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Eric Lowe, JD’09

Eric Lowe JD’09

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

“I just fell in love with IU! I got a tour of the law school, met with the dean of admissions, and that’s all it took. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made.”

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Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD)

How to Apply

If you have a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent degree from an approved college or university and have taken (or plan to take) the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), you are eligible to apply for admission to the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

We do not require any special course of undergraduate study. A broad academic background, whatever the major, with an emphasis on precision in written and oral communication, is the best preparation for the study of law. Incoming students are expected to have completed at least 90 hours of undergraduate work in academic courses (as opposed to vocational or skills-based courses).

Admission is highly selective; in past years, the number of applicants has exceeded the number of spaces available by as many as 20 to 1.

In evaluating applicants, the admissions committee relies heavily on LSAT score and grade point average—but not to the exclusion of other factors. We look for students who will enrich the educational program of our school with diverse backgrounds and life experiences and who will bring distinction to the legal profession. We’re not looking for cookie-cutter students who fit a specific mold, but for students who bring something special or unique to the class.

Other Admissions Factors
  • Quality of applicant’s undergraduate school
  • Rigor of coursework
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Graduate work
  • Employment
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Potential for service to the profession
  • Educational, geographic, and socioeconomic diversity
  • Applicant’s personal statement
Transfer students

See our transfer students page or contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Rolling Admissions

Because Indiana Law has a rolling admissions policy, we have no specific application priority deadlines or dates. Applications may be submitted no earlier than September of the year preceding the year in which you wish to enroll. While there is no true deadline, we begin admitting applicants before the December recess. Prospective students are encouraged to apply early, as seats are filled as the season progresses. Many of our scholarship decisions are made by March, so you may wish to apply by March 1; however, we continue to accept applications through the spring and summer.

Domestic Applications

You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to use the online application form.

Online Application
Use our JD online application (in partnership with the Law School Admissions Council).
Check Your Application
Once you've applied, check the status of your application at the Law School Admissions Council.

In addition to the application, each applicant must submit:

  • A residence classification form
  • $50 application fee
  • LSAT score and transcript analysis from the Law School Data Assembly Service
  • Two to three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement

Most students also choose to submit a resume and diversity statement.

We know that a number of circumstances (for example, necessary employment, illness, lateness in discovering one’s native talents) may affect an undergraduate record; if you think you would be a great student anyway, tell us about it. And if you feel you have been disadvantaged by economic, educational, racial, or cultural factors, please bring this to our attention as well.

International Students
International Application

If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, even if you have attended school in the United States, you must complete the international application.

Online Application
Use our online application (in partnership with the Law School Admissions Council).
Check Your Application
Once you've applied, check the status of your application at the Law School Admissions Council.
JD Early Decision

Students who have an extraordinary level of interest in the School of Law can apply through our early decision process. Complete the early decision form with all other required application materials by November 15. Decisions will be made by December 15.

Direct Admit Program for Indiana University Undergraduates

Indiana University Maurer School of Law will applications for the Direct Admit program later in the academic year. This program allows undergraduate students enrolled at Indiana University—Bloomington to apply for admission to the Law School prior to their senior year without taking the LSAT. This program is open to prospective law students with exemplary academic records who have identified Indiana Law as their first choice for obtaining a legal education.

To facilitate a more streamlined application process and forge an early connection with future students who maintain such close physical proximity, the Law School will waive the LSAT requirement for students maintaining an undergraduate GPA of 3.85 or better. Each applicant will also be asked to interview with the Law School's Admissions Office. The application fee will be waived for students applying through this program.

Applicants to the program will be required to submit the following application materials:

More information about deadlines for application to the Direct Admit Program are coming soon.

We hope that this effort will strengthen our connection with the other departments on the Bloomington campus, and help create a transition year during which students can be involved with both the undergraduate and the Law School communities.

This is an experimental program which is closely monitored; it may be discontinued should it be determined that admissions criteria on which it relies are flawed. Thirty-three students have matriculated via the Direct Admit program: seven in 2011, eleven in 2012, eight in 2013, and seven in 2014.

Admission to the Law School through this program does not require the submission of an LSAT score; however, applicants do have the option of taking the LSAT. Students may wish to have an LSAT score for purposes unrelated to admission to Indiana Law (for instance, application to other schools or possible transfer applications in the future).

Upon admission, applicants will be required to submit their official transcripts, at their own cost, directly to the Law School Admission Council.

Unsuccessful Direct Admit applicants may apply to Indiana University Maurer School of Law through our regular admissions process at any point in the future.

Questions specific to this program can be directed to Frank Motley, Assistant Dean of Admissions, at fmotley@indiana.edu.

Need Help or Have Questions?

For further assistance or questions about applying to the Indiana Law Doctor of Jurisprudence degree program, please contact:

Indiana Law Admissions Office
Phone: (812) 855-4765
E-mail: lawadmis@indiana.edu

*LSAT data are computed on a population that does not include students admitted under the Direct Admit Program.