Mark Your Calendars — Week of December 1

Welcome Back!

We hope you all had a relaxing break and enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving dinner.  With less than two weeks until finals (gasp!), we wanted to give you a head’s up about end of semester events, opportunities (LSAT Prep Resource Contest, Sidley Prelaw Scholars Initiative) and deadlines.

PLAS Events and Opportunities

2014 LSAT Prep Resource Contest — DEADLINE NOON TOMORROW!!

Are you taking the LSAT in 2015? Here’s your chance to WIN LSAT Prep Resources! Pre-Law Advising Services is pleased to announce our 2014 LSAT Prep Resource Contest. This contest is designed to provide LSAT preparation resources for students demonstrating financial need. Illinois students are eligible to enter by submitting a 500 word essay online here by TOMORROW, Tuesday, December 2 at 12:00 NOON.

Prizes are as follows:

1. Grand Prize – One of two (2) scholarships to a Kaplan LSAT Prep Course*
2. Second Prize – A copy of Tomorrow’s Lawyer, by Richard Susskind, a copy of The Official LSAT SuperPrep, a copy of a Powerscore LSAT Logic Games Bible*, and a copy of a Powerscore LSAT Reading Comprehension Bible*
3. Third Prize – A copy of Tomorrow’s Lawyer, by Richard Susskind, a copy of The Official LSAT SuperPrep, a copy of a Powerscore LSAT Logic Games Bible*, and a copy of NextStep Test Prep’s Recent LSATs Explained*
4. Fourth Prize – A copy of The Official LSAT SuperPrep and a copy of a Powerscore LSAT Logic Games Bible*

*Thank you to Kaplan, PowerScore, and NextStep Test Prep for generously donating these resources. Pre-Law Advising Services is not affiliated with any test prep company and does not endorse any particular LSAT preparation method. 

Attention December LSAT Test Takers — Personal Statement Appointment Times

For those of you taking the December LSAT, we wanted to remind you that once the test is over, you should continue working on your personal statement(s).  If you want to discuss your personal statements or essays over Winter Break, please schedule your appointment by December 23, as our office will be closed from December 24-January 2.  We will reopen on Monday, January 5, 2015, and will resume our regular schedule then.

PLAS Annual Internship Newsletter — Coming FRIDAY, December 19!

Winter break is the perfect time for undergrads to look for internships.  And if you are graduating in May and are still figuring out what to do next year, this is the time to rev up your job search.  Our annual Internship Newsletter is a great resource to help you identify resources to find that coveted internship or job!  We will announce its posting via the PLAS Blog, Facebook and Twitter, but it will only be accessible through Compass.  Don’t forget to check it out!

Campus Events

Office of Undergraduate Research – Spring 2015 Conference Travel Grants

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) at the University of Illinois is pleased to announce its Spring 2015 competition for conference travel grants to subsidize the presentation of undergraduate research at professional conferences. (Please note, this is for conference travel only; applications for a grant for research travel is a separate application and process.)

Proposals should be submitted at https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/7484726The deadline for submission is December 11, 2014.  In order to apply, students will need to have information on the conference dates and location, evidence that conference participation has been confirmed, estimated expenses, and possible support from mentors and departments.

Please note that Spring 2015 conference travel grants are designed for students to present their research during the Spring 2015 semester.

In addition, these conference travel grants are not designed to cover the entire cost of student participation (some departmental or college contribution is encouraged) nor can the grant be used to cover post conference participation. Questions should be directed to ugresearch@illinois.edu.

Career Center

The Career Center is sponsoring the following workshops. Check their website at www.careercenter.illinois.edu for more details.

  • Tues, Dec. 2 –Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters, 5-6 pm
  • Tues, Dec. 9 — Peace Corps Information Session, 6-7 pm

Off Campus Scholarship Opportunity

Sidley Prelaw Scholars Initiative — Application DUE FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2015!

A lack of resources to attend costly LSAT preparation classes and to fund expensive admissions applications is a significant factor in hindering the entry of diverse, high-performing college students into law school. The Sidley Prelaw Scholars Initiative is designed to help address this threshold issue by meeting the specific needs of diverse students seeking to attend law school. Sidley Prelaw Scholars, chosen from college juniors and seniors who demonstrate academic promise and financial need, will receive up to $2,500 to cover tuition in a commercial LSAT preparation course, as well as application fees for as many as seven accredited law schools.

Other critical components of the program include:
Coaching on how to create compelling law school application;
Seminar instruction on the structure of the American legal system, as well as an introduction to the substance of the required common law first-year courses; and
An additional $2,500 in scholarship assistance. Half of the scholarship will be paid after the Scholar has applied to at least five law schools. The other half will be paid after the Scholar attends the above mentioned seminar, commits to a specific law school and notifies Sidley of that law school’s name.

