Northern Illinois Law School

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Northern Illinois University College of Law is a law school in DeKalb, Illinois. The College offers the Juris Doctor degree in both full-time (three year) and part-time programs. The College was originally Lewis University College of Law in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, founded in 1975. It became part of Northern Illinois University in August of 1979, and moved to the DeKalb campus, taking up residence in Swen Parson Hall.

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Northern Illinois Law School Admissions

Northern Illinois Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 65% of its applicants. Comparatively, Niu is Lower than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2026 557 360 (64.63%) 85 (15.3%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 2.77 3.05 3.34
LSAT 145 148 150

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $22,118 $38,374
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $18,800
  • Living off-campus: $18,800
  • Living at home: $18,800

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: N/A
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 04/01
  • Application Fee: N/A

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Northern Illinois Law School Community

Northern Illinois Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Niu is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 21
  • Part Time: 14


  • # Female Faculty: 19
  • # Minority Faculty: 9


12.0 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: Yes
  • Law Specific Housing: Yes

Northern Illinois Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Northern Illinois Law School 1L section size is 113% smaller than law schools in Illinois and 69% smaller than all PUBLIC law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Northern Illinois Law School: 78
Illinois Average: 166
PUBLIC School Average: 132

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 261
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 120

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 62
  • Law Journals: 41
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 8.7%
  • Second Year: 3.7%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Northern Illinois Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Northern Illinois Law School class of 2021 had an employment rate of 89% with 2% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2021, 90.5%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 56.0%
  • Business: 15.0%
  • Government: 23.0%
  • Public Interest: 2.0%
  • Academia: 3.0%
  • Illinois: 87%
  • District Of Columbia: 2%
  • Florida: 2%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 90.5%
  • First Time Takers: 95
  • Average School: 84.9%
  • Average State: 85.4%
  • Pass Difference: -0.5%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Illinois: 85.4%
  • Passed: 73 of 86 (84.9%)
  • State Average: 85.4%
  • Difference: -0.5%