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NIU Law Repeats as One of the
Best Value Law Schools in the Nation

September 29, 2015

DeKalb, Ill.--Northern Illinois University College of Law is again ranked among the top law schools in the nation based on value by the National Jurist magazine. As part of the magazine's 2015 Best Value Law Schools study, NIU Law was named among the top 64 schools featured on the list, receiving an A- as the overall rating by the magazine. A complete list of the Best Value Law Schools appears in the October print issue of National Jurist magazine.

NIU Law was named to the list based on employment, tuition, cost of living and indebtedness upon graduation, with employment noted as the most important factor in the rankings.

“NIU Law continues to be at the forefront of addressing the important concern of affordability of legal education and reduction of law school debt, while still providing an excellent legal education,” said NIU Law Dean Mark Cordes. 

NIU Law allows students to obtain their J.D. degree without the weight of incurring as large a debt at the end of their legal education. The average indebtedness of NIU Law students from the Class of 2013 was just over $76,000 – 13% less than the $88,000 average student debt for 2013 public law school graduates. 

As the only public law school in Northern Illinois, NIU Law has been named a top law school nationally for diversity, value, and careers in public interest/government service. NIU Law provides unique opportunities for its students, beginning with its highly accomplished faculty who are personally invested in the success of every student throughout their professional lives. Many alumni serve as public interest attorneys, prosecutors, defenders, elected officials, and judges, but graduates are equally prepared for careers as solo practitioners or lawyers in multinational law firms.

Visit the National Jurist website for more information about the 2015 Best Value Law School study.


For more information, contact:
Melody Mitchell
Alumni Events & Public Relations
(815) 753-9655 or

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