Mark Your Calendars – Week of March 16th  

PLAS Events

Financing Your Legal Education: An Access Group Webinar: Friday, April 3, 2015, 1:00 – 2:00 PM (online). How will you finance your legal education? This workshop features Joni Bradley-Scott from Access Group, a nonprofit providing excellent resources in support of financial education for graduate students. Joni will provide an overview of law school financial aid including how it works and what students can do to maximize aid. She will share many helpful resources students can use to effectively finance their legal education. Registration is limited to the first 25 students. To register, go here.

The Path to Practicing Law in the US: An International Law Student Panel & Discussion: Wednesday, April 5, 2015, 4:30 – 5:30 PM in IUB Room 514. Are you an international student considering attending law school in the U.S.? Join us as we host a panel of international law students from China and Brazil. PLAS welcomes four current College of Law international students, Ning Ning, Andre Reis, Zhiqi Wu and Xi Zhou, to answer questions and discuss their experiences studying law in the U.S. After the panel, students will get to talk to the speakers in small groups. Bring your questions! For more information on the event and the panelists, go here. Food will be served. No registration necessary.

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

 

June LSAT Update

Are you planning on taking the LSAT this June?  Registration is open and spots are beginning to fill. LSAC tells us that one Chicago LSAT Test Center, Loyola-Chicago, is already full.  Consequently, if you know you are taking the June LSAT but haven’t registered yet, you should do that ASAP.  For more information and to register, 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, March 16, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Career Fair Prep: Maximize Your Experience, Monday, March 16, 5:00 – 6:00 PM or Tuesday, March 17, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Diversity & Inclusion Networking Exchange, Tuesday, March 17, 5:30 – 7:30 PM, held in the Illini Union Ballroom

Coffee Chat at the Career Center, Wednesday, March 18, 4:30 – 5:30 PM

Getting the Job: Interviewing Tips, Wednesday, March 18, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Strategic Use of LinkedIn for International Students, Thursday, March 19, 4:00 – 5:30 PM, held in The Interview Suite, 616 E. Green

 

 Remember — the All Campus Career Fair is this Wednesday, March 18, 12-4pm, at the ARC!

 

Illinois in Washington – Spend Fall Interning and Taking Classes in Washington, DC!

Fall is the best time to come to Washington – lovely weather and less competition for internships. Plus you can apply for internships over summer instead of during the school year!

Illinois in Washington is an academic internship program open to all Illinois undergraduates. Students live in Washington, DC, for a semester, intern 4 days a week and take U of I classes. Students intern in a range of positions from nonprofits and government agencies to think tanks and consulting firms.

For more information on IIW and our application, see our website and check out ourFacebook page. For views from students, visit our blog If you have any questions, please email Susan Halebsky Dimock, PhD, Interim Director, Illinois in Washington, at sdimock@illinois.edu. We look forward to your applications. Fall 2015 Application Deadline: April 1.

 

Off Campus Event

Chicagoland Law Fair: Thursday, March 26, 6-8:30pm

Harold Washington Library, Multipurpose Rooms A & B

Lower Level, 400 South State Street, Chicago

Hosted by Chicagoland Law Schools:

This event is sponsored by the Chicagoland law schools.  It is designed to help prospective law students assess whether law school is the right choice for them.  The program presenters will provide information about the legal market and the application process.  The structure is similar to large regional law fairs but the intent is that with a smaller group of law schools, participants in the program will enjoy a more intimate setting.

Schedule of Events

6:00 – 6:30 p.m. The Future of the Chicago Legal Market
6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Hot Topics for Law School Applicants
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Law School Fair: Meet with representatives from seven Chicagoland law schools

Registration is required – the deadline is TODAY, Monday, March 16, 2015.  For more information and to register, go here.

 

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Mark Your Calendars — Week of March 9

Scroll down for info about this week’s visit from Nicole Vilches, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Assistant Dean for Admissions, an update about the June LSAT, the Chicagoland Law Fair on March 26, Illinois in Washington and more!

