Message from the Dean

Dean Jennifer L. Rosato

April 26, 2011

“Making Success Happen”

I am proud to serve as Dean of the College of Law during a transformational time at the law school.  The faculty, students, alumni, administration, and University are working collaboratively to “make success happen” for all of our students, in any career path they choose.  Even as we move the law school forward in important ways, we remain true to our core values, including excellence, access, diversity, public service, and community.

Highlights of our successes this year include:

Student Successes

  • Used Academic Excellence Fee to sustain the law library collection, offer additional courses in upper-class curriculum, support intermural moot court and trial advocacy competitions, expand experiential learning opportunities, strengthen programs that build bar exam skills, and allow students to attend professional development conferences;
  • Built Academic Success Program and other initiatives to maximize student success;
  • Expanded summer opportunities, including courses, externships, and APPLE assistantships in judicial placements;
  • Approved Director of Pro Bono Initiatives, expanding pro bono opportunities for students throughout the region;
  • Secured additional scholarships, including a Chessick Scholarship in evidence law and a $20,000 gift to establish the George M. Shur Student Scholarship.

Faculty Successes

  • Hosted Symposium on Immigration and Homeland Security Law with distinguished speakers and over 150 attendees;
  • Hired new faculty: Professors Morse Tan (international law, health law) and Amy Widman (torts, legislation, environmental law);
  • Approved Clinical Faculty track, as part of building of experiential learning program;
  • Engaging in search for Director of Clinics.

Alumni Successes

  • BOV Chair John Monical and committee developed a Mentoring Program for first-year law students that began in Fall 2010.  Ninety-three students are participating in the program;
  • BOV initiating working groups in Fundraising, Career Development, and Outreach/Reputation.

University Collaborations

  • Environmental Policy Institute;
  • Healthcare Policy & Management certificate program;
  • Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs);
  • Certificate in women’s studies.

College of Law Successes

  • NIU Law ranked thirteenth among the Top 20 law schools in the nation based on value by preLaw Magazine in its 2010 Best Value Law Schools study;
  • NIU Law ranked ninth among the Top 10 law schools in the nation for having the most diverse faculty by the Princeton Review in its 2011 edition of Best 172 Law Schools;
  • NIU Law was named one of the most diverse law schools in the nation in the March 2011 issue of the National Jurist.

Enjoy the rest of the semester!

Dean Rosato