SIU School of Law - Points of Pride

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SIU School of Law - Points of Pride

SIU School of Law - Points of Pride

October 23, 2017

  • For a fourth consecutive year in 2017, the SIU School of Law was recognized by “National Jurist” magazine as a “Best School for Practical Training.”
  • The SIU School of Law is the first Illinois law school to create a pro bono requirement.  Students must complete 35 hours of approved pro bono work prior to graduation. The work must be law-related, uncompensated, supervised by an attorney, and not for academic credit.
  • The school was recognized as a National Jurist magazine’s “Best Value Law School for 2015.”
  • More than 100 law school alumni serve or have served in the judiciary. In July 2014, Nancy Rosenstengel, a 1993 SIU School of Law graduate, became the first female U.S. District Court judge for the Southern District of Illinois. 
  • The nationally recognized Lawyering Skills program engages students in a critical understanding of the different models of lawyering and legal practice, as well as professionalism and the ethical practice of law. 
  • In 42 years, dating back to the inaugural graduating class in 1976, the SIU School of Law has produced more than 4,300 alumni.
  • Legal clinics offer students the opportunity to work closely with clinical faculty while representing clients living in Southern Illinois in a variety of cases. The clinics include the civil practice/elderly clinic, domestic violence clinic, and juvenile justice clinic.
  • The SIU School of Law was the first law school in the nation to create and house a Self-Help Legal Center.
  • Legal globalization courses give students the opportunity to learn – in class and through study abroad – about the legal systems and cultures of other countries including Germany, Australia, Cuba, South Africa, and Botswana.