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To be considered for admission to NIU College of Law, you must:

  • Submit an application.  NIU College of Law, in partnership with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), offers an online application.  For technical assistance with the online application form, contact LSAC at (215) 968-1393.  The LSAC online application is the only method of application.
  • Submit a personal statement through LSAC.
  • Submit a resumé through LSAC.
  • Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
  • Register and have a complete Law School Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report. NIU College of Law's CAS code is 1559.
  • Submit an official transcript to CAS
  • Submit a minimum of two (2) letters of recommendation to the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service

Once you have applied:

  • Check your application status here.

A few important things to note:

  • Early application is encouraged; however, we accept applications after the suggested deadline of April 1st.  The June and February LSATs may be used for an admission decision in the same year.
  • Upon your admission, NIU College of Law requires an official transcript verifying your bachelor's degree.
  • Each state sets its own requirements for admission to the bar.  These requirements include character and fitness and additional requirements.  For further information, applicants are advised to contact the state bar in the state in which they intend to practice.

Nondiscrimination Policy:

  • Northern Illinois University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and does not discriminate ont he basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, 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 the Affirmative Action and Diversity Resources Center, 1515 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115, telephone 815-753-1118.  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.