Lincoln College and Northern Illinois University College of Law have forged a new partnership, announcing opportunities for Lincoln College students to participate in the NIU Law Diversity Pipeline and NIU Law Lincoln Scholar Programs.
Under the partnership, qualified Lincoln College students working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Law, as well as other majors, may participate in the NIU Law Diversity Pipeline Program. The Diversity Pipeline Program will include working with a set cohort of students from freshman year through senior year. The program is designed to introduce students to all the benefits of law school and being a practicing lawyer, provide mentorship, LSAT test preparation, and the opportunity to experience the life of a law student through field trips.
In addition, the NIU Law Lincoln Scholar Program will help to further Northern Illinois University College of Law’s commitment to diversity, by positively impacting diversity in both legal education and the legal field. To be eligible for the NIU Law Lincoln Scholar Program, the nominee must be a current Lincoln College student or alumnus who has demonstrated exceptional academic performance. Each year, an eligible Lincoln College student will be awarded a competitive scholarship to attend NIU College of Law.
“The B.A. in Law degree program at Lincoln College is designed to prepare our students to hit the ground running at law school,” said Lincoln College Lead Faculty of Law, Thomas Cullen. “NIU College of Law will be a natural fit for our graduates, due to their mission to provide access to the legal profession by members of traditionally underrepresented groups, their commitment to increase the number of lawyers who will serve in communities that are currently underserved, and their history of producing attorneys to work in positions of public service. We are thankful for this opportunity to partner with NIU College of Law and look forward to increasing the flow of qualified law students into this diversity pipeline.”
In order to qualify for the scholarship, students must complete the NIU law school application, submit supporting documents, and be admitted to the law school.
“The partnership between NIU College of Law and Lincoln College provides a strong pathway for our students interested in the legal profession,” said David Gerlach, President of Lincoln College. “The Bachelor of Arts in Law is one of our newest programs, and we are proud to be one of only a handful of institutions in the nation offering it.”