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The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law is located in the heart of a vibrant capital city, providing students like you with countless opportunities to put their new legal knowledge to work in a variety of real-world settings.

  • Alumni network of 12,000+, including half of the attorneys in Indiana
  • 87% employment rate for graduates 10 months after graduation (2020)
  • Top law school recognition in the areas of health law, criminal law, public service, human rights, environmental law, and practical training
  • Flexible program allowing students to take classes during the day, evening, weekend, and online
Please contact us to learn more about why we have a reputation as a warm, welcoming, and diverse community.

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Acceptance Rate
Median Undergrad GPA
Accepted Applicants Who Attend

Test Scores

25th-75th percentile
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151 - 158


Application Deadlines
May 15

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Rolling Admissions

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Students Say

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law is a relatively large school on an “urban campus” in “a great downtown location.” The “lovely,” spacious, and “comfortable” facility here is “a beautiful, high-tech place to learn.” “Classrooms are modern and large and sport electric outlets at every seat,” and “There are many places, such as the reading room, where students can go to study.” Eight joint-degree programs are available. There are three law reviews, eight clinics, and summer study abroad programs in China. Opportunities to specialize include intellectual property law and international law as well as a “particularly strong” health law curriculum. Students can choose from five different graduate certificates.
The faculty as a whole is “excellent” and “engaging.” They “do their best to make sure the material is as interesting as possible” and “take a very practical tack in their approach to teaching.” “The atmosphere at McKinney is such that, while the work is intense, I’ve never felt like not wanting to go to class,” beams a 2L. “Ever.” Outside of class, “Professors are accessible and students are not afraid to approach them for help on a concept or to share a joke.” The two-semester legal writing program (with optional third semester) generally receives high marks. Student opinion concerning the administration is mixed. Defenders of it tell us that the top brass is student-friendly and “does a fairly good job.” “The administration always tries its best to help us succeed,” says a happy 2L. Detractors complain that “the administration has no idea what’s going on.” One complaint is that registration can be difficult for 2Ls and 3Ls. “Too many classes clumped at the same time make it difficult” to take all the courses you want (or need). A few professors are “not interested in teaching at all.”
McKinney is the lesser known of the two IU law schools (the other one is in Bloomington), but students say that attending the only law school in Indiana’s state capital and commercial hub definitely has its perks. The school is close to “all of the large firms” in the city and “within blocks of city, state, and federal government offices, and courthouses.” “This enables us to work at some of the state’s best and largest firms throughout the school year,” explains a 3L. “It also provides us with the opportunity to do externships with all of the state’s major courts and organizations.” “Being in downtown Indianapolis is excellent for networking opportunities with the legal community,” too. Some students applaud the efforts of the “hardworking” staff in the Office of Professional Development to secure career opportunities. Other students are less than thrilled. “They don’t help anyone get jobs,” gripes a 3L, “and they don’t respond to phone calls or e-mails, either.” Also, while the school’s reputation in the state is very good, “it’s an uphill battle to find employment outside of Indiana.”

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Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students

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# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
State of Indiana Marion County Public Defender Agency Marion County Prosecutor's Office Barnes and Thornburg Tippecanoe County Prosecutor's Office Indiana Legal Services, Inc. Ice Miller Taft, Stettinius, and Hollister Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman Lewis Wagner Church, Church, Hittle & Antrim Dentons Lewis Kappes Lewis and Wilkins Reminger Co. LPA Sprunger & Sprunger Stewart and Stewart Attorneys Frost Brown Todd LLC Dinsmore & Shohl Krieg DeVault Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC Bose McKinney & Evans LLP City of Indianapolis Eichorn & Eichorn LLP Gutwein Law Indiana University IU Health US Navy Woodard, Emhardt, Henry, Reeves & Wagner LLP Massillamany, Jeter & Carson LLP MacGill PC

Graduates Employed by Area

Private Practice
Public Interes
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Graduates Employed by Region

South West

Prominent Alumni

Caryl Delano
Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Middle District of Florida

Todd Young
United States Senator

Mike Pence
Former Vice President of the United States

Mark Roesler
Founder, Chairman, and CEO CMG Worldwide

Jane Magnus-Stinson
U.S. District Court Judge


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Mar 1

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Students Say

Students here describe themselves as “quite friendly.” “Animosity is pleasantly absent.” “Students generally get along quite well with one another and are collegial in the classroom,” relates a 1L. While there’s “a decent amount of diversity” and McKinney is “very welcoming environment to students of all backgrounds,” a pretty vast chasm exists between the full-time day students and the part-time evening students. A large percentage of the full-timers come “straight out of undergrad” and “chose to attend Indianapolis for its proximity to firm, corporate, and political experiences.” The part-time program constitutes about one-third of the student body, and it’s mostly “older, nontraditional” students who already have occupations, families, and their own social lives.
McKinney is located on the campus of Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis (where “parking is absolutely atrocious”). “The school’s central location is used to its fullest advantage through symposiums, networking functions, alumni activities, and other gatherings where members of the Indianapolis legal community mingle with students,” relates a 2L. Life beyond academics gets mixed reviews. By all accounts, Indianapolis is “a great city” with lots to see and do. Some students tell us that the school provides many social outlets. “There are a lot of activities,” and you can “relive high school all over again” “with more drinking.” Others give the campus “a mediocre rating for social life.” “The problem is that it’s a commuter school and people are coming from all over the place.” “People do their work and go home.” “As a result, there is not a whole lot of socializing.”

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Admissions Office Contact

From The School

Tim Luczak
Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management

530 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3225



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