How to Apply
Southern Illinois University School of Law offers a full-time, day-time program with fall admission.
Consideration for Admission
Individuals who have completed a bachelor's degree or equivalent, from an accredited institution in the United States or abroad, by the first day of fall semester class (August), are eligible for admission to law school. There are no prerequisite courses or specific majors required for entry. Applicants from all disciplines and areas of study are admitted to the School of Law.
The School of Law Admissions Committee will conduct a holistic review of every application upon receipt of all required documents. Therefore, while GPA and LSAT are important factors in the admissions process, non-numeric factors are considered. Non-numeric factors include the personal statement, letters of recommendation, and work experience, community service, honors or awards reflected through a resume.
Applications for fall 2022 are available through the Law School Admission Council (lsac.org). The preferred application deadline is April 1, 2022; however, we will continue to accept applications until our class is full.
To be considered for admission as a first-year JD student, applicants must complete the necessary application requirements. See specific requirements for international, visiting, and transfer applicants here.
Below is an application checklist. An application will not be reviewed until all application materials have been received. Once a file is complete, please allow up to three weeks for a committee decision to be reached. All admission decisions are posted to the applicant’s online status checker. The Admissions Office will notify recommenders upon an applicant's acceptance to the School of Law.
- 2022 Application for Admission; available online at lsac.org.
- Personal Statement
- Current Resume
- LSAC Credential Assembly Service Report
takenwithin the past five years
- Transcripts from all institutions attended including graduate work, if applicable
- Two letters of recommendation
Qualifications for Admission to the Bar
In addition to a bar examination, there are