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E-mail: ilap [at] indiana [dot] edu

Indiana University
Maurer School of Law
211 S. Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405


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Inmate Legal Assistance Project

Student volunteers assist inmates at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, with legal issues ranging from direct appeals and ineffective assistance of counsel claims to tort claims, family law matters, and other civil matters.

The Inmate Legal Assistance Project offers students a unique opportunity to sharpen their practical legal skills, while providing valuable free legal assistance to inmates at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana.

ILAP is a student-run organization funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. Working under the guidance of an experienced appellate attorney, students counsel inmates on a variety of legal issues ranging from tort law claims to petitions for habeas corpus relief. Members are able to meet with and interview potential clients on regular visits to the prison.

The opportunities do not stop at the prison gates. Having been assigned cases, members are called on to conduct legal research, draft legal memoranda or client letters, file habeas corpus motions, and possibly represent their clients at disciplinary proceedings or parole hearings.

We encourage students interested in practicing any kind of law to participate in the project.  Aside from dealing with criminal law issues, ILAP provides assistance for many civil claims as well. Your work with the project will involve inmates at various stages in the legal process.  The knowledge and skills learned through volunteering with ILAP helps members develop experience-based careers in the legal community.

If you are interested in joining ILAP, please come to one of our training sessions or email us at  We hope you will join us.