Scholarships, Scholarships, and More Scholarships!

There are hundreds of internal and external scholarship opportunities available to support individuals interested in graduate and law school each year. Check out our Spring 2021 Scholarship Newsletter for a highlight of over 100 of these incredible opportunities!

*You may also access the Scholarship Newsletter on our Compass page.

Explore all your options!

Scholarship opportunities are available from many different sources including – professional organizations, business entities, educational institutions, leadership and social organizations (ex: national sororities/fraternities), and local organizations and businesses.  Think about what makes you unique, your interests, and what connections you currently have.  Investigate on the internet and through contacts with organizations and groups you may belong.   To help you get started, below is information about scholarship resources here at UIUC for this semester and for future consideration…

College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences: They have a general scholarship application that will be open from April 1st until May 14th. They also have more specific scholarship opportunities. More information can be found here.

College of Applied Health Sciences: They have a general scholarship application that closed on February 1. For updates, click here.

Gies College of Business: Scholarship Information can be found here.

College of Education has great scholarship opportunities.

      • The Golden Apple Scholarship is due April 1, 2021 and can be found here.
      • The Illinois Club Isabelle Purnell Education Awards are not yet open for 2021, but information will be released here.
      • Undergraduate Education Scholarship information will be updated here no later than March 1.

Office of Minority Student Affairs: They will be releasing information here soon about their scholarships.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: They have scholarship opportunities for current students, incoming students, study abroad, life and career design, honors, and access and achievement program. More information will be coming soon about the various scholarships so continue to check out their website here. The James Scholar Preble Research Award application closes on February 28th!

Illinois National and International Scholarships Program: They have many scholarships available for students to apply for. These are merit-based and fall into many categories. Click here to find out about the different opportunities available.

Grainger College of Engineering: They have general scholarship application is due March 8, 2021 and can be found here.

College of Fine and Applied Arts: They have a list of scholarships available. Click here to see the scholarships.

School of Social Work: They have three amazing opportunities that can be found here.

      • DCFC Scholarship Program
      • Social Work Heals-IL
      • James Scholar Honors Program

School of Labor and Employment Relations: They are offering the August E. Burnier Labor Education Award. For more information about the scholarship and the requirements, click here.

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March Snapshot

Here’s to a month full of warmer weather and more amazing events and opportunities! Continue to check this post as we will update it throughout the month.

March 1: Deadline to apply for the UIUC HRI Andrew W. Mellon Internship in Legal Humanities. Must apply by 5:00 pm. Click here for more information.

March 1: Academic Skills Workshop: “Student-ing Remotely! Time Management Tools” at 2:00pm. Click here to register.

March 1: Deadline to apply for the UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Program. Click here to apply.

March 1: South Asian American Leadership Conference: “From Colorism to Racism to Homophobia” at 7:00pm. Click here to register.

March 2: Pre-Law Advising Services: Selection Strategies: Navigating Post Admissions Workshop at 4:00pm. Click here to register.

March 2: Research Park Internships Panel Discussion at Noon. Register here.

March 2: AccessLex: Choosing a Law School Webinar at 5:00pm. Click here for more information and to register.

March 2: South Asian American Leadership Conference: “Being in a Bi-Racial Relationship and Preserving and Passing Down a Strong South Asian Identity” at noon. Click here to register.

March 2: UIUC Career Center: Peace Corps Drop-In at noon. Click here to attend.

March 3: South Asian American Leadership Conference: “Claiming an Indian American Heritage for a National Museum” at 4:00pm. Click here to register.

March 4: AccessLex: Applying to Law School Webinar at 1:00pm. Click here to register and find more information.

March 4: South Asian American Leadership Conference: “Mentorship, Practice and Servant Leadership” at 6:00pm. Click here to register.

March 4: Women & Gender in Global Perspectives: 40th Anniversary Symposium from 10am-4pm. Register here.

March 5: UIUC Political Science Leadership Conference – Day 1 from 3:00pm-6:30pm. Fill out this form.

March 5: European Center: Performance of Aeschylus’s “The Suppliants” by Out of Chaos Theatre followed by immigration policy discussion. Register here.

March 5: UIUC College of Law “Police Reform – A Discussion Series: Police Misconduct Records and Public Access” at Noon.  For more information, click here.

