Points of Pride - School of Law

  • For a fourth consecutive year in 2017, the SIU School of Law was recognized by “National Jurist” magazine as a “Best School for Practical Training.”
  • The SIU School of Law is the first Illinois law school to create a pro bono requirement.  Students must complete 35 hours of approved pro bono work prior to graduation. The work must be law related, uncompensated, supervised by an attorney, and not for academic credit.
  • The school was recognized as a National Jurist magazine’s “Best Value Law School for 2015.”
  • More than 100 law school alumni serve or have served in the judiciary. In July 2014, Nancy Rosenstengel, a 1993 SIU School of Law graduate, became the first female U.S. District Court judge for the Southern District of Illinois. 
  • The nationally recognized Lawyering Skills program engages students in a critical understanding of the different models of lawyering and legal practice, as well as professionalism and the ethical practice of law. 
  • In 42 years, dating back to the inaugural graduating class in 1976, the SIU School of Law has produced more than 4,300 alumni.
  • Legal clinics offer students the opportunity to work closely with clinical faculty while representing clients living in Southern Illinois in a variety of cases. The clinics include the civil practice/elderly clinic, domestic violence clinic, and juvenile justice clinic.
  • The SIU School of Law was the first law school in the nation to create and house a Self-Help Legal Center.
  • Legal globalization courses give students the opportunity to learn – in class and through study abroad – about the legal systems and cultures of other countries including Germany, Australia, Cuba, South Africa, and Botswana.