On the Road Again || The Law Admission Staff

Our 2014-2015 Recruitment Calendar with all the law fairs and forums we attend is available. Next week we head to:

California

UC Irvine Law School Fair
Monday, November 03, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Ring Road
Irvine, CA

UC Riverside Law School Information Day
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Rivera Library Mall
Riverside, CA

University of California – San Diego
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
UCSD Main Campus on Library Walk
La Jolla, CA

LSAC Bay Area, CA Forum
Friday, November 7, 2014
2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Marriott Marquis San Francisco
780 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

West Coast Consortium- San Francisco
Saturday, November 8, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
JW Marriott Union Square
515 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA

Idaho 

Boise State Law School Fair
Thursday, November 6, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hatch Ballroom, Student Union Building
Boise State University
Boise, ID 83725-1960
*** Dean Bloomquist will be on a panel the night before, November 5 at 6:30 pm

Minnesota

Upper Midwest Law Fair
Saturday, November 1, 2014
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
William Mitchell College of Law
St. Paul, Minnesota

North Carolina

NC State Law School Fair
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Talley Student Center
2610 Cates Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27695

2014 Law School Information Fair at the UNC at Chapel Hill
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
1:00pm-4:00pm
Great Hall, Frank Porter Graham Student Union
UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Oregon

Portland State University
November 8, 2014
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Smith Memorial Ballroom
Portland State University
Portland, OR

Scenes from the road…

We love attending the Houston Forum every year!

We love attending the Houston Forum every year!

a perfect Fall day in Denver to enjoy French Toast ice cream at Little Man

a perfect Fall day in Denver to enjoy French Toast ice cream at Little Man

The Denver, CO skyline

The Denver, CO skyline

The picture perfect UC- Boulder campus

The picture perfect UC- Boulder campus

 

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Loyola University Chicago forms Milestone Academic Partnership with African Union

Rule of Law

Loyola University Chicago and the African Union (AU) signed a milestone memorandum of understanding (MOU) last week that signified a multi-year program of cooperation designed to build capacity within the African Union, its Member States, and the African Regional Economic Communities (RECs), to strengthen governance and the rule of law. Under the MOU, Loyola will partner with the AU to train and educate the staff of the AU, RECs, and AU Member States to strengthen their capacity to advance the rule of law throughout the region, an effort to be driven by African rule of law leaders and represent a dynamic force for change.

Professor Vincent Nmehielle, AU legal counsel and director of legal affairs, and David Yellen, dean of Loyola’s School of Law, signed the MOU at the AU Representational Mission to the United States in Washington, DC in the presence of the AU representative to the US, the chairperson of the African Group of Ambassadors, the African diplomatic corps, and other invited guests.

Reinforcing Loyola’s commitment to peace and justice, the School of Law offers an innovative Master of Laws (LLM) in Rule of Law for Development. Launched in 2011, this unique program, called PROLAW, provides training to advance social justice across the globe through effective, sustainable governance and strengthening of the rule of law. PROLAW is organized at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center in Italy.

Under the terms of the MOU, selected staff and employees of the AU Member States officials, and staff of the RECs will attend PROLAW’s one-year, degree-granting program. Upon graduation, individuals will return to their home countries or respective organizations to assume the task of strengthening governance and the rule of law. In addition, Loyola will implement bi-annual, complementary seminars and workshops at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to further the development of AU staff. The program of cooperation is expected to educate more than 100 rule of law professionals over the next three years. The US Department of State has played a key role in supporting the work outlined in the agreement. An announcement about this role is forthcoming.

For more information, please click here.

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A must see: the Chicago Marathon!

As a former Bostonian, I can easily vouch that there is no greater day in the year than the Boston Marathon in April. The city truly comes together in an incredible way to celebrate the runners, our neighbors, and our city.  It’s a day filled with high-fives, endless streams of cheers, and a recognition that we are surrounded by some pretty amazing people (I’m looking at you, marathoners).  And for those who don’t know, a marathon is 26.2 miles and can take anywhere from just over two hours to six hours to complete.  So, when I saw an advertisement by Chicago Event Management asking for volunteer course marshals for the Chicago Marathon on October 12, I signed up right away!

