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Indiana University Robert H. Mckinney School of Law

The universe of the law is vast. At our law school we help students see the big picture, emphasizing the skills that will help them chart their way as they begin to focus on a specialty and find their place in the sun. A lawyer must possess highly refined analytical skills, the ability to communicate well, and a sensitivity to ethical responsibilities. We're intent on educating keen problem solvers, effective mediators, and persuasive advocates. Toward these goals, our faculty has developed a curriculum rich in theory and technique, simultaneously responsive to societal and legal change and upholding the best traditions of generations of legal thinkers. The core curriculum equips students with a thorough understanding of the law in preparation for a career at the bar as well as other legal pursuits. These legal fundamentals are complemented by a wide array of in-depth, innovative seminars and special courses, as well as clinical and internship programs.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 930
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 149 - 159
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.12 - 3.64
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 82.83%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 87.24%
In State Tuition $23,473
Out of State Tuition $42,610

Overview

Overview

About Indiana University Robert H. Mckinney School of Law

The universe of the law is vast. At our law school we help students see the big picture, emphasizing the skills that will help them chart their way as they begin to focus on a specialty and find their place in the sun. A lawyer must possess highly refined analytical skills, the ability to communicate well, and a sensitivity to ethical responsibilities. We're intent on educating keen problem solvers, effective mediators, and persuasive advocates. Toward these goals, our faculty has developed a curriculum rich in theory and technique, simultaneously responsive to societal and legal change and upholding the best traditions of generations of legal thinkers. The core curriculum equips students with a thorough understanding of the law in preparation for a career at the bar as well as other legal pursuits. These legal fundamentals are complemented by a wide array of in-depth, innovative seminars and special courses, as well as clinical and internship programs.

Reviews

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law is a relatively large school on an “urban campus” in “a great downtown location.” The “lovely,” spacious, and “com­fortable” facility here is “a beautiful, high-tech place to learn.” “Classrooms are modern and large and sport electric outlets at every seat,” and “There are many places, such as the reading room, where students can go to study.” Several joint-degree programs are available. There are four law reviews, six clinics, and summer study abroad programs in China and Croatia. Opportunities to specialize include intellectual property law and international law as well as a “particularly strong” health law curriculum.The faculty as a whole is “excellent” and “engaging.” They “do their best to make sure the material is as interesting as possible” and “take a very practical tack in their approach to teaching.” “The atmosphere at IU Indy is such that, while the work is intense, I’ve never felt like not wanting to go to class,” beams a 2L. “Ever.” Outside of class, “Professors are accessible and students are not afraid to approach them for help on a concept or to share a joke.” The two-semester legal writing program (with optional third semester) generally receives high marks. Student opinion concerning the administration is mixed. Defenders of it tell us that the top brass is student-friendly and “does a fairly good job.” “The administration always tries its best to help us succeed,” says a happy 2L. Detractors complain that “the administration has no idea what’s going on.” One com­plaint is that registration can be difficult for 2Ls and 3Ls. “Too many classes clumped at the same time make it difficult” to take all the courses you want (or need). A few profes­sors are “not interested in teaching at all.” ,IU Indy is the lesser known of the two IU law schools (the other one is in Bloomington), but students say that attending the only law school in Indiana’s state capital and com­mercial hub definitely has its perks. The school is close to “all of the large firms” in the city and “within blocks of city, state, and federal government offices, and courthouses.” “This enables us to work at some of the state’s best and largest firms throughout the school year,” explains a 3L. “It also provides us with the opportunity to do externships with all of the state’s major courts and organizations.” “Being in downtown Indianapolis is excellent for networking opportunities with the legal community,” too. Some students applaud the efforts of the “hardworking” staff in the Office of Professional Development to secure career opportunities. Other students are less than thrilled. “They don’t help anyone get jobs,” gripes a 3L, “and they don’t respond to phone calls or e-mails, either.” Also, while the school’s reputation in the state is very good, “It’s an uphill battle to find employment outside of Indiana.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 262

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MPA - 4 years; JD/MBA - 4 years; JD/MHA - 4 years; JD/MPH - 4 years; JD/M. Phil, 4 years; JD/MLS 4 years; JD/MSW, 4 years;JD/MD 6 years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Constitutional
  • Criminal
  • Government Services
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 58
Full-Time Faculty 8
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 10
Part-Time Faculty 40
Faculty Gender 62% Male
37% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 28 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 56% Male
44% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 84%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 6%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $23,473 Same as On-Campus
Housing $21,124 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $44,597 $23,473

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $42,610 Same as On-Campus
Housing $21,124 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $63,734 $42,610

Financial Aid

83% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$31,439 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 26

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

Indiana University Robert H. Mckinney School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 152 - 161
LSAT Part-Time 147 - 157
LSAT Total 149 - 159

Indiana University Robert H. Mckinney School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.25 - 3.69
Part-Time 2.89 - 3.46
Total 3.12 - 3.64

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Evidence of Motivation, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 89%
First Time Pass Rate 83%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 83%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 52
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 87%
Average Starting Salary $60,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 69 27%
Firm Sized 11-25 17 7%
Firm Sized 26-50 6 7%
Firm Sized 51-100 2 1%
Firm Sized 101-250 3 1%
Firm Sized 251-500 6 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 5 2%
Business Industry 48 19%
Government 51 20%
Public Interest 15 6%
Federal Clerkship 2 1%
State Clerkship 4 2%
Academia 12 5%
Unknown Employer Type 2 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 1 0%
Unemployed, Seeking 27 9%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 2 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CA 2%
IL 3%
IN 81%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Indiana University Robert H. Mckinney School of Law include:

  • Dan Coats - U.S. Senator
  • Mark Roesler - President & CEO, CMG Worldwide, Inc
  • Pamela Carter - President, Cummins Distribution
  • John Pistole - Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration
  • Ann Slaughter Andrew - US Ambassador to Costa Rica

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