PLAS Events and Information

Chicago-Kent College of Law presents: Building Relationships with Law Schools this 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.

June LSAT Update

Are you planning on taking the LSAT this June?  Registration is open and spots are beginning to fill. LSAC tells us that one Chicago LSAT Test Center, Loyola-Chicago, is already full.  Consequently, if you know you are taking the June LSAT but haven’t registered yet, you should do that ASAP.  For more information and to register, go here.

Campus Events and Information

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.

  • Selling Your LAS Degree (Social Sciences) at the All-Campus Career Fair, March 9, 1022 Lincoln Hall, 6-7pm
  • Selling Your LAS Degree (Humanities) at the All-Campus Career Fair, March 10, 1022 Lincoln Hall, 6-7pm
  • Creating Powerful Cover Letters and Resumes, March 10, 5-6pm.
  • Selling Your LAS Degree (Sciences) at the All-Campus Career Fair, March 11, 1022 Lincoln Hall, 6-7pm
  • Utilizing Your Strengths to Plan Your Career, March 11 5:30-7pm, Illini Union 406
  • Finding an Internship, March 12, 6-7 pm.

 Remember — the All Campus Career Fair is next Wednesday, March 18, 12-4pm, at the ARC!

Illinois in Washington – Spend Fall Interning and Taking Classes in Washington, DC!

Fall is the best time to come to Washington – lovely weather and less competition for internships. Plus you can apply for internships over summer instead of during the school year!

Illinois in Washington is an academic internship program open to all Illinois undergraduates. Students live in Washington, DC, for a semester, intern 4 days a week and take U of I classes. Students intern in a range of positions from nonprofits and government agencies to think tanks and consulting firms.

For more information on IIW and our application, see our website and check out our Facebook page. For views from students, visit our blog If you have any questions, please email Susan Halebsky Dimock, PhD, Interim Director, Illinois in Washington, at sdimock@illinois.edu. We look forward to your applications. Fall 2015 Application Deadline: April 1.

Off Campus Event

Chicagoland Law Fair: Thursday, March 26, 6-8:30pm

Harold Washington Library, Multipurpose Rooms A & B

Lower Level, 400 South State Street, Chicago

Hosted by Chicagoland Law Schools:

This event is sponsored by the Chicagoland law schools.  It is designed to help prospective law students assess whether law school is the right choice for them.  The program presenters will provide information about the legal market and the application process.  The structure is similar to large regional law fairs but the intent is that with a smaller group of law schools, participants in the program will enjoy a more intimate setting.

Schedule of Events

6:00 – 6:30 p.m. The Future of the Chicago Legal Market
6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Hot Topics for Law School Applicants
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Law School Fair: Meet with representatives from seven Chicagoland law schools

Registration is required on or before Monday, March 16, 2015.  For more information and to register, go here.

 

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Summer 2015 Pre-Law Programs

Still trying to figure out what to do this summer to either make yourself a better applicant or prepare for law school?  Several law schools have summer pre-law programs with deadlines approaching. We have provided information for some of these below. For more info about other summer pre-law programs, go to the PLAS Compass page and click on “Summer Pre-Law Programs.”

Harvard/NYU Trials Program: Harvard Law School – June 28-August 7, 2015 Applications DUE NEXT FRIDAY, February 27, 2015

Trials is a unique partnership of NYU School of Law, Harvard Law School, and the Advantage Testing Foundation. It is a fully subsidized/full scholarship summer study program for students of modest means whose backgrounds are currently underrepresented at the nation’s top law schools. Students are not responsible for any tuition, fees, or related expenses. In addition, each Trials student also receives a $3,000 stipend to replace or supplement summer employment income.

