Departments & Centers

Research Centers and Programs

From technology to teaching, innovation infuses all aspects of the law school. Its centers and programs are among the most respected in the country, enhancing a diverse and demanding curriculum with hands-on opportunities for research and experience.

The need for lawyers with special expertise in health law is acute, and the school's William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health is at the forefront of providing students with an outstanding education in health law. The center is repeatedly ranked as offering one of the top health law programs in the country, offering interdisciplinary opportunities for students and serving as an information resource on health care issues for the legal and medical communities.

The Center for International and Comparative Law provides administrative guidance for the school's foreign study programs as well as other international activities, including the Master of Laws track in International and Comparative Law. Each year the center sponsors a variety of programs, including hosting speakers of international renown, and sponsoring students in international moot court competitions.  Foreign study programs include:   
  • The Program in International Human Rights Law, which is designed to promote legal study and scholarship in international human rights and to facilitate the placement of students as legal interns at international human rights organizations in this country and overseas. Since 1997, the program has coordinated 90 student placements in 46 countries.  
  • The Chinese Law Summer Program at Renmin (People's) University of China School of Law in Beijing includes comparative aspects of Chinese and American law and features trips to local courts and nearby points of interest.  
  • The Central and Eastern European Law Summer Program is based in Dubrovnik, Croatia, a beautiful seaside resort on the Mediterranean. The program addresses the transition of legal systems in Central and Eastern Europe.  
The Center for Intellectual Property Law and Innovation was established in 2004 as a resource for education and research in intellectual property law-particularly as it applies to the life sciences. The center is designed to produce graduates in law with a strong knowledge of intellectual property law, a solid foundation in business development, and sound transactional skills in all matters relating to intellectual property law.

The Program on Law and State Government enhances the ties between the academic community and state government offices, providing a means of exchange of ideas on issues facing state governments, as well as creating opportunities for internships for students within Indiana state government.

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