CM 1

Preference on neighborhood was given to those who lived nearby. I live in Lincoln Park and unfortunately they had all the volunteers they needed, but luckily I got my second choice of River North!  I’ve volunteered a lot in the past (most recently, running and raising funds for The Humane League Boston team!) and really enjoy it.  Plus, volunteers at a race, no matter the distance, can really make a difference in runner morale and I really wanted to be a part of that.  So, on the day of the race, my alarm went off at 5:00 am and I begrudgingly dragged myself out of bed, reminding myself how great I would feel in a few hours.

My meeting point was the Rock ‘n Roll McDonald’s in River North at 6:00 am. By the time I arrived there were already so many people walking around and setting up – it was pretty exciting just being in that “calm before the storm” environment.  I checked in and indulged in one of the many perks of volunteering – the gear!  I was decked out in a Chicago marathon long sleeve shirt, official jacket, hat, badge, and bright orange “Course Marshal” vest.  I got to keep everything except for that bright lovely vest.

CM 2

I was stationed near the 12 mile marker – meaning I was early enough in the course that the runners were still generally excited and energetic! It’s hard to see in the photo, but I was standing in front of the gate at a ninety degree turn in the course with the job of keeping people from trying to cross the street.  My second, unofficial job was being a cheerleader, which I was fine with!

The wheelchair racers were the first to come through the course.  I’ve seen them on TV plenty of times, but being that close to them was incredible.  They were SO fast and looked so strong – I cannot imagine completing a marathon with only my upper body strength.

The next were the elite men – hitting mile 12 just before the one hour mark.  They were really beautiful to watch; making running look so graceful and effortless.  The elite women followed soon after and Rita Jeptoo (this year’s female winner) was about two feet from me as she rounded the corner, amazing!  The course soon filled with runners in high spirits donning everything from neon, to American flags, to dinosaur costumes, and so much more.  I even saw someone running barefoot!  I also saw tons of people sporting an organization for which they ran and raised money.  And you can bet if you had your name written somewhere on your clothes, I cheered for you!

CM 3

The only downside of the morning was that I was freezing –  I forgot how cold you can get in the shade when you’re not moving.  I felt a little ridiculous shivering in four layers while people ran by me in tank tops and shorts, but I’ll just make sure to bring a heavier jacket next time!

My shift at the race ended at 11:00 when I made my way back home for a much-needed nap. Honestly, it was such a fun way to spend my morning and the early wakeup call was completely worth it.  Being around the runners, hearing the music playing, and being able to help with such a cool event was incredibly rewarding.   Plus, I think there are few better ways to see a city come alive and feel its spirit than to witness a marathon.  Chicago, you made me love you even more.

Also, a big shout out to 1L’s James Kearney, Alyssa Hughes, and David Noland for representing Section 2! Congratulations, you all did a great job!

James and Alyssa celebrating post-race!

James and Alyssa celebrating post-race!

P.S. For you redditors, I subscribe to /r/RunnersInChicago to stay updated on runs around the city, volunteer opportunities, etc.

Kelly Kearney is a 1L at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  She is blogging about the journey of her first year of law school. To search all posts written by her click here or search the Kelly K category on the right hand side. Questions for Kelly? Email law-admissions@luc.edu with the subject “Ask Kelly” and she will make sure to answer them.

