The College of Law at Northern Illinois University

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Sarah Scarpelli
Application deadline April 1
Full-time program application fee $50
Part-time program application fee $50
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The College of Law at Northern Illinois University

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 44.9% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.20
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 152

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 46.1%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 150-155
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3-3.43
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.19
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 152

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 25.0%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 155-155
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.28-3.28
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 3.28
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 155

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A.
J.D./M.P.A.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Students who have been exposed to the fundamentals of legal practice in the simulation courses have the opportunity through Clinical Courses and Externships to refine their practice skills and begin the transition from classroom to practice. The College of Law offers one international program — located in Agen, France — as well as a selection of upper-level courses during the summer.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 60
Seminars 7
Positions available in seminars 98
Positions available in simulation courses 156
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 50
Student activities (as provided by the school)
The College has many student organizations which provide an excellent opportunity for students to become more involved in their law school community. The Student Bar Association serves as the “umbrella organization” for these groups. The Law Review is a student-edited journal that publishes articles designed to assist the legal community.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 55
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Typical size of first-year “small section” N/A
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 66
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 145
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 22
Full-time students involved in field placements 44
Full-time students involved in law journals 44
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 30
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 7

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? N/A
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 17.1:1 – High
Full- and part-time faculty 27
Full-time minority faculty 35.3%
Part-time minority faculty 10.0%
Total faculty 40
Total faculty (men) 62.5%
Total faculty (women) 37.5%
Total faculty (minorities) 20.0%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

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Law Ranking Scores

Score N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 1.7
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 2.4
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3-3.42
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.20
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 150-155
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 152
Acceptance rate 44.9% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 17.1:1 – High
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 75.8% – Low
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 82.2% – Medium
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar IL
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 89.2%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 321

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 315

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 6

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 8.6%
Second-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 3.1%
Female students discontinuing law school 4.3%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Sarah Scarpelli
Financial aid phone (815) 753-8595
Financial aid application deadline March 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $18,688 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $33,311 per year (out-of-state)
Part-time: $788 per credit (in-state)
Part-time: $1,398 per credit (out-of-state)
Room and board $11,210
Books $1,600
Miscellaneous expenses $3,916
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 12.7%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 33.3%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.6%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount $6,846
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $2,500–$13,692
Full-time students receiving grants 46.7%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 16.7%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 50.0%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount $11,125
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $8,272–$12,995
Part-time students receiving grants 66.7%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $61,530
Proportion who borrowed 96.8%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? No

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 41,691
Microform titles 1,697
Electronic titles 305
Other non-book titles 311
Total titles 44,004
Volumes (excluding microforms) 169,278
Volume equivalent microforms 99,286
Total volumes and volume equivalents 268,564
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 44,819
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 98
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 58
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 3
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 37
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 78
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 12
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 61
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 49
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 12
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 49
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 5

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, law school library, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 1
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 14
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 1
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 1
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 24,700
Total seats available for library users 228
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) The David C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library is a principal resource of the College of Law and provides one of the best ratios of library materials to students of any American law school. The Law Library offers in-depth research level coverage of more than 32 areas of American law. The Library also offers access to Westlaw, Lexis-Nexis, and a wide range of Web-based legal Resources.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar IL
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 82.2% – Medium
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 89.2%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 99
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 75.8%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown N/A
Graduates whose employment status is known N/A
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program N/A
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work N/A
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work N/A

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 7.1%
Graduates whose employment status is known 92.9%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 75.8%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 3.0%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 7.1%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 7.1%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $41,000
Median private sector starting salary $50,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $59,250
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 63%
Median public service starting salary $44,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 5.3%
Percent employed in business and industry 21.3%
Percent employed in government 20.0%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 2.7%
Percent employed in law firms 41.3%
Percent employed in public interest 9.3%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 93%
Graduates employed out-of-state 5.3%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 0%
Number of states where graduates are employed 4
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) N/A
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 1.3%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 97.3%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) N/A
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) N/A
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) N/A
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) N/A
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) N/A
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) N/A
Employment location unknown 1.3%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations The Office of Career Opportunities and Development is available for counseling on all phases of career and placement activity. The office provides assistance with resume preparation, job search strategy, and interviewing skills. This office also holds panels and programs in which various practitioners and alumni discuss their particular type of practice.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 62.7%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 97.9%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 14.7%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 81.8%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 18.7%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 78.6%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 4.0%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 33.3%

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