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Indiana Law facts

What is the size of a typical entering class?
We are a mid-sized to small law school with approximately 180 J.D. students in each entering class. The Office of International Programs also enrolls approximately 65 LL.M./S.J.D. students each year.
How large is the Indiana Law faculty?
We have about 70 full-time faculty and 35 adjunct faculty members. This means we can offer a low student-to-faculty ratio, usually around 8.3:1.
How many students are in a typical class?
Traditional first-year courses like Torts and Criminal Law may have as many as 100 students in a class. There is a wide range of class size in second- and third-year courses and seminars and some average 10 to 20 students in a class.
Should I choose a law school in the state where I intend to practice?
This is one of the many myths about law school. It is simply not necessary — for bar admission or placement purposes — for a student to attend law school in the state where he or she intends to practice. Good law schools prepare students to practice in any state by providing a solid theoretical framework for understanding the law and the legal system. Historically, more than half of our graduates leave to practice outside of Indiana; we have alumni practicing in all 50 states and 31 foreign countries.
For further information about placement, visit the Career Services Office.
Is there a part-time law program?
No. The Indiana University Maurer School of Law has only a full-time program.
Can I begin my coursework in January?
No. Matriculants can begin only in our Summer Start program (July) or the fall semester (August).
What is the Summer Start Program?
Ours is one of the few law schools in the country to offer students the opportunity to begin their legal education in the summer. Students who take advantage of this option take one first-year class — typically Torts — from early July through early August. Summer Start students are merely starting before their counterparts who enter in the fall. They acquire learning skills and knowledge that those who enter in the fall have yet to gain. By the end of the summer, these students are familiar with the basics of legal analysis, the school, and the community. Students who start in the summer will take a full load in the fall.
How much is the seat deposit?
We do not require a seat deposit. As law school is the first step in your quest to become an attorney, we believe that your word is your bond. The candid responses of admitted students are used to determine the availability of positions for other applicants. When the Admission Committee informs an applicant that they have been admitted to Maurer, that letter or email will include a Confirmation Form to be signed and returned by the stated deadline.
How much is tuition?
We have instituted a flat-fee arrangement that is guaranteed not to change for all three years you are in law school. For the 2017-2018 academic year, in-state tuition is $32,750 and out-of-state tuition is $53,000 per year.
Get more information about paying for tuition.
What are my chances of receiving a scholarship award?
All applicants receive consideration for scholarship awards from Indiana Law. More than 75 percent of our entering class receives a scholarship. These awards range from a few thousand dollars per year up to full tuition. Scholarships are merit-based and are awarded to students who show the greatest promise for the study of law. Scholarship awards are made with initial admission offers and cover three academic terms. Indiana Law will not give additional awards after matriculation. In addition to scholarships awarded by the law school, IU participates in most federal loan programs. By adding loans into the law school's financial aid mix, we can say that 85 percent of our students receive some sort of assistance.
Get more information about federal loan programs and other scholarships independent of Indiana Law.
If I am an international applicant, do I need to do anything differently?
Yes. There is a separate application for international applicants to complete. International applicants are citizens of countries other than the USA and have permanent residency outside of the USA. The application fee for international applicants is $85. If your first language is not English and your undergraduate degree was obtained outside of the United States, you must include results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with your application materials. TOEFL scores are valid for two (2) years and IELTS scores are valid for two (2) years.
Please direct questions about the LLM program and its application process to William Schaad, Director of Graduate Admissions, at lgradadm@indiana.edu.
Is there an ideal undergraduate major to get into the IU Maurer School of Law?
There is no ideal major to be a successful applicant. While many of our applicants are political science, history, psychology, or sociology majors, we have just as many applicants with every other major you could imagine. As you are selecting your major and your classes, keep in mind the skills that you will need to be successful in law school and as a lawyer: research skills, critical and analytical thinking, clear and concise writing. There are many majors and disciplines in which these are core skills and you should seek out as many opportunities as possible craft and hone these skills. When the admissions committee selects applicants for an incoming class, they want a diverse group of people and this includes their educational background. You should pursue whatever major is interesting to you and always keep in mind that law school is your goal: each research project or work experience should relate to the study and practice of law in some way.
I am an IU-Bloomington student and I have a lot of questions about law school and the legal profession. Where can I find more information?
The Health Professions and Prelaw Center (HPPLC) provides advising and other services for students who want to pursue careers in law, medicine, and other health professions. Students considering careers in these professions must excel academically and plan carefully. HPPLC works closely with IU students throughout their undergraduate years, and with IU alumni, to help them become thoughtful, well-prepared, competitive applicants to professional programs. Phone HPPLC at 812-855-1873 or fax 812-856-7302, or e-mail hpplc@indiana.edu.
Is it possible to observe a class at the Law School?
Yes, we encourage you to contact the Maurer School of Law Admissions Office to arrange a visit if your schedule allows. You can sit in on a class, meet current students, tour the school, and meet with an admissions counselor to ask questions. Please contact the Office of Admissions at 812-855-4765 to schedule a visit.

