Academics

With the significant resources of a major research university, the expertise of world-renowned faculty members, and a variety of special program opportunities, academics at the University of Illinois College of Law are first-rate.

The Classroom and Beyond

Complementing the breadth of courses is an array of opportunities for active learning, both in the classroom and beyond. The Study Abroad Program offers valuable experiences at numerous universities, including those with whom the College maintains formal exchange agreements in Argentina, Belgium, Germany, India, the Netherlands, Japan, Korea, Portugal, and Singapore.

Our ongoing commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence assures College of Law graduates of their education's value in the greater legal community, across the country, and around the globe.

Experiential Learning

In addition to the study of legal principles, law students at the University of Illinois College of Law enjoy a variety of learning opportunities that apply principles to practice. Analytical thinking, problem-solving, research, pre-trial and trial skills, and interviewing are critical skills needed for real-world success. Encountering a breadth of practice experiences during law school also helps develop an increasingly important ability to practice law ethically and effectively in diverse cultural settings at home and around the globe.

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 courses such as Dispute Resolution, Client Interviewing and Counseling, Pre-Trial Litigation, Trial Advocacy, Advanced Trial Advocacy, and a host of clinics.

Because these courses synthesize material studied elsewhere within the curriculum, students and alumni report that the active learning programs are among the most meaningful experiences that they have at the College of Law.

Our teaching methods are rooted in the work of leading legal theorists and the findings of multi-disciplinary research, and our innovative faculty members continually hone their teaching, incorporating recent legal developments and technological innovations. And as our dynamic curriculum and pedagogy evolve, they provide useful models for other academics, the Bar, and members of the larger community.