Centennial Honors College

14th Pre-Law Symposium | February 16th, 5 PM | Lamoine Room, Union

President Thomas and Future Law Students
Table fair at Pre-Law Symposium
Rick Hardy and Panel at Pre-Law Symposium

Sponsored and organized by the Centennial Honors College, the Fourteenth Annual Pre-Law Symposium provides an excellent opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to learn about law school while being introduced to important legal issues by current law students who are WIU alumni and practicing law professionals.

Monday, February 16th, Lamoine Room
5-6 PM | Law School Table Fair
5:45 | Opening Remarks by President Jack Thomas
6:00 | Keynote Speaker, Heather Wier-Vaught
6:20 | Distinguished Alumni Panel

Flyer for Pre-Law Symposium This year's keynote speaker is Heather Wier-Vaught, a 1998 WIU graduate with degrees in LEJA and Sociology. Wier-Vaught received her law degree from Northern Illinois University and currently serves as counsel to Illinois Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan. She is also the parliamentarian for the Illinois House of Representatives and is the ethics officer for the House Democratic Caucus. The title of her speech is “10 Things I Wish I had Known Before Law School.”

The event begins with a table fair at 5 PM and welcome by WIU President Jack Thomas and the Centennial Honors College at 6 PM. Recruiters will also be available from the following law schools:

  • Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School
  • Chicago Kent School of Law
  • Creighton University School of Law
  • DePaul University School of Law
  • Drake University School of Law
  • Hamline University College of Law
  • Indiana Tech Law School
  • Loyola University College of Law
  • John Marshall School of Law
  • Marquette University College of Law
  • Northern Illinois University School of Law
  • Saint Louis University Law School
  • Samuel P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University
  • Savannah Law School
  • Southern Illinois University School of Law
  • University of Illinois School of Law
  • University of Iowa College of Law
  • University of Minnesota Law School
  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
  • University of Wisconsin School of Law
  • Valparaiso University Law School
  • Washington University (St. Louis) College of Law
  • William Mitchell College of Law

Pre-law advisers from WIU's Honors College, School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA) and the departments of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies and Political Science will also be available at the event.

The symposium will also include a panel discussion made up of WIU alumni:

  • Moderator Rica Calhoun  – WIU Interim Associate Vice President for Student Affairs J.D., College of William and Mary School of Law
  • Brett Furmanski – WIU, Philosophy and LEJA, 2014, 1L, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University
  • Samantha Morrow – WIU, History, 2014, 1L, John Marshall School of Law
  • Arsenio Mims – WIU, Political Science, 2011, J.D., University of Missouri School of Law
  • Jim D. Lucie – WIU, Agricultural Economic, 1965, J.D., University of Illinois School of Law

Event sponsors include: Mr. Matt Bills, WIU Alumnus and Attorney at Law; WIU School of Law Enforcement & Justice Administration; McDonough County Bar Association; and the WIU Departments of History, Philosophy & Religious Studies, Political Science, and Sociology & Anthropology 

The event is open and free to the WIU community. Students interested in the study of law and those in classes addressing legal and ethical issues are encouraged to attend.

If you would like to know more, please stop by the Honors College or call at 309-298-2228.