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Admissions process

What is the application fee?
The application fee is $50 for domestic applicants (U.S. citizens or permanent residents). The application fee is $85 for international applicants.
Are application fee waivers available?
Yes, application fee waivers are available. Indiana Law grants application fee waivers based on merit and financial need. To request an application fee waiver, please email lawadmis@indiana.edu and include your LSAC account number, your LSAT score, your undergraduate GPA, and the reason(s) you are requesting the application fee waiver.
What are the application requirements?
  • LSAT score and transcript analysis from the Law School Admission Council’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS) (The LSAT, while welcomed, is not required for advanced standing JD applicants.)
  • Two letters of recommendation that speak to your potential success as a law student and as a member of the legal profession
  • A 2-3 page personal statement that provides insight about you, describes your motivation to attend law school, and/or highlights your interest in Indiana University Maurer School of Law.
  • A resume which outlines your professional and volunteer experience, academic accomplishments, and other pertinent aspects of your background.
How many letters of recommendation should I submit?
Only two. Additional letters of recommendation will not be accepted.
Can my letter of recommendation come from a former or current employer?
While preference is given to letters from faculty members who are familiar with your academic strengths, we gladly welcome letters from employers or individuals who know you professionally.
Does Indiana Law have an early commitment option?
Yes. Applicants who are convinced that Indiana Law is their top choice and are willing to forego other law school options if admitted may wish to consider applying under our early commitment option (ECO). These applicants are precluded from applying ECO elsewhere, but they can submit applications to other law schools for regular admission. ECO applicants can be admitted, deferred or denied. Applicants denied admission under ECO will not have the opportunity to be reconsidered in our regular admission pool. Deferred ECO applicants will be reviewed later in the term as a regular admission candidate. When admitted ECO applicants confirm their enrollment with Indiana law, they must: (a) commit to enrolling at Indiana Law in the fall; (b) immediately withdraw their candidacy from the other institutions to which they have applied; (c) not initiate applications to any other law schools. Failure to comply with these binding terms could result in the revocation of an admission offer by the admissions committee.
When are most admissions decisions made?
With our rolling admissions policy, we accept applications from September 1st through early August. The admissions committee extends most offers of admission between December and April. In the past, we have accepted applicants as late as July or August. Some applicants may be placed on a wait list. Decisions to admit an applicant from the wait list can be made at any time, even as late as July or August.
Is it advantageous to submit my application early?
Although you are generally encouraged to apply early to ensure that all your materials are received on time, this will not significantly affect your odds of being admitted. Since the admissions committee does not make decisions on a strictly rolling basis, a candidate who applies later in the admissions cycle will not necessarily be disadvantaged. Applying early also does not guarantee early receipt of a decision. Offers of admission are usually made between January and late April, and various factors will determine when you will actually hear from us. Thus, our general advice is to apply when you most feel prepared.
How long should my personal statement be?
Your personal statement should be approximately 2-3 pages, double-spaced.
Are there guidelines or suggestions for the personal statement?
A compelling personal statement should provide insight about you, describes your motivation to attend law school, and/or highlights your interest in Indiana Law. It should be clearly written, well-organized, and highlight the special strengths and experiences that you would bring to our law school and the legal profession. These may include, but are not limited to, demonstrated evidence of leadership, creativity, commitment to justice, service to others, cross-cultural competency, and significant work or volunteer experience. Statements are evaluated for grammar, spelling, organization, clarity, and relevance.
