Northern Illinois University College of Law has been named a top law school for Criminal Law for the second year in a row by preLaw Magazine, increasing to an A rating for 2021. NIU Law is one of only three Illinois schools on the list. According to the article, “The top schools in this area seek to rectify injustice by training students to uphold the highest standards in whichever role they seek, be it prosecution or defense.”
“We are honored to be recognized once again as a top school in Criminal Law,” said NIU Law Dean Cassandra L. Hill. “Our faculty who teach Criminal Law and related courses are experts and well-respected scholars in this field. Their cutting-edge research and integration of current legal developments into the curriculum keeps students engaged and excited to learn more and practice criminal law.”
Students have the opportunity to develop their skills in this area by participating in the NIU Law Criminal Defense Clinic, which provides a holistic approach to representation in addressing underlying causes of criminal behavior such as mental health or substance abuse issues. The College of Law also offers a Certificate in Criminal Practice, which focuses its legal coursework on understanding and addressing key issues confronting the American criminal justice system, as well as policy analysis and the contemporary decision-making models. The certificate also exposes students to litigation procedures within the criminal courts, and within corrections, security and associated support agencies.
This honor follows recent accolades including the NIU College of Law being named the No. 2 law school in the country on preLaw Magazine’s Employment 2020 Honor Roll list and a 2020 Best Value Law School also by preLaw Magazine.