Stacey Mandell

Stacey Mandell

What is special about NIU Law? NIU Law is special because it provides an environment conducive to learning and opportunities to excel. In DeKalb, where others might think of cornfields, I saw a peaceful and quiet atmosphere in which to study. The law school is nestled within a vibrant university campus, with wonderful theater, dance, and visual arts programs. After a week of studying, I could walk to the stadium and enjoy a Saturday afternoon at an NIU Huskies football game with 20,000 of my closest friends. Because NIU Law is selective in its admission process, our class became a close-knit community of law students preparing to become lawyers together. At graduation, we instantly became a network of colleagues. Knowing that NIU Law is affordable, I was able to focus on academics during law school and on finding the right career opportunity after graduation, rather than worrying about law school loan debt.

What do you enjoy about being a part of the NIU Law community? I can attend the Alumni Golf Outing, be the worst player on the course, and still have a great time with my former classmates and fellow alumni.

Did you always want to be a lawyer, and how did NIU help you achieve your goals? Yes, and NIU Law helped me by providing opportunities to enhance my researching, writing, and critical thinking skills. NIU Law has dedicated, full-time legal writing professors and full-time legal research professors who place an emphasis on one of the most important and essential skill sets a lawyer should possess. NIU Law’s extracurricular programs in Law Review and Moot Court were instrumental in further developing these skills.

Do you have any advice for future attorneys? Strive to attain the highest level of knowledge and skill, while maintaining humility, civility, and respect toward others. Strive to improve the law and the legal profession and to exemplify the legal profession’s ideals of public service. As attorneys and members of the legal profession, we are representatives of clients and are officers of the courts. As public citizens, we have a special responsibility for the quality of justice. It is our responsibility to conduct ourselves accordingly.

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