Resources

We've compiled a list of resources for you to review as you begin to consider law school.

We suggest that you:

  • Start by reviewing our Pre-Law Handbook and attending a Pre-Law 101 workshop, where we will share everything you need to know about being Pre-Law at Illinois. Can't make any of our Pre-Law 101 workshops? Watch the Pre-Law 101 Video over on our Compass page (in the Freshmen and Sophomores folder). 
  • Read our blog, which contains extensive postings on everything from courses to take to how to build a pre-law resume to internships and taking time off before law school. (Note: Use the search box in the upper right to find specific topics.)
  • Join our Facebook group (for Illinois students, alumni, and staff) to stay up to date on internships, scholarships, summer pre-law programs, campus events, and more
  • Check out our detailed handouts and resources for Illinois students on our Compass page.
  • Explore the Law School Admission Council’s many resources.
  • Read online sources catering to lawyers, such as
  • Review the American Bar Association’s statement on preparing for law school to get a better idea of what skills lawyers use and how to be a strong candidate for law school.
  • Talk with a career counselor or a pre-law advisor about your interest in pursuing legal studies.
  • Conduct research on legal careers using online resources or those at our office or The Career Center. Good resources include:
  • Honestly and realistically assess your interests as well as your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Determine whether a legal career is a good fit for you through Exploring Pathways in Career Success (EPICS) an online program offered by The Career Center that includes an Interest Survey and other good tools.
  • Connect with legal professionals. There is no better way to gain an understanding of the profession and assess your suitability than talking with lawyers. How?
    • Attend Pre-Law Advising Services events and pre-law RSO events to connect with legal professionals
    • Conduct informational interviews. (How? Find details in our Pre-Law Handbook).
    • Intern with a law firm or law-related organization to gain exposure to the field and to experience the work environment. Even non-paid work, volunteering on a part-time basis, or informational interviews can be very helpful in discovering the realities of the legal profession.