Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
by Barbara Chalsma
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Although one of the main goals of the IU School of Law is to support the State of Indiana in all its sectors, it has extended its reach over time. More than 25% of its students now come from other states, and it offers a number of programs with more global foci. These programs include several summer-abroad programs: Chinese Law at Renmin University of China School of Law in Beijing, focusing on the Chinese legal system; European Law at Robert Schuman University in Strasbourg, focusing on EU law and a comparison of different Western European legal systems; Central and Eastern European Law at the University of Zagreb in Dubrovnik, focusing on EU law and enlargement; and Latin American Law at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata in La Paz, focusing on Latin American legal systems and free trade.
Among the law school's other special programs and centers are the Program on Law and State Government, the Program on International Human Rights Law, the Hall Center for Law and Health, and the Center for International and Comparative Law. The latter has been awarded a grant by the European Union to develop the Jean Monnet Module of Courses on Comparative EU and U.S. Law, Public Policy, and Ethics in the Regulation of Research and Development in the Life Sciences.
IUPUI has distinguished-visitor and judge-in-residence programs, which also expand institutional and student horizons. In particular, the school's judge-in-residence program brings prominent jurists from throughout the world to speak with students as well as meet with the state judiciary.
The stand-alone J.D. is awarded by the law school, as are six J.D./master's joint degrees, including degrees in business administration, public affairs, health administration, public health, philosophy, and library science.
In addition to the J.D., LL.M.s are offered in health law, policy, and bioethics; intellectual property law; international and comparative law; international human rights law; and American law for foreign lawyers.
Perhaps reflecting the importance of its required three-semester legal writing program and its advanced research and writing requirement, the law school publishes not one but four journals: Indiana Law Review, Indiana Health Law Review, European Journal of Law Reform, and Indiana International and Comparative Law Review—the last two under the auspices of the Center for International and Comparative Law.
Five years ago, a $36 million law school facility was completed, which includes the latest technology and a "spectacular" atrium. The building also houses the law school's clinic and the Wynne Moot Courtroom and Auditorium. Significantly, in keeping with its mission of maintaining strong ties with all sectors of the State of Indiana, the IUPUI Law School is located only two blocks from the Indiana Government Center and Capitol. The Ruth Lilly Law Library is one of the largest legal research libraries in the U.S., with a collection of nearly 500,000 volumes.
A new law school dean will take the helm in July. Gary R. Roberts is presently at Tulane University serving as a professor of law and director of the sports law program; he is an appropriate choice for a school in sports-obsessed Indiana. (Local events and teams include the Indianapolis 500, Hoosiers, Boilermakers, Fighting Irish, Pacers, and Colts, who won Super Bowl XLI this past month.)
Indianapolis, the nation's 12th-largest city, is a typical Midwestern crossroads of 780,000 residents, with families who have lived there for generations. Its cost of living is below the national average. People living on either coast may be shocked by its low housing prices: the average home price is $136,800, and average rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $656. It is often ranked as one of the best U.S. cities in which to live according to Eli Lilly and Company, the giant hometown pharmaceutical company and maker of, among other drugs, Prozac.
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