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School of Law—Indianapolis
Academic Bulletin

School of Law—Indianapolis 
530 W. New York Street 
Indianapolis, IN 46202 
Local: (317)274-8523 
Fax: (317) 274-3955 
Contact Office of Admissions 


Frequently Used Phone Numbers and Web Site Address
LSAT Review Courses
General Requirements And Procedures
International Applicants Seeking J.D. Degree
Admissions Selection Process
Transfer Students—Admission With Advanced Standing

Frequently Used Phone Numbers and Web Site Address

Law School Information (317) 274-8523
Student Affairs Office (317) 274-1907
Admissions Office (317) 274-2459
Recorder's Office (317) 274-2423
Career Services Office (317) 274-2484
Library (317) 274-4027


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LSAT Review Courses

IUPUI Division of Continuing Studies—
"The LSAT: Preparation for Test-Taking"
Call (317) 278-7600 for more information

Stanley H. Kaplan LSAT Review
Call 1-800-527-8378 for more information

The Official LSAT Prep Kit
Call (215) 968-1001 for more information

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Indiana University School Of Law—Indianapolis

2002-03 2003-04
Fall Semester

Orientation (entering students)

Aug. 22, 23, 24;
Th, F, Sa

Aug. 21, 22, 23;
Th, F, Sa
Classes begin Aug. 26, M Aug. 25, M
Labor Day (no classes) Sept. 2, M Sept. 1, M
Fall recess begins Oct. 14, M Oct. 13, M
Classes resume Oct. 21, M Oct. 20, M
Thanksgiving recess begins (no classes) Nov. 26, T Nov. 25, T
Classes resume Dec. 2, M Dec. 1, M
Classes end Dec. 6, F Dec. 5, F
Exams begin Dec. 10, T Dec. 9, T
Exams end Dec. 21, Sa Dec. 20, Sa

Spring Semester

Classes begin

Jan. 13, M

Jan. 12, M
Martin Luther King Day (no classes) Jan. 20, M Jan. 19, M
Spring recess begins Mar. 10, M Mar. 15, M
Classes resume Mar. 17, M Mar. 22, M
Classes end Apr. 21, M Apr. 19, M
Exams begin Apr. 24, Th Apr. 22, Th
Exams end May 6, T May 4, T
Commencement May 11, Su May 9, Su

Summer Session

Classes begin

May 12, M

May 10, M
Memorial Day (no classes) May 26, M May 31, M
Classes end (2 cr. courses) June 18, W June 16, W
Exams begin (2 cr. courses) June 20, F June 18, F
Exams end (2 cr. courses) June 23, M June 21, M
Independence Day (no classes)
July 5, M
Classes end (3 cr. courses) July 8, T July 7, W
Exams begin (3 cr. courses) July 10, Th July 9, F
Exams end (3 cr. courses) July 12, Sa July 12, M

* Calendar is tentative and subject to change.

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General Requirements And Procedures

Applicants seeking admission to the law school's Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) program must have received a baccalaureate or equivalent degree from an approved college or university. At least 90 credit hours of the applicant's undergraduate work must be in academic rather than skills-training courses. Applicants who have not earned a baccalaureate degree may be admitted under exceptional circumstances as candidates for the Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree. Ordinarily, to be considered for admittance to the LL.B. program, an applicant must be at least 30 years of age, have completed at least three-fourths of the credit hours required for a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.3 or higher, have not been enrolled in an academic program for at least five years, and have scored at least in the 75th percentile on the LSAT.

All applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and must register for the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS). Applicants who obtained their undergraduate degrees outside of the United States do not need to register for the LSDAS. LSAT and LSDAS registration information and forms are available from the Law School Admissions Council at www.lsac.org, or Box 2000, Newtown, Pennsylvania 18940-0998; or from the Admissions Office, Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-3225. Registration for the LSDAS requires that the applicant's undergraduate and graduate transcripts be forwarded to the Law School Admissions Council in Newtown, Pennsylvania rather than to the law school. The LSAT is given four times each year. Specific dates and locations are available from the Admissions Office or from the Law School Admissions Council in Newtown, Pennsylvania, www.lsac.org. Applicants are strongly advised to take the LSAT no later than December of the year preceding the year in which they seek admission.

