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Dean's Message


Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Southern Illinois University School of Law.  The decision to attend law school is an important one.  You are preparing to make a significant investment of your time, money, energy, and passion.  At SIU, we are prepared to help you make the most of that investment.  Let me tell you briefly about why I believe this is so, and then I invite you to learn more about our program by exploring our website.

First, SIU Law emphasizes excellence in academics.  You will learn from faculty members who are nationally recognized in their fields and who have earned prestigious honors for their teaching and scholarships.

Second, SIU Law will help you master legal skills as well as legal doctrine.  You will have opportunities to study abroad, to engage in interdisciplinary studies, to gain practical legal skills by working in our clinic or as an extern, and to participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular organizations, clubs, teams, and journals.

Third, SIU Law provides a rigorous legal education in a supportive environment.  We will challenge you and provide the tools and support that you need to meet and make the most of those challenges.  You will receive individual attention from professors and administrators who genuinely care about your success.  We have an exceptional student development system that includes nationally recognized programs in Lawyering Skills, Professionalism, and Academic Success.

Most importantly, SIU Law offers a community of students who have a desire to change their world.  I am truly inspired by the passion and determination with which our students embrace complex social, commercial and global challenges.  They come to us with these ambitions, and we give them the knowledge, skills and support to help turn their passions into actions.

I invite you to visit our law school, sit in on a class, meet our students and faculty, and explore for yourself the intellectually vibrant community that awaits you at Southern Illinois University School of Law.

With best regards,

Cynthia L. Fountaine
Dean and Professor of Law