Giving Back to the NIU College of Law

As a public institution, we are dedicated to providing a quality, affordable education to all qualified students. Fifty years ago, the university primarily relied on state support to sustain educational quality. Today, however, that support has declined to less than 25 percent of NIU's budget. Committed to keeping tuition and fees affordable, we now looks to private donors for the support needed to maintain our excellence.

At the same time that public support has declined, higher education costs have risen - dramatically. The need for new instructional technologies tells part of that story. So does increased utility costs and the need for new students services, particularly financial aid. The list goes on and on, but there are few new sources of revenue to meet those challenges. The only area of support with the potential for long-term growth is private support.

When you give to the NIU Foundation, your gift can be distributed directly to the College of Law. In this way, you help to ensure that Northern continues to maintain its position as a first-class environment for teaching and learning.

Tomorrow's leaders in virtually every walk of life are today's students at Northern Illinois University, and their education will continue to flourish thanks to the generous private support given by NIU Law's friends and alumni.

For more information on giving to the College of Law, contact Michelle Japlon at 815-753-9486 or

Giving Opportunities

There are several ways and opportunities for alumni and friends of NIU College of Law to give to the school. Our Advancement Office will work with individual donors to explore all options and make the giving experience comfortable and fulfilling.

  • College of Law Operations
    • Faculty Support
    • Law Library
    • Technology
  • Friends of Moot Court
  • PILS Auction
  • Graduation Awards
  • Endowed Scholarships
  • Employer Matching Opportunities

Contact Us

Office of Strategic Communications, Alumni Engagement and Diversity Initiatives
Melody Mitchell, Assistant Dean
Swen Parson 350