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About SIU Law

Mission Statement

A legal education at Southern Illinois University School of Law is shaped by what we value: students, teaching, scholarship, service, and community. We provide a rigorous, high-value legal education that prepares our students for the challenges of a twenty-first century legal career. Our curriculum equips students for a career in any environment—from a legal aid office to a large urban law firm, from a corporate board room to a government agency—and our low tuition rates free them to go wherever their dreams might take them. Read more about our Mission here

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Fall 2011 SIU Lawyer Magazine


About the Lesar Law Building

In 1972, Hiram H. Lesar, then dean of the law school at Washington University in St. Louis, was hired to be the first dean for SIU School of Law. Among his first duties was the task of building a law school. The present building was planned in the mid-1970s and completed and occupied in the summer of 1981. Between 1973 and 1981 the school was housed in two remodeled buildings in the University’s “Small Group Housing” area at the southwest corner of the campus, just south of the current building. Read more about the Lesar Law Building here


Southern Illinois University School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association
and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

Association of American Law Schools
1201 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Suite 800
Washington D.C. 20036-2717
(202) 296-8851

Office of the Consultant on Legal Education Section of Legal Education
and Admissions to the Bar

American Bar Association
321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60610

Phone: (312) 988-6738