In addition to the academic curriculum of the program, every Trials student will receive:

  • Transportation to and from the host university campus (Harvard Law School in 2015)
  • Campus housing for the duration of the five-week program
  • Three daily meals at the campus dining hall
  • Access to the host university’s library, computer centers, and gym

Each week, senior instructors from Advantage Testing prepare Trials students for the LSAT by deconstructing the test and presenting a step-by-step approach to each question type. Students maintain a rigorous practice testing schedule, frequently sitting for full-length official LSATs under simulated testing conditions. Working closely with their instructors, students learn to develop an individualized study plan, focus their preparation, and apply the core principles they master.

Trials students also attend lectures presented by prominent lawyers, public figures, and legal scholars, including distinguished faculty from both NYU Law and Harvard Law School. These lectures provide a wide-ranging introduction to the study and practice of the law while giving students the opportunity to ask specific questions related to their particular fields of interest.

Perhaps most important, Trials allows students to experience communities similar to those they will encounter in law school. Students form study groups to challenge, motivate, and inspire one another. In lunches with instructors and speakers, students can take part in informal discussions to learn more about the law, their peers, and themselves.

Finally, Trials is committed to taking full advantage of the resources of its host locations. Students enter the field in Boston and New York City to meet with and observe lawyers at work, garnering practical experience that complements the academic curriculum.  This year’s program will be held at Harvard Law School June 28- August 2, 2015.  Applications are due February 27, 2015. Click here for more information or to apply.

 

ITT Chicago-Kent College of Law PLUS Program: May 31-June 19, 2015.  Applications due March 2, 2015

The IIT Chicago-Kent Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars program (“PLUS”) offers a unique and unforgettable experience for college students who are interested in the legal profession. This rigorous three-week program is designed to provide students with a “taste” of the law school experience. The program is primarily directed at undergraduate college students from disadvantaged groups that are underrepresented in the legal profession.

The PLUS program is a three-week summer institute which will: (1) introduce participants to law school and the legal profession; (2) provide participants with substantive skills to strengthen their preparation for law school; and (3) educate and prepare participants for the law school application and admission process. Students must attend all classes and participate in all program activities to receive a stipend. Because this is a full-time commitment, students must agree not to have any outside commitments that would prevent them from giving the program their full attention.

The PLUS program targets college students who have just completed either their first, second or third year in college. All students are encouraged to apply who will not have received their bachelor degree by the start of the program, but preference will be given to those who will have completed their first and second years of college by the start of the program. Students who have already completed a bachelor degree are not eligible for the program. For additional information, please download the application packet or contact Theda Mickey, Administrative Director-PLUS Program, at plus@kentlaw.iit.edu if you have any questions. Applicants must submit a $30 application fee.  In addition, accepted applicants will be required to submit a $70 seat deposit.  Both of these fees are non-refundable. Download PLUS Application

Download PLUS Brochure

2014 PLUS Program Schedule

 

CLEO Achieving Success in the Application Process (ASAP) Prelaw Seminar:

John Marshall Law School, July 11-12, 2015

Applications Due: April 1, 2015

Goal: To prepare talented, motivated, yet under-represented students to successfully gain admission to and succeed in law school.

Overview: The ASAP program curriculum will focus on aspects of the law school application process that are commonly overlooked or undervalued by students when applying to law school.

The ASAP curriculum seminar includes the following sessions:

  • Selecting a law school
  • Drafting an effective personal statement
  • Choosing sources for letters of recommendations
  • Preparation strategies for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
  • The impact of LSAT scores and Grade Point Averages (GPA) in the selection process
  • The significance of the early application process offered by many law schools
  • Debt management and developing credit worthiness
  • Common errors committed by law school applicants

Advantages of being an ASAP participant include:

  • Provides a head start on the law school admissions process
  • Establishes mentoring relationships with CLEO students in law school
  • Nominal fee
  • Meals provided
  • Opportunity to network with Attitude Is Essential (AIE) participants from around the country
  • An opportunity you don’t want to miss

Targeted Students:

  • ASAP is open to college juniors and seniors, as well as post-graduates.

