SIU Law 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.
Affordable Quality - #16 out of 193 law schools for average debt incurred at graduation per U.S. News and World Report
Serving the Public Good - 170+ local, state, and federal alumni judges
Small Town Charm, Big City Diversity - Just hours from the major midwest cities of Chicago, St. Louis, Nashville, and Memphis, and easily accessible by airports, railways, and interstate highways.
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. 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.
SIU LAW ALUMNI
Since the first class graduated in 1976, the number of SIU School of Law graduates has grown to more than 4,600. Our alumni network is a great tool that assists current students and recent graduates in a variety of ways, including mentoring, externships, and employment opportunities in all sectors of the legal market. Alumni practice law in 46 of the 50 states and internationally in 9 countries. Join the Experience »
ANGELA UPCHURCH, PROFESSOR OF LAW
Professor Angela Upchurch’s recent research has reflected on the lessons that can be learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. Her upcoming article examines how family courts across the country resolved contested custody modification proceedings during the pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic also impacted legal education. Professor Upchurch presented some of the classroom strategies she employed during the pandemic to a national audience of legal educators at the AALS Section on Technology, Law, and Legal Education Webinar Series.
We are recognizing our past and applauding our present and future. View details for our 50th anniversary celebration.
SIU Law’s Elder Law Clinic Wins Governor’s Engaging Aging Award
Making the case: SIU Law students get real-life experience in Metro East Criminal Justice Clinic
Environmental and Civil Justice Attorney Jan Schlichtmann to present SIU Lesar Lecture
Serving residents in southern Illinois, our legal offices offer students the opportunity to work closely with clinical faculty while representing clients in a variety of cases.
Civil Practice / Elderly
Veteran's Legal Assitance Program Clinic