Points of Pride - School of Law

  • For a fifth consecutive year in 2018, the SIU School of Law was recognized by “National Jurist” magazine as a “Best School for Practical Training.”
  • 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, juvenile justice clinic, and veterans’ legal assistance program.
  • 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 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 2018, the SIU School of Law introduced the Academic Honors Program for high-achieving incoming students. The program features a capstone project during students’ third year of law school.
  • 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.
  • 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.