Mark Your Calendars: Week of March 2

It’s finally March! Check out this week’s events on campus and beyond.

Pre-Law Advising Services Events
Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 3 from 3:30-4:30 we will present Pre-Law 101 in Room 514 of the Illini Union Bookstore Building. Are you new to being pre-law, or new to Illinois? This workshop will cover: What it means to be pre-law at Illinois;what law schools are really looking for; what pre-law students can do to maximize their undergraduate years; how to build a strong pre-law resume; what resources are available to assist pre-law students at Illinois. All students are welcome.

This Wednesday, March 4 we will be at Majors and Minors Fair from 2-4 in the Illini Union Rooms A, B & C! Stop by our Pre-Law Advising Services booth to say hello or to learn more about being Pre-Law at Illinois.

Interested in business law? Undergraduate students are invited to attend the College of Law’s Bankruptcy Law Society, Corporate & Business Law Association and the Real Estate Law Society Guest Speakers: Stephen P. Harbeck & Jill Nicholson.  Stephen P. Harbeck, President and CEO of Securities Investor Protection Corporation, will present his role in the Lehman Brothers and Madoff bankruptcy cases. Ms. Jill Nicholson, Foley & Lardner’s National Bankruptcy & Business Reorganization Practice Chair and Alumna will moderate.  This event will take place at the College of Law on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 12:00 in Room D.  Lunch will be provided to all attendees.

Chicago-Kent College of Law presents: Building Relationships with Law Schools next Wednesday, March 11, from 5-6 pm in 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building.  Whether students are meeting law admissions staff at a fair, visiting during an open house, or working with admissions offices to maximize their aid, building relationships with law admissions professionals is critical before, during, and after admission to law school. Nicole Vilches, Assistant Dean for Admissions at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, will share the secrets to developing strong relationships with admissions professionals.  Pre-law students at every level will gain valuable insight at this workshop.

The Illinois Leadership Center presents Ignite, a workshop to develop skill in leading change and understanding systems thinking, on March 14 from 10:00 am – 5:45 pm. For more information and to register, visit their website here.

Career Center Workshops
Unless otherwise indicated, all Career Center events will be held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street. For more information or to register for any of these programs, go here.

  • Finding an Internship, March 4, 6-7 pm.
  • Attending a Career Fair for the First Time, March 5, 12-1 pm
  • Career Closet, March 5, 1-4 pm in the Interview Suite (616 E Green)

Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad
Are you interested in study abroad but concerned that it is not financially feasible? Are you a recipient of the Federal Pell Grant?

If you answered ‘yes’ to the above questions, there is a study abroad scholarship just for you! The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.
Eligibility: U.S. citizen undergraduate students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding
Timeline: The Gilman Scholarship is available for semester-long, year-long, and summer programs (must be at least 4 consecutive weeks in a country). The next deadline is March 3, 2015 for Summer 2015, Fall 2015, and Academic year 2015-2016 study abroad programs.

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Mark Your Calendars — Week of February 23

Pre-Law Events

The University of Chicago Law School Presents “After the Application: Scholarships, Wait Lists and Interviews” — Wednesday, February 25, 5-6pm, 514 IUB

Ann Perry, Associate Dean for Admissions at the University of Chicago Law School, will share the inside view of what happens in law school admissions after you submit your application. What are they looking for in an interview, and how to they decide whom to invite to interview? How does the wait list work? Is there anything applicants can do to improve their wait list chances? Bring your questions for Dean Perry about what’s really going on in the admissions office after your applications are submitted!

 

Campus Events

“Reimagining Law” – Professor Gillian Hadfield, the Richard L. and Antoinette Kirtland professor of law and professor of economics at the University of Southern California will be visiting the College of Law to give the 2015 Paul M. Van Arsdell, Jr. Memorial Lecture on Litigation and the Legal Profession.  The talk will focus on the many challenges facing the legal profession and legal markets.  The event will take place at the College of Law on Tuesday, February 24, 2014 at 12:00 in the Auditorium. Lunch will be provided to all attendees.

 

The College of Law’s Bankruptcy Law Society, Corporate & Business Law Association and the Real Estate Law Society Present Guest Speakers: Stephen P. Harbeck & Jill Nicholson.  Stephen P. Harbeck, President and CEO of Securities Investor Protection Corporation, will present his role in the Lehman Brothers and Madoff bankruptcy cases. Ms. Jill Nicholson, Foley & Lardner’s National Bankruptcy & Business Reorganization Practice Chair and Alumna will moderate.  This event will take place at the College of Law on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 12:00 in Room D.  Lunch will be provided to all attendees.

 

Career Center Workshops.  Unless otherwise indicated, all Career Center events will be held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street. For more information or to register for any of these programs, go here.