March 6: UIUC Political Science Leadership Conference – Day 2 from 10am-12:50pm. Fill out this form.

March 6: LSAC: 2021 Illinois Latinx Law Student Association Forum with DePaul University College of Law from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Find more information click here.

March 8: UIUC Career Center: Peace Corps Drop-In from 3-5pm. Click here to attend.

March 8: Women & Gender in Global Perspectives: International Women’s Day: “13 Women Who Changed the World: Untold Stories” from 3:30-5pm. Register here.

March 9: UIUC Career Center: Peace Corps Drop-In at noon. Click here to attend.

March 9: AccessLex: Paying for Law School Webinar at 4:00pm. Click here for more information and to register.

March 10: Release date for February LSAT Flex exam scores.

March 10: AccessLex: Building Your Law School Budget Webinar at 3:00pm. Click here to register and find more information.

March 10: Career Center hosts “UIUC Social Impact Info Session w/ City Year, Teach for America, and Peace Corps” from 4:00-5:00pm.  Sign-up through Handshake.

March 10:  UIUC College of Law Lecture “Ways of Thinking About Medical Care: Alternative Models and Structures and Their Policy Significance”: For more information click here.

March 12: UIUC College of Law “Police Reform – A Discussion Series: The Wandering Officer” at Noon.  For more information, click here.

March 12: Office for Diversity and Inclusion: Deadline to apply for the 2021 Launching your Career Seminar Series. Click here for more information and to apply.

March 13: Career Center: Womxn’s Career Institute from 10am-3pm. Register for the event here.

March 14: Pre-Law Advising Services: Last day to sign up for LSAT study groups. Fill out this form by 5:00pm.

March 15: UIUC Career Center: Peace Corps Drop-In from 3-5pm. Click here to attend.

March 16: AccessLex: Choosing a Law School Webinar at 5:00pm. Click here for registration information.

March 16: UIUC Career Center: Peace Corps Drop-In at noon. Click here to attend.

March 21: UIUC Office of Government Relations: Fellowship Application deadline. Must apply by 11:59pm. Click here for more information.

March 22: Career Center: Diversity & Inclusion Networking Exchange from 6-7:30pm. Click here to register.

March 22: UIUC Career Center: Peace Corps Information session from 1-2pm. Find the zoom link here.

March 22: UIUC Career Center: Peace Corps Drop-In from 3-5pm. Click here to attend.

March 23: UIUC Career Center: Peace Corps Drop-In at noon. Click here to attend.

March 23: Pre-Law Advising Services: Selection Strategies: Navigating Post Admissions Workshop at noon. Click here to register.

March 24: No Classes – Spring Break Day

March 24: Environmental Leadership Program Pilot Workshop from 9:30am-2:00pm. Click here for more details and to register.

March 25: Pre-Law Advising Services: Application Roadmap Workshop at 4:00pm. Click here to register.

March 25: McGeorge School of Law: Legal Employer Collaborative Pathway Project. Click here to register.

March 27: Last day to change April LSAT test day for free.

March 29: UIUC Career Center: Peace Corps Drop-In from 3-5pm. Click here to attend.

March 30: UIUC Career Center: Peace Corps Drop-In at noon. Click here to attend.

March 30: Pre-Law Advising Services: Pre-Law 101 Workshop at Noon. Click here to register.

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LSAT Updates for 2021-2022

Below please find important updates regarding the upcoming LSAT administrations for June 2021 through June 2022 released today by LSAC.

Administration Dates:

LSAC has announced the upcoming LSAT administration dates through June 2022.  The LSAT will be offered at the following times:

      • April 2021 – beginning April 10 & 11
      • June 2021 – week starting June 12
      • August 2021 – week starting August 14
      • October 2021 – week starting October 9
      • November 2021 – week starting November 13
      • January 2022 – week starting January 15
      • February 2022 – week starting February 12
      • March 2022 – week starting March 12
      • April 2022 – week starting April 30
      • June 2022 – week starting June 11

Additional schedule information can be located online at:  https://www.lsac.org/lsat/lsat-dates-deadlines-score-release-dates.