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On the Road Again || The Law Admission Staff

Our 2014-2015 Recruitment Calendar with all the law fairs and forums we attend is available. Next week we head to:

Arizona

University of Arizona Law School Fair
Thursday, October 30, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
University of Arizona
Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom
1303 E University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85719

Arizona State University Law School Fair
Friday, October 31, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
ASU – Tempe Campus
Physical Education West Gym (PE West)
Tempe, AZ 85287

Colorado

West Coast Consortium Denver Law Fair
Saturday, October 25, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Ricketson Law Building
2255 E. Evans Ave.
Denver, CO 80210

University of Colorado – Boulder Law Fair
Monday, October 27, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Coors Event Center
950 Regent Dr, Boulder, CO 80305

Iowa

Dubuque Career Fair
Monday, October 27, 2014
10:30am – 1:30pm
University of Dubuque Campus
Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center
2000 University Avenue
Dubuque, Iowa

Minnesota

Upper Midwest Law Fair
Saturday, November 1, 2014
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
William Mitchell College of Law
St. Paul, Minnesota

Utah

University of Utah Law School Fair
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
University of Utah
Olpin Union Ballroom
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Brigham Young University Law Fair
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Brigham Young University
Wilkinson Student Center, Ballroom
Provo, UT 84602

Scenes from the road…

Austin, TX

Austin, TX

UT- Austin, Texas Tower

UT- Austin, Texas Tower

Texas BBQ at Salt Lick

Texas BBQ at Salt Lick

Soldier and Sailor's Memorial in Pittsburgh

Soldier and Sailor’s Memorial in Pittsburgh

Pitt Tower @ the University of Pittsburgh

Pitt Tower @ the University of Pittsburgh

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1L Student Ambassador: Christian Morgan

Christian Morgan

Name: Christian Morgan
Home City and State: Grand Island, NE
College/University Attended: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Chicago Neighborhood you call home: Lakeview
Current Law Interests include: Several areas of the law, including International Law

Why did you choose to attend Loyola University Chicago School of Law? I visited many schools throughout the country and the environment at Loyola when I first visited was head and shoulders above the rest. Aside from being a great school, in a great city, there were so many things that attracted me to Loyola. The building itself was incredible, the area in which the law school is in could not be beat, but what especially drew me to the school were the people. The people were really what made my visit special, all the way from the professors to the receptionists.

Please, head over to our website to check out Christian’s full bio.

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On the Road Again || The Law Admission Staff

Our 2014-2015 Recruitment Calendar with all the law fairs and forums we attend is available. Next week we head to:

Colorado

West Coast Consortium Denver Law Fair
Saturday, October 25, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Ricketson Law Building
2255 E. Evans Ave.
Denver, CO 80210

Georgia

Grad School Fair at Emory University
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Grad School Fair, Cox Hall Ballroom

Illinois

Bradley University Graduate School Fair
Thursday, October 23. 2014
11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Michel Student Center, Ballroom
915 N Elmwood Ave
Peoria, IL

Pennsylvania

Greater Pittsburgh Law Fair
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
William Pitt Union
3959 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15260

Texas

LSAC Houston, TX Forum
Monday, October 20, 2014
2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Houston
1200 Louisiana Street Houston, TX 77002

Texas A&M Law Fair
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
MSC 2300 Bethancourt Ballroom
College Station, TX 78249

University of Texas at San Antonio Law Fair
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
McKinney Humanities Building Building/1604
Campus San Antonio, TX 78249

Texas State University Law Fair
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
LBJ Student Center Ballroom (3rd Floor)
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666

University of Texas-Austin Law Fair
Thursday, October 23, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Texas Union Ballroom
2247 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78712

Baylor University Law Fair
Thursday, October 23, 2014
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cashion 5th Floor
Waco, TX 76798

University of Texas at Dallas Law Fair 
Friday, October 24, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
800 W. Campbell Road, Visitor Center Atrium
Richardson, TX 75080

Scenes from the road…

Entrance of South Dakota State

Entrance of South Dakota State

Pam

Spinosaurus from Morocco

Miami Forum

In Miami, FL for the LSAC Forum

 

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1L Student Ambassador: Caitlin Kelly

 

Caitlin Kelly

Name: Caitlin Kelly
Home City and State: Clarkston, MI
College/University Attended: Michigan State University
Chicago Neighborhood you call home: Lakeview
Current Law Interests include: Corporate/Business Law but also the Tax Law certificate due to my interest in estate planning

Why did you choose to attend Loyola University Chicago School of Law? I have always wanted to study law in Chicago and once I visited Loyola, the welcoming environment, supportive professors and the numerous opportunities that all the different campus organizations could bring me in my future career goals really persuaded me that this was the right move for a successful and enjoyable law school experience.

