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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.

More about IU McKinney

Overview

From The School


Applicants
910
Acceptance Rate
59%
Median Undergrad GPA
3.58
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
240

Test Scores

LSAT
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
152 - 158

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
May 15

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$0

CAS 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

Selectivity Rating

Overall


Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
145

47
Female
15.8
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
77%
Median Starting Salary
$60,500
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
89%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
47%

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
Allen County Prosecutor's Office Barnes and Thornburg Church, Church, Hittle & Antrim Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath Freedom Mortgage Frost Brown Todd Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman Ice Miller Indiana Department of Child Services Indiana Department of Workforce Development Indiana Legal Services Indiana Office of the Attorney General Krieg Devault Lewis Wagner Marion County Prosecutor's Office Marion County Public Defender Agency Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic PNC Bank Schuckit & Associates US Army JAG US Marine Corps JAG Wright and Associates

Graduates Employed by Area

41%
Private Practice
18%
Government
13%
Business/Industry
11%
Public Interes
2%
Judicial Clerkships
2%
Academic

Graduates Employed by Region

90%
MidWest
6%
South
2%
South West
2%
Pacific
1%
Mountain

Prominent Alumni

Anne Slaughter Andrew
Former US Ambassador to Costa Rica

Susan Brooks
Former United States Congresswoman

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

Overview

From The School


Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Mar 1

Financial Aid Statistics


Expenses per Academic Year

In-State Tuition
$29,824
Out-Of-State Tuition
$49,888
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$17,416
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$17,416
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,400
Fees
$1,161

Overall

From The School


Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
785
Parent Institution Enrollement
90,090

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
6
Average Age at Entry
24

% Out-of-State
15%
% International
2%

Demographics

17.00%
% Under-represented Minorities

73% are full time
27% are part time
52% female
48% 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
Julie Smith
Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management

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

Phone
317-278-9745

Email
lawadmit@iupui.edu


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