Indiana UniversityIndiana University is a public research university with multiple campuses. The school focuses on liberal arts and sciences, and is considered to be a world leader in professional, medical, and technological education.
Indiana University’s mission is to provide broad access to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education for students throughout Indiana, the United States, and the world, as well as outstanding academic and cultural programs and student services. Indiana University seeks to create dynamic partnerships with the state and local communities in economic, social, and cultural development and to offer leadership in creative solutions for 21st century problems. Indiana University strives to achieve full diversity, and to maintain friendly, collegial, and humane environments, with a strong commitment to academic freedom.
The law school
Founded in 1842, the Indiana University Maurer School of Law is located in a beautifully wooded campus in Bloomington. Bloomington is a classic college town and is considered by many to be the ideal learning environment for the distinguished attorneys and public servants who complete its programs.
The law school has a somewhat unique first-year curriculum, which includes a four-hour course on the legal profession. The school maintains that this is necessary to get the tools you need to create the career path that’s right for you. Supported by the research of the school's Center on the Global Legal Profession, this course purports to be the only one of its kind in the US because it enables you to evaluate your own interests, abilities and values within the context of your new profession.
Applicants must hold a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school in the U.S., or a first degree in law from a university outside of the U.S., or must be a foreign applicant licensed to practice law outside the U.S.
Applicants for whom English is a second language must have a paper-based TOEFL score of at least 575, a computer-based TOEFL of at least 230, an internet-based iBT TOEFL of at least 89+, or an IELTS score of at least 6.5. We will also accept a score of "First Grade" on the national Japanese English Proficiency STEP Exam. Qualifying language scores must be less than two years old.
A successful applicant must demonstrate academic achievement, professional accomplishment and English language competency.
The LLM degree awarded by the School of Law is a single degree consisting of five tracks, allowing for curricular concentrations in the areas described. The School of Law does not award multiple LLM degrees with designated specialties.
The five tracks offered within the LLM degree are:
American Law for Foreign Lawyers
Health Law Policy and Bioethics
Intellectual Property Law
International and Comparative Law
International Human Rights Law
The program consists of 24 credits with a wide range of elective courses. Students have up to three (3) academic years to complete degree requirements and may opt for part-time and evening study schedules.
Per visa regulations, foreign students ordinarily graduate in two semesters.