Apply to a Certificate Program

Instructions for Certificate Applications

  • Links to the forms are at the bottom of this page.
  • IMPORTANT: Before beginning the form, ensure you have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your PC. If you do not have it on your PC, download and install it from https://get.adobe.com/reader/. Only use Acrobat Reader to open and fill in the form. Other PDF programs do not support the calculation fields required by the form. 
  1. RIGHT-click on the link for your desired application form to download and save it. Do not open the form before saving it.
    1. For Chrome: right-click > “Save link as…” > save the file to your PC.
    2. For Edge/Internet Explorer: right-click > “Save target as…” > save the file to your PC.
    3. For Firefox: right-click > “Save Link As…” > save the file to your PC.
  2. Go to the saved file on your PC. RIGHT-click on the file name and select “Open with…” > Adobe Reader.
  3. Fill out the form in Adobe Reader and save it.
  4. Email the digital version to Julie Mahoney-Krzyzek, jmahoney@niu.edu.
  5. Print out a hard copy of the application, check that the information is correct, then sign and date it.
  6. Give the hard copy to the supervising faculty member for review and signature:
    • Business Law - Professor Genevieve Tokic
    • Civil Advocacy - Professor David Taylor
    • Criminal Practice - Professor Daniel McConkie
    • International Law - Professor Morse Tan
    • Public Interest Law - Professor Michael Oswalt
    • Certificate in Law and Women's and Gender Studies - Professor Anita Maddali
  7. Associate Dean Marc Falkoff must also approve and sign all forms.
  8. When all approvals and signatures have been acquired, turn in the hard copy form to Julie Mahoney-Krzyzek (SP285).
  9. It is preferred that this process is completed by the time Statement of Candidacy meeting with Julie takes place (August for December graduates, January for May graduates).

Application Forms

Note: Read the instructions above before downloading and filling out the forms.