**For Legal Studies advising please contact the Department office at (309) 438-8638 to schedule an appointment with Professor Thomas McClure, Director of Legal Studies, or send him an email.
The academic advising relationship is most successful when students play an active role in partnership with their advisor. Advisors can help students clarify the curriculum, understand the value and relevance of their education, and assist in the career development process. The most successful students regularly take full advantage of the wide variety of programming and services available to them both within the department and across campus.
If you have been admitted into the major, you will be advised by University College Academic Advisement until you have completed 24 credit hours. Once you have surpassed 24 hours, you will then need to schedule future appointments with Prof. Erik Rankin or his current graduate assistant.
Advising appointments are available by appointment Monday-Thursday. You can schedule your appointment with Prof. Erik Rankin online for appointments on Monday/Wednesday, or with Graduate Assistant Kelsie Diaz online Tuesday/Thursday. Walk-in advising is available on Fridays from 10:00-1:00 PM, unless otherwise noted in the weekly email sent out to majors. (Prospective students may email the advisor or call the department at (309)438-8638 to confirm walk-in hours).
Students are welcome to contact the advisor by phone at (309) 438-8638 or email for simple questions, but extended or complicated conversations should be addressed during a one-on-one appointment. Advising is best when done face to face. Please make that your first option.
Academic advisors will:
Though advisors are here to assist and provide guidance, please understand that students are ultimately responsible for knowing about and fulfilling all University, College of Arts and Sciences, major and other curricular requirements. If at any time students are confused or do not understand, it is their responsibility to seek assistance.