About us

Austen Parrish, Dean and James H. Rudy Professor of Law, joined the Law School in 2014 as its 16th dean.

From the Dean

The Law School has a tremendous history. Founded in 1842, we are the ninth-oldest law school in the nation. Our graduates have taken on leadership roles in the country’s most respected law firms, from Wall Street to Main Street. They have built and nurtured successful businesses that drive today’s global economy. And they have chosen careers in public service, on Capitol Hill, and on the front lines of advocacy for people who need it most.

No matter what career they’ve chosen, our alumni make a difference in their community — wherever that may be. Every year, nearly 60 percent of our entering JD class comes from outside Indiana, representing over 100 undergraduate institutions in 25 to 30 states. When they graduate, about 60 percent choose jobs outside Indiana.

Part of our proud legacy is how our graduates have left their mark. They include the first Japanese-American admitted to the bar in the US, the first African American to serve on any state supreme court, the first woman chief justice of Wisconsin, and the first woman chief justice of Indiana. Our alumni include giants like US Supreme Court Justice Sherman Minton, US Representative Lee Hamilton, and US Senator Birch Bayh.

We are also proud to have pathbreaking scholars in a wide range of fields. Our expertise is strongest in research focused on intellectual property, international and comparative law, cybersecurity, environmental, and criminal law, as well as tax, business law, and public interest law.

With each new class, we build on these traditions. We look for remarkable individuals: students who want to be part of a lively community of smart, motivated, supportive classmates who are ready to learn and eager to make a difference outside the classroom.

Thank you for your interest in Indiana Law. I hope to see you on campus next fall.

Austen L. Parrish
Dean and James H. Rudy Professor of Law


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