Mission Statement | School of Law | SIU

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Southern Illinois University School of law is to:

• transform our students into the lawyers and community leaders of tomorrow, empowered with the knowledge and skills to improve the lives of their clients and communities

• offer an affordable program that fosters opportunities for students and promotes access to justice for the public

• serve the public good by producing innovative scholarship, providing legal services to the public, and contributing to the legal profession

• promote excellence, professionalism, cooperation, and collegiality within the law school community and the profession 

In support of this mission, the faculty have adopted the following educational objectives:

  • Provide students with competency in legal reasoning, research, and writing,  enabling them to become independent life-long learners;
  • Integrate theory and practice throughout the curriculum, and help students develop practice-ready skills appropriate to each stage in their legal education;
  • Foster the ethical and professional practice of law;
  • Provide a diverse educational environment where students are encouraged to examine their values and develop the ability to interact effectively with clients, other counsel, the judiciary, and others in a global society; and
  • Continually examine the effectiveness of the School of Law’s program of legal education and identify new ways to meet the needs of students in an evolving legal environment.