Academic & Professional Success
At the SIU School of Law we want you to succeed as a law student and as a lawyer. To assist you in developing the skills you need to succeed, we are in the forefront of law schools in offering a program from orientation through bar preparation. This includes a first year mentoring program, additional support to those who face challenges after the first semester, and opportunities to enhance students’ law school experiences through participation in moot court, law journal, clinics, and other forms of experiential learning. Read more about our Academic Success program Read more about Academic Success.
Employment & Career Services
The Office of Career Services assists students with employment opportunities at the law school and serves as a liaison between outside employers and students, providing services such as individual counseling, programming on topics such as interview preparation, job development and informational distribution including an online vacancy bulletin, full reciprocity services, and employer outreach and facilitation. The Office can also assist with Rule 711 Licensing, which allows qualifying students to provide representation under the supervision of a licensed Illinois attorney. Learn more about Employment & Career Services.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
Experiential education integrates theory and practice by combining academic inquiry with designed, managed and guided lawyering experiences. At the School of Law, we integrate experiential education into the curriculum by offering live-client clinics as well as other skills-based initiatives such as externships, a semester away program, pro bono provision of legal services, and practice simulation courses. Learn more about Experiential Learning Opportunities.
Campus and Community
Believe it or not there is more to life than contract and torts. Even if you disagree, you have to step away from studying the law at times to give your brain a chance to digest all the data you have already taken in. Find the time to get away for an hour or a few, to get to know your class mates in a different context, reconnect with your significant other or perhaps meet someone, or just get away by yourself. Whatever your reasons or tastes there are a number of options available to you on the SIUC campus, from bowling and billiards, to work out classes, movies, a walking and running trail around Campus Lake and nearby disc (Frisbee) golf course, intramural and Saluki team sports, the SIUC art museum, and even equipment for doing your own woodworking, ceramics and other crafts at very little cost. Step out into the surrounding area and discover a wealth of scenic country and opportunities for hiking, biking, running, and bird watching, small towns to explore, and more than a few orchards, wineries, and pubs in the area for those so inclined. Read more about Campus and Community
Student & Family Support Services
There is an extensive network of support services for students and their families here at SIU and in the surrounding community and it is important to be aware of that as a law student. It takes more than intelligence and hard work to succeed in law school. If you are not feeling well physically or emotionally, are experiencing relationship difficulties, are afraid for your personal safety or the safety of others you care about, or you need to arrange for child care or other services for your children if you are a parent as well as a student, it can make it more difficult for you to get all that you want to out of your law school experience. Read more about student and family support