From the School

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.

The McKinney curriculum includes an array of specialty courses and certificate programs that will help you to make the degree your own. Coupled with top-notch faculty who genuinely care about students and dozens of extra-curricular programs, you will have everything you need to succeed while in school and beyond.

We also have incredibly loyal alumni and friends. IU McKinney's alumni network is an invaluable resource for current students and graduates alike. Our ideal location, excellent employment rates for graduates, and overall affordability make earning a law degree from IU McKinney a wise investment.

Please contact us to learn more about why we have a reputation as a warm, welcoming, and diverse community.

Overview

From The School


Applicants
956
Acceptance Rate
60%
Median Undergrad GPA
3.46
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
174

Test Scores

LSAT
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
149 - 156

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
May 15

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$0

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Work Experience
Other Factors

Selectivity Rating

Overall


Faculty Information

Total Faculty
151

45
Female
9
Underrepresented Minorities


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.”

Career overview

From The School


Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
70%
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
86%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
No

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
45

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Private law firms (Barnes & Thornburg, Bose McKinney & Evans, Faegre Baker Daniels, Ice Miller); Government; Business, and Non-profits

Graduates Employed by Area

39%
Private Practice
22%
Government
16%
Business/Industry
3%
Public Interes
2%
Judicial Clerkships
2%
Academic

Graduates Employed by Region

65%
MidWest

Prominent Alumni

Anne Slaughter Andrew
Former US Ambassador to Costa Rica

Susan Brooks
United States Congresswoman

Mike Pence
Vice President of the United States

Mark Roesler
Founder, Chairman, and CEO CMG Worldwide

Jane Magnus-Stinson
U.S. District Court Judge

Overview

From The School


Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Jul 31

Financial Aid Statistics


Expenses per Academic Year

In-State Tuition
$26,340
Out-Of-State Tuition
$45,150
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$12,424
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$12,424
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,600
Fees
$1,317

Overall

From The School


Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
782
Parent Institution Enrollement
109,000

Average Age at Entry
24

% International
2%

Demographics

18.00%
% Under-represented Minorities

91% are full time
9% are part time
45% female
55% male

Campus Life

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.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

From The School



Contact
Patricia Kinney
Assistant Dean for Admissions

Address
530 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3225

Phone
317-274-2459

Email
sorice@iupui.edu