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National Law Journal Names NIU Law
Among Top Ten Schools for Graduates
Entering Public Interest Careers

July 8, 2016

DeKalb, Ill--Northern Illinois University College of Law has been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the nation’s top law schools – 8th on the list of top 20 schools - for delivering graduates into government and public interest careers.

The National Law Journal ranking was based on employment data collected by the American Bar Association for the class of 2015. Earlier this year, National Jurist/preLaw magazine also recognized NIU Law as one of the top schools for graduates working in public service jobs (specifically in the criminal law category of prosecutors and public defenders). That article, “Best Schools for Public Service” was based on a separate analysis of curricular offerings, employment placement, starting salaries, a smaller amount of debt upon graduation, and loan repayment assistance programs.

“These reports confirm what members of the legal profession have long known,” NIU Law Dean Eric Dannenmaier explained, “Northern Law is a leading source of legal talent for the government and public interest sectors, as well as private law firms and business enterprises.” NIU Law prepares graduates for careers through in-depth core classes and extensive hands-on training in legal clinics, externship placements, and specialized upper-level courses. Its graduates enter a variety of legal and public service careers, including over 90 alums who are active or retired judges. In addition to practicing law, many graduates also choose careers as leaders in government and business where the JD degree is a recognized advantage.

These opportunities come without the high price associated with other law schools in and around Chicago. NIU College of Law is the only public law school in the Chicago area, and offers unique opportunities through access to highly-accomplished faculty members and a program designed to support the success of its graduates throughout their careers.


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

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