Career Services for Alumni

The Office of Career Opportunities and Professional Development is available to College of Law alumni for counseling and advice during all phases of their career.

Alumni Resources

  • Access to current job openings via our online Job Bulletin
  • Assistance with resume preparation, job search strategy and interview skills
  • Library of placement resources
  • Employment panels and programs
  • Networking opportunities
  • Career fairs
  • Panels and programs featuring practitioners and alumni discussing their particular type of practice, both traditional and non-traditional

Mentoring Programs

First-year Mentoring Program

We encourage you to join the Mentoring Program for first-year students at the NIU College of Law. This program allows alumni and friends of the College of Law to provide both professional and personal assistance to our incoming students during their first year of studies. 

As we all know, law school is a significant transition for students, with new ways of learning, thinking, speaking and working. This transition can be even more challenging to our students who are the first in their families to go to law school and do not have someone to ask questions of along the way. Even a small time commitment from a mentor to this program will mean a great deal to a first-year student. The mentor’s professional and personal contact will go a long way toward making a student’s first year rewarding and successful.

We sincerely hope that you will become a mentor. Please take this wonderful opportunity to give invaluable assistance to the college and a future fellow alum.

If you have any questions concerning the program, contact Greg Anderson, Director of Career Opportunities & Development at ganderson@niu.edu or 815-753-9604. Please respond as soon as possible so we may be able to plan appropriately for this year’s incoming class.

Mentoring Program Information Sheet and Application Form

Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program

We have joined forces with the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (ILSCCP) to become a program provider in its Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program. The program was designed to elevate the competence, professionalism and success of new lawyers and ease the transition from legal education to actual practice for recent law school graduates.

Requirements
  • New Lawyers
    • Complete the mentoring program within the first three years of your practice in Illinois
    • Begin the program no later than two years after admission to the Illinois bar
    • Be registered as active on the Illinois ARDC Master Roll of Attorneys
    • Practice or intend to practice law in Illinois
    • Complete the online mentee registration
  • Mentors
    • Be registered as active and in good standing on the Illinois ARDC Master Roll of Attorneys
    • Be admitted to practice law in Illinois for no less than six years
    • Never have been suspended or disbarred from the practice of law in any state or jurisdiction
    • Have no formal disciplinary complaint pending
    • Complete and submit the online mentor registration
Mandatory Program Orientation

Mentors and mentees are required to attend a mandatory program orientation. Please contact Greg Anderson, program administrator, with any questions.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Northern Illinois University College of Law is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, marital or parental status, race, color, religious creed, national origin, age, handicap or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran in administration of its education policies, admissions and placement policies and other school administered programs. The services and facilities of the Office of Career Opportunities and Professional Development are available only to employers whose practices are consistent with this non-discrimination policy. Any complaints of discrimination during the placement process will be investigated or referred to the proper authority for investigation.

Contact Us

Office of Career Opportunities and Professional Development
Greg C. Anderson, Assistant Dean and Director
Swen Parson 280
815-753-0589