About NIU Law

NIU Law is at the heart of a diverse and active university campus of over 19,000 students in DeKalb, Illinois, located on the western edge of the Chicago metropolitan area, which is home to over 10 million residents and one of the world’s largest and most diversified economies – with more than 400 major corporate headquarters, including 31 in the Fortune 500.


Admissions Data for the NIU Law Class of 2020
LSAT 75th Percentile 153
LSAT Median 150
LSAT 25th Percentile 146
GPA 75th Percentile 3.53
GPA Median 3.12
GPA 25th Percentile 2.79
Student Body Data
Women 40%
Minority 30%
Out-of-State Residents 21%
Average Age 26
Student–Faculty Ratio 7.3:1

or Pursuing
an Advanced

Class of 2016


NIU College of Law Annual Tuition and Fees—Academic Year 2018–19
Domestic Rate for all U.S. Students
Instructional Charges (Base Tuition) $16,254.96
Institutional Charges (Fees) $5,924.48
Tuition/Fees Combined $22,179.44

Illinois Bar Exam Results
First-time Passage Rate in July 2017

Institution Pass Rate
University of Chicago 99%
University of Illinois 96%
Northwestern 94%
Northern Illinois University 84%
Chicago-Kent 80%
Loyola 79%
John Marshall 72%
DePaul 69%
Southern Illinois University 69%


Graduates in 2016 found jobs in:

Government and Public Interest 37% Business and Industry 14% Private Practice 49%
National Association for Law Placement (NALP) comparison of all jobs and advanced degrees1
NALP Job Comparison Over Past Ten Months
NIU Law Class of 2016
Institution Employment Rate
University of Chicago 100%
Northwestern 95.2%
Northern Illinois University 94.1%
University of Illinois 93.9%
Chicago-Kent 92.5%
Loyola 91.3%
John Marshall 86.1%
Southern Illinois University 81.7%
DePaul 79.1%