Future Students | School of Law | SIU

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Future Students | School of Law | SIU

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Future Students

SIU prides itself on being a collaborative, tight-knit community that allows you to thrive. Through relationships, experiences, and connections, the School of Law opens doors so you can navigate a career on your terms. 

Unparalleled Value

SIU School of Law offers a tuition rate that is among the lowest in the country. Plus, most out-of-state residents obtain in-state residency after they have been Illinois residents for six consecutive months. Our graduates typically have a debt load below the national law school average. That means you have more freedom to chart your own career path. Cost and Aid

Distinguished Faculty

Members of SIU Law faculty include scholars nationally recognized in their fields. Our faculty has established strong relationships and deep connections to the legal profession that they’re willing to share with students. Our professors are known not only for their legal scholarship, but also for their love for and commitment to excellent teaching. Meet our faculty

Experiential Learning

An esteemed Lawyering Skills Program and the ABA Gambrell Award–winning Professionalism Program bridge the gap between theory and practice. They also prepare graduates to function effectively as professionals. Both programs are incorporated into the first-year curriculum as part of our effort to begin practice-ready instruction on day one and continue it as you progress through law school. Discover more about the Field Experiences that our students take advantage of after their first year.

Accomplished Alumni

Our powerful alumni network is a great tool that assists current students and recent graduates in a variety of ways, including externships and employment opportunities in both the public and private sectors. Alumni practice law in 49 of the 50 states and internationally in more than 10 countries. More than 80 alumni have held federal and state judgeships. Get inspired with a few success stories.

Diverse Community

Carbondale is a picturesque setting and classic university town. Its population of 47,000 includes approximately 20,000 university students of diverse ethnic and social backgrounds. Living in a city with a major research-level institution has advantages, such as an array of cultural, social, and athletic events held throughout the year. 

Why SIU Law?

Beyond SIU’s essential resources to help you develop intellectually and professionally, consider these five reasons to apply now to SIU Law.