Rankings & Recognition

 Outstanding College Alumni Award Recipient

Ryan J. DowdRyan J. Dowd
J.D. ’03

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Fast Facts

The College of Law has a strong commitment to public service. Many alumni serve as public interest attorneys, prosecutors, defenders, elected officials and judges.

Out of 3,200 alumni, 71 are judges - one of the highest ratios of alumni to alumni judges among law schools in the state.

Jennifer Rosato, dean of the college, is only the third Latina law school dean in the nation.


College of Law

The NIU College of Law is an ABA-approved law school and is the only public law school in the greater Chicago area.

For a more College of Law Successes, visit NIU’s College of Law website.

College of Law Earns National Rankings

National Jurist

preLaw Magazine

  • Tuition Winner: NIU’s College of Law is named as one of the top law schools in the nation when it comes to minimizing tuition inflation based on the lowest tuition increases by dollar amount from 2000 - 2010
Princeton Review Top 172 Law Schools

Princeton Review

  • Best Law Schools: NIU’s College of Law ranks in the prestigious list of best law schools of 2014


College of Law Earns Academic Prestige


Professional Organizations