Exam Format: 

The LSAT will continue to be provided in an online, live remote-proctored format through June 2022.  The current three-section exam (LSAT -Flex) will be offered for the upcoming February 2021, April 2021, and June 2021 administrations.  Beginning with August 2021, changes to the online format will be implemented.

Format for August 2021 and future administrations: 

Starting in August 2021, LSAC will return to the pre-COVID practice of including an unscored variable section along with the three scored sections of the LSAT-flexThe unscored section will provide LSAC the opportunity to validate new test questions for future use.  LSAT formats prior to the LSAT-Flex also included an unscored sections.

With the addition of a fourth, unscored section, the online LSAT will include a short break between the second and third sections of the exam starting with the August 2021 administration.  This break is similar to the break mid-way through the traditional in-person LSAT that was used before the COVID-19 emergency.

The LSAT will continue to have three scored sections (Reading Comprehension,  Logical Reasoning, Analytical Reasoning) and one unscored variable section for the next several years, and you can learn more about the LSAT for August 2021 and beyond on the LSAC website.

The LSAT Writing will continue to be a required part of the LSAT.  Visit the LSAC website to learn more about the LSAT Writing.

Scoring:

Scores will continue to be reported on the 120-180 LSAT range, along with a percentile ranking.  Question type and methodology will remain the same, and the expectation is that scores from the current LSAT-Flex and the LSAT beginning in August will be aligned.

Resources:

      • To learn more about the LSAT visit the LSAC website.
      • The LSAC Fee Waiver program remains available to students and includes financial assistance for exam fees, application fees, and study prep resources.
      • LSAC offers equipment and location assistance for students.  Learn more about these services on the LSAT Q&A page.
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The Legal Studies Minor at a Glance…

The Legal Studies Minor is administered by the College of Law as part of its Undergraduate Legal Studies Program under the direction of Professor Jennifer Pahre.  The Minor is designed to provide undergraduate students with an understanding of how the law operates in our society and helps students develop critical thinking and communication skills.

The minor requires completion of 18 hours of credit including:

      • 9 hours of core courses taught by College of Law Professors and affiliated faculty, and
      • 9 hours in one of three tracks:
            1.  Law & Politics;
            2. Law & Cultures; or
            3. Law & Economics of Food Security and Sustainability.

How to Enroll:

    • You must have completed at least 30 credit hours to apply.
    • You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.
    • You must be in good standing.

Applications for the minor are currently open for the Spring 2021 semester. Enrollment is limited, interested students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

For more information on the minor, including specific course requirements and how to apply, click here.

Individual questions can be directed to: law-undergrad@illinois.edu  

Legal Studies Minor Information Session

Watch the brief video below to learn more about the Legal Studies Minor directly from Professor Jennifer Pahre, College of Law Director of Undergraduate Studies!

 

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February Snapshot

Happy February! We hope the semester is off to a great start! This month is full of many amazing events and opportunities you won’t want to miss!  Check out the list of upcoming programming below…

February 2: Career Center Part Time Fair. Click here to register.

February 3: AccessLex-Choosing a Law School Webinar. Register here.

February 4: AccessLex-Applying to Law School Seminar. You can register here.

February 4: Pre-Law Advising-Pre-Law 101 Workshop.

February 5: Minor In Legal Studies Information Session

February 5: The 9th Annual Wisconsin Statewide Diversity Conference and Law School Fair. Find more information about the Fair here.

February 6: Indiana University Maurer School of Law Diversity in Law Series. Part 1-Series Introduction and How to Apply to Law School: Game Show Edition. Register here.

February 8: Pre-law Advising- LSAT Bootcamp and Application Deadline for Illinois Leadership Center Position. Click here for more details.

February 8: UIUC Pad Recruitment Information Session: Click here to register.

February 9: Paying for Law School Webinar. Register here.

February 9: Pre-Law Advising-LSAT Chats. Find more information here.

February 9: Kappa Alpha Pi Info Session. Zoom link can be found here.

February 9: Peace Corps Info Session. Click here for the zoom link.

February 10: Pre-Law Advising-LSAT Chats. Find more information here.

February 10: Kappa Alpha Pi Info Session 2. Click here for zoom link.

February 11: Indiana University Maurer School of Law Diversity in Law Series. Part 2-What are Maurer School of Law lawyers doing? You can register here.

