Southern Illinois University School of Law

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

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Suggested Courses*

Administrative Law
Advanced Appellate Advocacy
Advanced Torts
Advanced Trial Advocacy
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Civil Procedure I & II
Conflict of Laws
Client Interviewing and Counseling
Criminal Procedure: Pre-Trial
Criminal Procedure: Post Investigations
Federal Courts
Lawyering Skills I & II
Pre-Trial Advocacy
Trial Advocacy

*for course descriptions, click here


Cheryl Anderson, Professor of Law

Christopher Behan, Associate Professor of Law

Valery C. Behan, Adjunct Professor

Mark Brittingham, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law

Keith H. Beyler, Professor of Law

John Erbes, Director of Clinical and Experiential Education and Assistant Professor of Law

Jeffrey M. Feltman, Adjunct Professor

James Hopkins, Adjunct Professor

Mike Koehler, Assistant Professor of Law

Sue Liemer, Professor of Law and Director of Lawyering Skills

Melissa J. Marlow, Clinical Professor of Law

Valerie Munson, Clinical Assistant Professor

Andrew M. Pardieck, Assistant Professor of Law

William A. Schroeder, Professor of Law

Sarah Taylor, Adjunct Professor


Special Programs

Skills Competitions

The SIU School of Law is highly respected for its moot court programs and skills competitions. All first-year students participate in legal argumentation as part of their Lawyering Skills class. Upper class students participate in advanced moot court competitions after being selected in an intra-school competition. Our numerous advanced moot court teams cover a breadth of substantive legal areas ranging from environmental law to health law international law. A large number of students participate each year in extensive moot court, trial advocacy, negotiation and client counseling competitions.

Clinic Programs

The SIU School of Law offers students a wide range of opportunities to help actual clients with real problems under the supervision of either a clinical faculty member or an attorney from the community including the: the Civil Practice (Elderly) Clinic, the Public Interest Externship Program, the Domestic Violence Clinic, and the Self Help Legal Center. For more information about skills based learning, contact the Office of Admissions.

Criminal Trial Practice Semester in Practice Program

Students work with a variety of public sites involved with criminal prosecution or defense, such as the Missouri Public Defender's Office at sites in southeast Missouri and the Cook County (Illinois) State's Attorney Office in Chicago. Participating students can earn as many as 9 credit hours for the externship, as well as additional credits earned through classroom or distance education courses. For more information, click here.