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NIU Law beats state average with 83% passage on Illinois July Bar Exam

October 28, 2019

Northern Illinois College of Law is proud to announce that the passage rate for first-time takers on the Illinois July 2019 bar was 83%, three points above the state average.  These results reflect the school’s strong commitment to academic excellence and preparing students for successful careers.  NIU also placed fifth among the nine Illinois law schools.

“We are very pleased with these results,” said Jeanna Hunter, director of NIU Law’s Academic Success Program, which coordinates the school’s bar passage initiatives. “Bar passage and practice readiness are critical goals for our law students and we are dedicated to helping our students achieve these goals.”

Hunter also noted that from the moment students walk in the door, these skills are incorporated into their early courses and continue to be emphasized throughout law school, culminating in the bar passage courses in their final year.

“We are proud of how hard our graduates worked to achieve these very positive results,” added Interim Dean Laurel Rigertas.  “I am also grateful for our faculty who are so dedicated to teaching and encouraging our students.  Our supportive community is one of the key ingredients to our students’ success.”