  • Getting the Job: Interviewing Tips, 4-5 pm.
  • Best Job Search Resources for International Students, 4-5:30 pm, The Interview Suite, 616 E. Green
  • Coffee Chat at the Career Center, 4:30-5:30 pm
  • Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters, 5-6 pm

 

Want more from your summer?  Get a part-time internship with a local non-profit organization through UIntern!  Check out UIntern, a Career Center-led program that facilitates summer internships at local nonprofit organizations for students interested in helping their community while also developing useful career skills.  Over 25 internships have already been identified for UIntern participants with leading area nonprofits like Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Champaign County Regional Commission, Courage Connection, CU at Home, CU Schools Foundation, Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, Eastern Illinois Foodbank, Institute 4 Creativity, Mahomet Area Youth Club, United Way, Clark-Lindsey, Wesley Food Pantry, YWCA, Youth & Family Peer Support Alliance, and more.

Candidates must be freshmen, sophomores, or juniors.  All majors are welcome.  Learn more about the requirements for UIntern and how to get a chance to apply to these internships at one of our information sessions on either Monday, February 23 at 4 pm or Tuesday, February 24 at 12 pm.  Both sessions will be held at The Interview Suite 213, 616 E. Green St. (Enter Kaplan Building between McDonald’s and Subway).  Interested students MUST attend one of the information sessions.  For more information please visit: go.illinois.edu/uintern.

 

Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad

Are you interested in study abroad but concerned that it is not financially feasible? Are you a recipient of the Federal Pell Grant?

If you answered ‘yes’ to the above questions, there is a study abroad scholarship just for you! The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.

Eligibility: U.S. citizen undergraduate students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding

Timeline: The Gilman Scholarship is available for semester-long, year-long, and summer programs (must be at least 4 consecutive weeks in a country). The next deadline is March 3, 2015 for Summer 2015, Fall 2015, and Academic year 2015-2016 study abroad programs.

 

The New Americans Initiative (NAI) is a non-profit partnership between The State of Illinois and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) to help permanent residents in the state of Illinois take the next step towards U.S. Citizenship. NAI is in great need of volunteers who are committed to building a strong and empowered constituency. Pre-law students can make a big difference in the lives of immigrant individuals and families by assisting them through the process of naturalization, while working alongside experienced immigration lawyers.

Becoming a U.S. Citizen is an important decision in a person’s life, but can also be a daunting task. Reducing the barriers and complications to citizenship will allow more individuals to complete this process and have a voice in our nation. The University YMCA of the University of Illinois is a participating organization in the New Americans Initiative (NAI), reaching out to campus and community members about the application process, the requirements, legal referrals and other helpful community resources. An information session about the New Americans Initiative at the University YMCA will be held on February 26 at 6pm. If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities and other ways to get involved, please fill out this volunteer interest form.

 

Off Campus Events

Trials is a partnership between NYU School of Law, Harvard Law School, and the Advantage Testing Foundation.  The program is fully subsidized and intended for students of modest means from backgrounds typically underrepresented at the nation’s top law schools. Student will study for five weeks at either Harvard or New York University.  The deadline to apply is this Saturday, February 28, 2015.  The application process is quite involved, so if you have any interest in applying begin the process immediately.  For more information, please visit: http://trials.atfoundation.org/program/index

 

Looking for an alternative to studying abroad or an additional experience? Then Illinois in Washington (IIW) may be right for you.  IIW allows Illinois students to study in Washington, D.C., during either the fall, spring or summer, while earning up to 12 credits.  Additionally, IIW will help students in the program find an internship in Washington.  Please note, that the program itself is not an internship and you must apply to internships yourself, but IIW will provide resources to help in the process.  No student that has participated in IIW has failed to obtain an internship.  IIW is a great opportunity for students from all majors.  The experiences gained from IIW will help in all facets of professional life.  For more information, please visit: http://www.washington.illinois.edu/

 

Interested in Law, Business, and Technology?  Consider a Master of Science in Law at Northwestern Law.  The Master of Science in Law (“MSL”) is a degree program for STEM-trained individuals offered by the Northwestern University School of Law.  Designed especially for students with engineering, science, technology, mathematics, and medical backgrounds, the one-year MSL provides focused business-centered legal training in the areas of intellectual property, entrepreneurship/business law, and regulation.  MSL students learn how to navigate the legal issues they will confront as scientists, engineers, doctors, and technologists; the MSL is not a traditional JD program to train lawyers.  If you are interested in acquiring skills that will help you expand your professional options, please consider an MSL degree at Northwestern University School of Law.  We offer full- and part-time options.  It is free to apply and we are currently accepting applications for the fall 2015 semester.  Join one of three webinars to learn more about the MSL on February 27 at 12 pm, April 6 at 5 pm or June 4 at 4 pm.  We will provide an overview of the program and answer questions from the audience.  For more information on our program and instructions on how to join the webinar, visit: http://www.law.northwestern.edu/academics/degree-programs/msl/.

