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Degree Programs | School of Law | SIU

Degree Programs

JD Program

The Juris Doctor (JD) degree is a post-baccalaureate program designed for those who wish to practice law. Traditionally, the 90-credit hour program takes three years to complete. Students who enroll in two continuous summer sessions may be eligible to graduate in two and one-half years. This program is a full-time, day-time program with fall admission only. This program is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

MLS Program

The Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree is a post-baccalaureate degree designed for those who wish to obtain an advanced knowledge of the law and the U.S. legal system but do not wish to become lawyers. The School of Law offers the MLS degree in two forms: a general MLS with a custom-designed curriculum and a specialized MLS in Health Law and Policy.

LLM Program

The Master of Laws (LLM) degree is recognized in legal education as the first advanced degree beyond the Juris Doctor (JD). The School of Law offers the LLM degree in two forms: a general LLM with a custom-designed curriculum and a specialized LLM in Health Law and Policy.

Joint Degree Programs

Students begin a joint degree program upon the successful completion of their first year of law school. Admission to a joint degree program is subject to the approval of the Associate Dean of the School of Law and the program representative in the non-law department. Students must gain admission to both programs.

Specializations

Students enrolled in the JD Program can pursue a specially designed course of study in a particular area of law practice specialization.  Students who successfully complete the requirements of a specialization earn a transcript notation and certificate acknowledging their completion.