Northern Illinois University College of Law

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Northern Illinois University College of Law

Northern Illinois University College of Law is a young and dynamic school offering its diverse student body a broad perspective of the law through high-quality programs and practical-skills training taught by well-respected, dynamic faculty of equal diversity. The campus is located just over an hour from Chicago in the tranquil suburban setting of DeKalb, Illinois. As the only public law school in the greater Chicago area, the Northern Illinois University College of Law was founded on a core belief that a high quality, challenging legal education should not be cost prohibitive.

Contact Info


Website: http://www.niu.edu/law/
Address: Swen Parson Hall Niu, DeKalb, IL 60115
Admission Phone: (800) 892-3050
Admission Email: [email protected]

2017 Quick Overview

The Below Data Compiled By: The American Bar Association 

Students252
Student-faculty ratio11:1
Tuition $22,130 per year (full-time, in-state)
$38,385 per year (full-time, out-of-state)
N/A per year (part-time, in-state)
N/A per year (part-time, out-of-state)
Tuition Guarantee Program0
Estimated Living Expenses$19,316
Founded In1978
ABA AccreditedYes
Application deadline04/01/19
Full-time program application fee$ 0
Financial Aid Deadline03/15/19
Can first years start other than fall?No

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Northern Illinois University College of Law

Real Time Applicant Admissions Data

Northern Illinois University College of Law

Real Time HIC User Applicant Status Admissions Data

Actual(A)/Practice(P)

Username LSAT GPA Status Scholarship Sent Received Decision Updated
Mknapp1 152 A 3.42

Accepted

Yes - - - 5 months ago
Tommyboy2564 169 A 3.86

Accepted

Yes - - - one year ago
ademeros 147 A 3.51

Accepted

- - - one year ago
JosephWeigel 153 P 3.94

Interested In Applying

- - - 2 months ago
hayleighkughes 144 A 3.30

Interested In Applying

- - - 8 months ago
BrisaMartinez 153 P 3.70

Interested In Applying

- - - 10 months ago
smccabe01 160 P 2.90

Interested In Applying

- - - one year ago
jmiller1175 175 P 3.80

Interested In Applying

- - - 2 years ago
RogerJones 155 P 2.87

Interested In Applying

- - - 2 years ago
jwowwzalaw5 165 P 3.69

Interested In Applying

- - - 2 years ago
Jpett 160 P 3.50

Interested In Applying

- - - 2 years ago
Hopeful2017 142 A 2.78

Pending

02/02/17 03/02/17 - one year ago
Total Full-Time Part-Time
Number of Applicants611611
Number of Offers310310
Number of Matriculants9292
75% GPA3.533.53
Median GPA3.123.12
25% GPA2.792.79
75% LSAT153153
Median LSAT150150
25% LSAT146146
2017 Scholarship Data
Total Number of Students265
Total Students Receiving Grants155
% of Students Receiving Grants58
75% Grant Amount$17,610
Median Grant Amount$16,255
25% Grants Amount$10,159
Scholarships awarded based on maintaining a certain academic performance
Offering Conditional Scholarships:This school does not award scholarships that may be reduced or eliminated based on law school academic performance

  • % of Total Less Than Half Tuition (17)
  • % of Total Half to Full Tuition (41)
  • % of Total Full Tuition (0)
  • % of Total More than Full Tuition (0)

2017 Ethnicity Statistics

  • White (69)
  • Hispanics (11)
  • Black or African American (12)
  • Asian (4)
  • American Indian / Native (0)
  • Other (3)
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander Total (0)
  • Two or more races Total (7)
  • Nonresident Alien Total (0)
  • Race and Ethnicity Unknown Total (3)


  • Total Women% (39)
  • Total Men% (60)
Northern Illinois University College of Law Bar Exam Statistics
YearTakersPass%State Average%Average Pass Difference%
2017 71 76.06%
2016 83 79.52%
2015 97 88.66%

Total Graduates 2017

  • Employed Bar Exam Required (73)
  • Employed J.D. Advantage (44)
  • Employed Other (14)
  • Unemployed (21)
  • Pursuing Graduate Degree (2)

The Above Data Compiled By:  The American Bar Association