Click here to Register online for the ASAP program.

CLEO Attitude Is Essential Seminar

John Marshall Law School — July 11 & 12, 2015

The first year of law school is the most important year.  Employers hire second year law students primarily based on their first year GPA. If you want to hear them say “You’re Hired,” and you want to be more than a law school survivor, then you need the right attitude to take control of your legal education.

At the “Attitude is Essential” (AIE) seminar, you will:

  • Develop the skills you need to take control over your own law school learning process
  • Learn how to:
    • Read and brief opinions
    • Prepare for law school exams, including the best practices for memorizing all the law you need for your exams
    • Write exams using the IRAC form
    • Conquer your workload, time, and stress in law school
  • Experience the Socratic Method by participating in a Mock Law School Class
  • Write a contracts essay exam and debrief the experience
  • Discover the benefits of study groups and how to make sure your groups are productive and not dysfunctional
  • Begin to build a network of other successful law students

Who should attend? All students who intend to begin law school in the fall of 2015.

What is required?  Applicants must have been admitted to a law school, submit an online application, and pay a $200 registration fee.

Click here for more information or to register online for the AIE Seminar.

 

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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 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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The 2014 Internship Newsletter is live on Compass!

The long wait for the 2014 Internship Newsletter is finally over!  Please visit our Compass page to begin combing through the newsletter to find summer opportunities that interest you.  If you are a pre-law student, simply log in with your credentials to access the page.  If you are not pre-law but would like to access the newsletter, please follow the instructions here.  Positions are available throughout Illinois and across the country.  Many positions have due dates over break, so we encourage you to begin working on applications as soon as possible.

Remember that winter break is a wonderful time to rest and relax after finals, but it is also a time that you will have fewer obligations.  So, use your break to begin planning for summer.  By the time February rolls around, it may be too late to secure the summer position you want.  Graduating seniors should begin looking for post-graduation jobs, and juniors, sophomores and freshmen should decide how they will spend their summer months.

For those of you who plan on applying to law school in Fall 2015, winter break is a great time to begin preparing for the LSAT.  Take a practice LSAT to see where your strengths and weaknesses lie.  We have uploaded a complete sample LSAT to Compass (source: LSAC.org) for your convenience, which can be found here.  You can never start studying too early!  Additionally, this will provide you with some perspective that will help you gauge which LSAT prep company is the best for you at the 2015 LSAT Prep Fair on Thursday, February 5, from 4:00-6:00 pm in Illini Union Room B.

For anyone who has not applied to their prospective schools yet and wishes to start in Fall 2015, FINISH YOUR APPLICATIONS! The time to submit is now!

Enjoy your break and Happy Holidays!

 

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Mark Your Calendars: Week of October 27

PLAS Events

Pre-Law 101: TODAY, Monday, Oct. 27 at 4:00, Room 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building. This is the final Pre-Law 101 session for Fall Semester. Are you new to pre-law? Whether you are a first-year student or a senior, this workshop will give an in-depth orientation to being a pre-law student at the University of Illinois. Topics we will cover: What law schools are looking for; choosing a major/minor; helpful coursework to take; maximizing your extracurricular opportunities; planning ahead for the LSAT and law school applications. We will also answer your questions, so bring them! Please click here to register so that we can ensure enough seating and materials for everyone.

Gaining Practical Skills for Legal Practice: Associate Deans Bill Powers and Anthony Niedwiecki, from The John Marshall Law School, will be on campus Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 5:00, Room 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building. Gaining practical skills before graduating from law school has never been more important…and the process begins before law school even starts! Join us to discuss how aspiring lawyers can begin building practical skills for a successful legal career. We will highlight which skills law schools and legal employers find appealing, and discuss ways to gain those skills both now and during law school. Food will be served!

