To graduate, a student must have satisfactorily completed 90 semester hours of credit, including all required courses (see below), with a cumulative grade point average of 2.20 or better. They must also have satisfied the upper-division writing requirement, and for students matriculating Fall 2015 or after, participated in a Clinic or Externship (at least 3 credit hours).
In addition, the upper-level College of Law curriculum offers several certificate programs.
It is a requirement for graduation that each student satisfy the upper-division writing requirement during his or her fourth or fifth semester. This requirement may be satisfied in three ways:
- Successful completion of a writing seminar with a grade of C or better, or
- Successful completion of a directed research project, specifically approved for satisfaction of this requirement, with a grade of C or better, or
- Successful completion of an article written for the NIU Law Review, subject to review and approval of the Law Review Faculty Advisor.
To satisfy this requirement, the seminar paper, or papers, the directed research project, or law review article must be substantially equivalent in quality and quantity to a law review comment. The major submission by a student must involve multiple drafts and significant research and analysis.
Typically, four or five research seminars are offered each semester. Offerings have included seminars in civil rights litigation, corporate governance donative transfers, educational law, environmental law, family law, Illinois constitutional law, immigration law, international business, medical malpractice, sports and entertainment law, and tax policy.