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Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

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Indiana University's law school in Indianapolis is named for Robert H. McKinney, a distinguished lawyer, businessman, and civic leader. Located on the campus of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), the law school actively collaborates with the IU Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Social Work, the Kelley School of Business, the Fairbanks School of Public Health, and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The law school building, Lawrence W. Inlow Hall, is a state-of-the-art facility with modern classrooms and private study areas, located a short walk from the state's courts, the legislature, and major law firms. IU McKinney is the only law school in Indiana offering both day and evening programs.

J.D. Admissions

IU McKinney requires the following for application:

  • B.A. or equivalent degree
  • LSAT
  • Application through LSAC (applications accepted through July 31; June LSAT scores are acceptable)

They say acceptance decisions are based on a combination of undergrad GPA, LSAT scores, and "the big picture" (i.e. community service, written statement, letters of recommendation, etc.). See IU McKinney Admissions for complete list.


IU McKinney remains one of the lowest in-state tuition prices in the Big Ten.

Tuition is assessed per credit hour. The per credit hour rate for Indiana residents is $772.20 and the rate for non-residents is $1,429.20.

Tuition and fees for the 2013-2014 academic year (based on 31 credits for full time) Non-Resident Tuition & Fees: $45,311.22* Resident Tuition & Fees: $24, 944.22* Books & Supplies: $1,500.00 Room and Board: $11,144.00 Total Non-Resident Expenses: $57,955.22** Total Resident Expenses: $37,588.22**

  • Part-time tuition & fees (based on 23 credit hours) Resident = $18,953.29; Non-Resident = $34,064.29. Part time Books and supplies are $1,000. Room and Board and other expenses are the same as full time rates.
    • Depending on how close to campus students live and if they own a car, transportation and other personal expenses should be added to this budget.


IU McKinney offer the following degrees (both full and part time): J.D., LL.M., SJD, and MJ.

Joint Degrees

They offer 8 joint degrees with other Indiana University schools on the Indianapolis campus: JD/MD (Doctor of Jurisprudence and Doctor of Medicine) JD/MBA (Doctor of Jurisprudence and Master of Business Administration) JD/MHA (Doctor of Jurisprudence and Master of Health Administration) JD/MPH (Doctor of Jurisprudence and Master of Public Health) JD/MPA (Doctor of Jurisprudence and Master of Public Affairs) JD/MLS (Doctor of Jurisprudence and Master of Library Science) JD/MPhil (Doctor of Jurisprudence and Master of Arts in Philosophy) JD/MSW (Doctor of Jurisprudence and Master of Social Work)


IU McKinney has 8 live-client clinics:

  • Appellate Clinic
  • Civil Practice Clinic
  • Criminal Defense Clinic
  • Conservation Law Clinic
  • Disability Clinic
  • Health and Human Rights Clinic
  • Immigration Clinic
  • Wrongful Conviction Clinic
J.D. Certificates/Concentrations

Certificates and concentrations are available in the following areas:

  • Criminal Law Graduate Certificate
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law Graduate Certificate
  • Health Law Graduate Certificate
  • Intellectual Property Law Graduate Certificate
  • International and Comparative Law Graduate Certificate
  • Advocacy Skills Graduate Concentration
  • Corporate and Commercial Law Concentration

In addition to the core courses you'll find at most law schools, IU McKinney has a wide variety of electives, including topics such as Sports Law (btw, they are located across the street from the NCAA headquarters where you can do an externship), Cyber Crime, Natural Resources Law, Seminar in Comparative National Security Law (includes an opportunity for students to participate in a counter-terrorism simulation, held on a biennial basis), or Drug Innovation and Competition Law (Eli Lilly and Company's headquarters is located in Indianapolis and you can do an externship there as well).

Legal Writing

The IU McKinney Legal Analysis, Research, and Communication (LARC) program has been ranked in the top 10 in the nation for 6 consecutive years. They offer:

  • Advanced Persuasive Writing and Oral Advocacy
  • Appellate Advocacy Clinic
  • Contract Drafting
  • Moot Court Competitions
Law Reviews
  • Indiana Law Review
  • Indiana Health Law Review
  • Indiana International & Comparative Law Review
Centers & Programs

The William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health is one of the top health law programs in the nation. The center serves as an information resource on health law issues for the bar, government and health care community. Through the center, students may pursue a Certificate in Health Law and participate in the Indiana Health Law Review, as well as the Health Law Society.

The Program on Law & State Government (PLSG) enriches the dialogue between the academic legal community and state government policy makers. The program offers externships with more than 50 government offices and also sponsors a mediation course that qualifies students to become registered civil mediators. Additionally, the program sponsors fellowships that allow students to host an academic event and write a publishable academic paper on critical legal or regulatory issues pertinent to state government.

The Environmental & Natural Resources Law Program (ENR) addresses complex issues of resource development and conservation, pollution control, energy and transportation policy, environmental justice, and other related subjects. Students interested in becoming an environmental or a natural resources lawyer will find many resources including the ENR Graduate Certificate and the Conservation Clinic.