 

Career Center

Winter Break Job Shadow Program The Winter Break Job Shadow Program will help students engage with a company of interest, establish a professional network, and foster potential career opportunities! This program is a one-day commitment over winter break (between Dec. 22, 2014 – Jan. 16, 2015). The Job Shadow Program is open to ALL MAJORS and will include a variety of industries. Students must be in their Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior year.
To apply, students must attend one of the Job Shadow Information Sessions listed below:
• Monday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m., Gregory Hall 223
• Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m., Burrill Hall 124
• Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m., Gregory Hall 223
• Thursday, Oct. 30 at noon, Materials Science and Engineering Building 119
• Friday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m., Gregory Hall 319

Workshops–Unless otherwise indicated, all Career Center workshops will be held in the Career Center Conference Room, 715 S. Wright Street.  For more information and to register, go here: https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/.

• Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 6 pm – Creating Powerful Résumés & Cover Letters
• Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 4 p.m., Making Your Major Decision (Online at http://go.illinois.edu/findmajor)
• Thursday, Nov. 6 at 10 a.m., Creating Powerful Résumés & Cover Letters

 

Law School Sessions

 Harvard Information Sessions: Harvard will provide information sessions via Google Hangouts. Each session will include a Q&A following the general presentation. For more information and to register, please visit Harvard’s Google+ page or click on one of the events below.

Fall 2014 Online Information Session Schedule

General Information Session

Wednesday, October 29th 12:00-1:00pm 

Monday, November 3rd 5:30-6:30pm

Applying After Time Off

Wednesday, November 5th 12:00-1:00pm 

Thursday, November 13 5:30-6:30pm

Application Requirements & Advice

Monday, November 17th 12:00-1:00pm 

Wednesday, November 19th 5:30-6:30pm 

 

University of Illinois, College of Law Events: The College of Law provides various lectures relating to different fields of law that are open to the public. Below you will find one of the upcoming lectures.

Innocence Project Lecture: Meet the Exoneree – Jarrett Adams: Thursday, November 06, 2014 in the Max L. Rowe Auditorium, College of Law Building from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM. Jarrett Adams is the co-founder of Life After Justice, an organization the helps exonerees and parolees re-enter society. Adams is also a law student at Loyola University Chicago, a journey he started after he was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to 28 years in prison at the age of 17. Come to hear about his experiences and his organization. Lunch will be provided.

More lectures are scheduled for 2015 and will be added to this blog as the dates near.

 

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Mark Your Calendars – Week of October 13

Hello Pre-Law Students!  There are a lot of PLAS events this week!  Scroll down for information about the Applying to Law School workshop, as well as a session on crafting the perfect personal statement, the Yale Law School Admissions webinar and more!  And keep on reading for information about Career Center workshops (including sessions about job shadowing over Winter Break) and law school open houses.

PLAS Events

Applying to Law School Workshop: Due to the severe weather predicted for this afternoon, we will reschedule today’s Applying to Law School Workshop. We will announce a new date and time very soon. If you have application questions, feel free to make an appointment by calling 333-9669. We have appointments available this week!

Yale Law School Admissions Webinar: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 3-4 pm. This webinar will feature a Yale Law School Admissions professional to provide an overview of Yale Law Admissions. The majority of the session will be taking Q&A from students, so bring your questions! Students are encouraged to explore Yale’s website and blog here: http://www.law.yale.edu/admissions/. To register for this event, please visit: law-yale.adobeconnect.com/chinoruiuc14/event/event_info.html. Registrants will also have access to a recorded version of the session, for those who are unable to be present during the session.

Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 4pm, Room 504 IUB. The personal statement and resume are a law school applicant’s opportunity to tell a school all about yourself and why you will make a great addition to their class. Students consistently tell us that this is the hardest part of the application, so we have developed this workshop to provide some insight. We will cover: What the personal statement is; how to begin writing it; what to include and exclude; writing separate addenda; how the personal statement and resume should work together; and an overview of the law school resume. Bring your questions because there will be plenty of time to ask them. To register, go here.

