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NIU Law Named One of the Top Schools for Public Service
By National Jurist & preLaw Magazines

January 26, 2016

DeKalb, Ill.--Northern Illinois University College of Law has been recognized by National Jurist / preLaw magazines as one of the top law schools for delivering graduates to public service careers (specifically in the category of prosecutors/public defenders). The list is featured in the current Winter edition of preLaw.

The study recognizes 49 law schools in three categories - public interest, government and prosecutors/public defenders - and is based on curricular offerings, employment placement, starting salaries, the amount of debt upon graduation, and Loan repayment Assistance Programs (LRAPs).

The cover of the Winter 2016 edition of preLaw magazine.“We are proud to see NIU Law continue to be nationally recognized for its public interest offerings and curriculum, including our clinics, externships and pro bono opportunities,” says NIU Law Dean Mark Cordes. “Offering interested students a proven pathway to successful public service,” he continues, “is just one way NIU Law continues to fulfill our ongoing commitment to the legal marketplace”.

Earlier this year, NIU Law was named similarly by National Jurist as one of the top “Best Value” law schools in the nation, receiving an A- as its overall rating by the magazine.

As the only public law school in Northern Illinois, NIU Law has been consistently recognized for diversity, value and its ability to accommodate students interested in careers in small practices as well as those looking for work in larger organizations - and has established career success programs to support both interests. Beginning with its highly accomplished faculty who are personally invested in the success of every student, NIU Law has demonstrated its commitment to its graduates throughout their professional lives. Many alumni serve as public interest attorneys, prosecutors, defenders, elected officials, and judges - though graduates are equally prepared for careers as solo practitioners or as lawyers in multinational law firms.


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

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