A Long Tradition of Excellence
The Legal Studies Department has a rich tradition at the University of Illinois Springfield. The Legal Studies Department has been in existence for over 30 years, starting in the fall of 1977, when the University of Illinois Springfield was Sangamon State.
We offer small class sizes, which allow students to receive more individual attention from their instructor and have deeper interactions with their fellow classmates. Our average student-professor ration is 15 students to each professor. The professors in the Legal Studies Department don’t just know their students’ names; they also know their strengths and their goals.
Flexible Course Schedule
Our Master’s Degree students are able to pursue their degree in either a blended format or 100% online. Our Bachelor’s Degree students have the option of taking their classes on-campus or blended, with a combination of on-campus and online courses.
Real World Experience
The Legal Studies Department believes in giving students the opportunity to integrate classroom studies with practical experience and earn credit at the same time. The Legal Studies Department’s emphasis on practical application and the political advantage of our location in Illinois’s capital city offers great professional opportunities to our students. For our bachelor’s degree students, we offer the Applied Study Term Program, which offers students internship opportunities where they can gain valuable work experience and the opportunity to meet professional contacts and earn up to eight credit hours. Our graduate students also have the opportunity to practice in the “real-world” through a clinical education experience and internships, worth up to eight credit hours.
Our faculty bring many years of real world experience and strong educational backgrounds to the classroom. In the Legal Studies Department students are taught by faculty members, not graduate assistants. All of our faculty members have Juris Doctorate degrees and/or Ph.D.s and a broad base of professional experience and expertise.
Our alumni have gone on to be: attorneys; government administrators; government relations directors for businesses, associations, and non-profits; legislative staff; lobbyists; state agency directors; university administrators; FBI agents; police officers; probation officers; legal analysts; court administrators; program managers; and paralegals, among other professions. Read more about our alumni on our Alumni Profiles page.