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Bridging research, students, and global partnerships in today's global age

"The Center's focus on research, student opportunities, and global partnerships helps students prepare for careers in today's global age."

Jayanth Krishnan
Professor of Law and
Director, Center on the Global Legal Profession

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As globalization breaks down the barriers of international businesses, economies, and cultures, the IU Maurer School of Law's Center on the Global Legal Profession is forging relationships that defy borders, while becoming a home base for the development of the international skills needed by the lawyers of tomorrow.

Center focuses on three key areas

The Center's initiatives focus on three key areas: research, student opportunities, and global partnerships.


Since its inception in 2009, the Center has engaged in breakthrough research on important topics affecting the profession. Here are some recent highlights:

  • Henderson has completed an article for the International Journal of Law & Economics on the changes in large law firms, and a forthcoming Michigan Law Review essay on Stephen Harper's The Lawyer Bubble and Richard Susskind's Tomorrow's Lawyers;
  • Professor Christiana Ochoa has received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to study the role of law and lawyers in development-programming; and
  • Krishnan is completing a three-year, Ford Foundation-funded study that examines the rights of the poor and the lower judiciary in India. His research will be published in the Harvard Human Rights Journal.
Student Opportunities

The Center is closely involved in expanding opportunities for Indiana Law students to gain hands-on experience in the global legal profession. Since 2010, the Center has administered the Milton Stewart Fellowship Program, which provides 1L and 2L students legal internship opportunities in different markets around the globe. Thanks to generous philanthropic donations, including from Milton R. Stewart, JD'71, and his wife Judi, the Center has funded over 40 students who have worked in law firms, non-governmental organizations, and government agencies in Brazil, China, India, Japan, and Korea. The Center is in the process of evaluating applications for its next class of 2014 Stewart Fellows.

In addition, the Center works closely with Indiana Law's Office of International Programs in helping to place students in study abroad exchanges. Options for foreign study include programs in France, Spain, Poland, Germany, Brazil, India, Ireland, New Zealand, and China. This year, the deadline to study abroad during the 2014-2015 academic year is February 7. Click here for further information.

Global Partnerships

One of the Maurer School of Law's strategies centers on building global partnerships through interdisciplinary collaborations, both within Indiana University and around the world. The Center's faculty has been involved with various professional organizations, international development agencies, and educational institutions of excellence around the world, including: FGV Law School (São Paulo); Jindal Global Law School (Haryana, India); National Taiwan University; ESADE Law School (Barcelona); Sungkyunkwan University (Seoul); Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China); and the Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL) (Shenzhen, China).

Some recent activities by Center colleagues include:

  • Professor Kenneth Dau-Schmidt, a renowned labor law scholar, has taught employment law, antitrust law, and comparative law at STL since 2010.
  • Professor Ethan Michelson, an expert on the Chinese legal profession, has received funding from and done extensive work for the World Bank, National Institutes of Health, Fulbright Program, and Ford Foundation.
Indiana University Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel is working closely with legal educators from Asia, Africa, and Latin America on the changing nature of the legal profession. Robel is the former dean of the Maurer School of Law and recently completed a term as president of the Association of American Law Schools.

The Center's faculty

The Center's faculty brings together a diverse array of scholars with expertise on the legal profession throughout the world. They are:

  • Kenneth Dau-Schmidt, an economist and labor law expert who has conducted empirical studies of lawyers' careers and studies of the provision of pro bono legal work.
  • William Henderson, the founder of the Center, whose work focuses on the empirical analysis of the legal profession and legal education.
  • Jayanth Krishnan, director of the Center, an expert on the Indian legal profession and responsiveness of the Indian court system to claimant grievances.
  • Ethan Michelson, a sociologist and expert on China, the first scholar to conduct rigorous empirical research on the Chinese legal profession.
  • Christiana Ochoa, whose research concentrates in two interconnected areas, primarily in Latin America: the role of individuals in law formation and the inextricable links between global economic activity and human rights.

Find a complete listing of the Center's activities at its website.