Michael S. Burns

Michael Burns
Title: Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions
Office Location: Swen Parson 151
Office Phone: 815-753-8595
Email: mburns4@niu.edu
Education: B.A., Northern Illinois University
J.D., DePaul University

Michael Burns joined Northern Illinois University College of Law as assistant dean and director of admissions in 2018. Prior to joining NIU Law, he was the associate dean for student affairs at DePaul University College of Law. From 1994 to 1996, Burns served as a legal writing instructor and assistant dean for law career services at DePaul. He also worked as assistant dean for admission at Chicago-Kent College of Law from 1996 to 2003. While at Chicago-Kent, he also was appointed to the positions of director of academic support, director of the Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars Program, adjunct professor and associate general counsel for the Illinois Institute of Technology.

He is a 1992 graduate of DePaul University College of Law, where he was a member of the DePaul Law Review and served as evening vice president of the Student Bar Association. After completing his legal studies, he joined the Chicago law firm of Peterson and Ross, where he specialized in reinsurance and excess insurance coverage litigation. Burns is a member and past vice president of the Midwest Alliance for Law School Admission. In recent years, he has served on a number of Law School Admission Council (LSAC) workgroups and committees, including the Minority Affairs Committee, Newcomers Faculty and the Services and Programs Committee. In addition, he served a three-year term on the LSAC Board of Trustees from 2011 to 2013. He is a frequent speaker on college and university campuses and has received a number of recognitions for his efforts to increase diversity in legal education.