Southern Illinois University School of Law

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

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Admitted JD Students

New Student Orientation the week of August 12, 2013

Mark your calendars. Mandatory new student orientation.

Off-Campus/On-Campus Housing

Majority of our students elect to live off-campus in Carbondale or other surrounding communities such as Cambria, Carterville, Herrin, Murphysboro, Marion and Anna-Jonesboro. The Office of Admissions has compiled a list of off-campus property managers to assist in your search. Learn more about off-campus housing

Southern Illinois University operates five on-campus housing options for graduate/professional students. Learn more about University Housing

If you are seeking a roommate, please complete the Roommate Request Form.


The Office of Admissions utilizes The West Education Network (TWEN), a component of Westlaw, throughout the summer months to assist you in the transition to law school. In June, students who have paid their seat deposit will be given access to this site with information on course registration and reading in preparation for the fall semester. Learn more about TWEN

Laptop Recommendations

The law school does not require students to purchase a computer. However, if you are planning to use an existing computer or plan to purchase a new computer. Please read more about computer recommendations.

Campus and Community

Believe it or not there is more to life than contract and torts. Even if you disagree, you have to step away from studying the law at times to give your brain a chance to digest all the data you have already taken in. Find the time to get away for an hour or a few, to get to know your class mates in a different context, reconnect with your significant other or perhaps meet someone, or just get away by yourself. Whatever your reasons or tastes there are a number of options available to you on the SIUC campus, from bowling and billiards, to work out classes, movies, a walking and running trail around Campus Lake and nearby disc (Frisbee) golf course, intramural and Saluki team sports, the SIUC art museum, and even equipment for doing your own woodworking, ceramics and other crafts at very little cost. Step out into the surrounding area and discover a wealth of scenic country and opportunities for hiking, biking, running, and bird watching, small towns to explore, and more than a few orchards, wineries, and pubs in the area for those so inclined. Read more about Campus and Community

Student & Family Support Services

There is an extensive network of support services for students and their families here at SIU and in the surrounding community and it is important to be aware of that as a law student. It takes more than intelligence and hard work to succeed in law school. If you are not feeling well physically or emotionally, are experiencing relationship difficulties, are afraid for your personal safety or the safety of others you care about, or you need to arrange for child care or other services for your children if you are a parent as well as a student, it can make it more difficult for you to get all that you want to out of your law school experience. Read more about student and family support

Frequently Asked Questions

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