Requirements:
1. Complete and submit the entire application, including a personal statement.
2. Submit the following FOUR documents:

● Copy of most recent FAFSA Student Aid Report;
● Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended;
● Résumé (1 page maximum);
● Signed and completed recommendation form from ONE ACADEMIC reference in a sealed envelope.

***Applications that are not completed in their entirety will not be considered.***

All application materials are due by Friday, January 9, 2015!!

For more information about the Sidley Prelaw Scholars Initiative and TO APPLY, go here: http://www.sidley.com/Eligibility-and-Application-Information/.

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Use Fall Break Wisely: Win an LSAT course, watch webinars!

Are you taking the LSAT in 2015? Here’s your chance to WIN LSAT Prep Resources! Pre-Law Advising Services is pleased to announce our 2014 LSAT Prep Resource Contest. This contest is designed to provide LSAT preparation resources for students demonstrating financial need. Illinois students are eligible to enter by submitting a 500 word essay online here by Tuesday, December 2 at 12:00 NOON. You’ll have plenty of time over Fall Break to submit it!

Prizes are as follows:

1. Grand Prize – One of two (2) scholarships to a Kaplan LSAT Prep Course*
2. Second Prize – A copy of Tomorrow’s Lawyer, by Richard Susskind, a copy of The Official LSAT SuperPrep, a copy of a Powerscore LSAT Logic Games Bible*, and a copy of a Powerscore LSAT Reading Comprehension Bible*
3. Third Prize – A copy of Tomorrow’s Lawyer, by Richard Susskind, a copy of The Official LSAT SuperPrep, a copy of a Powerscore LSAT Logic Games Bible*, and a copy of NextStep Test Prep’s Recent LSATs Explained*
4. Fourth Prize – A copy of The Official LSAT SuperPrep and a copy of a Powerscore LSAT Logic Games Bible*

*Thank you to Kaplan, PowerScore, and NextStep Test Prep for generously donating these resources. Pre-Law Advising Services is not affiliated with any test prep company and does not endorse any particular LSAT preparation method. 

Other events this week and next

Michigan State University College of Law hosts a series of free webinars available to all interested pre-law students. Click on the links below to register. Coming up:

 

Previously held webinars can also be viewed on their website here. MSU workshops cover a wide array of relevant topics, including Cracking the LSAT, Career Options for Attorneys, and Law School 101: Insights from Current Students. These are wonderful resources for pre-law students!

 

The Career Center is sponsoring the following workshops. Check their website at www.careercenter.illinois.edu for more details.

  • Mon, Nov. 17–Careers in the Federal Government, 4-5 pm
  • Tues, Nov. 18–Finding an Internship, 5-6 pm
  • Wed, Nov. 19–Coffee Chat at the Career Center, 4:30-5:30

Have a great week!

 

 

 

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Mark Your Calendars: Week of September 22

Read on for information about Pre-Law 101, Personal Statement and Resume Workshops, a local law firm internship and more!

PLAS Events

Our first Pre-Law 101 Session is TODAY, Monday, September 22 at 4pm and it is full.  Our next Pre-Law 101 session will be Tuesday, October 7, 4pm, Room 514 IUB. This is a great workshop if you’re new to the University or just new to being pre-law. We’ll cover topics including: selecting majors/minors/coursework, creating a resume for law school, and extracurricular options for building pre-law skills. To register for the October 7 or October 27 Pre-Law 101 workshop, go to our calendar.

Applying to law school this fall?  You should try to attend one of our Personal Statement and Resume sessions to make sure you are on the right track.  These workshops start next Monday, September 29, 4pm, Room 514 IUB.  For more details and to register for a workshop, visit our calendar.

Coming soon…

Wednesday, October 1:  Mock Law School Admissions session with Drexel University School of Law.  Join us for pizza and Mock Admissions! Isabel DiSciullo, Assistant Dean of Admissions at Drexel University School of Law, will bring some sample applications and let YOU be the admissions committee. Along the way, we’ll find out: What do deans really think of personal statements? Do letters of recommendation make a big difference? How do applicants below the medians get in? What happens when an admissions committee disagrees about admitting someone? Dean DiSciullo will give us the inside view of admissions, so bring your questions. Pizza will be served. No registration necessary.  This event begins at 5pm in 1022 Lincoln Hall. 

Thursday, October 2:  UIUC Alum Ho-Sung Chung (B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2000; JD Cum Laude 2009), currently working at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C., will be here to discuss careers in patent law.  This even is FREE and pizza will be provided! The event begins at 7pm, 165 Everitt Lab. No registration required.

