Department of Legal Studies.2
What We Offer
Why Legal Studies at UIS
Discover Law in Action
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
Legal 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.
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