Academic & Enrichment Opportunities
Practice what you’re learning
As a CPAA student, you will have many opportunities to apply the knowledge gained in the classroom to real world situations:
Model Illinois Government (MIG) gives students a chance to enact political roles. Students from about 30 colleges and universities around the state gather at the Illinois State Capitol to serve as legislators, staffers, lobbyists, journalists, and officials of the executive branch.
In the Model Illinois Government Moot Court Competition, a two-person team of students makes appellate arguments against another two-person team, before a panel of judges, based on an extensive fact pattern and numerous legal precedents.
Mock trial is an academic competition that provides students with the opportunity to hone valuable skills, including critical thinking, active listening, public speaking, and teamwork.
Undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students at UIS can participate in the Illinois Innocence Project, which is dedicated to freeing innocent men and women imprisoned in Illinois for crimes they did not commit.
The Model United Nations Club (MUN) is for students who attend the annual National Model UN Conference in New York each spring. At the conference students participate in a simulation of the United Nations Organization, where resolutions are discussed, debated, and voted upon by all countries represented in the council and committees.
The Green Projects Initiative allows UIS students, faculty, and staff to play a direct role in making our campus more environmentally sustainable.
The Therkildsen Field Station connects researchers and students of all ages to the Emiquon Preserve by supporting education and exploration of its complex wildlife and habitats.