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Southern Illinois University



Future Students

Beyond the SIU School of Law’s mission to help you develop intellectually and professionally, here are five reasons to apply to SIU Law.


We offer the Juris Doctor Program, plus innovative joint degree programs that give you a distinct edge in the competitive legal marketplace. Our “small by design” program emphasizes practical, individualized legal preparation that begins the first year. Our supportive Academic Success Program and assistance from Career Services helps you determine your goals.


Our location and strong regional ties allow you to work directly with clients in practice areas that matter most to you. Our location provides some of the best opportunities to complement our practice-ready curriculum. SIU School of Law is one of the few schools in the country to guarantee its students an opportunity to participate in a legal clinic or field placement experience where they explore a variety of practice environments.


SIU School of Law, the only public law school in the southern region, offers a tuition rate that is among the lowest in the country. In addition, over 90% of our students are awarded a scholarship at time of admission.

Not from Illinois? Non-residents will receive a tuition scholarship to offset the out-of-state tuition difference.

Combined with the affordable cost of living in scenic Southern Illinois, our graduates have a debt load below the national law school average. That means students have more freedom to chart their own career path. Cost and Aid.


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 48 of the 50 states and internationally in more than 10 countries. More than 150 alumni have held federal and state judgeships. Get inspired with a few success stories.


SIU Carbondale is a doctoral research university enrolling students from all 50 states and approximately 100 countries. The School of Law is part of the Southern Illinois University system, with a tradition of over 150-year history of educational excellence, serving a diverse, multicultural student body. Points of Pride.