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The SIU School of Law offers a comprehensive program of legal education. Our small size means that our students have access to faculty who are experts in a number of subject areas. We offer a number of concurrent degree programs where students may earn another graduate degree along with their JD. In addition, there are opportunities through clinics, externships, co-curricular activities, and pro-bono experiences to gain hands-on experience to enhance the skills that they will need in the practice of law.

School of Law programs

JD Program

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. Students who enroll in two continuous summer sessions may be eligible to graduate in two and one-half years. 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.

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Concurrent Degree Programs

Students begin a concurrent degree program upon the successful completion of their first year of law school. Admission to a concurrent degree program is subject to the approval of the Associate Dean of the School of Law and the program representative in the non-law department. Students must gain admission to both programs.

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3+3 Programs

Earn a bachelor's and a law degree in just 6 years at these partner institutions:

  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Governor's State University
  • Tougaloo College

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