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The need for professionals with a comprehensive understanding of the law is growing and those prepared to help others navigate the complex world of regulations and individual rights are in demand.

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What We Offer

The Legal Studies Department at UIS offers a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Legal Studies, with the opportunity to obtain your Master’s Degree, completely online.

Why Legal Studies at UIS

Discover Law in Action Legal Studies students intern for the Illinois Innocence Project

The Legal Studies Department at UIS explores the interdisciplinary and engaged study of law in action through a blending of theory and practice. We focus on a broad view of law in society from an applied perspective as well as a theoretical investigation of the fundamentals of law and how it operates. The program is committed to social action, community engagement, and experiential learning.

Engage with the Community

Student prepares for Mock Trial competitionLegal Studies students engage through course work and internships with organizations here in the State Capital and across the state in organizations that include the the Illinois State Legislature, Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office, City of Springfield Corporate Counsel, Land of Lincoln Assistance Foundation, numerous law practices and the Illinois Innocence Project centered at UIS.

Committed Faculty of Legal Scholars

Legal Studies faculty offer expertise in a breadth of interdisciplinary legal fields to enrich the education and opportunities of our students. They are involved in multi-faceted community engagement with academic, intellectual, professional and social agencies and organizations, not only locally and regionally, but also nationally and internationally including organizations focused on human rights, poverty, domestic violence, taxes, legal history, pre-law advising, and bar associations and foundations.

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Student Opportunities

Free Online Course on the Innocence Movement

A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the Innocence Movement by UIS Legal Studies Associate Professor Gwen Jordan is available to all at no cost.  The course introduces members of the public about the serious issues of wrongful conviction, the work of the innocence movement, and strategies to prevent wrongful convictions in the future.  Register Here