The practice of law occurs in many contexts and we provide our students with a thorough and balanced perspective on a wide variety of practice settings. These contexts enable students to understand how business pressures and workplace norms and culture interact with a lawyer’s ethical duties and personal values.
Indiana Law is committed to teaching those professional skills and values that ensure our graduates participate effectively and responsibly in the legal profession. This area of focus provides students with practical legal skills in both litigation and transactional practice. The courses, clinical opportunities, and student activities allow students to develop skills “on the job” or, in other words, to learn by doing.
The required first-year curriculum includes The Legal Profession, an innovative course on the economics, sociology, and values of the profession. After the required courses, students may select from a broad range of offerings that explore the practice of law. Each of the following courses also satisfies the “professional skills” graduation requirement.
Student-run projects provide an opportunity for valuable practice experience with a defined time commitment. Academic credit is not granted for participation in a project.
Internal and external competitions provide students with additional opportunities to further their professional development. Students also gain valuable experience in the essential practice of working in teams.
Each year two students are selected to develop and coordinate pro bono opportunities for law students with attorneys in the community. The Fellows will work closely with the School’s clinical faculty to hold an annual pro bono fair to showcase public interest and pro bono opportunities, liaise with the Office of Career and Professional Development and student organizations, and administer aspects of the Indiana Law’s pro bono program.
This recognizes public interest leadership and commitment to pro bono service by a graduating student. The award recognizes the substantial time commitment and the quality of public service, including considerations like the ability to organize and to lead others, to marshal and to leverage resources, to identify new unmet needs and to materially improve existing projects or initiatives.
These annual awards recognize the students with the highest number of pro bono service hours.