Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. School of Law. | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Southern Illinois University's School of Law was established by action taken at the November 19, 1971 Board of Trustees meeting. Hiram Lesar was appointed Dean of the Law School at the July 21, 1972 meeting of the Board. Instruction commenced in the School of Law in September 1973, with the first class consisting of eighty-five full time students selected from over 900 applications. The school offers curriculum leading to a Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Legal Studies (MLS), Master of Laws (LLM), or a joint degree. The School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.
The School of Law offers numerous opportunies for students for gain experience and give back to the community. These opportunities include the Domestic Violence Clinic, Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic, Elderly Clinic, Self Help Legal Center, Externship Clinic, and the Illinois Agriculture Mediation program. Students are also able to compete in Southern Illinois University's intramural Moot Court, which competes nationally.