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Future LLM Students

Indiana University Maurer School of Law—Bloomington

Graduate Legal Studies, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
220 Baier Hall, 211 South Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA
Email: lgradadm@indiana.edu | Website: law.indiana.edu/graduate

Introduction

The Indiana University Maurer School of Law is home to one of the nation’s oldest and most respected graduate legal studies programs, nationally regarded for its stellar faculty, students, alumni, and facilities.

As a graduate student, you have many options, and it can be hard to distinguish one school from another. At Indiana Law, we believe that our program is very different from others you may be considering. Here’s why.

Our distinguished professors have expertise in disciplines that are crucial to the success of a global lawyer—intellectual property, global cybersecurity, business and commercial law, and human rights, to name a few—while our international, tax, and IP law programs have received national recognition.

The law school is located in Bloomington, a beautiful, safe, and friendly community with all the amenities of a larger city. You’ll feel safe and secure here on our campus. Indiana University is home to a large and diverse international student population (nearly 6,000 people from more than 110 countries) that is welcomed by the community.

Finally, with its ample scholarship availability and low tuition prices, Indiana Law is one of the best values in graduate legal education. We offer exceptional quality at affordable rates. And with the low cost of living in Bloomington, your budget will go further here than at many schools on the East or West Coast.

Indiana Law is special. We have a deep and rich history of educating international students for more than 100 years, and we couldn’t be happier that you are considering an LLM, SJD, MCL, or PhD with us. We hope you can make it to beautiful Bloomington to visit us in person.

Programs/Areas of Specialization

Indiana Law offers a wide range of degree and nondegree options.

Master of Laws (LLM)

We offer both the standard LLM (24 credit hours) and the LLM Thesis (30 credit hours) degree options. The standard LLM is a flexible program that allows you to concentrate on the areas of law most important to you while also ensuring that you receive a solid grounding in American law. We offer select courses for LLM students that provide a foundation for understanding the US legal system. You may pursue a broad range of topics or concentrate your study in one particular area of law.

Students in the standard LLM program spend two semesters at the law school and complete 24 credit hours. Students take approximately 12 credits each semester. Our required courses, Introduction to American Law and Legal Discourse and Writing, will provide you with the foundation necessary for success in an American law school. For your remaining courses, you play an active role in designing a customized program that meets your specific needs with the help of an academic advisor.

In addition to the requirements above, students in the LLM Thesis program take six credit hours of Independent Research. LLM Thesis students work closely with an assigned advisor and engage in academic legal research and writing, resulting in a thesis of publishable quality. LLM Thesis students typically are interested in an academic career, and many go on to the SJD program.

Applicants who received their undergraduate education outside the United States are expected to have a first degree in law or a strong undergraduate concentration in legal coursework. Students who have a postgraduate degree in law but an undergraduate degree in another subject will also be considered. Together with a first degree in law, the Indiana Law LLM degree can help international students qualify to sit for the bar exam in New York; Washington, DC; California; and several other states.

LLM Specializations

Our areas of specialization capitalize on the existing strengths of the law school and offer you the opportunity to develop specific knowledge that can be applied in a variety of ways. Specialization is not required, but for those looking to further their knowledge in a particular area, we offer these specializations:

  • American Law—General or Bar Exam Specialization
  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Financial Regulation and Capital Markets
  • Information Privacy and Cybersecurity
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International and Comparative Law; Globalization

LLM to JD Transfer Option (LLM/JD)

Indiana Law has a process that enables our LLM students to apply to transfer to the JD program upon completion of their LLM degree. Students who are nominated to take part in the highly selective process are graded like JD students (rather than LLM students) in their second semester as an LLM student. Students who are then admitted to the JD degree program may count those JD-graded credits, as well as credits from a prior LLB degree in some cases (up to 29 credits in all), toward the JD degree and enter the JD program with advanced standing. Students can receive both an LLM and a JD degree in as little as three years.

Master of Comparative Law (MCL)

Indiana Law offers an MCL degree for law graduates who were not specifically educated in a common-law jurisdiction but wish to gain familiarity with American law and legal institutions. It is also an ideal option for students who need to earn a second law master’s degree in addition to the LLM. The MCL degree program requires two semesters in residence and the completion of 20 credit hours.

Certificate Programs

Indiana Law offers several nondegree graduate certificate programs designed to meet your specific legal education goals and interests in a short period of time. Certificates require 8 to 12 credit hours and one semester in residence.

