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Lawyering Skills

Because the law is changing rapidly, and because the evidence is that the majority of lawyers will change jobs and career emphases over time, today's law student needs both the skills and the knowledge necessary for lifelong learning and professional development. SIU was at the forefront of standard-setting and forward-looking law schools which train students in a wide range of skills required for legal practice. Read more about our Lawyering Skills Program.



Professional role of a lawyer in society. Students engage in direct contact and represent clients under the supervision of a clinical faculty member. Read more about our Civil Practice/Elder Law, Domestic Violence, and Juvenile Justice Clinics.



Students may enroll in the Public Interest Extern Clinic and work in a publicly funded law office which provides public service type legal assistance, or in a non-profit organization which has in-house counsel, or in a federal, state or local agency which has attorneys on their staff. Students who wish to clerk for state or federal judges can enroll in the Judicial Extern Clinic.  Read more about Externship opportunities.


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Writing Across the Curriculum

The School of Law is at the forefront of legal education in providing a strong Writing Across the Curriculum program.  Lawyers in every type of law practice must express their legal analysis in a wide variety of written forms.  Our students acquire strong legal writing skills by practicing those skills in every course in the law school and receiving substantial constructive critiques of their work.  Read more about  Writing Across the Curriculum.


Professional Development Program

The Professional Development Program introduces first-year students to the legal profession and its core values. Future lawyers and those who plan to use their legal education in other fields must develop the traits of professionals. From day one, SIU School of Law helps prepare students to become those professionals. Through a series of workshops and other activities, students learn about the legal profession and their responsibilities. Read more about Professional Development


Moot Court

SIU School of Law is highly regarded for our excellent moot court program.  All first-year students participate in an oral advocacy intra-school competition as part of their Lawyering Skills class.  Second and third-year students can compete nationally in either the Appellate Advocacy division or Trial Advocacy division.  Read more about the Moot Court Program.


Semester-in-Practice Program

The Semester-in-Practice Program allow students to study away from the law school in Carbondale while earning a full semester’s credit. The program combines a substantial externship and courses related to one of three fields of study.  The Law and Government Program allows students to study in Springfield, Illinois, (the state capital) with a focus on state and local governments. The Health Law & Policy Program also allows students to study in Springfield, Illinois, with a focus on health law and policy. The Criminal Trial Practice Program focuses on criminal law and allows students the opportunity to work in placements in southeast Missouri and Chicago, Illinois. Read more about the Semester -in-Practice Program.


Women in Leadership

The Women in Leadership program seeks to help students build their own leadership skills while learning about the challenges that women face as leaders with the legal profession.  The program currently consists of two courses:  a one-credit introductory workshop on leadership issues, and a two-credit, semester-long course.  Read more about the Women in Leadership Program.




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Law Journal

It is the goal of the Southern Illinois University Law Journal to produce scholarly publications of the highest quality attainable. It is the belief of this Journal that all members of society hold the potential for contributing to this goal. Read more about the Law Journal