SIUE University Honors Program students guaranteed admission to the SIU School of Law

February 07, 2020 , John McGowan

Students in the University Honors Program at SIUE who graduate with any bachelor’s degree are now guaranteed admission to SIUC’s School of Law, as long as they maintain GPA and curriculum requirements. 

The program is available now for the classes of 2021 and beyond. To be eligible for the program, an honors student must maintain a 3.2 GPA, complete the 19-hour honors curriculum and service requirements, complete 15 hours of honors pre-law program courses, score in the 85th percentile on the ACT or SAT and take the LSAT. 

Students can still apply to other law schools while participating in the program, and there is no penalty if students decide they are no longer interested in legal education. 

Cindy Galway Buys, the interim dean of the SIU School of Law, said the undergraduate honors pre-law program started about four or five years ago at Carbondale, and conversations to make the option available to Edwardsville students started roughly three years ago.

“It’s been a long time but other than just, you know, the time involved it’s not been a problem at all. The folks here at Edwardsville have been wonderful to work with,” Buys said. 

Ian Toberman, assistant director for the university honors program, said SIUE’s inclusion in the program will benefit both schools. 

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