Any University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign student or alumnus/alumna can utilize our services and resources.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency and related safety guidelines, the PLAS office has currently moved to virtual operations. Remote (online/phone) advising appointments remain available! Please stay tuned for updates regarding available appointment types for the Fall 2021 semester.
Please see detailed information below on scheduling your appointment.
When making an appointment, please have the following information handy:
- Your UIN and email address
- Appointment format: Would you prefer an in person (in-person appointments are not available for the 20-21 AY), phone, or Zoom appointment?
- General topics for discussion
We offer two different appointment types--select the right one for you!
1. The Pre-Law Advising Appointment
The Pre-Law Advising Appointment is a 30 minute appointment to discuss everything from a new interest in legal careers to application specifics. Typical appointment topics include:
- Exploring legal careers
- Building a pre-law resume
- Selecting a course of study or major
- Planning for law school
- LSAT, GRE, and other entrance exams
- How and when to get letters of recommendation
- The application process
- Application strategies/Where and when to apply
- Utilizing the Credential Assembly Service
- Understanding each step of the process
- Help with applications themselves, including essays
- Advice about selecting a law school
- Guidance on scholarships
2. Document Review (Personal Statements, Addendums, and Resumes)
The second type of appointment we offer is a Document Review appointment to review Personal Statements, Resumes, and Addendums. If you'd like us to review your personal statement or other law school essay, then please use the online scheduler here to select a Personal Statement/Resume/Essay Review Appointment type, and upload the documents that you want us to review.
Our advisors can review up to 3 documents during one appointment. For example: A personal statement, a diversity essay, and a law school resume can be reviewed during one appointment. (Just upload it all as one file, preferably in Word format.) We will review personal statements/essays of University of Illinois students and alumni up to two times.
Our advisors will provide feedback on: Content, theme, structure, transitions, flow, and overall quality of writing. We'll give our impressions and offer suggestions on these topics. We'll also help to troubleshoot problem spots and brainstorm potential alternatives.
However, we won't: edit, proofread, correct grammar or spelling errors, rewrite, or restructure your statement. It's very important for applicants to express themselves in their own words, especially because the personal statement is intended as a writing sample reflecting your ability. Ours is not a proofreading service but one intended to help students clarify and convey ideas effectively for purposes of a law school application.
For specific feedback, the personal statement review is most effective when your essay is fairly complete--meaning, you are at the point where you have a fairly complete draft, yet you are still open to feedback.
If you have not yet created a meaningful draft, but would like to discuss a personal statement strategy more generally, we recommend scheduling a Pre-Law Advising appointment or reviewing the personal statement resources we've posted in our Pre-Law Handbook or on our Compass page for some guidance.
Our busiest times generally are late October through December. During this period, our advisors will frequently be booked. Please reserve your appointment in advance and cancel in a timely way if necessary so that we can maximize our appointment availability.
Appointments and Illness
Please stay home if you are ill! We are happy to move our meeting to the phone instead; just call 217-333-9669 at your appointment time, or you are also welcome to reschedule.