Got pre-law questions? Start with the PLAS Pre-Law Handbook!

Although we love meeting students and alumni, we know that these meetings would be more useful and productive for all of you if potential applicants and aspiring lawyers would take the time to review the great information in our PLAS Pre-Law Handbook.  The user-friendly formatted Handbook covers a wide range of issues of interest to pre-law students.  You should take a look at all of them.  This post will highlight 5 really popular topics.

1. Exploring Your Interest in Law – This is for everyone new to pre-law, whether you are a freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or alum!  This section helps you evaluate your interest in the law and whether it might be a good fit.  Some of the areas covered/links provided include: What is a JD? What do lawyers do? What are some good online resources on the law? We have also included links to podcasts on these topics. Click here  and then select the “Exploring Your Interest in Law” tab for more info.  You should also check out our “Pre-Law Student/Applicant Checklist” tab for a list of “to-dos” that will help you get a general picture of what being pre-law entails. Note-the first suggestion in this section is that you attend a Pre-Law 101 session.

2. Preparing for Law School – So you’ve decided that you are interested in pursuing law school and a legal career.  This section helps you decide what you need to do now to prepare for law school. Some of the topics covered/links provided include: How do I select a major? What skills do the law schools value? What kind of extracurricular activities should you consider? How do law schools consider grade replacement, credit/no credit, or withdrawals?  Click here  and then select the “Preparing for Law School” tab for more info.

3. Financing Law School – Law school is expensive!  In fact, the cost of attendance/COA (tuition plus other expenses) at three well-known law schools recently topped $100,000 per year!  How do you plan to pay for it?  How do you put yourself in the best position to receive scholarships from law schools?  Click here  and then select the “Financing Law School” tab for more info.

4. Understanding Admissions Criteria – So what exactly are law school admissions people looking for in a candidate?  To be sure, a strong GPA coupled with a good LSAT score is important.  But what about: volunteer experiences; internships that expose applicants to the practice of law; letters of recommendation? These are just some of the topics covered in this section of the handbook.  Click here  and then select the “Understanding Admissions Criteria” tab for more info.

5. Applying to Law School – This section covers all topics related to the process of and requirements for applying to law school.  Some of the topics covered/links provided include: What is “rolling admissions”? What is the LSAT and how do I study for it?  What do the law schools require that applicants submit with their applications? How do I put together a law school resume? Click here  and then select the “Applying to Law School” tab for more info. Note: this particular section of the handbook has a LOT of “sub” tabs within the section addressing all aspects of the application process.  Aspiring law school applicants should review all of them!

The point is – the PLAS Pre-Law Handbook is an excellent resource.  It is intended to be a comprehensive overview of what it means to be “pre-law.”  It is also interactive, easy to use, and constantly updated.  As such, it is always a very good place to begin to find answers to your pre-law questions.

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Mark Your Calendars – Week of September 16

Pre-Law Advising Services Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coming soon…

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

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

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

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

Go here to check out other upcoming PLAS Events!

Campus Internships

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

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

Office of Undergraduate Research

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

      • Sept. 18, 3:00-4:30 pm
      • Sept. 19, 3:00-4:30 pm
      • Sept. 20, 3:00-4:30 pm

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

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

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

Here are some of their upcoming events:

      • Gies Business Career Fair – Wednesday, September 18 & Thursday, September 19, Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), 2-7pm
      • Career Drop-Ins (no appointment needed!)–Sept. 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20, 11 am-4 pm
      • Are You Career Ready? –Sept. 17, 5-6 pm
      • Global Careers: Peace Corps Informational Session–Sept. 17, 6-7 pm
      • Global Careers: Japan — Sept. 19, 12-1pm, The Career Center Interview Suite, Room 213
      • Global Careers: Canada — Sept. 20, 4-5:30pm, The Career Center Conference Room, 143
      • Resume, Cover Letter, and Linked In Reviews are offered almost every day. Check the website for times and locations.