 

Have a great week!

 

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Mark Your Calendars — Week of February 16

Pre-Law Events

Penn State Law Presents: Law School Admissions & Employment Webinar Illinois students and alumni are invited to participate in a free, interactive webinar at 7 p.m. EST (6 p.m. CST) this Wednesday, February 18 to learn more about law school admissions and potential career opportunities that await after graduation. Hosted by  Penn State Law and the University of Illinois’ Pre-Law Advising Services, the live webinar will feature presentations by two Penn State Law deans and an opportunity for participants to ask questions.

Amanda DiPolvere, Penn State Law’s assistant dean for admissions and financial aid, will walk participants through the law school admissions process and discuss some of the new academic programs at Penn State Law.

Neil Sirota, Penn State Law’s assistant dean for career services, will describe how his office works with students and employers to help students secure internships and full-time employment around the country, including in markets like Chicago.

The event is open to anyone who is considering law school. To participate, please register here: https://fap.lsac.org/prospect.aspx?data=MjIwMgEBOA%3d%3d-NCmEJfHhQ7M%3d

The University of Chicago Law School Presents After the Application: Scholarships, Wait Lists and Interviews — NEXT Wednesday, February 25, 5-6pm, 514 IUB

Ann Perry, Associate Dean for Admissions at the University of Chicago Law School, will share the inside view of what happens in law school admissions after you submit your application. What are they looking for in an interview, and how to they decide whom to invite to interview? How does the wait list work? Is there anything applicants can do to improve their wait list chances? Bring your questions for Dean Perry about what’s really going on in the admissions office after your applications are submitted!

Campus Events

Career Center Workshops Unless otherwise indicated, all Career Center events will be held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street. For more information or to register for any of these programs, go here.

  • Careers in the Federal Government: TODAY, Monday, Feb 16, 4-5pm
  • Finding An Internship: Tuesday, Feb 17, 5-6pm
  • Career Fair Prep: Maximize Your Experience: Tuesday, Feb 17, 6-7pm
  • Creating Powerful Resumes & Cover Letters: Wednesday, Feb 18, 5-6pm
  • UIntern Information Session: Monday, Feb 23, 4-5pm, The Interview Suite, 616 E Green Street

Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad: Info Session & Workshop

Are you interested in study abroad but concerned that it is not financially feasible? Are you a recipient of the Federal Pell Grant?

If you answered ‘yes’ to the above questions, there is a study abroad scholarship just for you! The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.

Eligibility: U.S. citizen undergraduate students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding

Timeline: The Gilman Scholarship is available for semester-long, year-long, and summer programs (must be at least 4 consecutive weeks in a country). The next deadline is March 3, 2015 for Summer 2015, Fall 2015, and Academic year 2015-2016 study abroad programs.

2-Day Info Event in Room 514 Illini Union Bookstore:
Tuesday, February 17, 2:00-3:00pm – Info session: Get an overview of the scholarship and hear from Illinois Gilman Scholars
Friday, February 20, 3:30-4:30pm– Workshop: How to craft a competitive Gilman application
For more information, please contact the National and International Scholarships Program at topscholars@illinois.edu.

Off Campus Events

Midwest Law School Virtual Fair: February 18, 2015, Co-Sponsored by the Midwest Alliance for Law School Admissions and the Midwest Association for Prelaw Advisors. Attention students! Whether you are looking at attending law school this fall or in a couple of years, this online law fair is a free and convenient way to interact with law school representatives right from your computer. Please click here to register to chat with Midwest law schools on February 18 (available chat times for each school are located on the fair website). Here is a list of the schools attending:

Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Creighton University
Drake Law School
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Marquette University Law School
Michigan State University College of Law
Ohio Northern University College of Law
Saint Louis University School of Law
Southern Illinois University School of Law
University of Dayton School of Law
University of Illinois College of Law
University of Iowa College of Law
University of Kansas School of Law
University of Minnesota Law School
University of Missouri School of Law
University of Nebraska College of Law
University of St. Thomas School of Law – Minneapolis
University of Wisconsin Law School
Valparaiso University Law School
William Mitchell College of Law

Have a great week!

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Mark Your Calendars: Week of Feb. 9

Pre-Law Events

Penn State Law Presents: Law School Admissions & Employment Webinar Illinois students and alumni are invited to participate in a free, interactive webinar at 7 p.m. EST (6 p.m. CST) on February 18 to learn more about law school admissions and potential career opportunities that await after graduation. Hosted by  Penn State Law and the University of Illinois’ Pre-Law Advising Services, the live webinar will feature presentations by two Penn State Law deans and an opportunity for participants to ask questions.

