All Indiana Law students must complete an application for graduation, available from the recorder’s office (Room 022). Enrolled students who are on track to complete their degree requirements will be notified of the application deadline by e-mail each semester. Students who are working on a thesis or dissertation may apply to graduate in any month that they complete their requirements, which include having two bound copies of the thesis or dissertation turned in to the recorder’s office.
Students who wish to change their expected graduation date should contact the adlanham [at] indiana [dot] edu (recorder’s office) to update their information.
All students enrolled in the LLM thesis, SJD, or PhD in Law and Social Science programs are required to complete a thesis or dissertation. Following are Indiana Law’s specific policies concerning thesis and dissertation requirements:
The IU Graduate School also provides information for local bookbinderies. Students who complete the thesis or dissertation away from Bloomington may use the services of another bookbindery, provided the manuscript conforms to the Graduate School’s guidelines. Specific questions about the format for theses and dissertations may be addressed to the lgradadm [at] indiana [dot] edu (International Programs Coordinator).
Two bound copies of your thesis or dissertation must be presented to the Law School recorder’s office. Students will graduate in the month that they submit the bound copies of their thesis or dissertation, provided that they have submitted them to the recorder’s office by the 15th of the month.
Indiana University Bloomington holds two commencement ceremonies for graduates from the entire university, in May and December. In addition, Indiana Law hosts its own graduation ceremony in May, which can be attended by both May and December graduates. There are also many corresponding activities in May, such as a luncheon for graduates and their families and an awards ceremony.
Students who wish to attend either the university commencement or the Indiana Law graduation ceremonies are expected to wear the appropriate attire (cap and gown).
You may request unofficial transcripts at any time from the Law School recorder’s office, or find your unofficial transcript online using Indiana University’s Web-based student service system, OneStart. Transcripts on OneStart can be printed and used for unofficial purposes.
Students and alumni can order an official transcript through the university bursar’s office in person, by mail or fax, or online. Current students can request an official transcript by e-mail, mail, or fax.
Once you have completed your degree requirements and graduated, your official diploma will be mailed to the permanent address listed in OneStart by regular air mail approximately two months after your graduation date. Be sure to check the permanent address listed in OneStart before graduation to make sure that your diploma will be sent exactly where you want it to go. You can also request additional copies of your diploma from the Office of the Registrar.
Please remember that it can take up to four weeks after posting for mail to reach some countries.