Law Schools

Harvard Law School

Interested in learning some tips about applying to Harvard Law School?  HLS has begun offering online information sessions.  Some concern the admissions process, others offer insight into campus life, student organizations, and clinical opportunities at HLS. To sign up for this week’s J.D. Application Requirements and Insights session, set for TOMORROW, September 17, at 5:00pm Central Time, go here: https://jdadmissions.law.harvard.edu/register/JDInfoSession2-2019.  To see the full 2019-2020 HLS Online Information Session Schedule, click on this link: https://hls.harvard.edu/dept/jdadmissions/connect-with-admissions-online-events/

University of Illinois College of Law – Constitution Day 2019

On September 17, 1787, thirty-nine of the fifty-five delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the final draft of the U.S. Constitution. It then went to the states for ratification. Today, federal law designates September 17 as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. Each year, the College of Law hosts a special event on behalf of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to commemorate the occasion.

“The 2020 Presidential Election” – Tuesday, September 17, 2019
12-1 p.m., Room D, Law Building
504 E. Pennsylvania Avenue
Champaign, IL

Donald Trump made the Supreme Court a central issue of his 2016 presidential campaign and, as president, he has made two Supreme Court appointments. Candidates for president in 2020 are already announcing the kinds of justices they would appoint and weighing in on proposals to reform the Supreme Court such as by adding seats or imposing term limits. The Supreme Court views itself as above politics even as it decides cases that impact electoral outcomes–and might be called upon to resolve electoral disputes in 2020. Hear from a panel of experts on the significance of the Supreme Court in the 2020 presidential election and how the outcome of the election might impact the Court itself.

Panel Leaders: 

Vikram D. Amar, Dean & Iwan Foundation Professor of Law
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
College of Law

Jason Mazzone, Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Professor of Law
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
College of Law

Alicia B. Uribe-McGuire, Assistant Professor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department of Political Science

Event is free, and open to the public. Lunch will be provided to attendees.

 

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Remaining LSAT options for this year’s law school applicants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tutoring & Academic Resources for Pre-Law Students

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

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

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

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

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

ACES list of tutoring resources

DGS list of tutoring resources

LAS Academic Success Workshops

Spanish Tutoring Room

OMSA Tutoring

Writer’s Workshop

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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Mark Your Calendars: Week of September 3

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

Pre-Law Advising Services September Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Campus Internships

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

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

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

 

Upcoming Campus Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Illinois in Washington – Information Session – Tuesday, September 10, 5-6pm, Wohlers Hall 141.  Illinois in Washington (IIW) is an academic internship program open to all U of I undergraduates. Participants live and intern in Washington, DC, while taking U of I classes.  IIW offers an exceptional opportunity to gain rewarding work experience while enjoying the political, intellectual, and cultural experiences that only the nation’s capital can offer.  Student internships have included positions with members of Congress, think tanks, social justice organizations, and government agencies.  Learn more about IIW at an information session on September 10th, and apply to IIW by Oct. 1, 2019, at https://washington.illinois.edu/apply-now/.

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

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

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

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

Here are some of their upcoming events:

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

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

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

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

How to Find Spring/Summer 2020 Internships

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

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

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

Internships.com–Continuously updated nationwide internship listings

Idealist.com–Nonprofit internship offerings

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

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

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Welcome Back Edition

Welcome Class of 2023 and Welcome Back Pre-Law Students!

Hello students!  Our first blog post of the 2019-2020 school year features an overview of many of the events happening on campus in the next week. We have also included a brief update on Pre-Law Advising Services (PLAS), including information about our brand new online appointment scheduling system, the Law School Fair on Thursday, October 3 at the ARC, as well as our first two Pre-Law 101 Sessions, set for Monday, September 9 (for Political Science Majors only) and Tuesday, September 17 (open to all students).  Scroll down for more on that.  We will resume our regular blogging schedule next week.  Our postings will include updates on PLAS programs, campus events, internships, and information on a variety of pre-law topics and items of interest so keep checking in!!

Pre-Law Advising Services Updates for Fall 2019

1. What’s going on at PLAS? All of our events are listed in our Event Calendar here: https://calendars.illinois.edu/list/2508  Note that some of our workshops have limited seating, like the Pre-Law 101 sessions, the first two of which are set for Monday, September 9, for Political Science Majors only, and Tuesday, September 17, open to all students, so you’ll want to register for those in advance.  We will add a few programs as the semester progresses.  Be sure to check our blog September 2  for an overview of the semester’s events!

