Centennial Honors College

15th Annual Pre-Law Symposium | February 15th, 2016 from 5-7 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 Fifteenth 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.

 Schedule
Monday, February 15th, Lamoine Room
5-6 PM | Law School Table Fair
5:45 | Opening Remarks by President Jack Thomas
6:00 | Keynote Speaker, Ms. Margaret W. Wong
6:20 | Distinguished Alumni Panel
This year's keynote speaker is Ms. Margaret W. Wong, WIU, Biology and Chemistry, 1973, JD, University of Buffalo Law School, 1976, Attorney at Law, Cleveland, Ohio. 

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:

  • 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
  • John Marshall School of Law
  • Loyola University College of Law
  • Marquette University Law School
  • Northern Illinois University School of Law
  • Notre Dame Law School
  • 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 St. Thomas School of Law-Minneapolis
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • 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 General Counsel, J.D., College of William and Mary School of Law
  • Melanie Huettman – WIU, History, 2015, 1L, University of Iowa, College of Law
  • Nicholas Atwood – WIU, History, 2009, 2L, Northern Illinois University, College of Law
  • Christopher Solger – WIU, Political Science, 2011, 3L, Souther Illinois University, School of Law
  • Genc Arifi – WIU, Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, 2014, 3L, DePaul University, College of Law


Event sponsors include: Mr. Matt Bills, WIU Alumnus and Attorney at Law; the WIU Alumni Foundation; WIU School of Law Enforcement & Justice Administration; College of Arts and Sciences; McDonough County Bar Association; and the WIU Departments of History, Philosophy & Religious Studies, Political Science, Economics and Decision Sciences, 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.