Pre-Law Advisor - Campus Center for Advising and Academic Services (139050)
Campus Center for Advising and Academic Services
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has an opening for a Pre-Law Advisor in the Center for Advising & Academic Services. This is a 65% part-time, benefits-eligible Academic Professional position. Please follow this link to learn more about part-time benefits and premiums. Salary is commensurate with experience and the start date will be as soon as possible after the close of the search.
The Pre-Law Advisor will provide holistic pre-law services to undergraduate students of all majors who are exploring or pursuing a postgraduate legal education. In addition, the Pre-Law Advisor will create and present workshops, contribute to the Pre-Law Advising Services mission by expanding experiential learning opportunities as well as create and deliver educational materials for pre-law students.
The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
- Advise and educate pre-law student regarding the following:
- choices for course/major selection;
- preparation for legal education;
- extracurricular activities for building a strong law school candidacy;
- preparing for application to law school including assisting to:
- plan and prepare for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
- navigate the Law School Admission Council application process
- develop application strategies
- manage law school selection process
- preparation and critique of application materials including personal statements, resumes, and letters of recommendation.
Create and facilitate information, resources, and programming for pre-law students including:
- newsletters, workshops, handouts, and other materials related to a variety of pre-law topics such as exploring legal careers, application requirements and resources, application timelines, and financing law school;
- creating content for social media and other online platforms including; Facebook, Compass, website, blog, and Twitter;
- preparing and presenting programs to undergraduate students related to pre-law topics;
- developing interactive and networking opportunities with legal professionals and alumni by facilitating programs involving: networking with community legal professionals, job shadowing, and externship opportunities.
- meeting with law school admissions professionals and share knowledge of law schools, including programmatic offerings, job placement data, clinic opportunities, etc;
- meeting with members of the UIUC campus community, including academic advisors and academic program leaders to keep apprised of updates to curriculum and experiential offerings through academic units;
- assisting with office-wide strategic planning.
Required education, experience, and qualifications:
- Master's degree.
- Experience advising or working in higher education or related setting.
- A minimum of one year of professional experience advising undergraduate students.
Preferred education, experience, and qualifications:
- JD degree
- Experience practicing law.
Successful candidates will have:
- General proficiency in PowerPoint, Word, Adobe, and Excel.
- Proficiency in social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter.
- Familiarity with virtual meeting platforms, including Zoom.
- A general understanding of the law school application process, qualities, and credentials necessary to attend law school, and the legal profession is preferred.
- Specific knowledge of Law School Admission Council policies and procedures is preferred.
- Knowledge of the legal job market and law school financial aid procedures is preferred.
- Knowledge of international legal admission processes and the University of Illinois policies and procedures (such as the Student Code) is preferred.
For full consideration, materials should be received by December 1, 2020. Application materials should include a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, names, and contact information for three references, including email and telephone numbers. Candidates may create a profile through https//jobs.illinois.edu. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Jennifer Steiling at [email protected]
Initial screening of applications will begin immediately, and interviews may be conducted prior to the close of the search. However, no hiring decision will be made until after the close of the search.
The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.
The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.