The Southern Illinois University School of Law’s mission to serve the public good began in 1972, when it was established by the Illinois state legislature. Its first class started in August 1973. Presently the school resides in the Lesar Law Building, named for its first dean Hiram H. Lesar. The School of Law offers the Juris Doctor degree, Master of Laws degree, and Master of Legal Studies degree in both full-time and part-time programs.
Amongst other specializations, the School of Law offers a specialization in Intellectual Property (IP) Law.