February 12: Pre-Law Advising-Selection Strategies: Navigating Post Admissions. Register here.

February 12: West Coast Consortium of Private Law Schools. When details become available, they can be found here.

February 14: Deadline to sign up to take the LSAT in the Armory building on campus.  Must sign up here by 5pm.

February 14: Deadline to sign up for LSAT study groups. Must fill out this survey by 5pm.

February 15: UIUC Pad Recruitment Information Session: Click here to register.

February 15: Women & Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP) “Hood Feminism” Book Club. Register here.

February 15: 2021 Bailey Fellowship Due. For more information, click here.

February 16: Pre-Law Advising-Application Roadmap. Register here.

February 16: Application Deadline for the 2021 LSAC PreLaw Undergraduate Scholars Program Online at St. John’s Law. More information can be found here.

February 16: Marshall-Motley Scholars Program deadline. For more information, click here.

February 16: Indiana University Maurer School of Law Diversity in Law Series. Part 3-The life of a Maurer law student. Register here.

February 16 and 18: Women & Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP) RBG Documentary Film Screening. More information can be found here.

February 18: Peace Corps Application Workshop: Interviews. Click here for zoom link.

February 18: Pre-Law Advising-Selection Strategies: Navigating Post Admissions. Register here.

February 20: February LSAT Administration Begins. Good luck!

February 22: Pre-Law Advising Services-Negotiating Scholarships Workshop. Register here.

February 23: Women & Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP) Fellowships and Awards Application. Click here for more details.

February 24: April LSAT Registration Deadline

February 25: Pre-law Advising-Pre-Law 101. You can register here.

February 25: SAPLA Diversity Law Symposium. Register here.

February 25: Fordham Law School and the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice: Summer Human Rights Institute. Deadline to register for a reduced rate.

February 26: Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Panel at 10am. Click here for the zoom link.

February 26: Indiana University Maurer School of Law Diversity in Law Series. Mock Law class. You can register here.

Be sure to check out the upcoming special events!

LSAT Bootcamp Information: Pre-Law Advising Services is hosting a LSAT Bootcamp on February 8th from 4-6pm. Kaplan and LSAC will be presenting about the LSAT exam, LSAT resources, and LSAT study methods and plans. This is an incredible opportunity to learn how to master the LSAT! Registration can be found here.

LSAC Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars Programs: These programs give future law students insights about what to expect in law school and the enrollment process. They are free programs and each participant is eligible for a $1,000 dollar stipend and a LSAC fee waiver. For more information and to see what schools are hosting the programs, click here.

Upcoming: The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) has created a new initiative called the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP). There will be two workshops in Spring 2021: March 24 on environmental policy; and April 13 on corporate sustainability. Only 25 students may register for each event. If you are interested or want more information, click here.

University of Houston Law Center: Online Pre-Law Programs sponsored by LSAC. Deadline to apply is March 1. Click here for more information on the programs and how to apply.

Upcoming Internship Opportunity: The last day to apply for the UIUC HRI Andrew W. Mellon Internship in Legal Humanities is March 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm. Click here for more information.

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January Snapshot

Welcome to 2021!  We hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday and are continuing to enjoy a restorative winter break!  The admission cycle continues and there are many events and opportunities in the upcoming weeks prior to the start of classes…

    • January 6:  February LSAT Registration Deadline
    • January 16:  January LSAT Administration Begins – Good Luck!
    • January 22: Hispanic Lawyers Association of IL (HLAI)Virtual Court House Visit & Latina Judge’s Panel – Register by January 15!
    • January 25:  Spring Semester Begins – Welcome Back!

February Sneak Peek… 

Registration open now!

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2020 Internship Newsletter

Winter Break provides a perfect opportunity to research and prepare applications for internship opportunities.  To help with your process, we have compiled a collection of internship opportunities and resources – as well as a wide variety of information about pre-law programs, gap-year opportunities, and general tips and advice in the 2020 Internship Newsletter.  You can access the newsletter through the Pre-Law Compass page.

      • Haven’t joined the Pre-Law Compass page?  It only takes a few minutes – find instructions on the Pre-Law Resources page.
Be Proactive!