Should I submit an addendum?
If you believe that the admissions committee would benefit from an explanation about part of your application, you should submit an addendum. Addenda will usually explain problems with, or unusual aspects of, your application. Typical reasons for submitting an addendum include, but are not limited to: a poor semester of grades, an unusually low grade on a particular course, an unusual gap in college attendance, or an LSAT or GPA that isn’t indicative of your true abilities. You may also submit an addendum describing any significant adversity you have experienced which may have limited your educational opportunities or negatively affected your academic performance.
What if I have a rising, falling, or erratic undergraduate record?
The admissions committee does look at grade trends. We are more impressed by a rising undergraduate grade point average (GPA) than a falling one. If there are circumstances that negatively affected your GPA (such as illness, work schedule, etc.), please feel free to bring them to the committee's attention in an addendum to your application.
Is an admission interview offered?
No. The large number of applications generally prohibits us from granting personal interviews. However, we strongly encourage you to contact the Office of Admissions to arrange a visit if your schedule allows. Please see our Visit webpage to schedule a visit.
When should I take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)?
The LSAT is offered four times a year: September/October, December, February, and June. If you are completing your undergraduate degree and plan to begin law school immediately after graduation, we recommend that you take the test either the summer before your senior year or during the fall of your senior year, when there may not be many other claims on your time. For further information about the LSAT and registration, please visit the Law School Admission Council.
How does the admissions committee view multiple LSAT scores?
Our general policy is to consider the highest LSAT score attained, although we will take note of all scores. In the case of a significant discrepancy between scores, (five points or more) applicants are advised to address it in their application. It is always helpful for the admissions committee to be aware of any factors that may have adversely or positively affected one’s performance on the LSAT.
How long are LSAT scores valid?
LSAT scores are valid for five (5) years.
Will a future LSAT score be considered by the admissions committee after I have already submitted my application?
Yes, so long as the exam is taken by June prior to intended semester of enrollment, and we are aware of your intent to do so.
What if I have a rising, falling, or erratic undergraduate record?
The admissions committee does look at grade trends. We are more impressed by a rising undergraduate grade point average (GPA) than a falling one. If there are circumstances that negatively affected your GPA (such as illness, work schedule, etc.), please feel free to bring them to the committee's attention in an addendum to your application.
How do you evaluate graduate work?
We look for superior achievement in graduate studies. Like work experience, graduate studies show the admissions committee what your interests, skills, and abilities are. The graduate GPA is independent of the undergraduate GPA for reporting purposes. The two GPAs will not be averaged or combined for assessing abilities in the classroom.
Are Indiana residents given priority over non-residents in admissions decisions?
No. Historically, more than half our entering class comes from out-of-state. Residence classifications are set forth by the IU Office of the Registrar. All determinations are also made by that office. A person cannot gain residency in the state of Indiana if they relocate to Indiana for the purpose of education and earning a degree.
Is it possible to defer enrollment after being admitted?
Requests for deferment are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. All requests must be made in writing and include specific reasons for wishing to defer. Barring rare exceptions, deferment requests are generally granted for only one year. If a request is denied and an admitted applicant chooses not to enroll, he/she is welcome to re-apply in the future. Applicants who defer will be required to enter into a binding agreement to enroll at the law school the following year.

