Indiana University Maurer School of Law—Bloomington

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Official Guide to ABA-Approved JD Programs


Introduction

The Indiana University Maurer School of Law offers all the advantages of a renowned urban school in a supportive and collegial community. The school’s presence on the university’s flagship Bloomington campus enables students to take advantage of the academic and cultural resources of one of the nation’s leading teaching and research universities. Because of the law school’s national reputation and geographically diverse alumni network, career opportunities are available throughout the United States. Typically more than half of the incoming class comes from outside Indiana, and about 60 percent of graduates find jobs outside the state.

In addition to a well-rounded general legal education, the school offers 17 specialized areas of focus, programs in information privacy and cybersecurity, intellectual property, criminal justice, constitutional design, civil rights, environmental studies, tax, business, and international law. The school’s connections with IU’s other programs—including its School of Public and Environmental Affairs, its Kelley School of Business, and the new School of Global and International Studies—provide opportunities that few other schools can offer, including joint degrees, research assistantships and externships.

Students are encouraged to become part of the intellectual life of the school while learning to make an impact in their areas of study and preparing for their professional careers. Toward that end, upper-class mentors are assigned to each student to help them through their first-year transition. The student body of about 550 is small and collegial—often described as having aptitude without attitude—and maintains a distinctive sense of community. At the same time, the school is large enough to offer a wide range of courses in a stimulating, cosmopolitan environment. The law school is located on a beautifully wooded campus 45 minutes from Indianapolis, the state capital, which offers additional opportunities for externships and summer employment. The school is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools and is accredited by the American Bar Association.

Physical Facilities and Jerome Hall Law Library

The law school is located in Baier Hall, a classic Indiana limestone building on the southwest corner of the IU campus. It features wireless access throughout, laptop-ready classrooms, and ample seating in the Jerome Hall Law Library, where students can enjoy spectacular views of the wooded campus as they study. Across the street, a professional skills building houses additional classrooms and clinical space, including offices, student workspace, interview rooms, and more.

With a collection including more than 465,000 bound volumes, over 1.6 million microform pieces, and more than 200,000 electronic titles, the Jerome Hall Law Library is one of the finest in the country. Law-trained librarians provide instruction in legal research techniques and offer reference assistance. While continuing its commitment to a high-quality print collection, the law library also provides access to a vast number of electronic resources, including essential legal databases such as Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law, as well as the rapidly expanding array of global information sources. The majority of these resources may be accessed in the law library or from remote locations. All students are required to possess a laptop computer.

Curriculum

Indiana Law’s curriculum combines traditional doctrinal and analytical study with experiential learning and development of new approaches aimed at professional competencies. The school also emphasizes interdisciplinary opportunities and global experiences. First-year students take the usual introductory courses, with one important difference: a four-hour, second-semester course on the legal profession. Unlike other legal ethics courses, Indiana Law’s legal profession class teaches the law of lawyering in context—by examining practice settings, law firm norms, and nondoctrinal skills that all successful lawyers need, such as judgment, project management, client relations, and teamwork. Students in the legal profession class work in teams on real-life, practice-related problems, which helps develop the important skill of working alongside colleagues. Practitioners visit the school and talk about their careers and professional experiences.

After the first year, students complement classroom study with a variety of clinics, externships, and skill-building courses. The school offers seven clinics, including the Community Legal Clinic, Conservation Law Clinic, Disability Law Clinic, Elmore Entrepreneurship Law Clinic, Intellectual Property Law Clinic, Nonprofit Legal Clinic, and the Viola J. Taliaferro Children and Mediation Clinic, as well as a judicial field placements externship. The school also offers a pro bono program, Access to Justice, which brings students and faculty together in alliances with public service agencies. Students take part in several projects, including immigration, protective orders, LGBT issues, inmate legal assistance, tenant assistance, and income tax preparation. In a typical year, more than 1,000 members of the Bloomington community are helped through real-life legal assistance from Indiana Law students.

The school also offers numerous externships—hands-on, on-site experiences offered for credit in various public-interest settings, including attorneys general, judges, legal services organizations, prosecutors, and other professionals. For third-year students, full-semester, onsite externships with public interest and public sector employers take place in Washington, DC. The full-semester externships are accompanied by a course on lawyering in the public interest. The school also offers skill-building courses in simulated environments, including litigation, estate planning, and negotiations.

Upper-class students can also take advantage of research opportunities in Indiana Law’s five research centers, working with professors on timely, important issues such as constitutional democracy in developing nations, cybersecurity, the legal profession, and intellectual property. The research centers are internationally known and respected for their impact, and the inclusion of students in their work fortifies the school’s holistic approach toward its students’ professional competency.

Joint-Degree, Graduate, and PhD Programs

Formal joint-degree programs combine the award of a JD degree with a master’s degree in business, accounting, public affairs, communications, journalism, environmental science, library and information science, public health, East Asian studies, Latin American and Caribbean studies, or Russian and East European studies. The duration of most joint-degree programs is four years. The Maurer School of Law and the Kelley School of Business offer an intensive accelerated three-year JD/MBA program in addition to the four-year JD/MBA. Additional graduate study opportunities are available through Indiana University’s new School of Global and International Studies. The school also offers an LLM, MCL, SJD, and PhD, as well as a certificate in legal studies, mainly to graduate students from outside the United States.

Summer Start Program

A summer start program is offered for students who wish to begin their legal studies in the summer session. This program allows students to take one four-credit class in the summer in a small, intimate environment as they make the transition into the law school.