Cast your net wide and look for opportunities in a variety of settings… 

    • Consider opportunities close to home at local organizations or offices – such as legal aid, city offices, or non-for profit organizations.  Contact bar associations or local/state agencies to see if opportunities are available.
    • If you have limited flexibility in your location this summer – don’t rule out opportunities in long-distance locations.  Many organizations may have adapted opportunities for remote experience or may be willing to do so.
    • If available, check with the career services office in your college of department for opportunities.  Talk with your professors about your interest – ask for their recommendations.
    • Research professional organizations related to your interests – many have scholarship or internship opportunities for college students!

Keep in mind logistics of applying…

    • Some opportunities may have deadlines prior to the beginning of next semester or in early February.  You may need letters of recommendation or transcripts.  Check these requirements and schedule time before the end of semester to reach out to professors or make requests for records before break.
    • Start prepping your materials.  Plan to review and update your resume over winter break so that you are ready to apply as applications come due.  Some applications may require brief essays – identify these and begin writing drafts.
    • Take advantage of services through the Pre-Law Advising Office, The Career Center, and Writers Workshop to prefect your application materials.
    • Create a calendar and timeline with all relevant dates.  Include dates for completion and due date (be mindful of rolling applications).  Make a spreadsheet that includes application items needed, deadlines, methods for submissions – update as you complete items.

Freshman or Sophomore? Many opportunities are limited to juniors and seniors – research now and think ahead to opportunities that you are interested in…

    • Identify opportunities you may wish to apply for in future years.  Consider the qualifications they are looking for in their applications.
    • Look for volunteer or work opportunities this summer that will build relevant credentials and help prepare you for applications in a future summer.
    • Consider courses that can enhance your skills and knowledge.  Courses can also demonstrate interest in particular fields or areas of work.

Good Luck!

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Alumni Attorney Talks

FEATURING:  Julie Pascoe

Alumni Attorney Talks is a virtual series which aims to provide prospective law students helpful insights about attending law school and pursuing a legal career. This series will feature interviews with University of Illinois alumni working in a variety of diverse settings within the legal profession.  


Julie Pascoe, Law Clerk Northern District of Illinois

    • Law School: Washington University School of Law
    • Graduate Degree: Master of Social Work, Washington University Brown School of Social Work
    • UIUC Undergraduate Major/Minor: Psychology, minor in East Asian Languages and Cultures (concentrating in Korean)
    • Gap Year Experience: 1 year, Administrative Assistant at a psychologist’s office.
    • Julie’s Three Words to Describe an Attorney:

Learner| Analyzer| Adaptive

Be sure to check out this insightful interview!

 

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Exploring Law as a Career: Edition 3

The legal profession is a very dynamic and diverse profession. There are many different practice areas and legal specialties that you can choose from – which may seem daunting.  Determining an area of law that is right for you can happen as early as selecting your undergraduate major and can continue developing through undergraduate course selection, engaging in legal internships & law school classes, utilizing the career office in law school, and beyond.

Below is a collection of some common areas of legal practice to help you begin considering where your interests may lie!

Public Interest

Attorneys working in the public interest take on many roles and can practice many types of law. Ultimately, a public interest attorney serves the community’s interests by ensure access to legal representation for indigent individuals, advocating for policy reform, and commitment to achieving widespread legal and social change. Different types of law public interest lawyers can practice include, but are not limited to:

    • AIDS / HIV, Animal Issues, Arts / Entertainment, Bankruptcy / Debt, Business / Economic Issues, Children / Youth, Civil Rights / Liberties, Communications, Consumer, Criminal, Death Penalty, Disability, Domestic Violence, Economic Development, Education, Elderly, Environment / Energy / Utilities, Family, Farm / Migrant Worker, First Amendment, Gay / Lesbian / Bisexual / Transgender Issues, Gun Control Issues, Government Accountability / Legal Reform / Whistleblowers, Health / Medical, Homelessness / Housing, Human Rights, Immigration / Refugee, Intellectual Property / Technology, Juvenile Defense, Labor / Employment, Municipal Law, Native American / Tribal Law, Personal Injury / Medical Malpractice / Products Liability, Prosecution, Poverty, Public Defenders, Legal Services, Prisoner Issues, Property / Real Estate, Racial / Ethnic Justice / Cultural Rights, Religious Issues, Reproductive Issues, Security / Defense / Arms Control, Tax, Trade, Transitional Justice / Democratic Process, Trusts and Estates, Voting / Campaign Finance, Women’s Issues.
Criminal Law

