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We welcome your application. Applications are accepted through the Law School Admissions Council.

Submit materials electronically through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). The LSAC will ask you for the following information:

  • Electronic Application Form
  • Personal Statement
  • LSAT Score
  • Transcript and CAS Report
  • One letter of recommendation – one is required, but up to four can be received

A resume is strongly recommended, but not required.

Merit-based scholarships and financial aid are always available for competitive applicants.

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We welcome students to apply with/for any of the following statuses:

If you have any questions or would like help in applying, please contact the Office of Admissions at 815-753-8595 or

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Nondiscrimination Policy

Northern Illinois University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender expression, gender identity, age, marital status, national origin, disability, status based on the Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA), or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran. Further, the Constitution and Bylaws of Northern Illinois University provides for equal treatment regardless of political views or affiliation and regardless of sexual orientation. Inquiries concerning application of Title IX, Section 504, and other statutes and regulations may be referred to Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance, 1515 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115, telephone 815-753-1118. The College of Law believes that a diverse collegial environment best serves its educational and professional goals, and thus particularly encourages applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups.

ABA Required Statement on Admission to the Bar

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Annual Security Report

NIU provides information regarding campus security, personal and fire safety, including topics such as: crime prevention, emergency response procedures and crime reporting policies, in addition to crime and fire statistics for the most recent three calendar years. The Annual Security Report containing security and safety information is available from the NIU website or by contacting the University Police and Public Safety Department at 815-753-9628 to receive a hard copy. The Annual Fire Safety Report is also available from the NIU website or by contacting the Environmental Health & Safety Department at 815-753-0404 to receive a hard copy.

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