Community Education

Book Clubs

The Book Club creates a forum in which students, alums, and friends of UIS gather to talk about books that are culturally enlightening and thought-provoking, creating the opportunity to delve into a variety of cultural, political, and social issues related to the American experience.


Community Education courses are a gateway to lifelong learning.  It offers a wide variety of courses and workshops. Through this program, those searching for education beyond what is available in more formal degree or certificate programs may find an avenue to continue their learning. The nontraditional structure of Community Education makes it possible to respond immediately to trends by offering courses and workshops that are of current interest.


Public Affairs Conferences 

Drawing from UIS’ rich public affairs tradition, the Institute will bring together leading state and national experts across a variety of disciplines to grapple with some of the most complex social issues, thereby creating an opportunity to engage students, public and nonprofit professionals, and citizens in civil discourse, deliberation and learning, to explore constructive solutions to critical issues impacting the region and the state.

Lobbying and Legislative Process Seminars

Continuing Education and Professional Development

ILLAPS offers professional development trainings for public and non-profit sector leaders and managers that provide them with the knowledge and skills to solve complex problems and a renewed sense of direction in leading the day-to-day operations of their organizations.

Public Service Continuing Education Courses

Professional Development Training Certificates

Public Issues Policy Panels


The Institute for Legal and Policy Studies conducts projects and programs that contribute to the understanding and improvement of the legal system and executive branch of government in ways accessible to scholars, policymakers, practitioners, and the general public.

Over the years the Institute has become known for its work in developing training and educational programs for members of the court, including the judiciary, state’s attorneys and prosecutors and probation officers. Its long-standing training programs in the adult and juvenile probation fields and with DUI assessment and risk education demonstrate the Institute’s commitment to the development of partnerships and customized training programs with public and private agencies.

The Institute has broadened its focus to include the development and implementation of curriculum based programs in an online format, offering credit bearing and non credit bearing courses. The application of technology, including online delivery, multimedia formats, and distance learning approaches, for professional certification, expanded service delivery and information dissemination throughout the state.

Compulsive Gambling Counselor Training

The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse in conjunction with the Institute for Legal, Legislative and Policy Studies, Center for State Policy and Leadership, University of Illinois Springfield, is pleased to offer the Compulsive Gambling training program for all counselors and therapists who want to increase their skill and knowledge in assessing and treating problem and compulsive gambling.

DASA DUI Training

PLEASE NOTE: Registration is now open for November and January trainings.

The Institute for Legal, Legislative and Policy Studies is a partner with the Department of Human Services’ Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DASA) in offering a full-service certification program for DASA-licensed programs providing DUI services.