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How to Apply

Southern Illinois University School of Law offers a full-time, day-time program with fall admission.

We are accepting June 2016 LSAT scores for fall 2016 admission. Applications are available through the Law School Admission Council.

To be considered for admission as a first-year JD applicant, applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution and complete the necessary application requirements. See specific requirements for international, visiting, and transfer applicants.

Consideration for Admission

Individuals who have completed a bachelor's degree or equivalent, from an accredited institution in the United States or abroad, by the first day of fall semester class (August 22, 2016), are eligible for admission to law school. There are no prerequisite courses or specific majors required for entry. Applicants from all disciplines and areas of study are admitted to the School of Law.

Application and Admissions Timeline

The School of Law Admissions Committee will conduct a holistic review of every application upon receipt of all required documents. Therefore, while GPA and LSAT are important factors in the admissions process, non-numeric factors are considered. Non-numeric factors include the personal statement, letters of recommendation, and work experience, community service, honors or awards reflected through a resume. We offer a rolling admissions process and we will accept scores from the June 13, 2016 LSAT administration.

  • Sept 1: Office of Admissions begins accepting applications for fall 2016 entry
  • Nov: Admissions Committee begins reviewing applicant files
  • Nov-Aug: Applicant files are reviewed on a rolling basis; committee decisions are posted to the applicant's online status checker

Application Material Checklist

Below is a checklist for first-year JD applicants. For international, transfer, or visiting JD applicants. An application will not be reviewed until all application materials have been received. Once a file is complete, please allow 2-3 weeks for a committee decision to be reached. All admission decisions are posted to the applicant’s online status checker.

  1. Application and $50 Application Fee - waived for fall 2016 entry (
  2. Personal Statement (upload with online application)
  3. Current Resume (upload with online application)
  4. Character and Fitness personal explanation, if applicable
  5. LSAC Credential Assembly Service Report (CAS)
  • LSAT taken within the past five years
  • Transcripts sent directly to LSAC from all institutions attended including graduate work, if applicable
  • Two letters of recommendation sent directly to LSAC from recommenders

Qualifications For Admission To The Bar

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.