Amanda DiPolvere, Penn State Law’s assistant dean for admissions and financial aid, will walk participants through the law school admissions process and discuss some of the new academic programs at Penn State Law.

Neil Sirota, Penn State Law’s assistant dean for career services, will describe how his office works with students and employers to help students secure internships and full-time employment around the country, including in markets like Chicago.

The event is open to anyone who is considering law school. To participate, please register here: https://fap.lsac.org/prospect.aspx?data=MjIwMgEBOA%3d%3d-NCmEJfHhQ7M%3d

Campus Events

Career Center Workshops For more information or to register, go here.

  • Finding an Internship,Tues, Feb. 10, 6 – 7 PM
  • Career Fair Prep: Maximize Your Experience, Weds, Feb. 11, 4–5 PM
  • Pizza and a Professional: Green Careers, Fri, Feb. 13 12-1 pm

Off Campus Events

Midwest Law School Virtual Fair: February 18, 2015, Co-Sponsored by the Midwest Alliance for Law School Admissions and the Midwest Association for Prelaw Advisors. Attention students! Whether you are looking at attending law school this fall or in a couple of years, this online law fair is a free and convenient way to interact with law school representatives right from your computer. Please click here to register to chat with Midwest law schools on February 18 (available chat times for each school are located on the fair website). Here is a list of the schools attending:

Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Creighton University
Drake Law School
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Marquette University Law School
Michigan State University College of Law
Ohio Northern University College of Law
Saint Louis University School of Law
Southern Illinois University School of Law
University of Dayton School of Law
University of Illinois College of Law
University of Iowa College of Law
University of Kansas School of Law
University of Minnesota Law School
University of Missouri School of Law
University of Nebraska College of Law
University of St. Thomas School of Law – Minneapolis
University of Wisconsin Law School
Valparaiso University Law School
William Mitchell College of Law
Have a great week!

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Mark Your Calendars – Week of February 2

Are you planning on taking the LSAT within the next year? If so, don’t miss the LSAT Test Prep Company Fair THIS Thursday, February 5. Several LSAT prep companies will be there and attendees will have the opportunity to win test prep discounts and scholarships! Also — are you thinking about working before law school or looking for internships? Scroll down for information about Career Center programming that could help you get moving on your job search! Keep reading for more information on these programs and other events!

PLAS Events

LSAT Test Prep Company Fair — THIS Thursday, February 5, 4-6pm, Illini Union Rooms A&B

Learn about the LSAT. Maximize your LSAT performance. Get big discounts. Win a scholarship. These are all reasons to join us for the LSAT prep fair! Representatives from the following LSAT test prep companies are planning to attend: Kaplan, LSATMax, NextStepTestPrep, Powerscore,TestMasters, and Blueprint. Additionally, some companies will be providing 15 minute mini workshops to showcase their respective teaching methods. Each teaching session will be followed by a brief Q&A. Come for deep discounts and a chance to WIN SCHOLARSHIPS TO LSAT PREP PROGRAMS! Refreshments provided! 

Pre-Law 101 — Next Monday, February 9, 2015, 4-5pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building (807 S Wright St)

Are you new to being pre-law, or new to Illinois? This workshop will cover: What it means to be pre-law at Illinois; what law schools are really looking for; what pre-law students can do to maximize their undergraduate years; how to build a strong pre-law resume; what resources are available to assist pre-law students at Illinois. Please register at the link above so that we have enough materials and seating for everyone. All students are welcome. For more information and to register, go here.

For more info about these and other PLAS Events, go here.

 

Campus Events

Career Center Workshops

Unless otherwise indicated, all workshops are held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street. For more information or to register, go here.

Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters: Monday, February 2, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM or Thursday, February 4, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM

Career Fair Prep, Monday, February 2, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM,

Getting the Job: Interviewing Tips – Thursday, February 5, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Business Career Fair, February 4 & 5, 12-4pm, Activities & Recreation Center (ARC)

 

Writers Workshop Programming

Navigating Academic Writing: Writing Group for International Undergraduate Students – Would you like to talk about US academic writing? Do you sometimes wonder what your writing assignments mean? Do you struggle to talk with your professors and classmates about writing? Would you like to practice US conventions of using sources?

Then you would want to join the FREE writing groups for multilingual students hosted by the Writers Workshop. These groups are specifically for writers whose first language is not English and will meet in a 4-week session. Topics will be tailored to your needs but may include organizing ideas, understanding different kinds of writing tasks, understanding instructors’ responses, and using sources. The sessions will be led by an experienced Writers Workshop consultant who understands struggles with writing in English.

In order to participate, you must attend the informational meeting on Tuesday, February 3 at 3:00PM in Room 251 of the Undergraduate Library to sign up.  If you are selected, you must attend all four sessions offered. Students who have participated in Navigating Academic Writing in the past are not eligible.  Email keitges2@illinois.edu with any questions.

