Political Science has a well-deserved reputation as a popular field of study for students considering a career in the law. The emphasis on understanding the role of law in our public lives, on critical thinking about political issues and institutions, and on learning to express our thoughts clearly on these matters, makes a degree in Political Science an excellent gateway to the study of law. Whether your career goals are in public leadership, litigation, law enforcement, private law practice, or something else, we invite you to take classes in Political Science and Public Law.
Since there are many appropriate courses within the public law emphasis in Political Science, we encourage students to review the Undergraduate Catalog and consult with the Political Science Undergraduate Advisor on a program of study. Political Science majors who are interested in taking pre-law courses are invited to talk with Professors Brendon Swedlow and Artemus Ward, public law faculty in Political Science. Students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences who want advice on which courses undergraduate students should take and how to prepare for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) should visit with Academic Advisor Steve Estes in Zulauf Hall 201.
Law school admissions committees like to see students with a broad liberal arts education, high grades, strong LSAT scores, and a variety of activities and experiences, so we encourage our students to explore the full array of opportunities at Northern Illinois University. At the same time, legal analysis and argument is a skill and the number of subjects covered in law school is vast. Courses within the public law emphasis in Political Science are an excellent way to begin developing legal skills and to start acquiring the knowledge that you will need to excel in the study and practice of law. We have a strong record of placing our graduates at top law schools such as University of Virginia, University of Illinois, Washington & Lee University, University of Wisconsin, St. Louis University, Marquette University, Loyola University, and DePaul University among others.