Established in 1897, the University of Illinois College of Law is one of the oldest and best-known law schools in the nation.
Illinois was one of the small number of charter members and founders of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and was on the first national list of law schools approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Illinois is the home of the founding chapter of the law honor society now known as the Order of the Coif, has been the home to many of the nation’s great law textbook and treatise writers, and is the birthplace of the interdisciplinary movements such as law and economics and law and psychology.
|Director of admissions||Rebecca Ray|
|Application deadline||March 15|
|Approximate number of applications||1236|
|Tuition and fees Full-time:||$41,332 per year (in-state)
$49,082 per year (out-of-state)
|Room and board||$13,710|
Subject to the exceptions listed below, the College of Law neither computes nor discloses individual class rankings. After each semester, the cumulative GPA (“CGPA”) for each J.D. class (1L, 2L, 3L) at the cutoffs for top 10%, 15%, 20%, 25%, and top one-third are published.
A College of Law CGPA of 2.0 on a 4.0-point scale is required (a) for continuation as a J.D. student at the College of Law and (b) for graduation. Only graded College of Law courses count towards a student’s College of Law CGPA.
The following grading scale is used by the College of Law:
The College of Law does not impose a mandatory grading curve on any law class. The faculty, however, has adopted the following recommended curve for J.D. student grades:
|Order of the Coif||Order of the Coif is an honorary society distinguishing students whose CGPA in College of Law courses place them in the top 10% of their graduating class. In addition, society rules require that qualifying students must have completed at least 75% of their law studies (68 credit hours) in graded courses. Special rules govern the eligibility of transfer, visiting, and joint degree students for Coif membership.|
|summa cum laude||Students who complete their degree work with a CGPA of 3.75 and above (on a 4.0 point scale) in College of Law courses graduate.|
|magna cum laude||Students with a CGPA of 3.50 to 3.74 in these courses graduate.|
|cum laude||Students with a CGPA of 3.25 to 3.49 in these courses graduate.|
|Harno Scholars||The top 10% of the full-time registered students in each Law school class (i.e., 1L, 2L, and 3L) for each regular semester (excluding J.D. summer sessions) are recognized for their scholastic achievement as Harno Scholars. This designation commemorates a distinguished former Dean of the College of Law, Albert J. Harno, who led the College for 35 years, from 1922 to 1957. The recognition is based on the non-cumulative Law grades for the semester involved, and the honor is noted on the student’s transcript for the relevant semester.|
|Dean’s List||The next 20% (11% through 30%) of the full-time registered J.D. students for each regular semester are recognized for their scholastic achievement as members of the Dean’s List. Once again, the recognition is based on the non-cumulative Law grades for the semester involved, and the honor is noted on the transcript for the relevant semester.|
|Rickert Award||Outstanding 3rd year students in 4 categories|
|CALI Excellence for the Future||Top grade in each course|
|Dykema Scholarship||Outstanding 1st year minority student|
|Larry Travis Bushong Writing Award||Top student paper on gay & lesbian issues|
|Jenner & Block Minority Scholar||Outstanding 1st year minority student|
|Honorary Round Best Oralist||Best oralist in moot court honorary round|
|Harker Prize||Top ranked student after 1st year|
|J.Nelson Young Tax Award||Academic excellence in tax at 3rd year|
|Ellen Daar Kerschner Memorial Scholarship||Outstanding 3rd year female student|
|Robert E. & Jane C. Ferris Scholarship||Academic excellence in preservation of property|
|Class of 1996 Public Service Award||Public service commitment|
|Cook County Circuit Honors Externs||1st year students with honors in legal writing|
|Ward F. McDonald Scholarship||Excellence in real estate law|
|H.H. Harris Foundation/Charles Hough||Excellence in law|
|SBA Grants||Student leadership|
|Public Interest Law Foundation Award||Public interest student grants|
|Illinois Cyber Security Scholarship Program||Cyber Security Program|
|Paul Lisnek Award||Excellence in trial advocacy|
|Daniel W. Hamilton Student Scholar||3L w/ interest & demonst. ability in being a law prof|
|Colette & Judge Anthony Black Christian Law Award||student emulating the qualities of Christian leadership|
University of Illinois Law Review
The student-edited University of Illinois Law Review is generally regarded as one of the preeminent law reviews in the country. Students who excel in a summer writing competition are invited to become members. This journal attracts articles from scholars nationwide.
