175 years of growth and change have shaped the character and reputation of Indiana Law.
The school opened in 1842 as the first state university law school in the Midwest. Upon founding the Law school, university trustees stated their intention to create a school that would be "inferior to none west of the mountains" that would prepare students to combine superior scholarship with ethics.
On Dec. 5, 1842, Professor David McDonald gave his first lecture to the class of the new Law Department of Indiana University, the ninth law school in the nation and first state law school in the Midwest. There is no record of how many students were in that first class, but there were five in the first graduating class in 1844.
Through the early years, the Law Department flourished under the direction of McDonald and other distinguished jurists, and following the Civil War enrollment soared, graduating 32 in 1871, more than half of the total graduates of the university.
In 1889, the trustees reestablished the law department as a law school, naming David D. Banta as its first dean. The Association of American Law schools was formed in 1900, and Indiana Law was one of the 25 charter members of this group. The law school enrollment stood at 125 students in 1900, and there were three faculty and a law library of 4,000 volumes. In 1908, Indiana Law moved to Maxwell Hall, where it would remain until the mid-1950s.
|Director of admissions||Ann Killian Perry|
|Application deadline||March 1|
|Approximate number of applications||1633|
|Tuition and fees Full-time||$32,551 per year (in-state)
$53,301 per year (out-of-state)
|Room and board||$12,466|
Student performance is graded and credited according to the following scale:
|Grade||Grade Points Per Hour of Credit|
|C-||1.7 (No credit grade; course must be repeated if required)|
|F||0.0 (No credit grade; course must be repeated if required)|
The tables below display the cumulative grade point average (to three decimal places) a student needs (left column) in order to claim the class standing expressed in the percentile (right column). These tables include grades earned through the Fall semester of the 2016–2017 academic year. The table for the Class of 2018 includes expected August 2017, December 2017, and May 2018 graduates.
Law students are evaluated on a 4.0 system
|Class standing||Cumulative GPA|
|Minimum GPA required top 1% of the class||3.877|
|Minimum GPA required top 2% of the class||3.788|
|Minimum GPA required top 3% of the class||3.779|
|Minimum GPA required top 5% of the class||3.755|
|Minimum GPA required top 10% of the class||3.688|
|Minimum GPA required top 15% of the class||3.616|
|Minimum GPA required top 20% of the class||3.581|
|Minimum GPA required top 25% of the class||3.533|
|Minimum GPA required top 30% of the class||3.500|
|Minimum GPA required top 33% of the class||3.478|
|Minimum GPA required top 40% of the class||3.440|
|Minimum GPA required top 50% of the class||3.376|
|Class standing||Cumulative GPA|
|Minimum GPA required top 1% of the class||3.943|
|Minimum GPA required top 2% of the class||3.848|
|Minimum GPA required top 3% of the class||3.818|
|Minimum GPA required top 5% of the class||3.752|
|Minimum GPA required top 10% of the class||3.677|
|Minimum GPA required top 15% of the class||3.645|
|Minimum GPA required top 20% of the class||3.604|
|Minimum GPA required top 25% of the class||3.571|
|Minimum GPA required top 30% of the class||3.538|
|Minimum GPA required top 33% of the class||3.527|
|Minimum GPA required top 40% of the class||3.484|
|Minimum GPA required top 50% of the class||3.399|
|Honor||Percentage of Class Receiving|
|Order of the Coif||The English Order of the Coif was the most ancient and one of the most honored institutions of the common law. It was an association of lawyers who for centuries had the sole right to appear as barristers in the Court of Common Pleas. The Order takes its name from the word used to designate the cap all the members of the Order were compelled to wear. This cap or coif was originally of white lawn or silk, forming a close-fitting hood. Later when wigs came into fashion, the coif was changed to a circular piece of white lawn fastened to the top of the wig. The real decline in the power and influence of the Order came through the appointment of King's counsel but despite efforts to change it, the Order remained the sole body of accepted practitioners at the Common Pleas Bar down to the Judicature Act.
The American Order of the Coif is the outgrowth of an earlier society known as Theta Kappa Nu, founded in 1902 for the purpose of promoting scholarship among American law students. In 1912 the society was reorganized as the Order of the Coif "to foster a spirit of careful study and to mark in a fitting manner those who have attained a high grade of scholarship."
