J.D. Program

Preparing Your Application

If you wish to apply for admission to the JD Program at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, please complete the application through the Law School Admission Council’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS). CAS registrants can access the electronic application at no additional charge beyond the CAS fee and the law school's application fee.

J.D. admissions requirements

To be considered for admittance to the McKinney J.D. program, you must:

  • Have received a baccalaureate or equivalent degree from an approved college or university. At least 90 credit hours of your undergraduate work must be in academic rather than skills-training courses.
  • Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
  • Register for the LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
  • Forward your transcripts, for any institution you have ever attended, to CAS .
  • Submit a nonrefundable application fee of $50 (international students, $60) and a completed Law School Application no later than March 1 of the year in which you seek admission.
  • Complete the McKinney online application (through LSAC's CAS). As stated above, CAS registrants can access the electronic application at no additional charge beyond the CAS fee and the law school’s application fee.

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, in compliance with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, mental or physical handicap, age, gender, or sexual orientation in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This policy covers, but is not limited to, admissions, employment, financial aid, educational services, programs, and activities.

J.D. admissions selection process

When considering your application, the Admissions Committee will look first at your 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 your success in law school.

Most admissions decisions, however, are based on a combination of factors, including:

  • The quality and strength of your undergraduate program
  • Worthwhile community and extracurricular activities
  • Employment during and after college
  • Graduate work
  • A written personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation
Additional application materials

We encourage you to include, in writing, any additional relevant information you wish us to consider in making our decision. Examples include:

  • Demonstrating a specific purpose for seeking a law degree
  • Drawing attention to past actions that attest to your devotion to a cause you could better serve if you were a lawyer
  • Providing an explanation for a UGPA that you feel doesn’t properly reflect your academic ability
  • Providing a statement attesting to the fact that you were disadvantaged because of economic, educational, racial, or cultural circumstances

For more information or help with the application process, email us at lawadmit@iupui.edu or call us at 317-274-2459.