Academic Programs

Degree and Certificate Programs

Program Type Degrees and Certificates
Traditional
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.)
Accelerated
  • B.S. + J.D.
    B.A. + J.D.
Dual Degree
Certificate
  • Business Law
  • Civil Advocacy
  • Criminal Practice
  • International Law
  • Law and Women's and Gender Studies
  • Public Interest Law

Experiential Learning

Program Type Program Options
Clinical
  • Civil Justice
  • Criminal Defense
  • Foreclosure Mediation
  • Health Advocacy
Externship
  • Civil
  • Criminal Law
  • Huskie Athletics
  • Judicial
  • Bridge to Practice
Practice Skills Training
  • Legal Writing and Advocacy
  • Introduction to Lawyering Skills
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Advanced Trial Advocacy
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Competitions
Pro Bono
  • "Ask a Lawyer Day"
  • Immigration Detention Center Legal Advice Project
  • LiveHelp - Illinois Legal Aid Online
  • The Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission
  • Legal Services Program at Hesed House
  • T. Jordan Gallagher Legal Services Program at Hope Haven
  • Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, Illinois Youth Center Chicago
  • County State's Attorneys
  • County Public Defenders
  • Domestic and International Adoptions
  • Prairie State Legal Services
  • Kane County Lawyer in the Lobby Program
  • Kane County Lawyer in the Library Program
  • Administer Justice, Inc.
  • GoEco: International Pro Bono Legal Volunteers
  • Research on Your Own

Other Programs

Program Type Program Options
Academic Success Program (ASP) First-year ASP
Upper-level ASP
Study Abroad Agen, France

Learning Outcomes

The faculty of Northern Illinois University College of Law has adopted the following learning outcomes for its students, with the objective of developing and measuring competencies in each:

  • Knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law
  • Legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, problem-solving, and written and oral communication in the legal context 
  • Exercise of proper professional and ethical responsibilities to clients and the legal system
  • Other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession, which include interviewing, counseling, fact development and analysis, document drafting, conflict resolution, organization and management of legal work, collaboration, cultural competency and self-evaluation.

Contact Us

Admissions
Swen Parson Hall 151
815-753-8595
law-admit@niu.edu
Dean's Office
Swen Parson Hall 270
815-753-1068