Please, head over to our website to check out Caitlin’s full bio.

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What to Expect at a Government Networking Reception

Networking Reception 1

As a Loyola law student you will get daily emails on the happenings around the school and Chicago.  One thing I see about every day is an opportunity for a networking event in the building or near the school.  Networking is how a strong majority of people, in and outside of the legal profession, find jobs.  It can be intimidating, but it is really a great way to explore the many options in the legal field, gain experience with these kinds of interactions and truly connect with people who have the potential to shape your career.

On September 24, 2014, the Office of Career Services (an office you will start to know quite well!) hosted a government networking reception from 4:00 – 5:30pm in the 13th floor faculty lounge.  They served light appetizers and refreshments and created a comfortable atmosphere for those interested to meet and converse with attorneys working in different government settings.

Who attended?

Background What they do now
Jim Cummings Cummings got his B.A. in Anthropology and M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame, then his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago. He worked as a high school English teacher for nearly 6 years before transitioning to law. Assistant Attorney General: Special Litigation at Illinois Attorney General’s Office
Tanya Dworkin Dworkin got her B.A. in English Literature and Language from the University of Florida, and her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago. Assistant General Counsel at Illinois Department of Public Health
Matt Glavin Glavin got his B.A. in Political Science and his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago. Deputy Director at Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development
Hilary Johns Johns got her B.A. in Political Science at University of California, San Diego and her J.D. and M.A. in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago. Fair Hearings Chief at Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
Clay Rehrig Rehrig got his B.A. in Economics, International Relations and German from Syracuse University and his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago, specializing in International Law. Assistant General Counsel at Chicago Housing Authority
Michael Szott Szott got both his B.A. and J.D. from Loyola University Chicago. Associate General Counsel at Office of Governor Pat Quinn
David J. Tanury Tanury got his J.D. from University of Chicago. Attorney at U.S. Department of Labor

What should you wear?

Most of these events suggest dressing business casual.  For men, that would be slacks and a collared shirt (with or without a tie).  For women, I would suggest nice slacks and a blouse, pencil skirt and a blouse, or a conservative dress.  I would wear nice flats or heels, something in which I am comfortable moving.  My friend Marco, below, is dressed perfectly!

Networking Reception 2

When should you arrive?

Try to arrive on the earlier side for a networking event.  There may be an introduction of the guests and you can get an idea with whom, in particular, you may want to speak.  Since this event started at 4:00 pm, I would suggest making sure you are there about five minutes early!  The bulk of this event was a reception, so it was nice to know a little bit about the person before introducing myself.

Networking Reception 3

What should you expect?

After the introductions, most of this event was simply a reception where you could meet and discuss your potential career and learn about new possibilities.  Light refreshments, like fruit and pastries, were served along with a few different options of wine and beer.  The government attorneys were extremely approachable and often initiated conversation, which certainly helped with the networking nerves!

How do you network?

The big question.  It’s easy to say “put yourself out there, be confident!” but sometimes a lot harder to actually do!  Luckily, Loyola has some great resources on how to get comfortable with networking.  They have samples of good questions to ask, tips for introverts, and examples of what we, even as 1L law students, bring to the table, among so many others.  Be sure to check out these networking resources.

When is your next chance to network?

