26 from 1:30-6:00 pm at the ARC (Activities & Recreation Center)–Visit Handshake for more details, including the employers attending
      • Creating Your Powerful Resume and Cover Letter Workshop–Sept. 24, 4-5 pm
      • International Student Job Search Workshop–Sept. 27, 5-6 pm
      • Resume, Cover Letter, and Linked In Reviews are offered almost every day. Check the website for times and locations.

 

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Remaining LSAT options for this year’s law school applicants

If you are applying to law school to enter in Fall 2020, but you haven’t yet registered for an LSAT–this post is for you!

Both the September and October 2019 LSAT registration deadlines have passed. Here is a detailed comparison and discussion of remaining LSAT options for this year’s law school applicants.

November 25, 2019. Registration is currently open here for this LSAT and closes on October 10.

    • IF you are planning to apply to law school this cycle (to enter in Fall 2020), then this is the latest LSAT we advise taking. (Why? The next LSAT isn’t until January 2020, which is getting late in the cycle due to rolling admissions.) This LSAT may also be too late to apply Early Decision (ED); some ED programs require an LSAT score by mid-November. (Check the application of the law school you plan to apply ED to if you’re considering this option.)
    • This exam is on a Monday, but it’s also during our Fall Break, so current students won’t have to miss class. It may be necessary to miss work or other obligations.
    • This LSAT is not offered on our campus, so takers should plan to travel elsewhere. Registering as early as possible will help secure a seat at a strategic location near campus or near home, if you want to avoid hotel expenses.
    • For current students–This exam is very close to finals, and LSAT prep will need to be carefully balanced with academic performance throughout the fall semester.
    • This exam is disclosed, meaning that test takers will receive a full report of questions answered correctly and incorrectly.

January 13, 2020 LSAT. Registration is currently open here for this LSAT and closes on December 3.

    • This exam is possible for those who want to enter law school in fall of 2020, but it is getting late in the cycle. Remember that in a rolling admission cycle, law schools begin accepting people–and awarding their scholarships–in September.
    • LSAT takers who are applying to law school this cycle would be wise to complete all other elements of the application as soon as this exam is over in order to apply ASAP once scores are released.
    • This exam is on a Monday, but it falls during our Winter Break, so current students will not have to miss class. It may be necessary to miss work or other obligations.
    • This LSAT is not offered on our campus, so takers should plan to travel elsewhere. Registering as early as possible will help secure a seat at a strategic location near campus or near home, if you want to avoid hotel expenses.
    • This exam is nondisclosed, meaning that test takers will only receive a score and will not receive a report of questions answered correctly and incorrectly.

February 22, 2020 LSAT. Registration for this LSAT is currently open here and closes on January 7.

    • This exam is very late in the cycle for those who are applying to law school to enter in Fall 2020. Applicants may even miss some law school application deadlines by the time February scores are released; check the deadlines of law schools you’re applying to if considering this option.
    • This may be a great option for those who aren’t applying to law school this cycle (but planning to next year). Current students will have all of winter break to focus on LSAT prep. And, you’d be done with the LSAT before midterms–always a plus. You can spend the rest of the semester focused on your classwork.
    • This exam is on a Saturday, so current students don’t need to miss class. Alumni may not need to miss work, either, since it’s on a weekend.
    • This exam IS offered on our campus. Current students and local alumni can avoid travel costs and logistics.
    • This exam is nondisclosed, meaning that test takers will only receive a score and will not receive a report of questions answered correctly and incorrectly.

Whichever LSAT you choose, it’s recommended to register as soon as possible to ensure a seat. Some fall LSAT sites filled quickly.

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Tutoring & Academic Resources for Pre-Law Students

Student question: What tutoring and academic resources are available at Illinois?

This is a GREAT question! Pre-law students know that their GPA and academic skills are very important for preparing for law school. Who can you turn to and where can you go if you find yourself needing some additional academic help or support?

A great first step: Talk to your TA/Professor. Ask them–they are the experts, after all–about tutoring, suggested resources, or other assistance they can provide.

A great next step: Talk to your academic advisor. S/he will have suggestions for campus resources that you might not know of, and s/he can talk to you about all of your class options such as electing credit/no credit, dropping a course, or changing sections.