 

National & International Scholarships Program

An info session to learn more about the UK Fulbright Summer Institutes for freshmen and sophomores will be held on Thursday, February 5, 3:30-4:30pm in Room 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building (entrance near Coble Hall). A program overview, tips for successful applications and a Q&A session will be provided. Applicants must be freshmen or sophomores with a GPA of 3.7 or higher.

The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK.  These programs provide the opportunity for undergraduates (aged over 18), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural program.

There are nine Summer Programs available for US students in 2015.  The Summer Institute will cover the majority of the participant costs: round-trip airfare from the US to the UK, tuition and fees at the University, social programs, and room and board.

The application deadline is 26 February or 5 March 2015. More information, including descriptions of the nine institutes, can be found on the program website.

 

Off Campus Events

Law School Open Houses and Admitted Students Days

As we mentioned in our blog last week, many law schools host open houses for prospective applicants and all law schools strongly encourage students to visit their campuses. Note: spring semester is a time when many law schools will host events specifically for admitted students. Listed below are a couple of Midwest focused events, but make sure you also check the law school websites to see what types of events the schools in which you have an interest are offering.

Northern Illinois University Law School, Information Session, Friday, February 13, Noon-1:30pm. For more information or to register, go here:http://www.niu.edu/law/admission/chicago_events.shtml

Midwest Law School Virtual Fair: February 18, 2015, Co-Sponsored by the Midwest Alliance for Law School Admissions and the Midwest Association for Prelaw Advisors

Attention students! Whether you are looking at attending law school this fall or in a couple of years, this online law fair is a free and convenient way to interact with law school representatives right from your computer. Please click here to register to chat with Midwest law schools on February 18 (available chat times for each school are located on the fair website). Here is a list of the schools attending:

Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Creighton University
Drake Law School
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Marquette University Law School
Michigan State University College of Law
Ohio Northern University College of Law
Saint Louis University School of Law
Southern Illinois University School of Law
University of Dayton School of Law
University of Illinois College of Law
University of Iowa College of Law
University of Kansas School of Law
University of Minnesota Law School
University of Missouri School of Law
University of Nebraska College of Law
University of St. Thomas School of Law – Minneapolis
University of Wisconsin Law School
Valparaiso University Law School
William Mitchell College of Law
Have a great week!

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Mark Your Calendars – Week of January 26

Are you planning on taking the LSAT in June or October?  If so, don’t miss LSAT Test Prep Company Fair NEXT Thursday, February 5.  Several LSAT prep companies will be there and attendees will have the opportunity to win test prep discounts and scholarships!  Also — are you thinking about working before law school or looking for internships? Scroll down for information about Career Center programming that could help you get moving on your job search!  Finally, if you are interested in Study Abroad or Illinois in Washington, Summer 2015 applications are due February 1.  Keep reading for more information on these programs and other events!

PLAS Events

LSAT Test Prep Company Fair — NEXT Thursday, February 5, 4-6pm, Illini Union Rooms A&B

Be an efficient, savyy consumer and compare multiple LSAT prep companies in one location at one time! Representatives from the following LSAT test prep companies are planning to attend: Kaplan, LSATMax, NextStepTestPrep, Powerscore, TestMasters, and Blueprint.  Come for a chance to WIN SCHOLARSHIPS TO LSAT PREP PROGRAMS! Refreshments provided! For more info about this and other PLAS Events, go here.

Campus Events

Career Center

Career Services Paraprofessionals: Hiring Information Sessions

TODAY, Monday, January 26, 6-7pm, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, 51 East Gregory Drive; Wednesday, January 28, 6-7pm, Native American Cultural Center, 1206 West Nevada Street; Thursday, January 29, 7- 8 PM, FAR – Trelease Lounge 102; Friday, January 30,1-2pm, The Career Center, 715 S. Wright St.

Career Services Paraprofessionals are charged with the following responsibilities:
• Work a minimum of 8 hours per week
• Attend required Thursday bi-weekly meetings @6pm
• Participate in project work that supports TCC’s initiatives
• Interact with The Career Center via social media sources such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter
• Attend two full-day mandatory training sessions upon hire on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 and August 22nd, 2015

Career Center Workshops

Unless otherwise indicated, all workshops are held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street.  For more information or to register, go here.

International Career Certificate Program Info Sessions: Tuesday, January 27, 4:00 PM5:00 PM or Friday, January 30, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM The Interview Suite, 616 E. Green (enter Kaplan building next to McDonald’s and head to 2nd floor). The International Student Career Certificate (ICC) program is a unique and innovative career program designed for international students pursuing a career in the U.S. This information session will you give you an overview of the program and tips on the application process for Spring 2015. Learn more about ICC.

