Alonte Holliday: My advice to a first-year
student just starting out would be, for one breathe.
You hear all the stories about how difficult it’s going to be, but honestly the bark
is bigger than the bite.
Especially here, with professors who are here to help you every step of the way.
Justine Alfaro: One thing that NIU offers that I think is rare from other law schools
is their academic success program.
They make that available to all first-year students.
Becky Rodriguez: NIU is the place you should definitely be because of the small feel to
You get a chance to know everyone so well.
You have class with the same people your whole first year, and you really get to know them.
Then you get to start choosing your own classes, and they mix everyone up, and people join
law review and moot court, and they’re all involved in different organizations.
There’s really something for everyone here.
Victor Zamora: When I came here, it was exactly what I thought it was.
Upper classmen were there every step of the way, from first day of classes they came in
recommending difference ideas for books or ways to study.
Hafsa Jamalvi: Take advantage of the resources given at this school.
There’s so many resources, and I didn’t know that my first semester, and now I’m
beginning to see the library staff and how they can help with online database and everything
with your research.
There’s so many sources just to understand the material that you’re actually studying
There’s always people here specialized to help with every single thing you need.
Heidi Frostestad Kuehl: We’ll answer detailed questions about assignments.
We’re here to help provide a comfortable space for them to work in and we have plenty
of resources to help with student success.
Alonte Holliday: Speak to your professors.
Get to know other students.
I know having a study group and having friends here to walk through the process with has
actually helped me a lot.
Michael Oswalt: You’re going to be engaged.
You’re going to be interested.
You’re going to be excited to use what you’re learning in the classroom in practice.
Marc Falkoff: Our students are as prepared to be lawyers as any students in the country.
There’s no doubt whatsoever about that.
Laural Rigertas: I believe in the power of the law and I believe in what people can do
with a law degree, and I believe in our students and what they can bring to their communities
with this degree.
Justine Alfaro: It made all the difference for me in my first year.
I had academic support not only in the classroom but outside of the classroom.
Victor Zamora: I felt like that was one of the biggest things that I fell in love with