Prospective Students

Since 1897, the University of Illinois College of Law has offered students a rigorous, broad-ranging, and innovative legal education on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one of the world's great research universities.


The faculty at Illinois is one of the most respected and highly cited in the nation, boasting national leaders in the fields of bankruptcy law, corporate law, criminal law, elder law, health law, labor law, property law, and a variety of other fields. They also bring a range of perspectives to their teaching and research: in addition to their juris doctors, about half of the faculty hold advanced graduate degrees in fields ranging from computer engineering to medicine. Four members of the College's faculty have won the University of Illinois' prestigious Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching.


When asked to characterize the Illinois Law experience, students often mention two attributes: collaboration and camaraderie. Illinois students are talented and ambitious, but they also value teamwork. At Illinois, what students accomplish together is as important and as meaningful as what they accomplish themselves. This spirit serves our graduates well in their future professional positions, where our graduates have a reputation for being effective team players.

Illinois graduates are dynamic leaders in the legal community who hold key positions at many of the nation's Top 100 law firms and major corporations. They also hold important posts in the public sector, including judgeships and elected positions in local, state, and federal government.

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What is now being called micro-urban for its big-city amenities yet small-town accessibility, Champaign-Urbana is a vibrant and extremely affordable college town with a lively cultural scene, a wide range of restaurants, and numerous sporting opportunities.

I also invite you to visit the College to attend a class, tour the campus, and meet with faculty members, students, and senior administrators. Those who study at the College of Law describe it as a very stimulating, supportive, and special experience. I hope you come and see all that this marvelous institution has to offer.

Best Regards,

Dean Bruce Smith's Signature
Bruce P. Smith
Dean and Guy Raymond Jones Faculty Scholar