How to Get In: University of Illinois College of Law

What can you do to set yourself apart in your application? Admissions officials have the answers.

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8. Which firms/organizations recruit heavily from your school? Which ones hire the highest percentage of your graduates?

Students at the University of Illinois College of Law are recruited by a range of employers, including AmLaw 250 firms, federal and state government, and public interest organizations. Our students have the opportunity to interview with law firms from every major American city in on-campus interviews, at any of more than 20 off-campus recruitment programs, and, increasingly, through the use of state-of-the-art teleconferencing technology. In the past five years, we have placed substantial numbers of graduates at the following law firms: Baker & McKenzie; Covington & Burling; DLA Piper; Jenner & Block; Kirkland & Ellis; Mayer Brown; Shearman & Sterling; and Sidley Austin. Graduates of the College have served in a number of prestigious clerkships, including on the U.S. Supreme Court, various U.S. Courts of Appeals, numerous U.S. District Courts, and a variety of state supreme courts. Illinois alums have been successful in competing for coveted positions through the Federal Government Honors Programs with the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the IRS. The College also prides itself on the Illinois Public Interest Fellowship, placing students with statewide legal services agencies, and the Illinois Prosecutorial Fellows program, which provides young prosecutors with an opportunity to work with the State Appellate Prosecutor's office and States Attorney's office.

9. What are some of the most common mistakes that applicants make that hurt their chances of being accepted?

The most common mistake that an applicant can make is not paying attention to the details. The application to law school is the start of one's professional legal career and should be treated as such.

10. Can you describe the archetypal student for your school?

By reputation, our students are exceptionally bright, down to earth, ambitious, and resourceful. But there is no archetypical Illinois student. The most recently admitted class, the Class of 2012, includes CEOs and opera singers, poets and archaeologists, war heroes and three-sport varsity athletes, Girl Scout gold award recipients and Eagle Scouts, investigative reporters, Teach for America volunteers, and an anthropologist researching the medicinal use of plants consumed by lemurs in Madagascar. Not surprisingly, given these diverse talents, our graduates go on to distinguished careers in law, business, government, public service, and a variety of other fields.