Opportunities Fair, Tuesday, January 27, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM,
Learn how you can enhance your Illinois experience and build your resume at this open house! Several campus units who are hiring students will be in attendance to talk to you about their opportunities. Don’t miss the chance to network and learn of campus jobs! There will also be food and prizes. Sponsored by The Career Center and New Student Programs.

Selling Your LAS Degree at the Business Career Fair: Tuesday, January 27, 6:007:30 PM,The Interview Suite, 616 E. Green (enter Kaplan building next to McDonald’s and head to 2nd floor)
Career Fair Prep: Maximize Your Experience: Wednesday, January 28, 4:005:00 PM
Coffee Chat at The Career Center: Wednesday, January 28, 4:305:30 PM
Creating Powerful Resumes & Cover Letters: Wednesday, January 28, 5:006:00 PM

Getting the Job: Interviewing Tips – Thursday, January 29, 4:005:00 PM

Next Week: Business Career Fair, February 4 & 5, 12-4pm, Activities & Recreation Center (ARC)

 

Summer Study in Vienna — FINAL INFO SESSION TONIGHT, January 26, Wohlers Hall Room 245 at 5:00pm! Applications DUE February 1.

This summer, the Department of Political Science once again offer a study abroad course in Vienna with Professor John Vasquez.  The course offered is PS 394 Crisis Diplomacy. This advanced hours, study abroad course will count as “in-residence” as it is taught by a professor from this campus. The course has two components: A section on Global Governance where students attend briefings in Vienna at the UN, International Atomic Energy Agency, OSCE, and the US mission to the IAEA and an historical section where students compare crises that go to war with those that do not from 1816-1945. The course will be given in the first summer session, May 17-June 14. Additionally, two long weekends provide an opportunity to travel in Europe, allowing you to visit international cities like Venice, Munich, Budapest and Prague. A course syllabus, more information about fees and related opportunities can be found at the course website: https://app.studyabroad.illinois.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10886. Contact Prof. Vasquez for more information at vasqueja@illinois.edu.

NOTE:  The application deadline for many Summer 2015 Study Abroad Faculty-Led Programs is February 1. For more information about these programs, go here.

Illinois in Washington — Summer Applications Due February 1!

Illinois in Washington is enriching for students of all majors.  By participating in IIW, you will gain solid work experience, insight into your professional goals, and an understanding of the policy world in Washington, all while earning U of I credit.  If you are drawn to any element of Washington, you will enjoy this program.  Whether you are interested in communications, international affairs, the environment, politics, or a host of other topics, there is an organization in Washington that works on the issues you care about or uses the skills you are developing for your future career. IIW allows you to get a jump start on life after graduation. Note: Students can also apply for early decision for Fall 2015 on February 1.  Applications are available on the IIW website at  http://www.washington.illinois.edu/. Interested students can also read what current and former students have to say on the IIW blog: https://illinoisinwashington.wordpress.com/.

 

 Off Campus Events

Law School Open Houses and Admitted Students Days

As we first mentioned in our October 6 blog, many law schools host open houses for prospective applicants and all law schools strongly encourage students to visit their campuses.  Note: spring semester is a time when many law schools will host events specifically for admitted students. Make sure you check the law school websites to see what types of events the schools in which you have an interest are offering.   Listed below are upcoming events for several Illinois law schools.

Chicago Kent Law School:  Open House, Saturday, January 31 9am-2pm.  For more information or to register, go here: http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/prospective-students/jd-program-admissions/visit-campus/open-house-programs/january-open-house

John Marshall Law School Open House: Saturday, January 31, 9am-Noon. For more information or to register, go here: http://www.jmls.edu/admission/jd/visiting.php 

Northern Illinois University Law School, Information Session, Friday, February 13, Noon-1:30pm. For more information or to register, go here: http://www.niu.edu/law/admission/chicago_events.shtml

Southern Illinois University School of Law Visit Day: Friday January 30, 8:30am.  For more information or to register, go here: http://www.law.siu.edu/about/schedule-visit.html

Midwest Law School Virtual Fair: February 18, 2015, Co-Sponsored by the Midwest Alliance for Law School Admissions and the Midwest Association for Prelaw Advisors

Attention students! Whether you are looking at attending law school this fall or in a couple of years, this online law fair is a free and convenient way to interact with law school representatives right from your computer. Please click here to register to chat with Midwest law schools on February 18 (available chat times for each school are located on the fair website). Here is a list of the schools attending:

Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Creighton University
Drake Law School
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Marquette University Law School
Michigan State University College of Law
Ohio Northern University College of Law
Saint Louis University School of Law
Southern Illinois University School of Law
University of Dayton School of Law
University of Illinois College of Law
University of Iowa College of Law
University of Kansas School of Law
University of Minnesota Law School
University of Missouri School of Law
University of Nebraska College of Law
University of St. Thomas School of Law – Minneapolis
University of Wisconsin Law School
Valparaiso University Law School
William Mitchell College of Law

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Welcome back: Mark Your Calendars!