All applicants for regular admission must submit a non-refundable application fee of $45 and a completed Law School Application no later than March 1 of the year in which they seek admission. Because admissions decisions are made as early as January, applications received close to or after March 1 may be at a disadvantage because a substantial number of seats in the entering class will have been filled before the applicant's LSDAS report is received.

There are three ways to apply for admission to Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis:

1. The preferred way is to complete the online application available through our web site at www.indylaw.indiana.edu.

2. You may use the Law School Admissions CD-ROM (LSACD) for Windows or the web version of the LSACD; both are available on the Law School Admissions Council's web site at www.lsac.org.

3. You may complete the paper application form included in this booklet and mail it to: Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis Office of Admissions, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3225. Additional applications may be obtained from the Office of Admissions at the above address or by sending an e-mail request to lawadmit@iupui.edu.

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International Applicants Seeking J.D. Degree

International applicants should use the online application. If completion of the online application is not possible, the paper application in the back of this booklet must be completed in addition to the international affairs application. To receive additional applications, please contact the Admissions Office by e-mail at lawadmit@iupui.edu; by mail at 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis, IN 46202-3225; or by telephone at (317) 274-2459. International applicants may also contact the Office of International Affairs for an international application and information by e-mail at intlaff@iupui.edu, or by web at www.iupui.edu/~oia/admissions. The address for the Office of International Affairs is 620 Union Drive, Union Building 207, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5167. The Office of International Affairs is responsible for all travel documents and immigration concerns.

Applicants who are U.S. permanent residents must send a copy, front and back, of their permanent resident card to the Office of Admissions at the law school.

International applicants seeking an LL.M. degree should e-mail Tyler Henderson at tyhender@iupui.edu.

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Admissions Selection Process

The law school has many more applicants than spaces for students in its entering class. The faculty Admissions Committee selects those applicants invited to attend. The goal of the admissions process is to select applicants with strong academic records and with varied backgrounds who will collectively provide the most stimulating educational experience for their fellow students and ultimately best represent all segments of our society in the practice of law.

The Admissions Committee looks first at an applicant's undergraduate grade point average (UGPA) and LSAT score. A formula combining these factors (derived annually from a study comparing the UGPA and LSAT scores of current students with their subsequent law school performances) is used to predict an applicant's success in law school.

Some applicants with the highest UGPA and LSAT scores are admitted primarily on the basis of the formula that combines these two elements. Most admissions decisions, however, are based on a combination of factors, including the quality and strength of the applicant's undergraduate program, worthwhile community and extracurricular activities, employment during and after college, graduate work, and letters of recommendation. The Admissions Committee recognizes that motivation and a willingness to work are also significant factors contributing to the applicant's success in law school and in the legal profession. Although these factors are difficult to assess, letters of recommendation from persons in a position to make candid evaluations of the applicant's motivation and drive may be helpful.

Applicants are encouraged to include in writing any additional relevant information they wish the Admissions Committee to consider in making its decision. Some applicants show motivation by demonstrating a specific purpose for seeking a law degree or by showing through past actions a devotion to community causes that could be served more effectively by a lawyer. Some applicants show that their UGPA does not reflect their academic ability because they were employed during college or were engaged in worthwhile extracurricular activities that took time away from college studies. Others who have excelled in some relevant field of endeavor show that their postgraduate achievement better represents their abilities than does their undergraduate performance.

Applicants who have been disadvantaged because of economic, educational, racial, or cultural circumstances are advised to bring this to the attention of the Admissions Committee.

Each year, the Admissions Committee selects between 25 and 35 students from the entire pool of applicants for admission through a special summer program. Applicants selected for summer admission include those who the Admissions Committee determines can benefit from a rigorous, individualized summer course. No special application procedure exists for the summer program. However, to be considered, prospective students must submit an application no later than February 1 of the year in which they seek admission to the School of Law—Indianapolis. All applicants who are not regularly admitted are considered for summer admission.

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Transfer Students—Admission With Advanced Standing

An applicant who would have been eligible for admission as a beginning student and who has compiled a superior record at an 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 the similarity of the course work completed at the other school to the program at the School of Law—Indianapolis. Information regarding procedures for applying for admission with advanced standing may be obtained from the Admissions Office, www.indylaw.indiana.edu, or (317) 274-2459.

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