Northern Illinois University — College of Law — Your Future. Our Focus.

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Your Future. Our Focus. WHO WE ARE. Tuition and fees are the same for both Illinois and out-of-state U.S. residents. Fall 2022 class data First-year enrollment: 117 Women: 57% Minority: 32% Out-of-state residents: 39% Student-to-faculty ratio: 7.4:1 Median LSAT: 150 Median GPA: 3.31 Domestic tuition and fees: $23,552.56 International tuition and fees: $40,101.28 We have a rich history of excellence in legal education, cutting-edge research and public service. Scan here to request more information on NIU College of Law. WHERE WE WORK. 48% Law firms Government 22% Business 13% Public interest 17% Employed or pursuing advanced degree 91.2%


NIU College of Law offers one international program — located in Agen, France.

A major strength of our Agen program is that it makes extensive use of French law faculty and practitioners. You are exposed to the study of law in the European fashion where the lecture/discussion mode predominates over the American case presentation method.


Northern Illinois University College of Law is strongly committed to facilitating access to the legal profession for members of traditionally underrepresented groups.

Among our goals are to counter the effects of societal discrimination, to increase the number of lawyers who will serve in communities that are currently underserved, and to provide you the educational benefits that flow from a diverse faculty and student body.

We therefore recruit faculty and students who represent diverse communities and identities in our society based on gender, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, race, culture, ethnicity and physical ability.

WE ARE DIVERSE. WE ARE INCLUSIVE. A WIDE ALUMNI NETWORK. 4,473 alumni. 140 current and retired judges.


Ranked as No. 6 school for government and public interest jobs by TaxProf Blog (2023)

PreLaw Magazine’s list of top law schools for criminal law in 2020, 2021, 2022.

PreLaw Magazine Awards: Most Diverse Law Schools in 2021. Employment Honor Roll in 2021. Top Schools for Criminal Law in 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023. Best for Public Interest Employment in 2023.





Business Law Innovation Clinic.

Civil Justice Clinic.

Criminal Defense Clinic.

Health Advocacy Clinic. Prisoners’ Rights Project.

Bloomberg Law honored our Business Law Innovation Clinic as one of six top scoring programs in the category of “Innovation and Business” on its list of “Law School Innovation Programs.” (2023)

Apply Now Applications open: Sept. 1 Priority deadline: April 1 First deposit deadline: April 15 Second deposit deadline: June 1


We invite you to visit NIU Law and discover the transformative educational journey that awaits you; where legal excellence meets a supportive and inclusive community.

Visit to schedule a virtual advising session, an on-campus tour and to visit a first-year law school class.


• • DeKalb Chicago 65 miles from Chicago.

Since July 2019, Illinois Bar Exam has been offering the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). The UBE is comprised of the Multistate Performance Test, Multistate Essay Examination and Multistate Bar examination. The exam results in a portable score that can be used to apply for admissions in other UBE jurisdictions.

For more information on the UBE, please visit


The Northern Illinois University College of Law is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, military status, sex, marital or parental status, status based on the Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA), or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran. Further, the Constitution and Bylaws of Northern Illinois University provides for equal treatment regardless of political views or affiliation and regardless of sexual orientation. Inquiries concerning application of Title IX, Section 504, and other statutes and regulations may be referred to Ethics and Compliance Office, Northern Illinois University, Health Services Building, 2nd Floor, DeKalb, IL 60115, eco@niu. edu, telephone 815-753-5560. The College of Law believes that a diverse collegial environment best serves its educational and professional goals, and thus particularly encourages applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups.

If you have any questions or would like to talk to an admissions representative, please contact us at or call 815-753-8595.

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