Community Education


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

Seminars for 2020-2021 include the Dollars & Sense: Illinois State Budget Forum and Illinois: State Lobbying Essentials.  These are two-day seminars for individuals interest in learning about successful lobbying and the state budget-making process.  These seminars are open to the public.

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.


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.

SUPR DUI Training

The Institute for Legal, Legislative and Policy Studies partners with the Illinois Department of Human Services’ Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (SUPR) in offering a full-service certification program for SUPR-licensed programs providing DUI services. Trainings are designed to meet the certification needs of Illinois DUI service providers.

Child Protection Training

The Institute for Legal, Legislative and Policy Studies partners with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to train child welfare investigators.  The University, under the leaderships of Betsy Goulet and Susan Evans, has created a Child Protection Training Academy. The Academy holds simulation trainings that put child welfare investigators through real-life scenarios.