Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.)

When you enroll in the Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) program at the IU McKinney School of Law, you’ll learn to treat the law not as an abstract concept, but as a living thing. You will gain knowledge that you’ll use to transform lives and make a difference

The curriculum here will help you understand the law at every level, from the most abstract concepts to the fundamentals. You’ll also gain the practical skills you need to succeed in the legal profession of your choosing. 

The J.D. program

As a McKinney Law student, you’ll have two programs to choose from: a full-time day program or a part-time evening program. Both require you to complete 90 credit hours for graduation, including a core curriculum encompassing the major theoretical areas of law, advanced work in writing and research, and other essential skills. 

To enhance your J.D. experience, you can choose to pursue a joint degree, certificate, or concentration.

J.D. classroom learning

Your curriculum will include classes on all aspects of the law, from constitutional issues to civil procedure, from contract law to property law. You’ll also have the opportunity to take classes in specific fields of law in any of our eight centers and programs.

J.D. experiential learning

To succeed in a law-oriented career, you need to know how to put the theory you learn in the classroom into practice. That’s why experiential learning is part of the McKinney J.D. program.

You can take part in moot court competitions. You can write for one of three student-run law reviews. And, of course, you can work on actual cases within one of seven clinics.

J.D. career planning

The goal of the McKinney J.D. program is to prepare you for a successful legal career. The Office of Professional Development can help you with every part of the job search process, and can provide access to effective job-hunting tools.

Become a McKinney Lawyer

By attending the IU McKinney School of Law, you’ll ensure you have the experience, know-how, and connections to succeed in the legal marketplace. Take the first step. Apply today.