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Areas of Focus

General Practice

As business, society, and the law have become more complex, the practice of law has become more specialized. Many students will select an area of focus that will help them develop a deeper set of proficiencies in their chosen field.

However, no matter how specialized a lawyer’s practice, there are certain subjects with which every professional should be familiar. A securities lawyer should know enough about antitrust to be able to recognize a potential issue and help his client avoid running afoul of the law. A practitioner in estate planning should understand land use law well enough to anticipate its effects on the valuation of her client’s assets. And of course, students who plan to hang out their own shingle after graduation or work in a firm with under 10 lawyers — as more than 25% of our graduates do — will need to acquire a broad understanding of the myriad issues that affect today’s business owners, families, and professionals.

Indiana Law’s area of focus on general practice addresses these needs. In addition to the required first-year curriculum, the courses described below will provide solid underpinnings for the legal issues that today’s practitioner will be most likely to encounter.

Student Activities and Opportunities

American Bar Association—Law Student Division
Family Law Society
Indianapolis Bar Association


Fred Aman
Jeannine Bell
Craig Bradley
Brian Broughman
Paul Craig
Don Gjerdingen
Bill Henderson
Joe Hoffmann
Sarah Jane Hughes
Leandra Lederman
Ajay Mehrotra
Aviva Orenstein
Ryan Scott
Jeff Stake

Alex Tanford
Tim Waters
Deborah Widiss

Adjunct Faculty

Sam Ardery
Hon. Michael Barnes
Hon. Elaine Brown
Jessie Cook
Hon. Mary Ellen Diekhoff
Tom Fisher
Hon. Marc Kellams
Stan Levco
Hon. Basil Lorch
Rory O'Bryan
Joe O'Connor
Catherine Stafford
Hon. Nancy Vaidik