University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign

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504 E. Pennsylvania Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820

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The University of Illinois College of Law at University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign has an application deadline of March 15. Its tuition is full-time: $41,226 per year (in-state) and full-time: $48,976 per year (out-of-state). The student-faculty ratio is 11.2:1. The University of Illinois College of Law at University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign has 84 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1, the University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign College of Law offers its first year students small class sections and a variety of options to specialize their legal degree. There are about a dozen specialty areas within its legal curriculum, such as environmental law and intellectual property law. There are also many joint and dual degree programs, allowing students to earn a J.D./M.B.A. through the University of Illinois College of Business, a J.D./M.A. in Journalism, a J.D/M.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, and more.

Nearly a dozen clinics give students hands-on experience in areas such as civil litigation, family advocacy, and international human rights, and simulation courses such as the Counseling, Fact Investigation, and Interviewing class lend an experiential component to legal education. Students can also get involved in more than 35 student organizations and several law journals, including the University of Illinois Law Review, the Elder Law Journal, and the Journal of Law, Technology & Policy. There are more than a dozen study abroad options for students who want to learn about legal systems around the world, in locations including Australia, Egypt, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

The University of Illinois College of Law offers a Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) to qualifying students. The law school has graduated more than 10,000 lawyers practicing worldwide, including Albert Jenner, Jr., name partner at law firm Jenner & Block, and Philip McConnaughay, dean of the Penn State University Dickinson School of Law.

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Year founded 1897
Public/private Public
Law school designation National


Application deadline March 15
Full-time program application fee $0
Part-time program application fee N/A
Admissions phone (217) 244-6415
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 84
Student-faculty ratio 11.2:1
Total faculty 104

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 543
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 231


Tuition and fees

full-time: $41,226 per year (in-state)
full-time: $48,976 per year (out-of-state)

Room and board $12,869


Employed at graduation2 43.7%
Median private sector starting salary $81,000
Median public service starting salary $42,000


Total volumes and volume equivalents 811,541

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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