Elder Law Journal
The Elder Law Journal is the oldest scholarly publication in the country dedicated to addressing elder law issues. We are an academic publication published bi-annually by the students of the University of Illinois College of Law. The journal publishes manuscripts which not only address policy decisions, but also guide practicing attorneys. Thus, the scope of The Elder Law Journal makes it the perfect addition to the libraries of attorneys who advise clients on estate planning, living wills, arrangements for long-term care, qualifying for Medicaid, as well as other areas of law pertinent to the elderly. Additionally, articles in The Elder Law Journal are of interest to scholars and professionals in fields such as social work, gerontology, ethics, and medicine.
The Journal of Law, Technology, and Policy
The College of Law’s newest journal is The Journal of Law, Technology, and Policy. Launched in 2001, the Journal is a highly innovative, interdisciplinary publication devoted to cutting-edge issues of intellectual property. Students are invited to become members after submitting a writing sample and showing a demonstrated interest in intellectual property matters.
Illinois Law Update
College of Law students also write Illinois Law Update, a column focusing on recent developments in Illinois law, published monthly in the Illinois Bar Journal and read by thousands of practicing lawyers throughout the state. These students are chosen from among the top legal writing students in the College.
Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal
The College also publishes the prestigious Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, a major international forum for the best scholarship in labor law and employment policy.
Illinois Business Law Journal
Law professors, practitioners, and students submit short articles for publication on this student-run website, where readers are also strongly encouraged to post comments relating to a specific article or a topic covered by an article.
The top students in each section of Law 793: Advanced Legal Writing: Appellate Advocacy will be invited to represent the College of Law in moot court competitions during the Spring semester of the same academic year.
External Moot Court Competitions: Twelve of the advancing students are invited to participate in one of three external moot court competitions. These competitions will vary annually. The four students selected for the Honorary Round will also be invited to participate in an external moot court competition the following fall semester.
Honorary Round Moot Court: The overall top four students, selected from a combined pool of all students enrolled in all of the Advanced Legal Writing: Appellate Advocacy sections in the fall semester, will be invited to participate in the Frederick Green Honorary Round Moot Court, which will be heard by a panel of distinguished judges from across the country. Law 793: Advanced Legal Writing Appellate Advocacy course provides the exclusive opportunity to advance to the Honorary Round.
Additional Opportunities: In addition to invitations to compete in the Honorary Round and at external moot court competitions, students advancing from Law 793: Advanced Legal Writing Appellate Advocacy may be invited to serve as teaching assistants for Advanced Legal Writing: Appellate Advocacy or as coaches for the spring external competition teams during the following academic year.
In addition to the study of legal principles, law students at Illinois enjoy a variety of learning opportunities that apply principles to practice. Analytical thinking, problem-solving, research, pre-trial and trial skills, negotiation, and interviewing are critical skills needed for real-world success.
Beginning in the first year, students receive instruction and practice in critical lawyering skills, including client interviewing and oral advocacy. During the second and third years, students “learn by doing” in these live-client and professional skills courses.
Because these courses synthesize material studied elsewhere within the curriculum, students and alumni report that these active learning programs are among the most meaningful experiences that they have at the College of Law.
Starting Salaries (2015 Graduates Employed Full-Time)
|Private sector (25th-75th percentile)||$65,000 - $160,000|
|Median in the private sector||$109,000|
|Median in public service||$57,000|
|Graduates known to be employed at graduation||51.4%|
|Graduates known to be employed ten months after graduation||72.9%|
|Graduates Employed In||Percentage|
|Business and Industry||13.7%|
|Public Interest Organizations||2.6%|
Externships offer students the opportunity to receive College of Law credit for hours spent working with government and not-for-profit attorneys and with state, federal, and international judges. Externships can be located anywhere in the world.
Externships are highly valued by law students because they: