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Welcome from the Dean

I am pleased to welcome you to the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. I invite you to discover all that we offer as one of the nation’s leading public law schools.

In particular, learn about our distinguished faculty members, who are researching and defining the major legal issues of our time in fields as diverse as human rights, information technology, the environment, and international business transactions. Nationally recognized in their disciplines, they also share a deep commitment to teaching and ensuring student success. Our small size and low student-to-faculty ratio enable students and faculty to learn from one another and to build strong relationships that often last well after graduation.

You can take advantage of the resources of a major research university by enrolling in classes at one of our top-ranked sister schools or by pursuing joint degrees in business, environmental science, journalism, public policy, or telecommunications. Indeed, every year, several students design individualized joint programs with other schools on the campus. Bloomington is a uniquely vibrant setting that combines the idyllic virtues of a small town with the intellectual, cultural, and recreational benefits of a university community.

But what really distinguishes Indiana Law is our JD students and graduate legal studies students. They come to IU with a passion to learn in a supportive environment that emphasizes community. As you walk through our halls, you will see a diverse and talented group of men and women socializing, sharing ideas, working in clinics, leading student organizations, or participating on moot court teams. And all of this teamwork takes place with a recognition that individual success does not come at the expense of someone else’s failure.

In 2003, I became the first graduate in modern times to serve as dean of Indiana Law. When I accepted the position, I made a commitment to the community to continually improve all that we do while retaining our tradition of collegiality and a mutually supportive environment. All of us — faculty, staff, and administration — are committed to helping students succeed and make the most of a first-rate legal education.

I hope that you will learn more about IU by visiting us, attending a class, and meeting with students and professors. You will discover what a truly special place this is and how many opportunities we offer.

Lauren Robel, JD’83