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Diversity at NIU Law

Hello and thank you for your interest in Northern Illinois University College of Law (“NIU Law”).  We have a unique and special community that our students love.  At NIU Law, we are “small by design” and we offer a close-knit, collegial community that is enhanced and strengthened by the diversity of our students and faculty. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and a myriad of life experiences. As the only public law school in the greater Chicagoland area, we have both the responsibility and the honor of offering our students a high quality legal education at an affordable price. We are passionate about educating successful lawyers. Thus, we reach beyond the traditional classroom to provide students the opportunity to experience the hands-on practice of law in our four clinical programs.

For the past several years, our faculty has been recognized nationally as one of the most diverse in the county by The Princeton Review. Nearly 40 percent of our full-time faculty members are from minority groups, and 43 percent of our full-time faculty members are women. Our Dean and Professor of Law, Jennifer L. Rosato, is one of only four Latina law school deans from the over 200 law schools accredited by the American Bar Association.  Recently, NIU Law was named a top five regional law school for black students in the 2014 Lawyers of Color “Black Student’s Guide to Law Schools” edition.  Finally, in the November 2012 edition of National Jurist, NIU Law was once again named as one of the most diverse law schools in the nation.

At NIU Law, we are strongly committed to maintaining and increasing the diversity of our student body and faculty. We believe that a law school classroom needs to mirror society.  In turn, our students experience varied perspectives, thus learning how to best serve their future clients.

I look forward to helping you learn more about our vibrant community at NIU Law.

Terea Turner, Esq.

Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

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Diversity Statement

NIU Law is strongly committed to facilitating access to the legal profession for members of traditionally underrepresented groups.  Among our goals is to counter the effects of societal discrimination, to increase the number of lawyers who will serve in communities that are currently underserved, and to obtain for our students the educational benefits that flow from a diverse faculty and student body.  We therefore recruit faculty and students who represent diverse communities and identities in our society based on gender, age, sexual orientation, race, culture, ethnicity, and physical ability.