Decision Factors

To apply to NIU Law, a candidate must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. A candidate also must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

The following factors are used in admission evaluations:

  • Academic performance at and above the collegiate level
  • Aptitude for the study of law as indicated by performance on the LSAT
  • Professional experience and achievement after college or graduate school
  • Personal qualities of character, integrity, and initiative
  • Ability to contribute to the diversity of the law school community and the success of its educational and professional goals

The aptitude score and academic performance are considered together. Admission decisions in all cases are made by considering all factors in the individual applicant's file. Each application is considered both on its own merit and in comparison to others in the current applicant pool.

NIU Law does not discriminate against any applicants for admission because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, marital status, political views or affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, financial status, military status, or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran. NIU Law believes that a diverse collegial environment best serves its educational and professional goals, and thus provides a welcoming and supportive environment for all students.