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Southern Illinois University School of Law

Southern Illinois University School of Law is a full-time, day-time program with admission always beginning in the fall. Acceptance of first-year applications is always discretionary. Southern Illinois University School of Law does not offer a part-time program.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 348
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 149 - 155
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.65 - 3.43
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 88.31%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 71.9%
In State Tuition $16,995
Out of State Tuition $38,567

Overview

Overview

About Southern Illinois University School of Law

Southern Illinois University School of Law is a full-time, day-time program with admission always beginning in the fall. Acceptance of first-year applications is always discretionary. Southern Illinois University School of Law does not offer a part-time program.

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At a GlanceSIU Law is an outstanding public law school that provides an optimal mix of theoretical and experiential educational opportunities in a student-centered environment. Students learn from faculty members who are nationally recognized in their fields and are engaged with the legal community on local, state, national, and international levels. An excellent student/faculty ratio (13:1) allows students to benefit from individualized attention from professors and administrators who genuinely care about their success.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 131

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 6

Description: An advanced, professional program of the U.S. legal system, Constitution law, and jurisprudence. Includes instruction in legal history, legal sociology, philosophy of law, Constitutional law, legal procedure, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MD- 6 years., JD/MBA-4 years., JD/MPA-4 years., JD/M.Acc.- 4 years; JD/MSW varies, JD/M.S.Ed. - varies; JD/MD E CE

Specialty Law Programs

  • International
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 37
Full-Time Faculty 24
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 6
Part-Time Faculty 7
Faculty Gender 43% Male
56% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 12 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 63% Male
37% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 88%
Multi-racial 6%
Hispanic/Latino 1%
Ethnicity Unknown 1%
Black or African American 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $16,995 Same as On-Campus
Housing $12,158 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $29,153 $16,995

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $38,567 Same as On-Campus
Housing $12,158 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $50,725 $38,567

Financial Aid

91% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$43,806 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 1

Average Age Admitted: 26

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

Southern Illinois University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 149 - 155
LSAT Total 149 - 155

Southern Illinois University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.65 - 3.43
Total 2.65 - 3.43

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency, Work Experience

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

#110 National Universities Top Public Rankings
#194 National Universities
#204 National Universities High School Counselor Rankings

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 72%
First Time Pass Rate 88%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 89%

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 72%
Average Starting Salary $45,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 40 43%
Firm Sized 11-25 5 5%
Firm Sized 26-50 1 5%
Firm Sized 51-100 3 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 2 2%
Business Industry 9 10%
Government 10 11%
Public Interest 5 5%
Federal Clerkship 1 1%
State Clerkship 1 1%
Academia 4 4%
Unknown Employer Type 1 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 6 5%
Unemployed, Seeking 16 12%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 2 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
KY 4%
MO 8%
IL 71%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Southern Illinois University School of Law include:

  • Hon. David R. Herndon - U.S. District Court Chief Judge, So. Dist. of IL
  • Hon. Leslie J. Gerbracht - District Court Judge, Las Animas County Court, Colorado
  • Hon. William E. Holdridge - Illinois Appellate Court, 3rd District
  • Karen Kendall - Partner, Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen
  • William Enyart - U.S. Congressman, 12th District of Illinois

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