How else can you find academic resources around campus? Check out these options.

ACES list of tutoring resources

DGS list of tutoring resources

LAS Academic Success Workshops

Spanish Tutoring Room

OMSA Tutoring

Writer’s Workshop

The Undergraduate Library offers services to help you become a better researcher and writer. From Subject Guides to Research and Writing Consultations to Workshops and this Citation Guide, they offer lots of opportunities for learning research skills.

RSOsRegistered Student Organizations about a particular subject or major are also helpful. You’ll meet other students whom you can ask about tutoring or resources in that subject. Not sure? Ask your academic advisor about clubs and organizations that are related to your department or college.

Khan Academy–Some Khan Academy subjects are helpful for college level courses, like AP resources (AP US Government, AP History, etc.), math, economics, finance, stats, chemistry, biology, and computer science.

 

 

 

 

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10 Campus Resources Pre-Law Students Should Know

In addition to Pre-Law Advising Services, what other campus resources should pre-law students know? Here are 10. 

Handshake–Looking for internships, jobs, career fairs, networking receptions, or other professional opportunities? Handshake is where it’s at! All students, not just seniors, should set up an account and start checking in on a consistent basis to see what opportunities interest you. Set up your account here.

Illinois in Washington–Interested in working in public policy, for the federal government, or in politics? Illinois in Washington provides the opportunity for Illini to live and intern in Washington, DC during the fall, spring, or summer semester while taking Illinois classes. Spring 2020 applications due October 1. Visit the IIW website for more details.

Office of Undergraduate Research–Interested in getting research experience but don’t know how to get involved? OUR offers workshops, Ambassador and Apprentice programs, and research opportunities for undergrads. Great experience prior to any kind of graduate school. Explore their website here.

National and International Scholarships–This program administers nationally competitive awards for University of Illinois students and alumni. Opportunities include undergraduate and graduate study, research, and teaching—often in foreign countries.  Interested individuals—from freshmen to recent alumni—are encouraged to make an appointment to discuss these opportunities.

Illinois Library–It’s so much more than a place to study! From video recording equipment to private study rooms, research help, loanable technology, video games, graphic novels, to cookbooks and more, the University Libraries have amazing resources. Check out the Undergraduate Library’s website and blog for more details! Check out other campus libraries too.

Counseling Center–In addition to providing confidential counseling, the Counseling Center offers resources on academic success, test anxiety, study skills, time management, navigating personal relationships, substance abuse, and more.  Explore their resources.

Humanities Professional Resource Center–Did you know that a new campus resource is available for humanities majors? It’s the Humanities Professional Resource Center. Check out their website here, which contains LOTS of helpful information and links to great jobs and internships for humanities majors!

Life + Career Design Lab in LAS--This center provides assistance for exploring careers, planning study abroad, and just generally figuring out how to plan your career direction and life. Check out their website and resources.

Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment–iSEE promotes research and campuswide activities supporting sustainability and environmental concerns. From volunteer opportunities to relevant campus activities and student organizations, this is a great resources for students interested in environmental issues and activism. Check out their resources.

OIIR–Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations includes all of the campus cultural and resource centers. Did you know that every weekday on campus there is a free Lunch on Us event sponsored by OIIR? Visit the OIIR calendar and website to find a wide array of interesting and fun opportunities around campus.

These are just 10 of the many, MANY great resources on our campus!

 

 

 

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Mark Your Calendars: Week of September 3

You’ll want to scroll through–this post includes: paid internships, a part-time campus job fair, pre-law events, career services workshops, and a lot more. Take a look!

Pre-Law Advising Services September Events

All of our events are listed in our Event Calendar here.

Meet us at the Political Science Fair on Sept. 5 from 2-4:30 on the 4th floor of David Kinley Hall.

Pre-Law 101 workshops will introduce you to being pre-law at Illinois. Whether you are a new student or just new to pre-law, this is the best starting point for learning what to do to prepare for law school. We’ll answer all your questions about how to maximize your time at Illinois to become a great law school candidate. This workshop is offered several times throughout the semester.

      • Pre-Law 101 for Political Science Majors: Sept. 9 at 4:00. Register here.
      • Pre-Law 101 (for all students): Sept. 17 at 4:00. Register here.

