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Pre-Law Association meetings are scheduled SOON! All are welcome at the first meeting!!!   Hope you plan to be active in this year's Pre-Law Association.  Contact Natalie Loless President for questions at

Third Annual SIUE Law School Fair is Thursday March 26, 2015, from 10:30 -12:30 in the Goshen Lounge at the MUC.  Admissions Reps from Saint Louis University, University of Illinois, SIU Carbondale, University of Missouri, Valaparaiso, and University of Missouri - Kansas City Law Schools will be present!  Student Legal Services will also have a table with information!  Co-sponosred by Pre-Law Association and Student Legal Services.

SIU Carbondale Law Dean Cynthia Fountaine speaks to "Law and Society" class for Pre-Law Minors on Thursday 3/26/2015 at 2:00 p.m.

Look for other upcoming speakers!

Look for upcoming events!

Please note that you can join the Pre Law Association listserve at!!!!! Do so to get notice of important upcoming events!!!

Welcome to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Pre-Law Program website. Currently, SIUE does not have a Pre-Law major BUT we happy to announce that we now have an Interdisciplinary Pre-Law minor! Please be aware that there is no one major that is best suited for the study of law. Instead, you should consider identifying classes that speak to a certain skill set, such as critical thinking, logic, analytical skills, writing, and communication. This could include classes in Philosophy, Political Science, Math, Speech, Physics, Biology, Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies, History, and English to name only a few possible departments. These will be critical skills for you to develop for a potential legal career.

Please join us as a friend on facebook at the SIUE Pre-Law Program Group

However, SIUE is committed to providing information and assistance to students who are considering whether a legal career may be a good fit for them, or who have already decided to pursue this professional degree after graduation. To accomplish this, SIUE has established two areas of contact for students, College of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Advising, and the Pre-Law Mentor.

Pre-Law Advising

Any student interested in Pre-Law in general, or the Interdisciplinary Pre-Law Minor specifically, should go to the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) Undergraduate Advising office. CAS Undergraduate Advising has professional academic advisors working with the 19 academic departments within the College of Arts & Sciences. The academic advisors will be able to help you determine the appropriate classes to take to prepare for law school, and will connect you with campus resources related to Pre-Law.

Contact one of the following academic advisors for more information:

Advisor Danette Griffith Brian Hinterscher
Phone (618) 650‑5525 (618) 650‑5525
Office 1315 Peck Hall 1315 Peck Hall

Pre-Law Mentor & Pre-Law Interdisciplinary Minor Coordinator

In addition, Ann Dirks-Linhorst, J.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor in Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies, is the contact person to whom you will be referred when you register through the Law School Admission Council process (LSAC). She is happy to discuss whether law school may be right for you, or which law school may provide the best fit, answer questions about the law school application process and/or the LSAT preparation and testing process, offer reviews of personal statements as you move through the law school application process, discuss your options once you receive your LSAT results, or to just talk about the law school experience, the practice of law, or the wide range of legal careers. I keep law school brochures in the Pre-Law cabinet directly outside my office door at 1211 Peck Hall. Feel free to stop by and browse through brochures from a number of schools around the country. There also are informational brochures available from the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) in the Pre-Law cabinet, free for the taking!

NEW STARTING FALL 2012! THE PRE-LAW INTERDISCIPLINARY MINOR! In addition, I'll be happy to talk with you about course selection in the Pre-Law Interdisciplinary Minor, effective Fall 2012! See the Pre-Law Minor icon on the left side of this page for specific classes!

Reach Dr. Dirks-Linhorst by:

Telephone (618) 650‑5694
Office 1211 Peck Hall

What is the LSAC?

You will also find helpful information about the entire law school process through the Law School Admission Council ( LSAC). You must register with the LSAC to begin the law school admission process, as they coordinate the LSAT, and provide the Credential Assembly Service which collects your applications, letters of recommendation, transcripts, and any other required information, and then provides it to each law school to which you apply.

When is the next LSAT (or Law School Admission Test) testing date?

June 8, 2015 Register early!!!

There will also be LSAT test dates in September and December 2015!

Visit LSAC for additional testing information. The cost for the 2014-2015 LSAT is $170. Check the LSAC website for information about a possible fee waiver - you'll find an application if you qualify. Please note that you may also want to pay $165 to subscribe to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) which will collate your law school applications for each school you designate.

What law schools are close to SIUE?

Several law schools are in or close to the Metropolitan St. Louis area. Links to their websites are provided below:

Southern Illinois University Carbondale School of Law
University of Illinois
Saint Louis University
Washington University

View information about all law schools in Illinois.

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