Campus Events and Opportunities

Leading into Leadership: Becoming a Leader on Campus, Presented by the Counseling Center Paraprofessionals,Tuesday, October 14, 7-9pm, 406 Illini Union

Counseling Center Paraprofessionals (CCPs) are students from ALL departments on campus and with many different majors. They are students who want to make a difference in someone’s life while having a good learning experience. The Tuesday @ 7 Workshops are presented by Counseling Center Paraprofessionals in order to provide information for the general student population. The topics cover a variety of personal, social, and academic concerns. Workshops are presented every Tuesday night at 7 pm, during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Illinois Leadership Center Programs and Services

Ignite: Develop skill in leading change and understanding systems thinking on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

For more information on either the Integrity or Ignite I-Programs, or for more information about upcoming leadership programs visit www.leadership.illinois.edu.

Career Center

I-Link Help Hours

The Career Center is now offering I-Link Help hours! This service is for students with questions about how to use I-Link and those who are having problems with their account. The help hours are at The Career Center Resource Center, 715 S. Wright, during the following times:
• Monday 2-3 p.m.
• Wednesday 1-2 p.m.
• Thursday 10-11 a.m.

If students are not available to stop by The Career Center during those hours, please email tcc-ilink@illinois.edu. For more information about I-Link, go here: https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/about/services/ilink.

Winter Break Job Shadow Program

The Winter Break Job Shadow Program will help students engage with a company of interest, establish a professional network, and foster potential career opportunities! This program is a one-day commitment over winter break (between Dec. 22, 2014 – Jan. 16, 2015). The Job Shadow Program is open to ALL MAJORS and will include a variety of industries. Students must be in their Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior year.
To apply, students must attend one of the Job Shadow Information Sessions listed below:
• Monday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m., Gregory Hall 223
• Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m., Burrill Hall 124
• Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m., Gregory Hall 223
• Thursday, Oct. 30 at noon, Materials Science and Engineering Building 119
• Friday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m., Gregory Hall 319

Workshops

Unless otherwise indicated, all Career Center workshops will be held in the Career Center Conference Room, 715 S. Wright Street.  For more information and to register, go here: https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/.

Undergraduate Research Options (presented with Office of Undergraduate Research), TODAY, 12-1 p.m., The Interview Suite, 616 E. Green (enter Kaplan building next to McDonald’s and go up to second floor)
Creating Powerful Resumes & Cover Letters, Tuesday, October 14, 5-6 p.m.
Finding an Internship, Wednesday, October 15, 5-6 p.m.,
Funding Graduate School Domestically and Abroad, Thursday, October 16, 6-7 p.m., The Interview Suite, 616 E. Green (enter Kaplan building next to McDonald’s and go up to second floor).

Off Campus Events

FREE Webinar: Understanding the Law School Admissions Process – Wednesday, October 15, 6:30pm.

Pre-law students are cordially invited to participate in a free online chat about the law school admission process Wednesday, October 15th, 7:30-8:30pm Eastern (6:30-7:30pm Central) This event is co-hosted by MAPLA (Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors)
and MALSA (Midwest Alliance of Law School Admissions).

You are encouraged to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to gain valuable insight into the law school admissions process. Get your questions answered by Deans and Directors of Admissions at several law schools including:Cincinnati, Marquette, Michigan State, Southern Illinois, Kansas, and Valparaiso along with several undergraduate pre-law advisors from institutions such as Miami U., Notre Dame, Purdue, Ohio State and Illinois. Yes – UIUC’s Director of Pre-Law Services, Jamie Thomas-Ward, is one of the featured speakers!

For details on how to preregister and receive a reminder email, go to: http://mapla.org/Online_Chat.html.  To join the chat on Wed Oct 15, please click on:
https://msulaw.campfirenow.com/35128 (Thanks to MSU’s College of Law for their assistance hosting the chat).