Personal Statements & Resumes for Law School Applicants–This workshop is for those who are applying to law school in the next year or so (although all are welcome). We will discuss the personal statement and resume, including: what law schools are looking for, how to get started, what to include and exclude, and a sample plan for drafting them. This workshop is also offered several times throughout the semester.

      • Personal Statement & Resume Workshop–Sept. 23 at 4:00. Register here.

Meet us at the Majors & Minors Fair on Sept. 23 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm in the Illini Union Rooms A, B, C.

WHERE is my workshop? If you look at our Events Calendar you will see that many of our event locations have not yet been identified. Due to construction, locations of these events will be announced about a week before the events.  Please continue to check our PLAS Events Calendar and our posts on Facebook throughout the semester to make sure you know where your workshop is being held!

Connecting with Pre-Law Advising Services
How do we keep in touch? Blog, Facebook group, Twitter, email
The best way to keep up with pre-law news is to read this blog and join our Facebook group or follow us on Twitter (@UIUC Pre-Law). We send occasional emails but we don’t want to clog your inbox…so instead, we update this blog, Twitter and our Facebook page at least once a week.

Make an appointment online! BIG NEWS! We have just launched our brand new online appointment scheduling system!  Go here to schedule an appointment with an advisor.  And PLEASE be patient if you have any issues with the online process. If you do encounter problems, you can always call our office at 333-9669 to schedule an appointment.  Except please, if you’re sick, stay home in your jammies! You can call us at the appointment time if you really need to talk. Otherwise, please reschedule.

Want to get our PLAS emails? Just go to lists.illinois.edu, search for “prelaw” and add yourself with your @illinois.edu email address.  We typically only send one or two emails per week so that shouldn’t be a concern.  And if you change your mind later, you can always remove yourself from the list.

Coming Soon!! Save the date for the Law School Fair! On Thursday, October 3 from 10 am – 2 pm at the ARC!  Over 100 law school reps will be here to meet YOU! Click here for more details, including a list of who’s coming.

Campus Internships

Paid Legal Internship–Due Sept. 4. The Office of University Counsel is hiring 2-3 undergrad student interns for 2019-2020. This paid position provides administrative support to the office, and interns will gain experience working in a legal environment and will also be introduced to legal procedures with the possibility of increased responsibilities over time. Click the link below for the full job description and instructions on how to apply. Deadline to submit applications is 5:00 pm on Sept. 4! Counsel’s Office Internship 8.19

ATLAS Internships for all LAS majors. ATLAS internships help students in the College of LAS gain hands-on learning with technology and provide real tech experience. No specific GPA or tech experience required. To apply or for more details visit their website here.

David F. Prindable Undergraduate Internship. This paid internship for undergrads in the Humanities (through the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities) provides the chance to assist with communications strategies, particularly through email and social media. Visit their website here for more details and to apply. Deadline: Sept. 27.

 

Upcoming Campus Events

Illinois Part-time Job Fair 2019 – Tuesday, September 3, 10am-2pm, Illini Union. Looking for a part-time job on campus or in the Champaign-Urbana community? This is the event for you! The Illinois Part-Time Job Fair is open to all students on campus seeking opportunities to make some extra money while completing their academics. Opportunities at this fair are paid positions. Check out the event in Handshake to view a full list of employers attending! https://app.joinhandshake.com/career_fairs/10519/employer_preview

Illinois Abroad Day IAGE_IAD19_Flyer will happen over campus Sept. 4 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. During this event you can explore programs abroad, talk to returnees, and learn more about the study abroad process. Click on the Flyer link above for more details about where and when these events will be throughout the day!

Research Park Block Party–Sept. 4, 5-6:30 pm at 1801 S First St, Champaign (on the lawn of the Atkins Building). Exploring your career? Research Park can help with your next step. Stop by Research Park’s Block Party this September 4 to speak to company representatives from the largest tech hub on campus. It’s like networking- only better. Leave your resume at home and come casually dressed for this chance to mingle informally with fellow students and professionals right here on campus. There will be appearances from companies like Proctor & Gamble Smart Lab, AGCO Acceleration Center, and Riverbed Technology. We will be serving free food, hosting fun activities, and giving students an inside look at the Research Park.