Other Campus and Community Events and Opportunities

Michigan State University College of Law FREE Webinar Series

Cracking the LSAT: Tips for Maximizing Your Score on the LSAT

NEXT Tuesday, September 30, 6:30-7:30pm CST

Gain helpful insights and suggestions for achieving your best score on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).  The featured presenter is John Rood, president and founder of NextStep Test Preparation.  He will discuss skills that the examination seeks to measure; strategies for maximizing performance; and creating an effective LSAT prep plan.  To register for this FREE webinar, visit: www.law.msu.edu/admissions/events.html. Questions? Phone or email: admiss@law.msu.edu or (517) 432-0222.

Career Center Workshops

Visit www.careercenter.illinois.edu for more information and to register.

  • Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters, TODAY, Mon, Sept 22, 4:00pm.
  • Career Fair Prep: Maximize Your Experience, TODAY, Mon, Sept 22, 5:00pm
  • Making Your Major Decision, Tues, Sept 23, 4pm, Lincoln Hall Room 1022
  • Careers in the Federal Government, Tues, Sept 23, 4pm
  • Getting the Job: Interviewing Tips, Wed, Sept 24, 6pm
  • Diversity Career Forum: Thurs, Sept 25, 5:30pm, Career Center Interview Suite, 616 E. Green Street
  • Peace Corps Application Workshop, Thurs, Sept 25, 6pm

Law Firm Internship

Pre-Law Advising Services works with local law firms to establish internship opportunities for Illinois pre-law students. As we originally posted last week, we are happy to announce a NEW internship opportunity!

Steigmann Law, P.C., a young law firm in Savoy, just south of the UIUC campus, is looking for interns who want to be involved in a fast paced, high-tech, multi-area, legal environment. Steigmann Law, PC engages in personal injury, medical malpractice, family law, civil litigation, real estate, criminal, DUI and wills and estate work. Attorneys at Steigmann Law, PC 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. Please email resumes and cover letters to bholder@steigmannlaw.com.

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Fall 2014: Important Dates and Deadlines

Below is an abbreviated list of dates, deadlines and events for Fall 2014 that may be of interest to pre-law students. These dates do not include all PLAS programs.Visit our online Event Calendar to view all upcoming workshops at http://illinois.edu/calendar/list/2508

Date                             Event                                                        

September 3               Study Abroad Fair, 11am-2pm, Illini Union Room C & South Lounge   www.studyabroad.illinois.edu

September 8               Deadline to add a semester course

September 9               Illinois in Washington Info Session, 6-7pm, 119 David Kinley Hall

www.washington.illinois.edu

September 17              Law School Fair, 10am-2pm, Illini Union Rooms A, B & C

 We’re kicking Fall off with the biggest pre-law event of the year! Join us as over 100 law schools visit campus to meet with all interested pre-law students. Visit with law school representatives and find out all about their schools. Discover new schools and scholarship opportunities! Pick up some fun freebies and application fee waivers! No registration necessary. This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Business casual dress is recommended. For more information on the fair–including who is coming, what to bring, and what to expect–please visit our website at http://www.prelaw.illinois.edu/law-school-fair. See you at the fair!

September 22              First Pre-Law 101 Workshop

Visit our online calendar, http://illinois.edu/calendar/list/2508to view all workshops and to register

September 27              LSAT

September 29              First Personal Statement & Resume Workshop

Visit our online calendar, http://illinois.edu/calendar/list/2508to view all workshops and to register

October 1                   Mock Admissions with Drexel Law School Dean DiSciullo

October 7                   Pre-Law 101 Workshop

October 13                 Applying to Law School Workshop

October 16                 Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume for Law School

October 18                 Deadline to drop a semester class or to elect credit/no credit

October 27                 Pre-Law 101

November 1 -15         Early Decision Applications due

This is also a good target date to complete your law school applications.

November 4               Deadline to Register for December 6th LSAT

Register online at www.lsac.org

We will be adding events for November, including more presentations by law schools, so keep checking in!

 

 

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Free LSAT Materials!

Thanks to everyone who joined us last week for our first ever LSAT Prep Fair!  The purpose of the fair is to ensure that students learn of all the options for LSAT prep materials, and to be savvy consumers of these goods.  We were excited to see so many students turn out – and enjoyed all of the conversations!

Of course, there are free materials available online, and whether they supplement the materials you purchase or form the bulk of your preparation, you can find them at sites such as these:

http://www.casebriefs.com/blog/category/pre-law/lsat-course/

http://www.examfocus.com/lsat/

http://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/lsat-prep-materials

http://www.princetonreview.com/law/free-lsat-practice-test.aspx

http://www.kaptest.com/lsat-law/kaplan-lsat-prep/free-lsat-events

http://www.lsac.org/docs/default-source/jd-docs/sampleptjune.pdf

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FREE LSAT Practice Test! Also — don’t forget about tonight’s online chat about law school admissions!