  • Certificate in Legal Studies (8 credits)
  • Cybersecurity Law and Policy (12 credits)
  • Information Privacy Law and Policy (12 credits)
  • Rule of Law and Constitutional Design (12 credits)

Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)

The Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) program provides a select number of students the opportunity for extended study, research, and scholarly writing. The centerpiece of this program is a doctoral dissertation completed under the supervision of a faculty advisor and committee. Graduates of this program have achieved distinction in their home countries as law professors or in public service. All SJD applicants must have outstanding academic records, evidencing excellent analytical ability and writing skills (in English). Applicants submit a research proposal, which will be the basis for their dissertation, and a substantial academic legal writing sample. The SJD dissertation is expected to be of publishable quality and make an original contribution to the student’s field. Upon matriculation, SJD students must spend at least one year in residence at the law school. The SJD degree is awarded upon the successful completion of at least 30 credit hours (including three required courses and up to 8 credit hours for relevant coursework approved by the faculty advisor), a proposal defense (which takes place in the first semester of matriculation), and a dissertation defense, as well as the submission of the completed dissertation.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Law and Democracy

The Law and Democracy Program is open to international and domestic applicants and allows students to learn about the role of law in new and fragile democracies through coursework and experience in the field, training in the law and the social sciences, and comparative analyses of the experience of the United States and other countries. Please visit the program website for more information and instructions on how to apply.

Application Information

Our fall applications open at the beginning of October and spring applications open the beginning of July. Your application and all supporting documents must be submitted through LSAC by the following application deadlines:

Fall

  • LLM, MCL, and Certificate:
    • Priority Date: February 1
    • Deadline: April 1
  • SJD:
    • Priority Date: February 1
    • Deadline: March 1
  • PhD: See website

Spring

  • LLM, MCL, and Certificate:
    • Priority Date: September 1
    • Deadline: November 1

Start Dates

To accommodate your busy schedule or specific needs, Indiana Law offers several start dates for our LLM, MCL, and Certificate programs:

  • Traditional Fall Start: The traditional fall term, our primary start date, begins in early to mid-August each year.
  • Spring Start: Indiana Law offers a spring start program that begins in January.
  • Summer Start: The summer start program is a specially designed seven-week summer Intensive Legal English program for LLM and MCL students that begins in June and is followed by our intensive Introduction to American Law course.
  • Intensive Introduction to American Law: By enrolling in our two-week intensive Introduction to American Law course (two credit hours), which starts in late July, you can complete one of your required law courses early. Arriving by the end of July also gives you time to familiarize yourself with the law school, the university, and the Bloomington community before beginning your full course schedule in August.

English Proficiency

If you are an LLM or MCL candidate and English is not your first language, you must demonstrate proficiency in English via one of the following:

  • TOEFL score of at least 87 IBT
  • IELTS score of at least 7.0
  • PTE score of at least 63
  • TOEIC score of at least 850

An English proficiency score that is slightly lower than our minimum requirement is not rejected outright, especially when other factors are outstanding, such as educational background and work experience. We do not offer conditional admission, but we do offer a specially designed seven-week summer Intensive Legal English program for LLM and MCL students that begins in June. In many cases, starting with the Intensive Legal English program allows students with a slightly lower English proficiency score to be ready to start the degree program in the fall. For those candidates needing full-time English language study before applying to the law school, Indiana University’s general Intensive English Program has sessions year-round.

For more information about requirements, options, and applying to the Certificate, Thesis, SJD, and PhD programs at Indiana Law, please see our LLM, MCL, SJD, and PhD website.

Tuition and Scholarships

Scholarships

Indiana Law considers every applicant for one of our Graduate Legal Studies scholarships if they meet the application priority date. Scholarship decisions are based on academic and professional merit and financial need, as well as a number of other factors, including geographic diversity and relationship of the applicant to an Indiana Law partner school.

Scholarships range from a few thousand dollars to 50 percent of tuition, and sometimes more. Even without a scholarship, our overall costs are often less than you would pay elsewhere. An Indiana Law degree is considered one of the best values in legal education in the United States. We invite you to compare our total cost with that of other schools before making a decision on where to pursue your graduate degree.