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Admissions options

Is there an Early Decision program at the School of Law?
Yes, Indiana Law offers an early decision program for those applicants who are confident that the Indiana University Maurer School of Law is their first choice. To be eligible for the program, you are required to submit an Early Decision Form and an Early Decision Statement along with the application materials. A completed application must be on record in the Maurer Admissions Office by November 1. Decisions will be made and communicated by November 15. If you are not offered admission at the early decision review, your application will be considered again through our regular review process. If you have one LSAT score on record but you are registered for a test date after the Early Decision deadline of November 1, you may still apply Early Decision.
Get more information and the Early Decision Form.
What is the Summer Start Program?
Ours is one of the few law schools in the country to offer students the opportunity to begin their legal education in the summer. Students who take advantage of this option take one first-year class — typically Torts — from early July through early August. Summer Start students are merely starting before their counterparts who enter in the fall. They acquire learning skills and knowledge that those who enter in the fall have yet to gain. By the end of the summer, these students are familiar with the basics of legal analysis, the school, and the community. Students who start in the summer will take a full load in the fall.
What is the Direct Admit Program for Indiana University Undergraduates?
This program allows junior undergraduate students enrolled at Indiana University-Bloomington to apply for admission to Maurer prior to their senior year without taking the LSAT. This program is open to IU-Bloomington juniors who have a 3.85/4.0 GPA or better and have identified Maurer School of Law as their first choice for obtaining a legal education. Although admission to the Law School through this program does not require submission of an LSAT score, applicants still have the option of taking the LSAT. You may wish to have an LSAT score for purposes unrelated to Indiana Law, for instance, application to other schools or possibly applying to transfer in the future.
Is there a part-time law program?
No. The Indiana University Maurer School of Law has only a full-time program.
Can I begin my coursework in January?
No. Matriculants can begin only in our Summer Start program (July) or the fall semester (August).
Does Indiana Law offer dual or joint degrees in conjunction with other schools or programs at Indiana University?
Yes, there are options to pursue a joint or dual degree while enrolled at Maurer. The application processes for each degree program are separate. There is no preferred order for submitting the applications.
Does Maurer accept transfer applicants?
Maurer accepts applications for transfer from students who have completed one year of course work at another ABA-accredited law school. Transfer applicants should complete the general application and make sure to indicate their status as a transfer applicant.
Get more information about the transfer application process.

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Indiana law programs

Is it possible to focus on a specific area of law?
Yes, at Indiana Law there are Areas of Focus: a set of recommended courses tailored to a particular area of interest. While not required, Areas of Focus help students choose the courses that will both deepen and broaden knowledge in a particular field of practice. In addition, many students build their own courses of study by taking classes from a number of different areas.
How does Indiana Law prepare students to be part of the legal profession?
During the first year, students take an innovative course, The Legal Profession. The curriculum develops in conjunction with the work of the Center on the Global Legal Profession. Once students acclimate to law school, they begin to work with the Career Services Office to identify interests and strengths. CSO provides students resources to find summer placements, internships, and jobs.
Does Indiana Law offer applied or hands-on learning?
Yes! There are currently four journals, seven clinics, nine externship programs, six projects, and one Intellectual Property Law Practicum. In addition to the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition, students participate in several other regional and national events. Pro bono opportunities are available through the Access to Justice Program.

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IU and Bloomington

What are the housing options for Indiana Law students?
We do not provide housing for students. Indiana University does have graduate and professional student housing. The Graduate Professional Student Organization (GPSO) has an excellent resource page for housing in Bloomington. A very high percentage of Indiana Law students live in the neighborhood immediately surrounding the law school on the southwest corner of the IU Bloomington campus. There are several property management companies in Bloomington that rent or lease a variety of properties from efficiencies to multiple bedroom houses. There are also a variety of apartment complexes around Bloomington that are on the city bus lines. Admitted applicants will have access to a listing of housing resources.
What are the parking options for Indiana Law students?
There are no designated parking areas for Indiana Law students in the immediate vicinity of the law school. Many students live within walking distance so they limit the use of their cars. IU and Bloomington have outstanding public transportation, free for student, staff and faculty use.
What does Bloomington have to offer when I am not focused on law school activities?
Bloomington, Indiana is an idyllic college town of approximately 80,000 located among beautiful state parks and lakes an hour south of Indianapolis. It is a large town with characteristics of an urban center including a variety of museums and galleries, restaurants and eateries, and performance venues.
For further information about all of the things to do here — both on and off campus — see Visit Bloomington and Bloomington's city government; Indiana University news; and Indiana University's recreational sports and performances options.

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