Criminal law involves matters regarding a person charged with a crime. Public defenders or defense attorneys (representing the person charged of a crime) and prosecutors (representing the state/government) primarily practice criminal law. An attorney can practice criminal law at all levels: local, state, or federal. The majority of an attorney’s time is spent in court, with typically a heavier litigation case load than other attorneys. It is not uncommon for an attorney practicing criminal law to be in court most days of the week handling many different clients on various criminal charges (ranging from DUIs or minor drug offenses, to homicide and trafficking).

    • Specialized Areas: White Collar Defense, Private Defense, and Department of Justice-Criminal Division.
Intellectual Property

IP attorneys work to protect a client’s inventions and creations and to enforce an inventor or creator’s rights regarding their intellectual property. IP law consists of patent law, trademark law, and copyright law.

    • Patent law consists of patent prosecution and patent litigation. Prosecuting patents is no easy task—one must have taken the Patent Bar (administered by the United States Patent & Trademark Office) to become a patent agent to prosecute patents. Patent prosecutors work very closely with inventors to help the inventors get patent protection on their invention—meaning the government will grant the inventor a patent for a limited time so that the patent holder (the inventor) has the right to restrict other inventors from making their inventor, or infringing on their patent. Patent litigation is the practice of patent law when patents are issued. Patent litigators will work with clients to ensure that nobody is infringing on the inventor’s patent. It is typical litigation—pre-trial, trial, the courtroom, etc.; however, it is all within the discipline and subject matter of patent law.
    • Trademark law is all about the branding and marketing of one’s mark (i.e., logo, brand, etc.). Trademark attorneys work closely with clients to ensure that their product is marketed in such a way that the consumer is able to connect that such good or service that is being promoted is associated with this certain mark (or logo). Think Nike and the famous “swoosh” mark. Nike works very hard to protect its trademark from infringers and dupes.
    • Copyright law is the realm of intellectual property that is closely associated with the fine arts. Creators can get their ideas copyrighted when it is in a tangible medium. Examples of copyrightable material are: literary works, musical works, graphic works, sculptural works, motion pictures, audio-visual works, derivatives of protected works (sequels), original compilations of facts, code (computer science).
    • Specialized Areas: Sports & Entertainment Law, Antitrust Law.
Business and Corporate Law

Corporate law comes in two forms: corporate litigation or corporate transactional law. Corporate litigation, like most litigation, is your standard litigation (adversarial, plaintiff/defendant, courtroom, pre-trial, trial, etc.) regarding corporations and corporate affairs. In both situations, corporate law attorneys are practicing with the corporation’s best interest in mind. The employees of the corporation are typically represented by other parties for the matter. Additionally, corporate attorneys can be tasked with advising the corporation on legal rights responsibilities, obligations, and best practices. Corporate transactional attorneys are not in court as much. Transactional attorneys focus their practice on deal work, preparing and reviewing contracts, and negotiating with groups to ensure the corporation’s affairs are done. Much of this practice can be high stakes, as it deals with corporations.

  • Specialized Areas: Mergers & Acquisitions, Bankruptcy Law, Securities, Corporate Compliance, and In-House General Counsel.
Environmental Law

Environmental law concerns laws and regulations at local, state, and federal levels that affect wildlife, land, water, air quality, and business practices in relation to the environment. Environmental attorneys can focus their practice in preservation, litigation, and advocacy and can work in the private sector, the public sector, or even for the government. However, environmental lawyers can also work for the other side—meaning environmental lawyers can work to defend corporations and various business practices that may offend best environmental practices.

    • Specialized Areas: Energy Law, Oil & Gas, Regulatory Law, Administrative Law
Civil rights And Social Justice

Attorneys who practice in the area of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties are committed to ensuring the preservation of individual rights derived for the Constitution.  Civil Rights attorneys will represent individual clients to preserve individual rights and advocate for changes to policy and laws that threaten individual rights.  Civil Rights attorneys examine issues related to discrimination (based on race, gender, age, disability, sexuality), free speech, freedom of religion, due process, privacy, voting, incarceration, education and beyond.  Civil Rights attorney may practice in a public or private setting –  for non-profits, private firms or the government.

