Recognized as a "Best Value Law School" by National Jurist, for the past four years NIU Law offers an unbeatable combination of high quality education, excellent outcomes, and affordable costs.
With faculty dedicated to putting students first, our curriculum is designed to equip students for success in law school, the bar exam, and their professional endeavors. Our innovative first-year curriculum includes small sections to permit more feedback and interaction with faculty, rarely found in law schools. The upper-level curriculum includes an excellent skills program for hands-on learning, clinic and externship opportunities, and certificate programs for students wanting to focus on specific areas of law.
The excellent education you will receive at NIU Law is not an end in itself, but is designed to launch you on a successful career path. This is reflected in our bar exam results, which for the past two years have been four points above the state average for first-time takers on the July Illinois Bar Exam, placing fourth in the state in 2017. Our graduates also consistently have very strong employment rates, with students pursuing a variety of career paths.
As the only public law school in the greater Chicago region, NIU is committed to providing high quality education at an affordable price. Our tuition and fees are now the same for both Illinois and out-of-state residents, making our school an excellent choice for those from other states. Importantly, our students graduate with a debt load substantially below the national average and the lowest debt load of any Illinois law school.