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University of Illinois College of Law

With the significant resources of a major research university, the expertise of world-renowned faculty members, and a variety of special program opportunities, academics at the University of Illinois College of Law are first-rate. Complementing the breadth of courses is an array of opportunities for active learning, both in the classroom and beyond. The Study Abroad Program offers valuable experiences at numerous universities, including those with whom the College maintains formal exchange agreements: in Argentina, Belgium, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Portugal, and Singapore. Our ongoing commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence assures College of Law graduates of their education's value in the greater legal community, across the country, and around the globe.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 627
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 158 - 165
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.23 - 3.73
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 88.28%
In State Tuition $38,497
Out of State Tuition $45,917

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Overview

About University of Illinois College of Law

With the significant resources of a major research university, the expertise of world-renowned faculty members, and a variety of special program opportunities, academics at the University of Illinois College of Law are first-rate. Complementing the breadth of courses is an array of opportunities for active learning, both in the classroom and beyond. The Study Abroad Program offers valuable experiences at numerous universities, including those with whom the College maintains formal exchange agreements: in Argentina, Belgium, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Portugal, and Singapore. Our ongoing commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence assures College of Law graduates of their education's value in the greater legal community, across the country, and around the globe.

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“You’ll definitely get the bang for your buck” at the University of Illinois College of Law, “a jewel amid the cornfields [that boasts] the best mix of academic excellence, social interaction, and human decency for the best price available.” Tuition is especially afford­able for in-state students. The “tireless [administration] is also very accessible” and extraordinarily popular among students. “The new dean is extremely supportive of the students and does a wonderful job of building community.”Students at the U of I tell us emphatically that “the faculty is the school’s greatest strength.” The “tough but not unreasonable” professors are “prolific writers [who are] clearly brilliant and accomplished.” Students say the professors “are, for the most part fantastic, both in and out of the classroom [and] always able to clarify concepts that are confusing. More significant, they are completely available [and] genuinely interested in teaching and working with students.” The professors make an effort to be reached in that they “have open-door policies and are available for discussions with students about class, a job, or just life in general.” Students also note that the school “employs a nice mix of tenured and adjunct faculty, which makes for a perfect balance of legal theory and real-world experience. The primary complaint that students have with regard to the faculty is “keeping the good professors around. “One student explains, “There’s not much reason for them to stay in central Illinois. The school really needs to make an effort to not let the good ones get away.”Graduates enjoy “a great employment rate” thanks to an aggressive Office of Career Planning and Professional Development. As one transfer student attests, “I’m in a unique position in that I’ve seen how two different law schools operate. I was blown away by the quality of the Career Services Department at the University of Illinois. The adminis­tration goes to great lengths to make sure that not only do all University of Illinois College of Law graduates get jobs, but that they get the jobs they want.” “If you do well here, nothing in Chicago will be off limits.” However, students complain that the college “needs to broaden its resources [and] expand beyond the Midwestern market.” Until that happens, “It is difficult to get much traction” on either coast “when searching for jobs in Champaign.”The facilities at the U of I “are good” in that large chunks “are wired,” and the research resources of the library are as abundant as you’ll find anywhere. Overall, though, the “rather Spartan [College of Law] could use some serious help.” Suffice it to say, the “incredibly ugly and cheap-looking [building] does not give anyone goose bumps for the grand study of the law.” One student writes, “There are no windows in any of the rooms.” It’s like going to school in a casino.” Students note, “Sometimes seats are scarce [in the] crowded” classrooms, as well as in the “cramped” library, though now that the school has reduced the size of the incoming class, this should help to alleviate the prob­lem. Also, wear layers because “There also seems to be a bit of a temperature control problem” no matter what the season.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 229

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: 0

Description: An advanced, professional study of legal systems and philosophies in comparative perspective.

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.

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 106
Full-Time Faculty 51
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 10
Part-Time Faculty 45
Faculty Gender 58% Male
41% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 12 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 57% Male
43% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 58%
Multi-racial 2%
International 5%
Hispanic/Latino 11%
Ethnicity Unknown 6%
Black or African American 9%
Asian 9%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $38,497 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $38,497 $38,497

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $45,917 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $45,917 $45,917

Financial Aid

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision:

Incoming Class

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

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 158 - 165
LSAT Total 158 - 165

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

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.23 - 3.73
Total 3.23 - 3.73

Admission Considerations

Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Recommendations

Admission Requirements

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

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

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 72%
First Time Pass Rate 88%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 87%
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 33 19%
Firm Sized 11-25 11 6%
Firm Sized 26-50 7 6%
Firm Sized 51-100 6 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 7 4%
Firm Sized 251-500 8 5%
Firm Sized 501+ 32 18%
Business Industry 20 12%
Government 14 8%
Public Interest 16 9%
Federal Clerkship 5 3%
State Clerkship 4 2%
Academia 9 5%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 7 3%
Unemployed, Seeking 22 10%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 5 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
TX 4%
CA 9%
IL 64%
International 1%

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