Wintersession

Second- and third-year students participate in Wintersession, an intensive one-week course offered just before the spring semester. Classes in the practical, hands-on subjects are available, such as depositions, ethics, pretrial litigation, and business operations.

Opportunities to Study Abroad

The IU Maurer School of Law provides students with a wide variety of international opportunities. The school’s unique Stewart Fellows program offers hands-on experience with law firms, businesses, and nonprofit organizations in Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Japan, Korea, and Thailand, working side-by-side with lawyers in those countries on real-time legal matters. The Stewart Fellows program is the only one in the country offering hands-on legal externships in foreign countries.

Students can also apply for more traditional study-abroad programs that don’t involve work experience. Semester-long opportunities are available to a limited number of second- and third-year students through exchange programs with

  • Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), France
  • ESADE Law School in Barcelona
  • Bucerius Law School in Hamburg
  • University of Warsaw
  • University of Auckland in New Zealand
  • University of Hong Kong
  • China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing
  • Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China
  • Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China
  • Jindal Global University in New Delhi, India
  • FGV Law School in Rio and São Paulo, Brazil
  • Trinity College Dublin School of Law

Indiana Law offers all students the opportunity to participate in summer study-abroad programs hosted by the Institute on International and Comparative Law in England, France, Italy, and Spain in which all courses are taught in English.

Admission

Generally, the quality and size of the applicant pool forces the Admissions Committee to rely heavily on the undergraduate grade-point average and the LSAT score. However, numerical indicators are not the only considerations used in evaluating applications. The committee considers the quality of the applicant’s undergraduate institution; level and rigor of coursework; letters of recommendation (particularly those from faculty); graduate work; employment during and after college; extracurricular activities; potential for service to the profession; educational, geographic, and socioeconomic diversity; and personal statement. Applicants are encouraged to explain matters that may have adversely affected their undergraduate performance. Applicants who feel they have been disadvantaged because of economic, educational, racial, or cultural factors are urged to bring this to the attention of the Admissions Committee.

Transfer Students

Indiana Law welcomes transfer applications from students who have successfully completed at least 24 units at an ABA-accredited law school. While transfer applicants are required to submit their undergraduate record and LSAT scores, the Admissions Committee places particular importance on the performance in law school, letters of recommendation, and reasons for transferring when making admission decisions.

Housing

The Bloomington area offers a variety of housing options. There are numerous apartments and houses available as off-campus rentals as well as on-campus housing. Information regarding off-campus housing options is provided to admitted students throughout the spring and summer. Most students live close to campus and take advantage of IU’s free bus system.

Student Activities

A variety of student organizations present opportunities for involvement in groups focused on specialized areas of the law and public service. Some of the most active groups include the Black Law Student Association, Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, Federalist Society, American Constitution Society, Feminist Law Forum, Intellectual Property Association, Public Interest Law Foundation, Latino Law Student Association, Outlaw, Women’s Law Caucus, and the Environmental Law Society.

Second- and third-year students are offered the opportunity to gain valuable writing, editing, and advocacy skills through participation in the school’s Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition, various national moot court competitions, and one of five law journals:

  • The Indiana Journal of Constitutional Design is the first and only journal devoted specifically to this emerging field. It is affiliated with the school’s Center for Constitutional Democracy.
  • The Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies is a multidisciplinary journal that specializes in international and comparative law articles.
  • The Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality serves as an online interdisciplinary forum on legal and policy issues concerning race, religion, gender, and socioeconomic status.
  • The Indiana Law Journal publishes articles by legal scholars, practitioners, jurists, and Indiana University law students.
  • IP Theory is a peer-edited online journal published by the law school’s Center for Intellectual Property Research.

Career Development

Indiana Law is committed to ensuring that its graduates find successful careers and has dedicated extensive professional and curricular resources to that effort. The school’s Career Services Office is staffed with experienced attorneys who also have human resources, professional development, and public service experience. They work together to provide students with tools to maximize their marketability and success while making professional connections. Career development training begins during orientation and continues weekly in smaller groups during the first semester. Students then receive individualized career development plans from professionals in the Career Services Office who provide students with one-on-one counseling. The staff also supports 1Ls as they balance their busy first year with efforts to develop their career strategy.

The school leverages the strength of its 11,000-plus alumni network to provide career connections for its students. These opportunities include campus visits by alumni and other business professionals and structured mentoring programs in several cities and towns throughout the country. Because the majority of Indiana Law graduates find employment outside of Indiana, the law school offers networking and interviewing programs in New York; Chicago; Washington, DC; and other cities. In addition to on-campus interviews in Bloomington, the law school holds remote interviewing programs in locations in various parts of the country every fall. A steering committee of young alumni helps graduates get acclimated to their city of choice following graduation.

Admitted Applicant Profile

25-75% UGPA Range at Indiana-Bloomington:

3.43 to 3.93

2.00
2.58
3.16
3.74
4.33

25-75% LSAT Score Range at Indiana-Bloomington:

157 to 164

120
135
150
165
180

25-75% UGPA Range at Indiana-Bloomington:

3.43 to 3.93

2.00
2.58
3.16
3.74
4.33

25-75% LSAT Score Range at Indiana-Bloomington:

157 to 164

120
135
150
165
180

25-75% UGPA Range at Indiana-Bloomington:

3.43 to 3.93

2.00
2.58
3.16
3.74
4.33

25-75% LSAT Score Range at Indiana-Bloomington:

157 to 164

120
135
150
165
180

Contact Information

Baier Hall, 211 South Indiana Avenue,
Bloomington, IN 47405-7001,
United States