NOTE: If you look at our Events Calendar you will see that many of our event locations have not yet been identified. Some room locations that have been included could change at any time. This is due to ongoing construction in our building.  Please continue to check our PLAS Events Calendar and our posts on Facebook throughout the semester to make sure you know where your workshop is being held!

2. Attend a Pre-Law 101 Workshop. If you are a new pre-law student you’ll definitely want to attend a Pre-Law 101 Workshop, which will answer most of your questions about what it means to be pre-law and how you can maximize your opportunities as an undergrad. Note: as mentioned above, the first two Pre-Law 101 sessions are set for Monday, September 9 and Tuesday, September 17. These sessions are all listed in our Event Calendar and you can register there.

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

4. Making an appointmentBIG NEWS! We have just launched our brand new online appointment scheduling system!  Go here to schedule an appointment with an advisor.  And PLEASE be patient if you have any issues with the online process.  It will likely take a while to work out all of the kinks with this new system.  If you do encounter problems, you can always call our office at 333-9669 to schedule an appointment.  Except please, if you’re sick, stay home in your jammies! You can call us at the appointment time if you really need to talk. Otherwise, please reschedule.

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

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

Upcoming Campus Events

Welcome Days/Welcome Week 2019 — August 24 – August 31, 2019

Quad Day: Sunday, August 25

The fall semester kicks off this weekend with Quad Day, Sunday, August 25, Noon-4pm! Come out for a day of learning about any and every Registered Student Organization on the Illinois campus. Campus offices and local organizations will also be lining the Main Quad for you to get a taste of how diverse the university is and what it has to offer. The Illini Union vendors will be there, along with the Rec Room, so you can see what they are all about! Special performances by the Marching Illini and other RSOs will take place. With over 600 RSOs present, you are bound to find something you are interested in. Remember — law schools like to see applicants who are both good students and who are involved in their community. For more information on the benefits of joining an RSO, check out our recent blog post here.

For more details about Quad Day and other Welcome Week Events, check out the Illini Union webpage: https://union.illinois.edu/see-and-do/events/welcomeweek-2019

Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations

Wake Up Call – Saturday, August 24, 3-4:30 pm
Foellinger Auditorium
Sponsored by 100 Strong and the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center

Paleta Social – Monday August 26th, 6–8 pm
La Casa Cultural Latina, 1203 W. Nevada St., Urbana

After the first day of classes, La Casa holds a social for new students to come and meet other new and returning students, while returning students can catch up with fellow classmates, all while enjoying a paleta/ice cream. It is also an introduction of La Casa to new students in an informal manner.

Women’s Resources Center Open House | Aug 27, 2018   4-7 pm  
616 E. Green St., Suite 202, Champaign

Come celebrate a brand new semester with the WRC!

LGBT Resource Center Welcome Back Event – Thursday, August 29th, 4:30–6:00pm
Illini Union 314

Celebrate the start of a new year with food, music, and opportunities to meet LGBT Resource Center staff, LGBT RSOs, campus partners, and more! Come find out how to get involved with and stay connected to LGBTQ life at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign! All students, staff, faculty, and community members including partners are invited.

Welcome Black BBQ! Wednesday, September 4th, 3-5pm
Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, 1212 W. Nevada St., Urbana

Help us kick off the school year the right way at our annual Welcome Black BBQ! The BBQ is co-sponsored by the Black Faculty and Academic Professional Association. As such, the bbq is an opportunity to connect with old friends, make new ones and to engage with faculty and staff from across the university.

Asiantation – Sunday, September 8th, 4–7pm

SDRP Multipurpose Room (2nd floor) 301 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign

For twenty five years, students have been producing “Asiantation,” a new student-welcoming program and resource handbook to introduce first year students, transfer students, as well as graduate and professional students to the Asian and Asian American campus community and resources. Learn more about AAPI student organizations and see how you can get involved.

Native American House Welcome –  Thursday, September 12, 4:30–7 pm
1206 W. Nevada St., Urbana

For more information about the OIIR and their Welcome Back Days events, go here: https://oiir.illinois.edu/events/welcome-back-days-2019.

