Annual Student Survey

This survey was created by the Student Bar Association in conjunction with the College of Law Administration and is intended to gather information about your NIU College of Law experience. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey thoughtfully, as the goal is to improve your educational and social experience in addition to capitalizing on suggested improvements to advance the law school.

* 1. What year are you at NIU College of Law?

* 2. Do you commute to NIU College of Law?

* 3. Please indicate your preferred way(s) of learning about NIU COL news, events and announcements (check all that apply):

* 4. Please rate each of the following on level of importance (1 not being important at all and 4 being significantly important) based on what you think NIU College of Law administration should focus on.

  Not Important 1 Slightly Important 2 Important 3 Significantly Important 4
Registration and release of class schedule earlier.
Increase in experiential learning opportunities offered at NIU College of Law.
Enforce deadlines for submitting grades.
Increase in law-related degree offerings at NIU.
Increase in alumni involvement with students.
Physical improvements to the building.
Improve connections/networking between NIU College of Law and the Chicago-area.
Expand on campus job interview opportunities at NIU College of Law.
Better branding/marketing of NIU College of Law.
Improvement of NIU College of Law reputation/ranking.
More externship opportunities in the Chicago-area.
More interaction/responsiveness between the students and the administration/faculty/staff.
More bar preparation assistance for students.
Online course offerings.

* 5. For the factor(s) in question 3 you rated as "significantly important", please state why you chose that rating?

* 6. What were the most significant factors you considered when choosing to attend NIU College of Law (please check all that apply)?

* 7. What is your FAVORITE thing about NIU College of Law?

* 8. What is your LEAST favorite thing about NIU College of Law?

* 9. Please rate NIU College of Law (1 being poor and 5 being excellent) on your experience in how well it fosters an inclusive environment for ALL students regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, political ideologies, etc.?

* 10. What has been your experience over this academic year with the location and condition of the student lounge?

* 11. Should NIU College of Law continue to host Barb City Bagels as a vendor for the 2017-2018 academic year?

* 12. (1L’s only) Briefly describe the transition you personally experienced upon starting your law school studies. Is there something NIU College of Law can do to improve the transition? (Please consider academic, social, and professional demands).

* 13. Please select the following networking or community events you attended that were offered/advertised by either the College of Law generally or the Career Services office.

* 14. Does NIU College of Law offer enough social opportunities (including clubs and organizations)?

* 15. Does NIU College of Law offer enough internal and/or external skills competition opportunities to students (i.e. Trial Advocacy, Moot Court, Mediation, Client Counseling, etc)?

* 16. What is your impression of what the Student Bar Association's role is on campus, and what are your ideas on what the SBA can do to improve your experience as a student of NIU College of Law?

* 17. What are your thoughts and opinions regarding the mandatory 1L professionalism lectures?

* 18. On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being "does not influence" and 5 being "greatly influences") please indicate which of the following influences your decision to choose one class over another.

  Does not influence 1 Probably does not influence 2 Maybe influences 3 Influences 4 Greatly Influences 5 N/A
Professor
Subject Matter
Bar Course
Reputation of the Course
Level of Difficulty
Personal Interest
Day/Time Course is Offered
Examination Date

* 19. Library Collections: The Law Library’s print resources meet my coursework and research needs.

* 20. Library Collections: The Law Library’s online resources meet my coursework and research needs.

* 21. Library Information Services: I receive prompt, accurate and courteous responses to my questions at the Information Desk (Circulation & Reference Services).

* 22. Library Study and Work Spaces: The Law Library has sufficient quiet/individual study space for me.

* 23. Library Study and Work Spaces: The Law Library has sufficient collaborative/group study space for me.

* 24. Library Hours: The Law Library’s hours meet my needs for study and research.

* 25. (2L’s and 3L’s only) On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being poor and 5 being excellent) please indicate your satisfaction with the class registration process.

  Poor(1) Fair (2) Average (3) Good (4) Excellent (5) N/A
Registration Process

* 26. (2L’s and 3L’s only) Did you feel you were given enough guidance on which classes to choose?

* 27. (2L’s and 3L’s only) What class(es) would you like to see the NIU College of Law offer in addition to the current curriculum?

* 28. NIU College of Law now has several clinics available to students. What are your thoughts on possible additional clinic opportunities (either new geographic locations or new subject areas of practice)?

* 29. Without identifying professors by name, please discuss what NEGATIVE qualities professors possess, their performance in class, and how it impacts your understanding of the material.

* 30. Without identifying professors by name, please discuss what POSITIVE qualities professors possess, what impacts their performance in class, your appreciation for the subject, and how it impacts your understanding of the material.

* 31. On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being poor and 5 being excellent) please indicate how well you feel NIU College of Law is preparing you for the bar examination.

* 32. Have you been a participant of the Academic Success Program (ASP) and what are your thoughts on the program?

* 33. On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being poor and 5 being excellent) please indicate how well you feel NIU College of Law is preparing you to be a successful lawyer.

  Poor 1 Fair 2 Average 3 Good 4 Excellent 5 N/A
Preparation to be a successful lawyer

* 34. Do you feel you are given enough opportunities to talk to possible employers on or off campus?

* 35. On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being poor and 5 being excellent) how prepared do you feel for summer internships?

  Poor 1 Fair 2 Average 3 Good 4 Excellent 5
Preparation for summer internships.

* 36. Upon graduation, I plan on entering the legal profession in the following field(s) (check as many that apply):

* 37. On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being poor and 5 being excellent) please rate the performance of each department.

  Poor 1 Fair 2 Average 3 Good 4 Excellent 5 I have had no interaction with this department.
Academic Affairs/Faculty Support Office (Dean Falkoff's office with LeAnn Baie)
Budget & Records (Christina Raguse's office with Julie Mahoney)
Career Opportunities (Greg Anderson’s office with Becky Leneau)
The Dean's Office (Dean Dannenmaier/Dean Mark Cordes' office with Tita Kaus)
Admissions/Financial Aid (Amanda Noascono and Alex Chapman)
Student Affairs (Dean Coles/Dean King's office with Lisa Hoebing)
Informational Technology
Alumni Events and Public Relations (Melody Mitchell's office with Jacob Imm)

* 38. Given the same choices and circumstances, would you choose NIU College of Law again? Please explain.

* 39. If there is anything you would like to say that this survey did not address, please share in the space below.

On behalf of the Student Bar Association, THANK YOU for completing the 2016-2017 Student Survey. The results of this survey will remain anonymous. Your input is greatly appreciated and will be very helpful in bettering the NIU College of Law experience for the upcoming year. Best of luck on your remaining exams and enjoy your summer!

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