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Centennial Honors College Pre-Law Symposium Oct. 8 at WIU

September 30, 2019

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MACOMB, IL – The Centennial Honors College at Western Illinois University will host its 18th annual Pre-Law Symposium from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 in the University Union's Brattain Lounge.

The event is open free to the WIU community, and students interested in the study of law are encouraged to attend.

"This promises to be one of the best pre-law programs in the entire Midwestern region," said Centennial Honors College Dean Rick Hardy. "Our program includes an array of law school recruiters, current law students, and WIU legal alumni. We are especially pleased to have Senator Kirk Dillard, a renowned attorney and states person, as our keynote speaker."

The event opens at 5 p.m. with an informational reception and table fair. Students can meet the Centennial Honors College faculty and staff and discuss law school options with deans, admissions officers and representatives from regional law schools, including Chicago- Kent College of Law; DePaul University College of Law; Drake University Law School; Loyola University Chicago School of Law; Marquette University Law School; Mitchell-Hamline School of Law; Northern Illinois University College of Law; Saint Louis University School of Law; Southern Illinois University School of Law; UIC John Marshall Law School; University of Illinois College of Law; University of Iowa College of Law; University of Missouri School of Law; University of Saint Thomas School of Law-Minneapolis; University of Wisconsin Law School; and Washington University School of Law.

Opening remarks will begin at 5:45 p.m. and include comments from Dean Hardy.

The 6 p.m. keynote speech, "Your Career in Law Starts as a Leatherneck," will be delivered by WIU alumnus Senator Kirk Dillard. He is an award-winning attorney and current chair of the Regional Transportation Authority for Northeastern Illinois.

Following Dillards' speech, an all-Western panel discussion will be held, moderated by WIU General Counsel and alumna Liz Duvall.

The event will also include a table fair with information available about WIU's Phi Alpha Delta National Pre-Law Honorary, WIU's Mock Trial Team and a chance to network with WIU graduates who have earned law degrees and current pre-law students.

The Centennial Honors College Pre-Law Symposium is sponsored by Matt Bills, WIU alumnus at attorney at law; the McDonough County Bar Association; the WIU Foundation Office; the WIU College of Arts and Sciences; the WIU College of Business and Technology; the WIU College of Education and Human Services; the WIU School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration; the WIU departments of history and political science and the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law fraternity.

For more information about the Pre-Law Symposium, call the Centennial Honors College at (309) 298-2228.

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