The Center for Intellectual Property Law and Innovation is active in all areas of IP law, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, and the right of publicity, with a focus on issues of importance to the life sciences. In addition to an IP Certificate, externships and networking opportunities, the IP Center also works closely with student organizations such as the Intellectual Property Law Student Association; Fashion, Art and Design Law Society; and the Sports & Entertainment Law Society.

IU McKinney has a wide array of international programs coordinated through the Center for International and Comparative Law. The center organizes a variety of events including annual conferences while the Indiana International and Comparative Law Review provides students with in-depth research opportunities. Students interested in a career in international crisis management may take advantage of the simulated crisis training offered by our Global Crisis Leadership Forum.

The Program in International Human Rights Law (PIHRL) places students in internships with human rights organizations in locations from Argentina to Zimbabwe and holds Special Consultative Status with the United Nations, allowing students to contribute to human rights law on a global scale.

The school's Joint Center for Asian Law is a collaboration with Renmin University of China Law School - the top law school in China. The center offers the Chinese Law Summer Program, the annual International Law Student Forum, and the Annual Sino-U.S. Law Conference, all in Beijing. It also sponsors the Summer Program in U.S. Law which welcomes Chinese students and professors from Sun Yat-sen University Law School.

Employment & real world experience

IU McKinney's location in downtown Indianapolis is a strategic advantage. Map of school location. You can find many externships or job opportunities while you are still in school. Because they have a robust part time JD program, your options are flexible for working while in school. After the core courses (1L) are finished, you have the option of switching tracks from full to part time if you find a job while in school. Or if you start out part time but decide you want to finish more quickly, you can do that too.

Job prospects for students from McKinney remain very strong. Their web site states: "Of our 2012 graduates, 86.1 percent were employed within nine months of graduation. Of those, 44 percent were in private practice, nearly 20 percent were in business, and just over 28 percent worked in government. Below you’ll find more details concerning the law school’s most recent employment survey."

Students and alumni say networking that can lead to employment is helped by strong connections with the local bar and the over 10,000 alumni who work all over the world. Brigitte Collier, who lived in Haiti and Kentucky before moving to Indiana said, "The networking opportunities IU McKinney offers are priceless for someone like myself who did not know anyone when we moved to Indiana."

Student Keaton Miller did an externship in the office of Indiana Governor Mike Pence (incidentally, a graduate of IU McKinney).

JD Candidate Ed Battista started his own restaurant while also studying at IU McKinney.

IU McKinney bar passage rates, as well as class profiles and employment stats are located in the "McKinney by the Numbers" section of their web site.

Alumni examples include Susan L. Brooks, '85, U.S. House of Representative; Jonathan B. Burns, '06, Associate Patent Counsel, Google, Inc.; Pamela L. Carter, '84, President, Cummins Distribution Business & Former Indiana Attorney General; Mike Pence, '86, Governor of Indiana; John S. Pistole, '81, Administrator, U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA); Brent Dickson, '68, Chief Justice, Indiana Supreme Court; and Dan Quayle, '74, Former Vice President of the United States.

Quality of life


Indianapolis is a great place to live! The 12th largest city in the United States, it has received a lot of publicity in the New York Times, among other publications, due to the new Cultural Trail which provides a bike and pedestrian-friendly path winding through downtown, connecting all of the major cultural landmarks, districts and parks. See a Bike Path to Progress" and "52 Places To Go in 2014" (Indy is #34).

Indianapolis is listed as #3 in the "Top 10 Best Downtowns" on livability.com

Indianapolis is listed on "10 Unexpected Cities to Love".

Indianapolis was listed number 1 on CNN Money's list of "Most Affordable Cities to Buy a Home"

Student Lucas Niekamp, originally from Quincy, Illinois, said he chose IU McKinney because of "the opportunity to learn in an urban setting situated downtown among both business and government groups, and the sense of welcomeness and appreciation of diversity."

New York City native Steven Nunez decided on IU McKinney in part because of the "close proximity to important state courts, federal courts and well established law firms."

Active Student Body

IU McKinney has over 30 student organizations: Animal Law Society, Asian Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, Christian Legal Society, Energy Law Association, Equal Justice Works, Health Law Society, Hispanic Law Society, International Human Rights Law Society, Lambda Law Society, Running and Walking Club, Sports and Entertainment Law Society, and many more...

The Student Bar Association (SBA) hosts the Barrister's Ball (or "law school prom"), a formal dinner dance held downtown, usually the first Saturday in March. Previous events have been held at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, the Scottish Rite Temple, and the Marion County Public Library Main Branch.

Campus Life

A fun tradition on the IUPUI campus where IU McKinney is located is the annual Regatta, a boat race on the canal that runs through the heart of downtown Indianapolis (located across the street from the law school). It is held in September each year and features student, faculty and alumni teams. Former IU McKinney law dean and a Sports Law expert, Gary Roberts, serves as the race official.