Welcome back to spring semester! LOTS of excellent opportunities are coming up, so be sure to give this week’s blog a read.

Pre-Law Advising Services Workshops and Programs
We have updated our Spring Semester calendar of events! Check them out on our website here.

Win a scholarship at our 2015 LSAT Prep Fair on Thursday, Feb. 5 from 4-6 pm at Illini Union Rooms A&B. Are you wondering what the LSAT is all about, and how to prepare for it? Join us as we host SIX different LSAT prep companies, who will give mini workshops (15-20 minutes) on each area of the LSAT. Learn about all the different LSAT prep methods out there, from online to in person, from apps to one-on-one tutoring. LSAT Companies will be offering BIG discounts and we will raffle off multiple LSAT prep scholarships and  resources to those in attendance! Stop by or stay the whole time–refreshments will be served. To find out who is coming and see the workshop schedule, visit our website here.

Are you new to pre-law at Illinois? Pre-Law 101 will be held Monday, Feb. 9 at 4:00. This workshop will cover: What it means to be pre-law at Illinois;what law schools are really looking for; what pre-law students can do to maximize their undergraduate years; how to build a strong pre-law resume; what resources are available to assist pre-law students at Illinois. For more details and to register, click here.

Upcoming Law School Events–OPEN TO ALL PRE-LAW STUDENTS

1. The Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Day Friday, February 27 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison is open to all students. For more information and to register, visit their website here. Cosponsored by Marquette University Law School and University of Wisconsin Law School, this FREE event includes lunch and:

  • an update on law school admissions in Wisconsin featuring the University of Wisconsin and Marquette Law Schools;
  • an overview of the Law School Admission Test with practice questions;
  • breakout workshops featuring a mock class for students ; and
  • law school fair featuring admissions representatives from law schools around the country. Over 20 law schools have already registered for this event! Click here for a list.

2. The Illinois Latino Law Forum invites all interested students to attend on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm. at John Marshall Law School in Chicago. This is a FREE event that includes breakfast, lunch, the opportunity to meet prominent Latino/a lawyers and judges from across the state, discussions with Latino/a law students, and sessions about admission and financial aid as well as a mock class and a final round of Moot Court competition. Click here for more details and to register by Feb. 15.

3. Michigan State University is hosting a free webinar on Patent Law and MSU Law’s Intellectual Property Program (view flyer PDF) Thursday, January 26, 2012, 6:30 PM Central Time.  This webinar will provide insights into career options in the area of patent law.  Presenters include a panel of patent attorneys drawn from different regions of the country.  Additional comments will be offered by a faculty member who teaches in the MSU Law Intellectual Property & Communications Law Program. Register here and note that all times listed are Eastern.

Law School Open Houses and Admitted Students Days

As we first mentioned in our October 6 blog, many law schools host open houses for prospective applicants and all law schools strongly encourage students to visit their campuses.  Note: spring semester is a time when many law schools will host events specifically for admitted students. Make sure you check the law school websites to see what types of events the schools in which you have an interest are offering.   Listed below are upcoming events for several Illinois law schools.

Chicago Kent Law School Open House, Saturday, January 31 9am-2pm.  For more information or to register, go here: http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/prospective-students/jd-program-admissions/visit-campus/open-house-programs/january-open-house.

John Marshall Law School Open House, Saturday, January 31, 9am-Noon. For more information or to register, go here: http://www.jmls.edu/admission/jd/visiting.php.

Northern Illinois University Law School Information Session, Friday, February 13, Noon-1:30pm. For more information or to register, go here: http://www.niu.edu/law/admission/chicago_events.shtml.

Southern Illinois University School of Law Visit Day, Friday, January 30, 8:30am.  For more information or to register, go here: http://www.law.siu.edu/about/schedule-visit.html.

Upcoming Campus Events

Illinois in Washington summer semester applications are due Feb. 1. For more information check out the Illinois in Washington website.

The Career Center has posted its spring workshop calendar on their website at: https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/. Now is a great time to update your resume, plan your job search or summer internship, and get to know their office and resources. Upcoming workshops include:

  • Finding an Internship, Jan. 21, 5-6 pm
  • Career Fair Prep: Maximize Your Experience, Jan. 21, 6-7 pm
  • Opportunities Fair, Jan. 27, 5:30-7 pm

Ilinois Leadership Center will host several upcoming I-Programs. For more information and to register, visit their website here.