Law School Open Houses

As we noted in last week’s blog, law schools often offer opportunities for prospective applicants to visit their campuses, have a tour and possibly sit in on a 1L class. Here is some information we have received about another admissions event. To find out about other law school open houses, visit the law schools’ websites!

Drake Law School Prospective Student Open House: Friday, October 24, 9am-1pm.
Schedule
9:15-9:30am: Registration and Welcome
9:30am: Admission and Financial Aid Session
10:00am: Observation of a First Year Class
11:00am: Tours with Current Students                                                                                12:00pm: Lunch with Faculty and Deans
Individuals can RSVP by October 21st by calling 515-271-2782 or by emailing
law-admit@drake.edu.  When you RSVP, please provide the following:
Name
Phone Number
Email Address
Number of Guests
Areas of Law That May Interest You (not required) A confirmation email will be sent to all prospective students who RSVP with driving directions and parking information.  All events will be held in Cartwright Hall.
CLEO: College Scholars Program- The Ultimate Preparation to Help You Become a More Competitive Law School Applicant! Saturday, October 25, 9am-5pm, DePaul University College of Law
Designed to identify, motivate and prepare students for a career in the legal profession. Committed students can learn how to successfully navigate the law school admission process and underwrite their success in law school by participating in the College Scholars program.
• When: Saturday, October 25, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
• Where: DePaul University College of Law.
25 East Jackson Boulevard • Chicago • Illinois • 60604
• How: Register online at CLEO College Scholars.
• Who: All college students & post grads
For Freshmen: The Road To Law School seminar aims to provide Freshmen an overview of the key components of the law school application process.
For Sophomores: The Sophomore Super Saturdays seminar aims to help students further develop logical reasoning, reading comprehension and writing skills – the skills needed to become a competitive law school applicant.
For Juniors, Seniors/Post Graduates: Juniors Jumpstart the LSAT seminar aims to help participants understand the importance of systematic and timely preparation for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
For more information about these programs and to register, go here. CLEO is a non-profit project of the American Bar Association.
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Law School Interview Information

As the law school application period ramps up, applicants may wonder which law schools conduct interviews.  Well, most schools do not offer interviews as a portion of the application process.  However, some schools, such as Northwestern, offer and encourage interviews, while others offer interviews on an invitation only basis. We’ve created a handy tool for you–a spreadsheet outlining which schools provide interviews, and in what format.

Generally, if a school offers an interview program as a part of the application process, participation is strongly encouraged.  For similar experiences at schools that do not offer an interview program, applicants may be interested in a campus visit.  Campus visits will not be considered in the application process but still provide valuable insight into the schools.  Speaking with students, sitting in on a class and meeting some of the faculty will aid applicants as they narrow their choices.

To prepare for an interview: research the school, be able to answer any questions about yourself, and practice interviewing.  If any applicants are interested in practicing interviewing, please contact Career Services to conduct a mock interview.  The experience presents a wonderful opportunity to eliminate nervousness and receive valuable feedback.

To access the law school interview information spreadsheet, please visit our Compass page.

 

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Mark Your Calendars – Week of August 25

Happy First Day of Classes!  Here is a list of this week’s events.

Campus Events

Minority Association for Future Attorneys: On Tuesday, August 26th, 2014, at 6 p.m. in Noyes Lab 163, the Minority Association for Future Attorneys will have their first meeting of the 2014-2015 school year.

National Center for Supercomputing Students Pushing Innovation (NCSA SPIN) Program Internships — Open House Thursday, August 28

The University of Illinois’ National Center for Supercomputing (NCSA) is looking for highly motivated, creative Illinois undergraduate students to participate in hands-on research fellowships during the 2014-2015 academic year. The NCSA SPIN (Students Pushing Innovation) program offers paid internships to Illinois students who can contribute to challenging projects alongside the center’s expert staff, or who would like to pursue their own innovative projects with support from NCSA colleagues and mentors.