Other Campus Events and Opportunities

Career Center

The Career Center offers a variety of programs to help you identify career paths through workshops, career fairs and individual meetings. They will have an Open House on Quad Day, August 25, from 1-3pm at their office at 715 S. Wright Street with FREE ice cream, games and prizes! The Career Center schedule resumes next week.  Here are some of their upcoming events:

Creating Your Powerful Resume and Cover Letter Workshop – Tuesday, August 27

4-5pm, Career Center Conference Room 143, 715 S. Wright Street

Career Fair Prep Workshop – Wednesday, August 28

5-6pm, Career Center Conference Room 143, 715 S. Wright Street

Information Night for International Students – Friday, August 30

5:30-6:30 pm, Career Center Conference Room 143, 715 S. Wright Street

Illinois Part-time Job Fair 2019 – Tuesday, September 3, 10am-2pm, Illini Union

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

To learn more about resume and cover letter reviews, both online and in person, along with other helpful resources, check out the Career Center’s website here.

Humanities Expo – Thursday, August 29, 11am-1pm, Atrium, Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews Ave–1st floor and Lucy Ellis Lounge

Sponsored by: Humanities Professional Resource Center, College of LAS

The humanities at Illinois are vibrant. There are many ways to get involved, beyond completing requirements toward your degree. Come to the Humanities Expo and learn about opportunities to build on your academic work, prepare for your future, and grow. This mini-Quad Day for the humanities will take place Thursday, August 29, between 11am and 1pm in the first floor of the Foreign Languages Building.

Luce Scholars Program — Information Sessions August 29 and 30

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 29th, NISP will offer an informational overview session, featuring an informal discussion with previous Luce Scholars. On August 30th, NISP will host a workshop designed to help students begin to craft their personal statement.

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

August 29th, 3:30-4:30pm – Informational session and discussion with a former Luce Scholar.

August 30th 3:00-4:00pm – Workshop on how to craft a Luce personal statement.

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

For more information about other NISP events and scholarship deadlines, go here: https://calendars.illinois.edu/list/1826

Illinois in Washington – Information Session – Tuesday, September 10, 5-6pm, Wohlers Hall 141

Illinois in Washington (IIW) is an academic internship program open to all U of I undergraduates. Participants live and intern in Washington, DC, while taking U of I classes.  IIW offers an exceptional opportunity to gain rewarding work experience while enjoying the political, intellectual, and cultural experiences that only the nation’s capital can offer.  Student internships have included positions with members of Congress, think tanks, social justice organizations, and government agencies.  Join us for an unforgettable semester in one of the most exciting cities in the world. Learn more about IIW at our information session on September 10th, and apply to IIW by Oct. 1, 2019, at https://washington.illinois.edu/apply-now/.

 

 

 

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5 Things To Do After the July LSAT

The July LSAT is over!  Whether you’re applying to law school this fall or in future years, here are your next steps.

  1. Consider LSAT retake options. This is the only LSAT administration that will allow you to see your score, cancel it, and sign up for a free retake.  For a full consideration of ALL upcoming LSAT options–including timing for this fall’s applicants–revisit this post. Even though you don’t yet have results, now is a good time to consider your retake options so that you are ready to register as soon as scores are released.
  2. Get your letters of recommendation lined up. Have you already contacted your LOR writers and asked them to submit a letter for you? If not, do that now, because giving your writer all summer to write the letter is smart. Recent grads: Go ahead and approach your professors now, even if you don’t plan to apply for another year or two…having them submit their letter while they still remember you (and work here) is smart. Don’t wait until a super busy time for them–or come back to find that they’re retired, on medical leave, etc.–to ask. Here are some tips on getting great recommendations.
  3. Register for the Credential Assembly Service if you haven’t already. This is the account where your recommenders will send your letter–and they can’t write your letter until you set this up.  Click here for more information.
  4. Order your transcript(s) now if you aren’t taking summer classes. If you are taking summer classes, put a reminder on your calendar to order your transcript after August 12 (or Aug. 27 if you are a summer 2019 graduate). Note: You will need to order a transcript from every undergraduate institution where you took courses–even summer courses–so now is a good time to reach out to the registrar of any community colleges or schools from which you transferred. Here is where you order your UIUC transcript.
  5. Research law schools. The very first thing to consider is: What are your top 3 priorities in a legal education? (Location, employment, affordability, and admissibility are common priorities.) You’ll want to develop a list of 8-10 law schools that meet those priorities. You can find LSAT/GPA data, employment information, tuition, and more by using a resource like the American Bar Association’s Required Disclosure reports. On this website you will find these reports:
    1. 509 Required Disclosures = Previous year’s incoming class data such as GPA, LSAT, ethnicity, number of applicants + admits, etc., plus you can find tuition, number and amount of scholarships awarded, and transfer data.
    2. Employment Outcomes = Law schools are required to report the employment status of graduates 10 months after graduation. Here you will see how many of the law schools’s most recent grads are employed, and in what sectors.
    3. Bar Passage Outcomes = Law schools must report bar passage data about a year out. This report will show which state bar exam this school’s grads take, how many pass, and comparisons to the general state pass rate.