  • Insight: Saturday, January 24
  • Ignite: Saturday, January 31
  • Intersect: Saturday, February 7

Study Abroad Summer 2015 Faculty Led Programs–Applications due Feb. 1. These are 2-5 week study abroad programs over summer break with automatic Illinois credit. This could be a great way to manage both study abroad and taking the LSAT. For a list of available courses and application materials, visit the study abroad website here.

Volunteer/Internship Opportunities

We hope you have been utilizing our 20 page Internship Newsletter over on our Pre-Law Compass page that we posted in December! (Click here for instructions on how to access our Compass page.) It’s got hundreds of job and internship listings for spring, summer and long-term opportunities from Champaign to D.C. and beyond.

This week’s highlighted internship opportunity:

The Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division is currently accepting applications for student volunteers. See their description here.

Scholarship opportunity for those entering law school this fall

The ABA Diversity Scholarship is designed for underrepresented students who demonstrate financial need and community involvement. Awards will be $15,000 for entering law students, which is renewable for years 2 and 3 of law school. Must be entering law school 2015 and submit an application, personal statement, and statement of financial need by March 2. Find the application and more details here.

 

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Mark Your Calendars: Week of Dec. 8

We made it! It’s the last week of the semester before finals. Here’s a roundup of opportunities for this week.

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, we strongly recommend that you call the week of Dec. 8 to schedule your appointment. We will have appointments available until Dec. 23 before closing the office for the holidays. We will reopen on Monday, January 5, 2015, and will have limited appointments available until spring semester begins.

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.

  • All week (check their online calendar)–Resume and Cover Letter Reviews
  • Career Center Paraprofessional Hiring Info Session–Tues, Dec. 9, 5-6 pm
    Career Services Paraprofessionals are charged with the following responsibilities:
    • Work a minimum of 8 hours per week
    • Attend required Thursday bi-weekly meetings @6pm
    • Participate in project work that supports TCC’s initiatives
    • Interact with The Career Center via social media sources such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter
    • Attend two full-day mandatory training sessions upon hire on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 and August 22nd, 2015

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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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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Law School Application Week, Nov. 10-14

Pre-Law Advising Services is happy to announce our 1st Ever Law School Application Week: Nov. 10-14! As you know, law schools use rolling admissions, which means that the early applicants have the best chances of admission and scholarships. Yet many students will wait until December, January, or even later to apply! (Why?) We are hosting this Law School Application Week for 2 reasons: 1. To encourage applicants to take advantage of rolling admissions by applying now! 2. To provide information and tips to help the application process go smoothly. If you’re not applying this year, you can still learn a TON about the application process this week to ace it when you’re ready.

Every day this week, we will share resources via this blog, our Facebook page, and over on our Twitter feed to help Illinois pre-law students and alumni GET IT DONE and submit their applications early. Ready? Let’s do this!

Today’s focus is LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again (and again): A good plan is 2 academic recommenders and 1 non-academic recommender. Why 2 academic? Well, the very first thing law schools want to know is that you can succeed academically in their classroom. As an applicant either coming straight from undergrad or with a year or two of work experience, you are so close to your undergraduate education that frankly this is the most relevant information you have to share with law schools at this point. Take it from Dean Asha from Yale Law School, who recently and vehemently emphasized her preference for 2 academic recommendations here.

Why 1 non-academic letter? Because law schools do care about non-academic skills. They want to see that you work well with people, take time commitments seriously, resolve conflicts, can handle money, or just that you understand how businesses function. Any and all of these can be demonstrated by a non-academic recommender, whether that person is a supervisor from an internship/volunteer site, or a boss, or maybe even a clergy member or coach who knows you well. By the way, if you have more than 1 non-academic letter, that’s fine too.

To-Do List for TODAY if you are applying to law school this year:

1. Have you approached all of your letter writers? If not, what on earth are you waiting for? Contact those people NOW. Stop reading this very second and go do it. Today. (I am not kidding here.) Get it in writing. Ask the recommender if s/he can submit the letter by a certain date (at least 3 weeks out, I suggest. Anything less than 3 weeks is really unrealistic for this time of year, and many profs will refuse. Including me.) Remember that it will also take the LSAC 3-7 business days to process your letters once received.

2. Have you sent your letter writers everything they need? Did you send them the email link from your LSAC Credential Assembly Service account? Did you provide a resume, personal statement, and/or list of schools to which you are applying? Check with your recommender.

3. If you confirmed your letter writers and sent them everything, are your letters in? Check your Credential Assembly Service account. If not, now is a great time to send a polite reminder to your recommenders. Example: Thanks so much for offering to write my letter of recommendation. I am planning to apply by Nov. 28. Do you have an idea of when you will be able to submit your letter? I really appreciate your time.

4. Have you considered which letters you will submit to each school? Look at the requirements of each school’s application. Consider which combination of letters you will use for each application.

We’ll be back tomorrow with more of our Law School Application Week.

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