Northern Illinois University College of Law

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]

2016 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 ProgramNo
Estimated Living Expenses$19,316
Founded In1978
ABA AccreditedYes
Application deadline04/01/17
Full-time program application fee$ 0
Financial Aid Deadline03/15/17
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
Tommyboy2564 169 A 3.86

Accepted

Yes - - - 4 months ago
ademeros 147 A 3.51

Accepted

- - - 7 months ago
BrisaMartinez 153 P 3.70

Interested In Applying

- - - 3 weeks ago
smccabe01 160 P 2.90

Interested In Applying

- - - 9 months ago
jmiller1175 175 P 3.80

Interested In Applying

- - - one year ago
RogerJones 155 P 2.87

Interested In Applying

- - - one year ago
jwowwzalaw5 165 P 3.60

Interested In Applying

- - - 2 years ago
Jpett 160 P 3.50

Interested In Applying

- - - 2 years ago
rcarmody96 147 P 3.50

Pending

- - - a month ago
Hopeful2017 142 A 2.78

Pending

02/02/17 03/02/17 - 7 months ago
Total Full-Time Part-Time
Number of Applicants56451740
Number of Offers35534114
Number of Matriculants1051005
75% GPA3.333.330
Median GPA3.033.030
25% GPA2.792.790
75% LSAT1451450
Median LSAT1481480
25% LSAT1511510
2016 Scholarship Data
Total Number of Students252
Total Students Receiving Grants108
% of Students Receiving Grants42.9
75% Grant Amount$16,255
Median Grant Amount$8,127
25% Grants Amount$3,000
Scholarships awarded based on maintaining a certain academic performance
Offering Conditional Scholarships:Yes
Students Entering With a Scholarship15
Eliminated (Students who lost scholarship)3
% of Students Who Lost Scholarship20%

  • % of Total Less Than Half Tuition (26.6)
  • % of Total Half to Full Tuition (15.5)
  • % of Total Full Tuition (0)
  • % of Total More than Full Tuition (0.8)

2016 Ethnicity Statistics

  • White (185)
  • Hispanics (20)
  • Black or African American (28)
  • Asian (10)
  • American Indian / Native (0)
  • Other (22)
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander Total (0)
  • Two or more races Total (14)
  • Nonresident Alien Total (0)
  • Race and Ethnicity Unknown Total (8)


  • Total Women% (48.3)
  • Total Men% (51.7)
Northern Illinois University College of Law Bar Exam Statistics
YearTakersPass%State Average%Average Pass Difference%
2015 101 73.63% 80.80% -7.17%
2014 95 84.88% 85.41% -0.53%
2013 110 87.38% 87.84% -0.46%

Total Graduates 2016

  • 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