Concentrations

IU McKinney allows for student to focus their studies on any of several areas of concentration. Many of these concentrations are set to become Graduate Certificates, pending university approval.

Concentration in Advocacy Skills

A Concentration in Advocacy Skills will be awarded to enrolled JD candidates who complete at least 15 credit hours in experiential and practice-related subjects while maintaining a minimum 3.2 GPA* as specified below in the courses counted in the Concentration. To qualify for the Concentration, a JD candidate must satisfy all general requirements for the JD degree, and complete the two required core courses (Evidence and Trial Practice), at least 4 credits from the approved elective courses from the list below, and at least one experiential capstone in-house clinical course from the approved list totaling 2 to 4 credits. At least 10 credits must be graded.

Students wishing to pursue the concentration must register their intent with the Office of the Recorder.

Required Core Courses (Must take both of the following, 7 credit hours):

Evidence (4 cr.)
Trial Practice (3 cr.)

Elective Courses (No fewer than 4 credit hours):

Advanced Persuasive Writing and Oral Advocacy (2 cr.)
Appellate Practice (2 cr.)
Client Counseling Board (1 credit, S/F)
Criminal Procedure Advocacy Skills (1 credit)
Interviewing & Counseling (2 cr., S/F)
For-Credit Competition (1 cr., graded or S/F)
Selected For-Credit Externship or Advanced Course-related Credit (1-2 cr., S/F)
Litigation Drafting (2 cr.)
Mediation (2 cr., S/F)
Mediation in State Government (2 cr.)
Moot Court Board (1 cr.)
Lawyering Practice (2 cr.)
Law & Forensic Science (2 cr.)
Negotiations (2 cr.)
Remedies (3 cr.)

Capstone Courses (Must take at least one, 2 to 4 credit hours):

Appellate Clinic (2 cr., graded)
Civil Practice Clinic (3-4 cr., S/F)
Criminal Defense Clinic (3-4 cr., S/F)
Disability Clinic (2 cr., S/F)
Health & Human Rights Clinic (3-4 cr., S/F)
Immigration Clinic (3 cr., graded)
Wrongful Convictions Clinic (2 cr., S/F)

*GPA note: In the case of a student who takes more than the minimum number of qualifying courses, the student's best grades in those courses will be used to calculate his or her Advocacy Skills GPA.

Concentration in Corporate and Commercial Law

Students may pursue a Concentration in Corporate and Commercial Law by completing a minimum of 22 credits in Corporate and Commercial Law courses, including four core classes, four upper level electives and a research or experiential capstone course, while maintaining a 3.2 GPA* in all courses applied to the Concentration.

Required Core Courses (must take all of the following):
Closely Held Business Organizations (3 cr.)
Secured Transactions (2-3 cr.)
International Business Transactions (3 cr.)
Basic Contract Drafting (2 cr.)

Additional Required Course (must be taken by students lacking a prior degree in business, economics, finance, or accounting):

Accounting for Law Students (2 cr.) (course does not count toward the 22-credit minimum for the Concentration)

Upper-Level Courses (must take at least four of the following; additional may be required if necessary to achieve the minimum number of credit hours or minimum GPA):

Advanced Sales (2-3 cr.)
Antitrust Law (3 cr.)
Bankruptcy Law (3 cr.)
Payment Systems (2-3 cr.)
Comparative Competition Law (3 cr. )
Consumer Law (2 cr.)
Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy (2 cr.)
Employment Law (3 cr.)
ERISA Retirement Plans: Formation and Structure (2 cr.)
European Union Law-Doing Business in and with the Internal Market (2 or 3 cr.)
International Commercial Arbitration (2-3 cr.)
International Tax (2-3 cr.)
International Trade Law (2 cr.)
Labor Law (4 cr.)
Law and Economics (3 cr.)
Law of Nonprofit Organizations (2 cr.)
Mergers and Acquisitions (2-3 cr.)
Negotiations (2 cr.) (Instructor to certify subject matter as business transactional related)
Partnership Tax (2-3 cr.)
Products Liability (2-3 cr.)
Publicly Traded Corporations (2 cr.)
Real Estate Transfer, Finance, and Development (3 cr.)
Securities Regulation (3 cr.)
Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders (2 cr.)
Worker's Compensation (2 cr.)
White Collar Crime (2-3 cr.)
World Trade Organization (WTO) Law (3 cr.)

Research or Experiential Capstone (must take one of the following):

Supervised Research or Advanced Field Research (variable credits) (Topic must relate to corporate and commercial law and be approved and supervised by a member of the corporate and commercial law faculty)
National Moot Court Competitions (1 cr.) (Topic must relate to corporate and commercial law; student is advised but not required to acquire advance written approval of the topic from a member of the corporate and commercial law faculty)
Law Review Note (Topic must relate to corporate and commercial Law and be approved and supervised by a member of the corporate and commercial law faculty)
Federal Court Externship (2-3 cr.) (Placement must be with the Bankruptcy Court) Eli Lilly and Company In-House Tax Counsel Externship (2 cr.)
Office of the U.S. Trustee Externship
In-House Corporate Counsel Externship (Eli Lilly and Company) (1-2 cr.)
In-House Corporate Counsel Externship (Finish Line) (1-2 cr.)
Not-for-Profit Corporations Externship (2 cr.)
Advanced Course-related Experience (1-2 cr.) (Corporate and Commercial Law related)

*GPA note: In the case of a student who takes more than the minimum number of qualifying courses, the student's best grades in those courses will be used to calculate his or her concentration GPA.