If you’re finished with the LSAT (not retaking it), then now is a good time to work on drafting a personal statement. We’ll post more about that in a future blog, or you can take a look at our Pre-Law Handbook (click on the Applying to Law School tab, then Personal Statements) for details.

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5 Things To Know & Do for the July LSAT

July LSAT takers, this post is for you. And there are a lot of you…the LSAC reports record demand for this administration.

5 Things to Know & Do for the July LSAT

  1. All July LSAT takers should take digital practice LSATs in case you are assigned that format. The LSAC has been adding to its digital LSAT prep, which now includes a familiarization tool and 3 full length digital LSATs–Prep Tests 71, 73, and 74–here. Tip: Avoid taking Prep Tests 71, 73, and 74 in their paper format before taking the digital version so that you get a realistic performance in a digital environment. The free Khan Academy LSAT Prep site also provides opportunities to practice LSAT questions in a digital environment.
  2. In addition to taking practice digital tests, review the digital LSAT FAQs here Know all of the details of the digital setup so that you can avoid spending precious time and brain energy figuring out this new format during the test.
  3. Remember to bring these items even though you may be taking the digital exam: Number 2 pencils (no mechanical pencils are allowed), eraser, and highlighter. Even those who are taking the digital format will receive scratch paper, so you will still need those items. You’ll also need your ID, admission ticket, snack, and other allowed items in a clear ziplock bag. Review this complete list of what is–and isn’t–allowed in the test room.
  4. Don’t forget to also take the separate LSAT Writing Sample after the test. You won’t be taking it during the test–instead, after the test you will log in to a secure website at home to write your sample and submit it. If you plan to apply to law school this year, then we suggest taking the writing part within 1 week of the LSAT so that you are completely done. Law school applications will NOT be complete without a writing sample submission. Tip: Put a reminder in your calendar to take the separate writing sample.
  5. Put these dates into your calendar: July LSAT scores will be released on August 28, and you’ll have until September 4 to cancel the score.  Note that Labor Day weekend is also during that time span, so if you will be on vacation, make sure you put multiple reminders in your calendar about the deadline to cancel. These dates also have important implications for LSAT retakes, which we will cover in the next blog posting…stay tuned!
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New LSAT Test Taking Limits

Breaking news…the LSAC has just announced new LSAT test taking limits. The LSAC indicates that more details will be announced soon but for now this information is not yet posted on the LSAC website.

Here are details from the bulletin we received from the LSAC:

Starting with the September 2019 test administration, test takers will be permitted to take the LSAT:

  • Three times in a single testing year (the testing year goes from June 1 to May 31).
  • Five times within the current and five past testing years (the period in which LSAC reports scores to law schools).
  • A total of seven times over a lifetime.
  • This policy is forward-looking, not retroactive. Tests taken prior to September 2019 will not count against these numerical limits.

In addition, test takers will not be permitted to retake the LSAT if they have already scored a 180 (perfect score) within the current and five past testing years, the period in which LSAC reports scores to law schools. This policy will be applied retroactively.

There will be an appeals process for test takers who have special circumstances and want to request an exception to this policy.

To summarize:

Starting in Sept 2019, LSAT maximums are: Three times within one year; five times within the current year + past five; seven total times in a lifetime.

–Those who score a 180 (or those who scored a 180 in the current or past five testing years) cannot retake.

The LSAC will be announcing more details and adding this information to their website in the weeks ahead.

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