Labor & Employment Law 

This area of law concerns the relationship between employers and employees and/or independent contractors. There is federal employment & labor law and regulations, as well as state-specific laws and regulations. Labor & Employment attorneys can work at all levels: local, state, or federal. Attorneys can work for the employer, spending most of their practice being proactive and advising the client employer on what to do to avoid legal trouble, plaintiffs, or the government.

    • Specialized Areas: Employment Discrimination, Title VII, Worker’s Compensation, Labor Unions, Employee Benefits, Retaliatory Discharge, and Federal Employment Acts.
Tort/ Personal Injury Law

Personal Injury (PI) attorneys are among some of the most common tort lawyers representing individuals who have suffered a physical or psychological injury. Personal Injury law covers intentional or unintentional matters that have affected their client. Attorneys typically will represent the individual who has suffered a harm, but may also defend a client who has been accused of the harm (whether it is a person, business, or organization).

    • Specialized Areas: Personal Injury, Mass Torts, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability, Wrongful Death, Insurance, and Worker’s Compensation.
Tax Law

Tax attorneys primarily focus on tax legislation and helping their clients maneuver the Tax Code. This is a specialized practice, requiring attorneys to have a good understanding of Tax Law and staying informed and up to date with frequent modifications to the local, state, and federal tax codes.

Trusts & Estates Law

Attorneys handling trusts and estates focus on financial planning, creation of trusts, and managing (whether it be planning or seeing through) estates. It can involve setting up trusts and estates for the future, probate process, tax implications, or handling the matters as they arise—in connection to a client’s trust or a client’s estate—in the present.

Real Estate Law

This focuses on all matters property and real estate. Attorneys can focus on residential or commercial real estate, but ultimately can handle matters involving land, construction, development, acquisition of real estate, tenant rights, or landlord disputes.

Elder Law

Elder Law focuses on specialized issues that affect the aging population. Typically, this consists of an older clientele and the various and diverse matters presented with an elder client including health care, finances, guardianships, public benefits, and estates.  An elder law practice may also examine issues of elder abuse or crimes against elderly populations.

Family Law

This area of the law focuses in the context of the family and the various legal matters that may arise in this context. This can include child welfare, adoption, emancipation, child abuse, domestic partnerships, marriage, civil unions, parental rights and paternity, and divorce.

Immigration Law

Immigration attorneys work with clients navigating the naturalization process. Additionally, attorneys work with clients facing threats to their naturalization process or potential deportation, individuals seeking asylum, or refugees.  Immigrational Law attorneys may work in the private or public sector and may also focus on special intersection of immigration laws and other areas of practice such as family law or criminal law.

Health Law

Health Law is a very diverse and dynamic practice. Healthcare laws are always evolving, so health care attorneys must be adaptable. Attorneys in this field may represent patients, clinics, hospitals, insurance companies, or individual health practitioners navigate health care legislation, rules, and regulations.

International Law

International Law is a broad category that includes many diverse, specialized areas of law.  Inherently, international lawyers will practice in an area of law that intersects with the laws of another sovereign entity, international treaty,  international organizations, or international policy.

    • Specialized Areas: Criminal Law, Human Rights, Corporate/Business Law, Litigation, Economics, Foreign Service, International Governance and Organizations, Family Law, Environmental Law, Technology, Health Law, and Security/Armed Conflict.

For more information on different practice areas in the law, see

Still looking to explore what interests you? Take the quiz! 

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December Snapshot

December is finally here and with it the end of the semester! Our best wishes as you complete end of semester tasks and prepare for finals.  Below please see a list of important dates, upcoming events, and reminders for December 2020.

    • Tuesday, December 1: PLAS Workshop – To Go or Not to Go? Deciding if  Gap Year is Right for You
    • Good Luck on Exams!

 

Take Care and Be Well! The end of the semester is always a stressful time of year, this year presents unique and unprecedented challenges for many.  Be sure to take care of yourself during the upcoming weeks and be sure to take advantage of the many resources available on campus to support you during this time!

 

  • Stay Tuned! 

  • Check back later this week for information regarding the 2020 edition of our Annual Internship Newsletter
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