ABA Construction Law Forum October 14 @ 12:00 p.m. Corboy Law Center, Room 1102 Join us for lunch to discuss the practice of construction law presented by members of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry. The panelists for this session are: Krista Hallberg Kapp (’98), Partner at Laurie & Brennan LLP; Kendall Woods (’02), Associate at Laurie & Brennan LLP; and Kimberly R. Reome, Vice President at The Kenrich Group LLC.

RSVP here

Explore the Possibilities: Pro Bono & Public Interest Law Opportunities October 18 @ 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 West Adams Street Looking to secure a placement at a public interest law organization or in the government sector? This program is for Chicago-area law students who are interested in learning more about placements as volunteers, interns or externs, fellows or staff at public interest law organizations and in the government sector. Learn more at http://pili.org/events/event/explore-the-possibilities-2014. This program is free for law students but advance registration is required by October 15.
Public Interest Student Panel October 21 @ 12:00 p.m. Corboy Law Center, Room 1303 Panelists: Tori Dempsey Ghirlandi Guidetti Jon Sheffield Amanda Walsh
Health Law Fellowships Information Session October 27 @ 3:00 p.m.

Corboy Law Center, Room 1202

This panel will feature speakers discussing health law fellowships for 2L & 3L students as well as post-graduate opportunities. Learn about various fellowships and how to craft a successful application. Co-Sponsored by Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy.
Meet the Public Service Organizations Reception

 

October 29 @ 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Loyola Corboy Law Center, Kasbeer Hall Around 45 public interest organizations and government agencies will be attending this reception. Learn about non profit and government agency volunteer, intern and employment opportunities.

I hope this helped give you an idea of what to expect, and hope to see you at the next event!

Kelly Kearney is a 1L at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  She is blogging about the journey of her first year of law school. To search all posts written by her click here or search the Kelly K category on the right hand side.Questions for Kelly? Email law-admissions@luc.edu with the subject “Ask Kelly” and she will make sure to answer them.

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Introducing the 1L Student Ambassadors

New 1L Ambassadors

Caitlin Kelly, Xaiver Vergara, Christian Morgan, Michael Kwasigroch, Khari Fischer, Jenna Silver, Carrera Thibodeaux, Jessica Pedersen (Not pictured: Anna Perocchi)

Meet our new 1L Student Ambassadors! This group is a integral part of the work we do in the Admission and Financial Aid Office. They help coordinate our class visit program, assist with on-campus events and answer any questions prospective students may have about life at Loyola. Over the next couple months, we will be introducing you to each ambassador and share why they picked Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Please, head over to our website to check out their student profiles.

Enjoy some pictures from our Ambassador Orientation…

Team Xavier, Jenna, Christian & Caitlin

Team Xavier, Jenna, Christian & Caitlin

Team Carrera, Khari, Michael & Jessica

Team Carrera, Khari, Michael & Jessica

Marshmallow Challenge aftermath...

Marshmallow Challenge aftermath…

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On the Road Again || The Law Admission Staff

Please stop by Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s table at one of our many recruitment stops this fall! Here is where we are headed next week:

Indiana

Valparaiso University Career & Graduate School Fair
Friday, October 17, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Harre Union, Ballroom
1509 Chapel Drive
Valparaiso, IN

Maryland

University of Maryland Law School Fair 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, Stamp Student Union
College Park, MD

University of Baltimore
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
University of Baltimore School of Law
John and Frances Angelos Law Center
1401 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD

New York

John Jay College of Criminal Justice Graduate and Professional School Admission Fair
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019

LSAC New York, NY Forum
Friday, October 17, 2014 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 18, 2014 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Hilton New York
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019

Pennsylvania

2014 Philadelphia Law School Fair
Wednesday, October 15, 2014,
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Drexel University Armory
25 N. 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Scenes from the road..

University of Rochester May Room

University of Rochester May Room

University at Albany Law School Fair

University at Albany Law School Fair

After a long week of travel nothing beats home sweet Chicago @ Heritage Coffee  on Lincoln Ave

After a long week of travel nothing beats home sweet Chicago @ Heritage Coffee on Lincoln Ave

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