Above: Professor Suzanne Borland leads mock trials at the Sangamon County Courthouse.
Your gift in any amount to the funds below provide support for legal studies students. You can use the Donate button to give online. Thank you!
This fund provides general support for the department.
The Pre-Law Center provides counseling and assistance to students who are thinking about applying to law school. When you give to this fund, you’ll be helping to provide resources that staff can use for these purposes, training materials, special speakers, and other events related to entering the legal profession.
The Legal Studies Department has one targeted scholarship fund.
The Lee Ensel Memorial Scholarship in Pre-Law was established in 1990. The award is granted to a full-time junior or senior who will be attending law school upon graduation from UIS. Mr. Ensel, a Lt. Colonel in WWII and Brigadier General with the Illinois National Guard, was a private practice attorney and president and participant of numerous boards and organizations throughout the Springfield area. This scholarship was established by his wife in commemoration of his life.
In 1994, Lee Humphrey Dodd, a Springfield-area attorney, became the first woman to be named first assistant state’s attorney. Ms. Dodd was also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Springfield Junior League, American Business Club, Inn of Court, and the Sangamon County Bar Association. The Lee Humphrey Dodd Memorial Scholarship was established in 1996 by her family in honor of her life and to assist students like her in Public Affairs. To be eligible, students must be a Legal Studies or Criminal Justice major with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Preference given to female applicants.
A current-use scholarship for Political Science and Legal Studies. The donors have taken advantage of the Access Illinois match program; their scholarship will be matched 1:1, creating a second scholarship through the end of the match program (June 30, 2014).
Not interested in any of the funds listed above? Then you can also create your own scholarship fund that targets the students you specify in the Legal Studies Department. As the principle donor of this new scholarship, you would get to name the fund and establish the selection criteria.
We welcome your inquiries. Please use the contact information below.