To learn more about SPIN and collaborative opportunities at NCSA, attend the SPIN Open House from 3-5 p.m. Thursday Aug. 28 in the first floor atrium of the NCSA Building (1205 W. Clark St., Urbana). Then formulate a project or define an area of exploration and submit your proposal by Sept. 4.

For more information, go to http://spin.ncsa.illinois.edu/ or contact spin@ncsa.illinois.edu.

Luce Scholars Program — Information Sessions August 28 and 29

The National and International Scholarships Program (NISP) is offering a two-day informational event about the Luce Scholars Program.  The Luce is a one-year internship in East or Southeast-Asia, and designed specifically for students who do not have much prior experience in that region.  Starting August 28th, NISP will offer an informational overview session, featuring an informal discussion with a previous Luce Scholars. On August 29th, NISP will host a workshop designed to help students begin to craft their personal statements.

The dates and times are as follows. All events will be held in 514 IUB.

August 28th, 3:30-4:30pm – Informational session and discussion with former Luce Scholars.

August 29th 3:30-4:30pm – Workshop on how to craft a Personal Statement.

More information about the Luce can be found here: http://www.topscholars.illinois.edu/luce.

Illinois Trial Team: Information Sessions August 27 and 28th

Thinking about law school and intrigued by the idea of being a trial attorney? Then this opportunity might be just what you are looking for! The Illinois Trial Team allows undergrads to prepare and perform real trials in real courtrooms in front of real judges and attorneys. This organization serves as a combination for those interested in going to law school, those interested in debate, those interested in theater, and those interested in speech team. No experience is necessary, and all majors are welcome. The team recruits new members each Fall!  The team will be holding informational meetings on Wednesday August 27th and Thursday August 28th at 6:30pm at the UIUC College of Law (504 E. Pennsylvania Avenue). For more information, go to www.IllinoisTrialTeam.com; Facebook: “Illinois Trial Team”; Twitter:@ILTrialTeam.  Questions? Send your emails to Illinoistrialteam@gmail.com.

Conflict Resolution Training Program — Applications Due September 1

Mediation Services in the Office for Student Conflict Resolution is currently accepting Fall 2014 applications for the Conflict Resolution Training Program, and this year we are offering an additional two-day advanced training opportunity for students in the class!

The program introduces the participants to mediation and other alternative conflict resolution concepts and is focused on developing conflict resolution skills to help them address conflict they may encounter in the future. It can be particularly helpful to students in leadership positions! Practice scenarios include a variety of situations, including roommate, personal, organizational, and work conflict. Students who complete this program will receive a certificate of completion and gain a skill to share on their resume.

Applications are being accepted now and must be in by September 1, 2014 at 1 p.m. for full consideration. Apply online now! Visit http://www.conflictresolution.illinois.edu/crt/default.asp for the application and for more information.

Sessions will be on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. from September 9 to November 4, 2014. The advanced training will be offered on November 11 and November 18.

Career Center

Unless otherwise indicated, Career Center events will be held at 715 S. Wright Street.

Finding An Internship: Wednesday, August 27, 5-6pm

Creating Powerful Resumes and Cover Letters: Thursday, August 28, 4-5pm

For more information and to register for these workshops, go here: https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/.

 

Other Events

Michigan State University College of Law Webinar: Tips for Assembling a Competitive Law School Application, Wednesday, August 27, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This webinar will offer a wide-ranging series of recommendations for individuals who plan to applying for fall 2015 admission, as well as for college freshmen and sophomores who are giving thought to law school. Topics to be covered in this webinar include:

  • Recommendations for when to apply and where to apply for admission
  • Suggestions for writing an effective personal statement and securing letters of recommendation
  • How to tailor your resume for law school admission committees
  • Tips for what to include in a supplemental statement(s)
  • Factors relied upon by admission committees

Following presenters’ remarks will be a 10-minute Q and A segment during which participants will be able to ask questions via the chat function.

For more information and to register, go here: http://www.law.msu.edu/admissions/webinars/Tips-Competitive-application.html.

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