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NIU Law named a top school for criminal law

March 4, 2020

Northern Illinois University College of Law has been named a top law school for criminal law by PreLaw Magazine with an A- rating. NIU Law is one of only three Illinois schools on the list joining Northwestern and Chicago-Kent, both also receiving A- ratings. Law schools were graded based on the breadth of their curricular offerings including concentrations, clinics, centers, externships, journals, student groups, certificates and others.

This honor follows similar accolades in 2017 when NIU Law was named by as one of the top schools in the nation for graduates going into public interest and in 2016 from National Jurist and prelaw magazines, which recognized NIU Law as one the nation’s top schools for delivering students to public service careers.

“We are proud to see NIU Law named a top law school for criminal law,” says NIU Law Interim Dean Laurel Rigertas. “Many of our graduates go to work in state’s attorney and public defender offices, which aligns with NIU Law’s core mission of public service. It is wonderful to see our excellent curriculum in the area of criminal law get recognized and honored.”

NIU Law has been consistently named a top law school nationally for diversity, value and for careers in public service. NIU Law provides unique opportunities for its students beginning with its highly accomplished faculty who are personally invested in the success of their students in the classroom and throughout their careers. Although many alumni serve as public interest attorneys, elected officials and judges, they are equally prepared for careers in private practice, ranging from solo practitioners to lawyers in multinational firms.