Estimated Costs per Year
Degree Tuition & Fees Room & Board Health Insurance Miscellaneous Expenses Total
LLM
(24 credit hours)
$45,220 $10,442 $1,789 $2,437 $59,888
LLM Thesis
(30 credit hours)
$56,140 $10,442 $1,789 $2,437 $70,808
MCL
(20 credit hours)
$37,940 $10,442 $1,789 $2,437 $52,608
SJD
(30 credit hours)
$56,140 $10,442 $1,789 $2,437 $70,808

Law School Enrollment

The Indiana Law student body is diverse in many ways. You will study in the same classes alongside your JD peers and other graduate students from around the world, thereby enhancing your learning experience, both inside and outside of the classroom.

  • Total law school enrollment: 631
  • JD students: 538
  • Graduate students (LLM, MCL, SJD, and PhD programs): 93
  • Representing 46 US states and 25 foreign countries

Physical Facilities

  • Campus: When you arrive at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, you will find yourself in a truly beautiful place. Located in picturesque Bloomington, Indiana, the IU campus is one of the most scenic campuses in the nation. The city of Bloomington offers a low cost of living and is a safe and culturally diverse, cosmopolitan community with a renowned music school, sports teams and facilities, and many ethnic restaurants just steps away from the law school.
  • Jerome Hall Law Library: The Jerome Hall Law Library is among the finest academic law libraries in the country. With nearly 725,000 volumes, it is one of the 15 largest libraries in the nation. Its five-story atrium and gracious oak and marble details make the Law Library not only functional but also a beautiful and inviting place for you to study. The Law Library staff are ready to assist you, whether you need to learn how to use electronic resources, such as LexisNexis and Westlaw, or you need help conducting research on international law.

Technology

IU offers some of the best technology resources in the nation, including award-winning support, on-demand software streaming, and online services. Computers and many popular software packages are available to students for free or for purchase at greatly discounted prices. Indiana Law also has a technology team on staff available to assist with any needs or questions you have.

Student Housing and Students with Families

Diverse, affordable housing options include on-campus apartments or off-campus houses, apartments, and efficiencies, all within walking distance or on convenient bus routes. Graduate students who come to Bloomington with family will find opportunities for their families, too. Monroe County, Indiana, has first-class public schools with special programs for children of international students, including English language programs. Other community centers also provide English conversation practice and language training for spouses of international students.

Student Services and Organizations

Indiana Law has more than 40 active student organizations, in addition to university groups for nearly every nationality represented by international students on campus. Among them are the International Law Society, the International Students’ Association, the Student Bar Association, the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, the Environmental Law Society, the Business and Law Society, the Feminist Law Forum, and the Public Interest Law Foundation. With such a supportive network of peers, you will find yourself comfortable and welcomed outside the classroom, too.

All new international graduate students select a Student Ambassador, who is a returning US or international JD, LLM, or SJD student interested in learning about other cultures and helping international students feel at home in Bloomington. Graduate students are introduced to other international and American students, as well as a wealth of social and cultural opportunities, through their Student Ambassador. You can also participate in numerous law school-sponsored and student-organized social events, such as the county fair (a Midwestern American specialty), a popular fall soccer tournament, ice skating, a boating party, a Halloween costume party and trick-or-treating for children of students, a formal dance (“Barrister’s Ball”), an end of semester semi-formal party (“Lights on the Square”), a Lunar New Year celebration, a Thai New Year celebration (Songkran), and a graduation party.

Career Services

The Career Services Office works in conjunction with the Graduate Legal Studies Office to conduct a regular series of workshops called The Professional Development Series, which provides information on job and internship search strategies, résumé and cover letter writing, US bar exams, interviewing skills, and other related topics. Staff members in both offices meet with you for résumé review, interview practice, and related aspects of career counseling. In addition, the law school provides a variety of job-search resource materials.

Each year, Indiana Law participates in the New York University School of Law International Student Interview Program (ISIP). This program brings employers (ranging from multinational firms such as Baker & McKenzie to the United Nations and the World Bank) to New York City to conduct interviews with students like you.

Alumni Services

Across the globe, our more than 10,000 JD, LLM, MCL, SJD, and PhD program alumni provide leadership and services in their professions and communities. As a graduate of Indiana Law, you will be able to search our alumni directory; keep in touch with fellow graduates via the directory, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn; submit news about your career or accomplishments; and take part in alumni activities on every continent.

Contact Information

For additional information about Indiana University Maurer School of Law’s graduate programs, please visit the LLM, MCL, SJD, and PhD website, or contact:

Mr. William Schaad
Director of Graduate Admissions
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Baier Hall, Room 220A
211 South Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405
USA

Email: lgradadm@indiana.edu

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