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Student and Family Support Services

The School of Law Office of Student Services provides services and support for students as they navigate their way through law school. We are committed to your success and well-being. Our office serves as the primary liaison between students and administration at SIU School of Law and the primary resource for information about student services.  We administer or provide access to programs and information concerning campus life, special academic programs, disabilities, student organizations and publications, personal problems, and community concerns.  

SIU Law Students


Academic and programmatic support services are available for students with either permanent or temporary disabilities through Disability Support Service. Admitted students with a disability who seek an accommodation from the School of Law should immediately contact DSS. More information here.


A representative body for all graduate and professional students that advocates student matters to the campus administration and the Board of Trustees. More information can be found here.


Issues concerning grades and other matters in the law school are governed by the School of Law Rules and School of Law Honor Code, as well as the SIU Student Conduct Code. The Assistant Dean for Student Services is your contact person in the law school for questions or concerns regarding personal issues or related matters.


Lawyer’s Assistance Project free and confidential services are available to law students: no issues too big or small, 100% confidential, 100% free, no questions asked. More information.


The campus library offers a wide range of services and provides access to I-Share, the statewide automated library system, and to a comprehensive array of databases and other electronic data files.


Don’t just be afraid, do something about it. Night Safety Transit is available for students to locations on campus and to and from your home if you live within the service area; Other safety resources are also available here and other personal safety services on campus can be found at the SIU Department of Public Safety website.


Facilitates and coordinates a university-wide program of care and support for students in distress. Saluki Cares offers students a supportive and encouraging partnership by linking them with the appropriate resources.


Mass transit system provides students, faculty, and staff reliable transportation around our region and community. More information can be found here.


Eating smart, getting enough rest and physical exercise, and taking other steps to manage your stress level is important while you are in law school. For assistance with stress management, nutrition, fitness, and other steps that you can take to maintain or develop a healthy lifestyle, visit the SIUC Wellness Center.


Comprehensive medical care services are available to you as a student at SIU, including preventive medicine, mental health counseling, physical therapy, eye care, emergency dental care, and a full-service pharmacy, all at the SIU Student Health Center. For emergency and after hour care, check out this resource, and this resource as well.


You can get “free” legal assistance with landlord-tenant issues, City of Carbondale traffic tickets and ordinance violations, credit matters, small claims, uncontested divorces without children, adoptions, and certain other matters as an SIU student at the SIU Students’ Legal Assistance Office. As a student you pay a $6 fee each semester that entitles you to these services and there is no additional charge for the legal services provided. Students are required to pay any court related costs though such as those required for filing court documents. For more information on the types of cases the office handles, see their services page.


A 214,000 square foot facility offering a wide variety of services including intramural sports, sports clubs, personal trainers, therapeutic massage and aquatics, along with instructional programs such as yoga and pilates, dance, boxing and martial arts. Outdoor adventures, such as scuba diving, camping an boating packages are also available. More information can be found here.


Committed to making the transition of veterans from the military to SIU Carbondale a seamless process including assistance with Veterans Administration Educational Benefits. More information can be found here.


Offers three on-campus apartment areas for graduate and professional students. More information can be found here.


Committed to helping writers in any and all disciplines develop their ability to express their ideas and to analyze and evaluate their own writing more effectively and confidently. More information can be found here.


Child care services are available in the community for students with children, and additional family support services are available at the SIU Clinical Center, Psychological assessments are available: including learning disability and attention deficit disorder, Speech and language assessments (e.g., articulation, phonological development, voice, stuttering, receptive and expressive language, auditory processing, aphasia, cognitive-linguistic, oral-motor, swallowing) Intakes are conducted for all new clients seeking psychological services. Counseling/Treatment Interventions are also available: Speech & Language treatment (e.g., language, speech, sound production, stuttering, speech reading, aphasia rehabilitation, voice and aural rehabilitation), Individual and group counseling (including child, adolescent and adult), Family and couples counseling and Parent training.


The Meditation Room, located on the second floor of the School of Law Library – Room 270, is available to provide students with a relaxing spiritual environment. All students, from any cultural background, can use this space for prayer and quiet reflection.

As a courtesy to other students using this peaceful space, please respect these guidelines:

  • Please enter quietly
  • No consumption of food or drink while inside the Meditation Room
  • Electronic devices should be set to off or put on silent
  • Use personal earphones to listen to softly played music
  • Keep any conversation outside the Meditation Room