Election to the Order is restricted to the top ten percent of the graduating Senior class. The chapter at the Indiana University School of Law elects its new members each July from the class comprised of those who graduated in May of the same year and December and August of the prior year. Transfer and part-time students typically are not eligible for election to the Order of the Coif because of grading comparison difficulties with the rest of the class.
|Order of Barristers||At Indiana University-Bloomington School of Law, ten graduating third year students are selected each year for induction into the Order of Barristers. The students come from both the trial and appellate advocacy programs. The selection of inductees on the trial side is made by Professor Alex Tanford based on performance in the trial advocacy course and/or participation on an extramural trial competition team. On the appellate side, eligibility for induction is limited to those students who participated in at least one extramural moot court competition during their years in law school. The selection of inductees on the appellate side is made by a committee of law faculty members based on nominating statements, submitted by the eligible students, which summarize their accomplishments in both intramural and extramural moot court competitions.|
|Dean's Honors||A student may earn Dean's Honors in the fall or spring semesters (not in the summer) if all of the following are met:
|summa cum laude||Top 1% (99th 100th percentile)|
|magna cum laude||Top 10% (90th -98th percentile)|
|cum laude||Top 30% (70th -89th percentile)|
|Name of Award||Awarded for/to|
|Leon H. Wallace Teaching Award||For teaches constitutional law|
|Gavel Award||For outstanding contribution to the graduating class|
Indiana Law Journal
Select students are invited to join the staff of the Indiana Law Journal during the summer following their first year of law school. Invitations are extended based on first-year academic performance and a writing competition that takes place at the end of the first year. The ILJ publishes original articles by a distinguished and diverse selection of authors that have included United States Chief Justice William Rehnquist and U.S. Solicitor General Seth Waxman. Students select, edit, and verify the accuracy and form of cited sources in the articles. The journal also publishes several student-written articles.
Indiana Journal of Constitutional Design
The Indiana Journal of Constitutional Design is the first journal devoted specifically to the emerging field of constitutional design. This new field examines the ways in which basic legal ordering (the law that creates the fundamental power structures of a given country) shapes and is shaped by political, economic, and cultural conditions. This online journal publishes a range of different materials, including not only traditional articles and student notes, but also taxonomies of design options on particular subjects, explorations of specific drafting issues in particular countries, and reflections by those with experience in constitutional drafting and design. The goal of the Journal is to help develop this emerging field by providing information and ideas to both scholars and practitioners of constitutional drafting.
Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies
The Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies publishes articles by distinguished legal scholars focusing on issues of globalization and international law. Each issue generally contains articles by authors from many different countries. Select students are invited to join the staff during the summer following their first year of law school. Invitations are extended based on first-year academic performance and a writing competition that takes place at the end of the first year. Students edit and proofread articles, and verify the accuracy and form of cited sources. The journal also publishes several student-written articles.
IP Theory is a peer-edited on-line intellectual property law publication hosted by the Law School's Center for Intellectual Property Research. It is neither law journal nor blog; it is a different sort of publication designed to occupy a niche between the two. IP Theory serves as a forum for:
The Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition is a student-run program in written and oral appellate advocacy. The majority of the second-year class participates in this annual competition, which is also open to third-year students who have not previously competed owing to study abroad or joint-degree programs.
The Law School offers seven in-house live-client clinics, taught by clinical faculty with extensive practice experience. Each clinic gives you hands-on experience helping real clients while you develop skills as responsible, ethical, and thoughtful lawyers. Each clinic is tied to a classroom component.
Starting Salaries (2015 Graduates Employed Full-Time)
|Private sector (25th-75th percentile)||$55,000 - $115,000|
|Median in the private sector||$85,000|
|Median in public service||$54,100|
|Graduates known to be employed at graduation||44.9%|
|Graduates known to be employed ten months after graduation||78.8%|
|Graduates Employed In||Percentage|
|Business and Industry||17%|
|Public Interest Organizations||5.3%|
The Law School’s externship program complements the school’s clinical program and projects. Every semester, students head out to work for academic credit in non-profit organizations, with judges and government offices, and in public policy organizations throughout Indiana. In the summer, students work at companies, law firms, and other organizations around the globe in a fully funded fellows programs. The Law School also offers a unique third-year semester externship in Washington, D.C., for those students wishing to work with the federal government or a public advocacy organization. Each year, over 300 field placements are offered.