How to apply
If you have completed or are in the process of completing a bachelor’s equivalent degree from an accredited college or university and have taken or plan to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), you are eligible for admission to the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. There are three ways to enter our esteemed JD program:*
- First-year JD applicants: If you are applying as a first-year JD student, you are required to complete the on-line application that is hosted on the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website. To apply, use our online application (available after September 1st).
- Direct Admit JD applicants: If you are interested in beginning law school in 2018, are an Indiana University-Bloomington student who will receive your undergraduate degree from IU-Bloomington between December 2017 and August 14, 2018, have an undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.75, and scored at least 85% on the ACT or SAT, you are eligible to apply for this early-admission program. The LSAT is waived for Direct Admit applicants meeting the above requirements. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2017. For further details, and to print materials for submission, visit the Detailed Direct Admit Information, Direct Admit Agreement Form, and Direct Admit Application.
- Advanced-standing JD applicants: If you have completed or are in the process of successfully completing a law degree from a recognized foreign institution, you are eligible to apply to our JD program with advanced standing. Learn more about applying as an advanced standing applicant, including the on-line advanced standing application and requirements.
- Transfer JD applicants: If you have recently completed or are in the process of successfully completing 22 units at an ABA-accredited law school, you are eligible to apply as a transfer applicant to Indiana Law. Learn more about applying as a transfer applicant, including the on-line transfer application and requirements.
For our first-year and transfer applicants, we do not require any special course of undergraduate study. A broad academic background, whatever the major, with an emphasis on precise communication and critical and analytical thinking, is the best preparation for successfully completing our law degree. Advanced standing applicants must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in law from a foreign institution prior to enrolling in the JD program.
International applicants: If your first language is not English and your undergraduate degree was obtained outside of the United States, you must include results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with your application materials.
Addendum: If you believe the admissions committee would benefit from an explanation about part of your application, you should submit an addendum. This optional essay will usually explain problems with, or unusual aspects of, your application. You may also submit an addendum describing any significant adversity you have experienced which may have limited your educational opportunities or negatively affected your academic performance.
Financial Aid: All admitted applicants are automatically considered for merit awards; no separate application is required. If you wish to subsidize your legal education using federal loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The Federal School Code for Indiana University Bloomington is 001809.
*For information on applying to our LLM, MCL, SJD and PhD programs, please see our Graduate Legal Studies webpage.