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NIU Law Named as One of Best Schools for “Small Law”
By National Jurist & preLaw Magazines

December 11, 2015

DeKalb, Ill.--Northern Illinois University College of Law has been recognized by National Jurist and preLaw magazines as one of the best schools in the nation for launching its graduates into small-firm practices.

In its “Back to School” issue, in an article entitled “Why Small Law is the New Big Law”, preLaw magazine ranked the NIU College of Law seventh, with 43.7% of its graduates being hired by firms with 100 or fewer attorneys – based on 2014 class data reported by the American Bar Association.

The cover of the National Jurist Big Law & Small Law issue.Similarly, in a "Back to School" article entitled “Best Schools for Big Law & Small Law”National Jurist magazine ranked NIU Law eleventh in a separate analysis layering the magazine’s own weighting criteria on top of the same data from the ABA.

Both articles signal a shift in law firm hiring practices as the market for “Big Law” graduates has slowed in recent years – and further highlights how schools like NIU Law have positioned their placement services to align well with the evolving marketplace for law graduates.

“Many of our graduates are looking for the benefits that a small law firm can offer such as more immediate client contact and a wider scope of responsibilities,” said NIU Law Dean Mark Cordes. He continued, “We work hard to accommodate students interested in smaller practices as well as those looking for a larger firm, and have established career success programs to support both interests.”

Earlier this year, NIU Law was named by National Jurist as one of the top 64 “Best Value” law schools in the nation as well - receiving an A- as its overall rating by the magazine.

As the only public law school in the Chicago area, the NIU College of Law has also been named a top law school nationally for diversity, value, and careers in public interest/government service. NIU Law provides unique opportunities for its students - beginning with its highly accomplished faculty who are personally invested in the success of every student throughout their professional lives. Many alumni serve as public interest attorneys, prosecutors, defenders, elected officials, and judges, but graduates are equally prepared for careers as solo practitioners or as lawyers in multinational law firms.


For more information, contact:
Melody Mitchell
Alumni Events & Public Relations
(815) 753-9655 or

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