The Mock Trial team participates in collegiate mock trial competitions. Mock trial participants play the roles of attorneys and witnesses in trial simulations while competing against other colleges and universities in tournaments. They are judged by practicing attorneys and judges, and often times compete in real courtrooms. Mock trial helps prelaw students learn legal principles and the nature of trial advocacy. Students develop critical thinking and public speaking skills, as well as knowledge of legal practices and procedures. For more information, please contact Prof. Pickerill at email@example.com.
Each spring semester, students from around the state of Illinois participate in the Model Illinois Government (MIG) simulation. The MIG event is a structured legislative simulation as well as a Moot Court competition. Students choose among various roles including: Legislators, lobbyists, journalists, attorneys, justices, budget analysts, as well as many leadership positions within the parties and committees. Within the legislature, students are assigned political parties and districts and placed in committees consistent with their particular interests. The legislators then simulate the legislative processes in the actual committee rooms and chambers of the Capitol building in Springfield. For more information contact: Dr. Scot Schraufnagel, Adviser to MIG at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Timothy Kirsininkas, NIU Student President of MIG at email@example.com.
The Model United Nations is a series of simulations run throughout the country and the world with the aim of furthering an understanding of the United Nations, educating participants about world issues, and promoting peace. Students develop many personal skills by participation in Model UN conferences, including teamwork, persuasive writing, oratory skills, and negotiation and compromise, all of which are important for personal development and future success. The NIU MUN organization attends two Model UN conferences a year. For more information on the club, contact the advisor, Damir Kovacevic (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
The Political Science Student Advisory Committee(POLS-SAC) is a group of student leaders that acts as a liaison between the department’s faculty and undergraduate students. The committee serves as a mechanism for program evaluation and improvement. It solicits and provides student input on proposed policy changes within the department’s undergraduate program, and may initiate proposed changes for consideration by the appropriate faculty committees. POLS-SAC may independently, or in conjunction with other department groups, organize and administer special events and activities related to the study and practice of political science. For information on how to join, please contact Dr. Andrea Radasanu, Director of Undergraduate Studies at email@example.com.
A student founded organization, the NIU Pre-Law Society was designed to aid potential law students and those interested in the legal field. We are dedicated to bringing together members of the NIU community who share a common interest in the law, and work closely with the pre-professional advising at the NIU Law School. We organize a variety of events that allow students to prepare for the difficult law school admissions and entry process, as well as familiarizing them with what “life” is like both during and after law school. For more information on the NIU Pre-Law Society, contact Dr. Brendon Swedlow, or look up the group on facebook.com.