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NIU Law dean featured in August Suburban Life Magazine

August 11, 2014

RosatoArticleNIU Law Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea was profiled as a 2014 Woman of Distinction in the August edition of Suburban Life Magazine.

This publication recognized 12 of the most remarkable women in Chicago’s western suburbs for their contributions to their communities, professions and causes in May.

Rosato Perea has worked tirelessly to make the law and legal profession more accessible to the community.

In the profile, Rosato Perea says she makes a point to spend time in the classroom teaching courses and working with new professors, noting, “I try not to forget where I come from and the reason I do what I do for the students.”

In 2009, Rosato Perea become the first female Latina dean of the NIU College of Law and is still amongst only a handful of minority women deans across the country. Under her guidance, NIU Law has enacted numerous initiatives to advance its mission of promoting diversity, professionalism and academic excellence. In fact, National Jurist recently ranked NIU among the top 50 most diverse law schools in the nation.

Kelsey Rakers and Jennifer Rosato Perea

Kelsey Rakers, left, and Jennifer Rosato Perea take time for a photo with Rosato Perea’s 2014 Woman of Distinction Award in May.

As the only public law school in the greater Chicago area, NIU’s College of Law ranks among Princeton Review’s prestigious list of best law schools of 2014. Additional national rankings include the following:

NIU is an American Bar Association-approved law school. For more information about the NIU College of Law, visit