Laurel A. Rigertas, J.D., interim dean
Marc D. Falkoff, Ph.D., J.D., associate dean for academic affairs
Kathleen Coles, J.D., associate dean for student services
The College of Law offers a three-year, full-time day program leading to the J.D. degree. There is no part-time program, but a limited number of students may attend on a part-time schedule. The College of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Student enrollment is approximately 300.
The College of Law is housed in Swen Parson Hall. The facilities as well as the student/faculty ratio promote a community atmosphere and maximize interaction between students and their law professors. The law library provides ample space for intensive study and reflection in quiet privacy and the latest in electronic legal research tools. A multipurpose moot courtroom, equipped with up-to-date technology, serves as a realistic setting for practical exercises in courtroom proceedings. In addition to academics, law students are involved in a wide variety of scholarly and co-curricular activities such as Law Review, moot court and trial advocacy teams, and a study-abroad program in France.
Application for admission is made through the College of Law, not through the Graduate School. Information regarding degree programs, academic requirements, application procedures, and tuition and fees is available from the College of Law Office of Admissions, Room 151, Swen Parson Hall (815-753-8595 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or online at https://law.niu.edu/law/admissions/index.shtml. In addition, NIU undergraduates In the University Honors Program or in selected majors may be eligible to apply to the College of Law under one of the school’s “accelerated law degree” programs. Students accepted into the College of Law pursuant to a “accelerated” program can start law school immediately after their junior year and can complete both their undergraduate degree and a law degree in a total of six years. Details may be found at https://www.niu.edu/law/academics/accelerated-jd/index.shtml.