Are you getting geared up for the June LSAT? Taking a practice LSAT is a great way to see where you are in your prep and to get a feel for what the real test administration environment is like. The Illinois Trial Team will be co-hosting a practice LSAT event with Kaplan Test Prep on Saturday, February 15, 2013 at 9:00 am in Lincoln Hall.   This is a FREE event, and all majors and years are welcome to join. Students should come to the front entrance of Lincoln Hall on the first floor and report to the information table to be directed to the practice test room.  Students must register in advance by clicking on this link:  http://bit.ly/UIUCKaplanEvents.   Contact Allen Jones at allen.jones@kaplan.com with any questions.

Free Online Chat About the Law School Admissions Process — TONIGHT, Wednesday, February 5

Pre-law students are cordially invited to participate in a free online chat about the law school admission process tonight, February 5th from 5-6pm Central time, co-hosted by MAPLA (Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors) and MALSA (Midwest Alliance of Law School Admissions).  Pre-law students should take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to gain valuable insight into the law school admissions process! In addition to law school admissions officers, our own Director of Pre-Law Advising Services Jamie Thomas-Ward will be participating in the chat. To join the chat tonight, please click on the following link:  https://msulaw.campfirenow.com/bc1bd

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LSAT Prep Course Scholarship Contest

Are you taking the June LSAT but not sure you can afford a prep course? Pre-Law Advising Services is pleased to announce two LSAT prep course scholarships. Kaplan Test Prep has donated two full scholarships for use on its LSAT Advantage On Site, Anywhere, or On Demand courses. Find out more about Kaplan here: http://www.kaptest.com/LSAT/Home/index.html.

These scholarships are intended to assist a University of Illinois student who is in financial need and who will be taking the LSAT within the next year. (Please note that the scholarships expire in August, 2014 and you must be enrolled in a course by that time). If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships, please submit the following:

1) Your resume, AND
2) A short essay (no more than 600 words) that addresses each of the following:

  • When do you plan to take the LSAT?
  • Have you taken an LSAT prep class before? If so, which one and when?
  • What is your financial need? (It is not necessary to provide exact numbers, just describe your financial situation and why a scholarship is necessary.)
  • How can this scholarship help you achieve your goals?

Email your resume and essay to Judy Argentieri via email only at jargenti@illinois.edu by Wednesday, February 5 at NOON.

Winners will be announced quickly–by Friday, February 7–so that they can make necessary plans for spring LSAT courses. Good luck!

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Free LSAT Lessons!

This week seems to bring a focus on LSAT prep, and with the number of June test-takers we have it’s time to stop any delay on your LSAT prep.  Not only does the score play a significant role in your admissions profile, but it can really make the difference in terms of scholarship offers!  So don’t delay – start your study routine today!

This website was a dear friend of mine (and clearly on the screens of many of my peers 1L year!) when we were “on call” our first year.  I just realized it had a wonderful LSAT series and thought you might find it helpful as a free starting point.

http://www.casebriefs.com/blog/category/pre-law/lsat-course/

Let us know if there is any way we can help you in your LSAT preparation!

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LSAT Test Prep — Free Practice LSATs

Hello pre-law students! Planning on taking the June LSAT?  Have you taken a practice LSAT yet?   Scroll down to find out about some free practice LSAT opportunities this week and next. This is a great opportunity for you to see how you might score on the real thing, and also to become familiar with the kinds of questions that will be on the real test. Note: PLAS does not endorse or support any specific test prep company.  We are simply passing this along for your information. 

Kaplan is holding a FREE Practice Test for the LSAT. The next LSAT campus event is taking place on Wednesday, February 20,  at the Kaplan Center on Green Street.  

If you would rather take the LSAT practice test from home, the library, a coffee shop, or even an open computer lab on campus? Then take your practice test live and online in the Classroom Anywhere environment, available from anywhere you have internet access.  Reserve your spot at:  bitly.com/UofIPracticeTestSpring2013

Each test will last up to 4 hours and will be proctored like an actual exam. Immediately following the exam, you will be able to receive your score report, with full comprehensive feedback on your individual performance. To register for this free event, sign up at the following web form: bitly.com/UofIPracticeTestSpring2013Before the event, we will send you an email confirming your registration and providing you with instructions for how to get started.

Princeton Review is offering a free live practice LSAT tomorrow, February 12, beginning at 6:30pm, at the University of Illinois College of Law.  To register for this practice LSAT, go here: http://www.princetonreview.com/ChooseProducts.aspx?&zipcode=61820&testtype=TFA&producttype=FRE&productdetail=LSATEventsNearYou.

PowerScore offers a free online practice LSAT.  Click on the link for more information. http://www.powerscore.com/lsat/LSAT-Starter-Kit.cfm.

 

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