Thursday, May 14, 2015

Summer Courses in Media Law and Negotiations Cancelled

This is to inform you that, unfortunately, due to low enrollment, we have had to cancel the courses in Media Law and Negotiation that were originally scheduled for this summer session. However, we hope to offer Negotiation in the spring 2016 semester.
-Dean Gaebler

Monday, May 4, 2015

Summer Class Registration Now Open

Registration is now open in MyNiu for the NIU College of Law Summer Session for 2015. Current first-year students who wish to register for summer school will need to familiarize themselves with the registration process in MyNiu. Instructions are available at Part-time, first-year students who will have less than 25 hours at the end of this semester must see Dean Coles to discuss registration for summer classes. Please remember that no students can register themselves for clinics or externships — you need to contact the supervising faculty member. If you have any questions, please contact Dean Gaebler in person or at

Scholarship Deadlines for the Rest of the Semester

This document contains scholarships and writing competitions with deadlines through May 31, 2015.

Dean's Certificates for May 2015 Graduates

Under NIU Law’s standard procedures, a Dean's Certificate is prepared for all graduates by the Office of Budget & Records (Christina and Julie). After review, the certificate is then signed by Dean Rosato Perea and is sent directly to the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar (IBAB). For students applying to the Illinois bar, this process will be completed in June, after the law school has verified that graduates have fulfilled all requirements for graduation and do not have a hold on their university accounts.

If you are applying to take the bar exam in a state other than Illinois and that state requires a form similar to the Illinois Dean's Certificate, then you will need to provide a copy of that form to the Office of Budget & Records in ample time so that it can be completed and sent in accordance with whatever deadlines are set by the state in question.

Rescheduling Exams - Final Notice

The deadline for petitions to reschedule examinations has passed and no exams may be deferred past the regularly scheduled examination date except in the case of extraordinary circumstances that are beyond a student’s control and that will not recur. Notification of the extraordinary circumstances must be given to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs as soon as possible, followed by a formal written request for a deferred examination supported by documentation of the extraordinary circumstances. Based on the required documentation, the associate dean will determine whether to grant written approval and under what conditions. A deferred examination normally must be taken within three weeks following the close of the regular examination period, and a fee may be charged for each deferred exam. A student who fails to take an examination when scheduled, and who has not received written approval for a deferred examination, will receive a failing grade. Petition forms are available on the NIU Law web site under “Current Students – Forms” or from Lisa Hoebing in Room 276.

RA Position w/ Prof. Kuehl Available

Professor Kuehl is accepting applications for a Research Assistant to conduct research for her during the Summer 2015, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 terms. A full-time position (16 weeks) or two half-time positions (if two RAs are hired) and associated tuition waivers will be available. Please send your resume and a brief letter of interest to: Interviews will be conducted during the first week of May. Thanks in advance for your interest.
-Professor Kuehl

Invitation to Alton School Cases Re-enactment Tonight, May 4th

All members of the NIU Law community are invited to attend a special program being sponsored by the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission, led by Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman and Justice Anne M. Burke, on Monday, May 4, at 6:00 p.m. at the Feinberg Theater, 610 South Michigan Avenue, in Chicago. On that date, a re-enactment of the Alton School cases and a panel discussion will take place, revolving around the legal struggles of Scott Bibb, an African American fireman, to place his children in a school close to home rather than sending them to a more distant segregated school. General admission tickets ($10) to the event are available at For more information, visit

Mother's Day Charitable Donations - Deadline Today!

The NIU Center for the Study of Women, Gender & Sexuality is making Mother’s Day gift giving easy! When you make a contribution to the Mothers Memorial Scholarship, Austin Sawicki Memorial Scholarship, Women’s Studies Foundation, or LGBT Studies Foundation, we will send your honoree a unique card letting her know that you’ve contributed in her honor. On this Mother’s Day, consider a gift that will give back to the NIU community. Just complete and return the donation form ( to Reavis 103. We recommend that you send in your donation form by Monday, May 4, so that your card arrives on time. Call 815.753.1038 or email for more information.

**NOTE: $5 minimum per card to cover costs. Remaining proceeds will benefit your chosen fund.**"

Fall Clinic Applications Due May 21st

The Summer clinic application priority deadline has passed. The Fall clinic application priority deadline is Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

The Clinic Application for Summer and Fall is available on the College of Law website at

Applications will be accepted after the priority deadlines on a rolling basis if space is available.

Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the clinical faculty if you need any additional information about one of the clinics.

Anita Maddali, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Clinics,
Paul Cain, Clinical Professor, Criminal Defense Clinic and Juvenile Justice Clinic,
Wendy Vaughn, Clinical Associate Professor, Civil Justice Clinic,
Colleen Boraca, Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Advocacy Clinic,
Alan Boudreau, Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor, Foreclosure Mediation Clinic,

NIU Law 11th Annual Golf Outing

NIU Law will host its 11th Annual Golf Outing on Friday, June 5, at River Heights Golf Course in DeKalb. Registration and lunch begin at 11:00 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. For more information, please contact Melody Mitchell at You can register online at our website.

Law Review Write-on Competition Reminder

The Law Review Write-on Competition materials were released on Wednesday, April 29, and will be due by Friday, June 12, at 6:00 p.m.