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) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) 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. This same application may be used to apply for our Early Commitment Option (ECO). More information about ECO is included on the application and in our online FAQs. To apply, use our online application. Applicants who have taken the GRE can log in to their ETS account and select the Indiana University Maurer School of Law as a recipient of GRE results using the ETS IU code: 4703.

    Applicants electing to take the GRE must complete the law school’s on-line application and submit all supporting documents using the LSAC Credential Assembly Service.

  • Direct Admit JD applicants: Indiana University—Bloomington juniors or seniors completing their undergraduate degree with a GPA of at least 3.80† and an ACT or SAT score at or above the 85th percentile are eligible to apply for this early admission program. The LSAT is waived for Direct Admit applicants meeting the above requirements. For more information about requirements, and to print materials for submission, review the detailed Direct Admit Information, Direct Admit Agreement Form, and Direct Admit Application. Note: This application is for fall 2021 admission only. If you are still interested in this program for fall 2020, please contact the Office of Admissions at
  • 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. To apply, use our online advanced standing application.

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 The Federal School Code for Indiana University Bloomington is 001809.

*More information about applying as a JD student can be found in our online FAQs. For information on applying to our LLM, MCL, SJD and PhD programs, please see our Graduate Legal Studies webpage.

†Direct admit applicants meeting the GPA requirement but whose adverse personal backgrounds may have prevented them from meeting the American Bar Association (ABA) mandated standardized test score percentile are still encouraged to apply.