Northern Illinois University

College of Law



The Graduate School

Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, IL 60115

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The primary purpose of the College of Law is to train effective lawyers through a program of quality legal education that is both intellectually rigorous and broadly conceived, with the aim of preparing students for both today's and tomorrow's global legal environment. Recognizing that the study of law is itself a professional specialization, the primary course of study is of a general nature, providing students with a broad base of exposure and problem solving abilities that equip them for a lifetime in the law. To accomplish these aims, the curriculum imparts not only a broad theoretical basis, but provides for the intensive development of analytical and communicative skills. At the same time, the College of Law seeks to ensure that students have the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge of legal specializations. Integral to the accomplishment of this purpose is the College of Law's continuing commitment to facilitate access to the legal profession by members of traditionally underrepresented groups. The College of Law seeks to reduce the historic deficit of traditionally underrepresented groups in all areas within the legal profession. The College of Law is committed to the development of professionals whose careers reflect a deep sensitivity to the ethical responsibility to our dynamic society. To serve its primary purpose, the College of Law places special emphasis on developing practice competence on the part of its students, with the goal that students can graduate fully prepared to practice law. Such an emphasis recognizes the legal profession's growing demand, generally, for more skills training in law schools. This requires a comprehensive focus on professional skills and professional ethics throughout all three years of education. The College of Law seeks to instill a commitment to public service in all students during law school, thereby beginning a lifetime commitment to use their legal education to serve the public interest.


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small Suburb

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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