History

Established in 1897, the University of Illinois College of Law is one of the oldest and best-known law schools in the nation.

Illinois was one of the small number of charter members and founders of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and was on the first national list of law schools approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Illinois is the home of the founding chapter of the law honor society now known as the Order of the Coif, has been the home to many of the nation’s great law textbook and treatise writers, and is the birthplace of the interdisciplinary movements such as law and economics and law and psychology.

Among the first to receive the designation, the College of Law has been recognized as an American Bar Association-approved law school since 1923. For more information, contact:

American Bar Association
Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Attn: Site Evaluation Administration
321 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654
(312) 988-6738
Section of Legal Education