Southern Illinois University School of Law Diversity Prelaw Summer Institute

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SIU School of Law Summer Institute

The Southern Illinois University School of Law Diversity Prelaw Summer Institute operates for and benefits diverse college and university current sophomores and juniors (rising juniors and seniors) who desire information and strategies to prepare for law school. Participants will learn about the application and admissions process, the Law School Admissions Test, how to properly read and review a case, legal writing, paying for law school, and various career paths. Institute attendees will interact with and have presentations and discussions facilitated by lawyers, law students, and law school faculty.

Participants will also take field trips to the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN, and a St. Louis law firm, as well as visit a courthouse. All participants will also be granted free access to an online LSAT prep course following the institute.

The Program Coordinator for the summer institute is SIU Carbondale Law School graduate Deidre Powell. Here is a link to her bio.



Dates: May 19-25, 2024 

Location: SIU Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center

Program Agenda (from 2023) 

Touch of Nature Little Grassy Lodge Directions

Activities, Lodging and Transportation

The Southern Illinois University School of Law Diversity Prelaw Summer Institute has an exciting and informative agenda of activities.

Participants will stay and eat most meals at the Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center. Located in the rolling hills of Southern Illinois, Touch of Nature is located in a beautiful, peaceful setting and includes outdoor spaces, indoor facilities, lodging and outdoor experiential education.

Throughout the institute, transportation will be provided by shuttle or bus. Participants are required to use the provided transportation to and from activities throughout the institute.

Application and Registration Information

  • Interested applicants must fill out an application by March 30, 2024.
  • Applications are to be returned to:
    • Sarah VanVooren
    • Email:
    • Fax: 618/453-5680
    • Address:
      • Events and Outreach
      • 1265 Lincoln Drive
      • Mail Code 6705
      • Carbondale, IL 62901
  • Application materials may be submitted via mail, email or fax.
  • Please note, a committee will review applications. Applicants accepted into the Institute will be notified via email.


Please call Sarah VanVooren at 618/453-3472 or send an email to

Sponsored by:

Kyle Stokien (School of Law alumnus, Class of 2004)


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