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Application Requirements

Applicants must submit all materials through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS):
  • Electronic application
  • Personal statement
  • LSAT score
  • Transcript(s) and CAS Report
  • One letter of recommendation – one is required, but up to four can be received

A resume is strongly recommended, but not required.

NIU Law requires that applicants have earned or will have earned before classes begin a bachelor's degree that has been awarded by an institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.

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A few important things to note:

  • Early application is encouraged for maximum consideration for both admission and merit-based scholarships; however, we accept applications after the suggested deadline of April 1st. The June and February LSATs may be used for an admission decision in the same year.
  • Upon your admission, NIU Law requires an official transcript verifying your bachelor’s degree bachelor's degree that has been awarded by an institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.
  • In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Northern Illinois University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, status based on the Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA), or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran. Further, the Constitution and Bylaws of Northern Illinois University provides for equal treatment regardless of political views or affiliation and regardless of sexual orientation. Inquiries concerning application of Title IX, Section 504, and other statutes and regulations may be referred to the Affirmative Action and Diversity Resources Center, 1515 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115, telephone 815-753-1118. The College of Law believes that a diverse collegial environment best serves its educational and professional goals, and thus particularly encourages applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups.

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