Southern Illinois University School of Law

Beyond the SIU School of Law’s mission to help you develop intellectually and professionally, here are five reasons to apply to SIU Law.


We offer the Juris Doctor Program, plus innovative joint degree programs that give you a distinct edge in the competitive legal marketplace. Our “small by design” program emphasizes practical, individualized legal preparation that begins the first year. Our supportive Academic Success Program and assistance from Career Services helps you determine your goals.


Our location and strong regional ties allow you to work directly with clients in practice areas that matter most to you. Our location provides some of the best opportunities to complement our practice-ready curriculum. SIU School of Law is one of the few schools in the country to guarantee its students an opportunity to participate in a legal clinic or field placement experience where they explore a variety of practice environments.


As the only public law school in the southern Illinois region, SIU Law is committed to affordability by offering a one-rate tuition for all domestic students. This means all domestic students, regardless of their residency, pay the same tuition rate! When combined with the affordable cost of living in scenic Southern Illinois, our graduates have a debt load below the national law school average. That means students have more freedom to chart their own career path.


Our alumni network is a great tool that assists current students and recent graduates in a variety of ways including mentoring, externships, and employment opportunities in all sectors of the legal market. Alumni practice law in 46 of the 50 states and internationally in 9 countries. More than 150 alumni have held federal and state judgeships.


SIU Carbondale is a doctoral research university enrolling students from all 50 states and approximately 100 countries. The School of Law is part of the Southern Illinois University system, with a tradition of over 150-year history of educational excellence, serving a diverse, multicultural student body. Points of Pride.