SIU School of Law School meets important needs for region, beyond

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SIU School of Law School meets important needs for region, beyond

SIU School of Law School meets important needs for region, beyond

September 26, 2019, by Pete Rosenbery

When nationally recognized legal scholar Hiram H. Lesar came to Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1972 to piece together the beginnings of the SIU School of Law, a clear mission was improving the available legal services and attorney access in the region.

As 86 incoming first-year law school students settled in last month as part of the law school’s 47th graduating class in 2022, the original objective remains. But the law school’s trademark for experiential opportunities continues and its mission has expanded beyond the Southern Illinois region since the law school’s founding.

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