J.D. Admissions

We begin accepting applications on September 1. Applications should be complete with the CAS law school report by March 1 to be assured of consideration for regular admission. (February 1 if applying for the special summer program). Because admissions decisions are made as early as January, applications received close to or after March 1 may be at a disadvantage, as a substantial number of seats in the entering class will have been filled before the applicant's report is received. Applicants who wish to apply through the Early Decision Program must have their applications complete by November 15.


To be eligible for admission to our Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) program, applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants must also take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) through the Law School Admissions Council (

Students Without Degrees

Under exceptional circumstances, applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree may be admitted as candidates for the Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) degree. Applicants may be considered for admission to the LL.B. program if they meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • The applicant is at least 30 years old.
  • The applicant has completed at least three-fourths of the credit hours required for a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.3 or higher.
  • The applicant has not been enrolled in an academic program for at least five years.
  • The applicant scored in the 75th percentile or higher on the LSAT.

The LSAT is given four times each year. Specific dates and locations are available on the Law School Admission Council's Website: We strongly advise applicants to take the LSAT in the summer of the year preceding the year in which they plan to apply for admission, and not later than December. If you wish to apply through our Early Decision Program, you must take the LSAT no later than October.

Applicants may register for the LSAT and the CAS as well as obtain forms online at the Law School Admission Council's Website: LSAT and CAS registration information may also be picked up at the reception desk:

IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law
530 West New York Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-3225

An LSAT score is valid for three years for purposes of applying to IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Transfer Students

An applicant who would have been eligible for admission as a beginning student and who has compiled a superior record at an ABA approved law school may be admitted with advanced standing. The amount of transfer credit accepted (up to 31 credit hours) depends upon the quality of the applicant's record and similarity of the course work completed at the other school to the program at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law. For more information, see the instructions for Admission with Advanced Standing.

International Applicants

International applicants should use the online application through LSAC at Foreign transcripts are required to be submitted through the LSAC JD Credential Assembly Service. This service is included in the CAS subscription fee. If you completed postsecondary work outside the US (including its territories) or Canada, you must use this service for the evaluation of your foreign transcripts.

Questions about this service can be directed to LSAC at 215-968-1001, or visit the website at for additional information. International applicants are also required to complete the Indiana University International Application which can be found at TOEFL scores must be sent to IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law (Code 1325). The international application should be sent directly to:

Office of International Affairs
902 W. New York Street, ES 2126
Indianapolis, IN 46202

The international application fee is $60.00. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to accept checks or money orders drawn from financial institutions outside of the U.S. Foreign students are encouraged to pay the application fee with a credit card when submitting the application electronically through the CAS.