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research workshop–Learn about various forms of undergraduate research on campus and how to get involved. Visit the Office of Undergraduate Research website to register for both upcoming workshop options below.

      • Sept. 4, 3:00-4:30 pm
      • Sept. 6, 3:00-4:30 pm

National & International Scholarships is hosting 2 upcoming Gilman Scholarship Info Sessions. The Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards of $5,000 (plus up to a $3,000 supplement for critical languages) for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue summer, semester, or academic-year study abroad opportunities in other countries. For more details visit their website.

      • Gilman Scholarship Info Sessions:
        • Sept. 5, 3:30-4:30, 1002 Lincoln Hall
        • Sept. 6, 3:00-4:00, Illini Union Bookstore Building (807 S Wright St), Room 514

Need professional clothes? Suit-Up on Sept. 8!

Asiantation – Sunday, September 8th, 4–7pm, SDRP Multipurpose Room (2nd floor) 301 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign. For twenty five years, students have been producing “Asiantation,” a new student-welcoming program and resource handbook to introduce first year students, transfer students, as well as graduate and professional students to the Asian and Asian American campus community and resources. Learn more about AAPI student organizations and see how you can get involved.

Illinois in Washington – Information Session – Tuesday, September 10, 5-6pm, Wohlers Hall 141.  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 that only the nation’s capital can offer.  Student internships have included positions with members of Congress, think tanks, social justice organizations, and government agencies.  Learn more about IIW at an information session on September 10th, and apply to IIW by Oct. 1, 2019, at https://washington.illinois.edu/apply-now/.

Native American House Welcome –  Thursday, September 12, 4:30–7 pm
1206 W. Nevada St., Urbana. For more information about the OIIR and their Welcome Back Days events, go here: https://oiir.illinois.edu/events/welcome-back-days-2019.

Career Center https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/

Handshake–Looking for internships, jobs, career fairs, networking receptions, or other professional opportunities? Handshake is where it’s at! All students, not just seniors, should set up an account and start checking in on a consistent basis to see what opportunities interest you. Set up your account here.

ALL students should utilize the Career Center’s services! They offer a variety of programs to help you identify career paths through workshops, career fairs and individual meetings. Click on the link above to view all of their offerings.

Here are some of their upcoming events:

      • Career Drop-Ins (no appointment needed!)–Sept. 3, 11 am-4 pm
      • Acing Your Interview Workshop–Sept. 4, 4:30-5:30 pm
      • Career Certificate–International Students Info Session–Sept. 6, 5-6 pm
      • Resume, Cover Letter, and Linked In Reviews are offered almost every day. Check the website for times and locations.
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How to Find Spring/Summer 2020 Internships–Starting Now!

We’ve barely kicked off fall semester and it’s time to look for 2020 spring and summer internships? In a word…yes.

The number one mistake we see time and time again is this: Students waiting until spring break to look for summer internships. They can’t find any, or deadlines have passed on the ones they have found.

Certainly there are some companies and programs that will do their summer hiring in late spring. BUT if you wait until spring, you will be giving up MANY opportunities to participate in great internships. Some companies and government agencies plan far in advance and already have a summer hiring plan. For example, the White House Internship Program has already finished taking applicants for Spring 2020.  Many federal internships will only accept the first 100 applications–so you need to be ready to apply ASAP when they open! What is a good plan?

How to Find Spring/Summer 2020 Internships

  1. Subscribe to internship websites (like the ones below). You can set them to email you a weekly digest, or just email you when the kinds of internships that you designate become available. Some suggested sites are listed below.
  2. Use Handshake. The Career Center uses Handshake to post jobs and internships for Illinois students and alumni. Click on the link below, log in, set up your profile, explore, and set it to contact you when internships you qualify for become available. Check back regularly.
  3. Attend Career Fairs. Did you know that most campus career fairs, like the Business Career Fair and the ACES + LAS Career Fair (which are both in September), are open to all students? And, many of those employers will have both job and internships available.  You can find a list of all campus career fairs on Handshake.
  4. Get your resume ready. The Career Center has numerous opportunities to have your resume reviewed–or attend a resume basics workshop–every week. Click here to see their events. You’ll need a resume for the rest of your life, so the sooner you start building these skills, the better! Aim to have a good quality resume by mid-September to avoid delay applying for the internships or scholarships that you find.
  5. Gcal or Ical it. Go to your Gcal, ical, or good old fashioned planner, and schedule an hour every other week (or every week, if you’re very ambitious) for Internships.(Use this time to check internship listings and prepare your applications.) When you find an internship listing, add that due date to your Gcal/ical/planner too. Finding and applying for internships and jobs is not done in an afternoon–it really helps to be organized and persistent.

