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NIU Law Welcomes Class of 2018

Justice Thomas L. Kilbride, right, administers the Oath of Professionalism to the NIU Law Class of 2018.

Justice Thomas L. Kilbride, right, administers the Oath of Professionalism to the NIU Law Class of 2018.

August 18, 2015

DeKalb, Ill.--The Northern Illinois University College of Law welcomed the Class of 2018 to Swen Parson Hall on Thursday, August 13 for orientation. The new class of 85 students arrived eager to begin their journey towards a legal education. A class composed of diverse ages, races and walks of life, the first-year students are poised to add great distinctiveness to the NIU Law student body.

In the course of a very busy two days, the new students were addressed by new NIU Law Interim Dean Mark Cordes, met the NIU Law faculty and staff and received a wealth of important information and tools to aid in their success. Not least of which came from the annual program hosted by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. 

Former Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride addressed the students on the principles of ethical conduct, leadership and service embodied by the legal profession as well as their importance to society as future lawyers. He then administered the “Oath of Professionalism,” in which the students committed themselves to upholding the highest standards and ideals of the legal profession. Students then took part in breakout sessions, facilitated by attorneys and judges, discussing how best to handle hypothetical situations that presented a number of difficult professionalism issues.

Students also took part in a mock class and practice exam, financial planning workshop, and networking opportunities. Thursday evening saw many of the students join local attorneys and judges, many of them NIU Law alumni, at a networking reception held at the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic in Rockford. There they learned about the College of Law’s clinical program from clinic director Anita Maddali and the clinical faculty and gained insight from the experience of the legal professionals there about what awaits them in the next three years.

With a fast-paced introduction to law school now complete, the students will now move to that all-important next step: their first law school classes. With the NIU Law faculty and staff standing by to lend support, they will accept the challenge of the juris doctor degree in earnest. And as has been the case so many times before, everyone involved will learn from one another.


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Melody Mitchell
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