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Admissions

Standard questions asked, many financial aid packages given to applicants

Level

1

Graduation Year

2012

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Quality of Life

Cheap.

Graduation Year

2008

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

I rated this a "3" because if I had a bad professor, the professor was BAD. Class sizes are good (not too big), and no class seemed too competitive -- everyone seemed willing to help other students. As far as I know, we don't have any notable faculty. NIU does offer a study abroad program in France, which is a definite plus. Overall, though, the school just has too many BAD tenured professors taking it easy with their state teaching job.

Quality of Life

The school itself is a dump. The building is old and the temperature in classrooms is either really hot or really cold. They painted the entire school, but as a friend said, "You can put makeup on an ugly girl, but..." DeKalb itself is fine. It's a pretty slow way of life and seems like a nice town. The school advertises pictures of downtown Chicago on its webpage, but that is deceiving because it is at least a 1.5 hour drive into the city (plus traffic) and because most Chicago firms don't seem to have any interest in NIU grads.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2010

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Poor class selection for upper class students. Not very competetive, students are friendly and are willing to share notes, etc. Grading seems gracious. Most professors are excellent, some (even the excellent ones) seem lazy.

Quality of Life

The law building is terrible, there is nothing good about it. The computer lab is a joke, it has about 12-15 computers in a small room. Everything about the law building itself is a joke. The campus of NIU looks like a soviet labor camp, it is full of grey cement buildings.

Admissions

Pretty standard application.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2011

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

This was a fairly standard application that required a personal statement, my LSAT score, participation in LSAC, and other basic forms. There were no additional scholarshsip opportunities aside from those already in the basic application.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2012

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

I believe that I did almost all of the applications through LSAC, along with an essay.

Graduation Year

2010

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

The school is attempting to improve the academics. There are a few professors that stand out above and beyond the rest and their classes are always in demand and full. The problem is, they never fire the ones who don't seem to even teach their subjects. The academic advising is horrid and you're on your own there, no one can get jobs because the adviser doesn't set up any on campus interviews or won't give you any personal assistance beyond a printout of the names or past graduates.

Admissions

Committee changes yearly for who reads the essays so what is focused on changes if you are on the bubble. LSAT at this point is at an average of 154 with an average undergrad GPA of around 3.5. Since the school is public, many student look for graduate assistantships or teaching assistantships in their second and third years which cover their entire tuition costs and give an extra stipend, greatly reducing the cost of law school.

Graduation Year

2010

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

There was relatively small class size. Was not very competitive. Grading seemed arbitrary in some regards.

Quality of Life

The facilities were a joke. The classrooms were falling apart. It was a very old building with very little renovation. The nicest classrooms were not used often.

Graduation Year

2008

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