What internship websites should you use? Here are the Top 5 Internship Sites that we have found to be helpful.

Handshake–Here is where companies post their opportunities for Illinois students. You can also find out about upcoming company info sessions and career/internship fairs.

Internships.com–Continuously updated nationwide internship listings

Idealist.com–Nonprofit internship offerings

Fastweb–Extensive internship listings (click on “Career Planning”)

USAJobs.gov–for federal government jobs and internships. Tip: The website gogovernment.org has a nice overview explaining how to get started and what to look for.

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Quad Day and Building Your Pre-Law Resume

Quad Day is coming! Sunday, August 25 from noon to 4 pm, the Quad will be hopping with hundreds of Registered Student Organizations (RSOs).

Pre-law students often ask: What is the best RSO for law school? Here are some considerations for how to use your free time in a productive, fun, and useful way with an eye toward law school in the future.

What are law schools looking for?

Law schools like applicants who are well-rounded (not one dimensional), productive (manage their time well), and interested in contributing to their communities or committed to certain issues (like the environment) or populations (like children or the elderly).

You can use your RSO experiences to highlight: transferable skills (like working with money or managing teams), time management skills, commitment to causes or populations in need, working with different kinds of people, and leadership experience.

  • How many? Think quality over quantity here. That’s why we recommend 2-3 meaningful activities. It’s just not possible to be president of 15 organizations and work and volunteer and carry a full course load and retain your health and sanity. Law schools do not expect that, and trying to achieve that much can lead to crashing and burning.
  • What is meaningful? By meaningful, we mean:
    • You actually find it interesting and productive (or fun) OR you’re working for the income or the skills
    • Ongoing engagement (over multiple semesters, not just one and done or one evening each semester)
    • It provides some benefit to you–learning a new skill, networking, improving academics, or even a health or social benefit

What kind of RSOs are “best” for pre-law students?

There is no one magical RSO that will guarantee your admission to law school. Think about how many different kinds of law there are–from environmental to corporate to healthcare. Those lawyers have different skills, interests, and backgrounds, and that’s okay. With that in mind, here are some considerations…and keep in mind that these are only suggestions.

A reasonable approach to student activities is: One professional, academic, or volunteering organization and one “fun” organization. (Add more if and when you have time and interest).

Professional/Academic organizations include: Professional, networking, or skills-based clubs and fraternities, clubs within your major, honor societies (if you’re actually involved and not just inducted and done).

Pre-law organizations can be a great way to meet other pre-law students (with whom you can prep for the LSAT and commiserate), network with the legal community, and explore the profession. There are many, from the Pre-Law Club, Pre-Law Honors Society, Minority Association of Future Attorneys, Illinois Trial Team, and many others. (Visit this website to explore all RSOs at Illinois.)

Social organizations can add fun and help you build community and look like a well-rounded student. Illinois has countless options including Greek life and clubs for all sorts of fun hobbies from music to skiing.

Volunteering is also a great way to network, build community, and explore a particular topic or population. It shows a law school that you are a concerned citizen willing to contribute your time to important causes. As lawyers we are expected to contribute pro bono (free) legal services to people or causes in need, so law schools like to see that you are already someone who understands the importance of helping.

Volunteering is especially helpful to prepare for a career in a particular legal area. For example, if you think you’re interested in environmental law, join an environmental organization. If you think you’re interested in family law, volunteer with children.

Do I have to be a member of any certain RSO in order to be a successful law school applicant? 

NO. Law schools are not looking for cookie cutter applicants who all have the same resume and experiences. Take advantage of this by pursuing RSOs that actually interest you! Whether you are interested in the environment, animals, immigration, or entrepreneurship, pursue your interests.

 

 

 

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