The accelerated program leads to both the B.A. in English and J.D. degree. Students who want to complete this program must identify themselves to the English department as majors who wish to complete the accelerated program. Undergraduates who major in English and have completed at least 90 semester hours of undergraduate course work (including all general education and major requirements) with a minimum GPA of 3.25 are eligible to apply for admission to NIU’s College of Law under the special provisions of this program. As part of the application to the College of Law, applicants must take the LSAT and must receive a score above the 50th percentile of the previous year’s matriculating law class. Applicants are strongly advised to take the LSAT and submit their application to the College of Law no later than February 15 of the applicant’s junior year. Admission will be on a competitive basis, and the likelihood of admission will depend on the number and quality of the applicants to the program, the number and quality of applicants to the College of Law in general, as well as other factors normally considered in admissions decisions by the College of Law.
Students must complete all the requirements of the English B.A. degree as well as all general education requirements by the end of their junior year. Students accepted into the College of Law pursuant to the special provisions of this program will matriculate in the College of Law in the fall of their senior year. Up to 30 hours of law courses will count toward the final 30 credits of the undergraduate degree. The final two years of the program will follow the standard College of Law timetable.