Monday, February 24, 2014

Admissions and Financial Aid Graduate Assistantship

The NIU Law Office of Admissions & Financial Aid is seeking to hire one graduate assistant for the 2014-2015 academic year. The position will be a full-time, 20-hour per week responsibility. In addition to a full tuition waiver, the position is eligible for a stipend. The GA will join the Director, an Assistant Director, and our office’s Admissions Records Specialist.

Our Graduate Assistant will perform important administrative projects as we continuously seek to recruit and enroll talented students. These projects include designing, organizing, and running a large number of recruitment programs, attending recruitment events on behalf of the law school, and meeting one-on-one with both applicants and admitted students. We also hope to build our social media presence. Strong organizational skills, excellent writing ability, demonstrated ability to manage large-scale projects and competing priorities, and superior presentation and interpersonal skills are critical. We are also looking for candidates who are self-directed and are willing to “go the extra mile” for the betterment of the entire admission process and, in turn, for the entire NIU Law community.

Motivated and qualified applicants must submit (1) a cover letter that describes the applicant’s qualifications for this particular opportunity, (2) a resume, and (3) an Application for a Graduate Assistantship, available at:

In addition to the cover letter and resume requirements, we are very interested in learning more about your potential recruiting skills. To that end, we also request that applicants submit a one-page document entitled “Why NIU Law?” A large percentage of the Graduate Assistant’s time will be spent speaking one-on-one with prospective applicants as well as students who have been admitted to NIU Law. Please develop a so-called “Elevator Speech” for this assignment that exemplifies the kind of discussion you would have with a prospective student who asks you, “Why should I attend NIU Law?” We recommend that you discuss the various compelling aspects of the NIU Law community, curriculum, our clinical offerings, and certainly, our value. We also recommend that you reflect upon your own personal experience with the Office of Admissions, as well as your perspective as a current student. Your insight will be very relevant to incoming students. The bottom line is this: we are interested in learning about how you will be able to best represent NIU Law to our prospective students.

Applications must be submitted to the Office of Admissions, Room 151, Swen Parson Hall, no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 28th. Candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted shortly after the application deadline and interview arrangements will be made. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Terea Turner, Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, at