IU law school in Indianapolis to make ‘major’ announcement

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The Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis is poised on Thursday to make what it says is a "major" announcement, which some in the local legal community speculate involves a large donation and a renaming of the school.

An IU spokesman would not comment on details of the announcement.

IU renamed its law school in Bloomington in honor of Indianapolis attorney and businessman Michael Maurer, who gave $35 million to the school in December 2008. Maurer is co-owner of IBJ Media.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie is among university officials who are expected to attend the announcement scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at Lawrence W. Inlow Hall on the IUPUI campus east of downtown.

The law school has annual enrollment of roughly 1,000 and awards about 300 degrees in a given academic year.



  • don't fret too much
    While this might now sound like the most appealing thing right now to soon-to-be law grads, actually practicing law is not necessarily the best use of your law degree. If you like business (you're reading the IBJ, so I'm thinking that might be the case), the business world is a great place to be for non-practicing lawyers (many of whom are the envy of the big firm types). Heck, look at the owner of the IBJ! :) Go use your degrees creatively - don't pigeonhole yourselves to the practice!
  • So...
    What was the announcement?
  • Who has that kind of cash?
    I'm gonna go with the Robert H. Mckinney School of law. Donation of $24 Million with matching donations bringing the grand total to $31.5 million. I think about $17.5 million of that will probably go to scholarships.
  • Ohhhh Sven and Mikey
    I feel bad that you are lamenting the fact you were in the top ______(fill in the blank) % of the class and lack any job prospects. The likely cause of that is either laziness or complete lack of skills beyond briefing a case and writing a final exam.

    Here is some cold hard truth: I graduated this past May. I had what most academics would consider a pretty pathetic GPA and I landed a job that I love and getting paid pretty well in the process. A word of advice: go out and start networking and talking to other lawyers and stop hoping that you are going to get head hunted because your diploma has "summa cum laude" on it.
  • Grow up
    To my fellow previous posters. Grow up. Your childish behavior is part of what is killing the legal profession. There is no room for your attitude in the real world. Do us a favor and leave the legal profession and leave the "lawyering" to the real lawyers.

    As someone with no affiliation with the law school or the legal profession, I welcome a name change. A more distinguishing name (and $$$) may draw in more talented students which can only improve the city of Indianapolis.
  • Just to be clear.
    Yeah, I'm talking to you.
    • Job Shmob
      I am a current IU Law - Indianapolis student and I realize that finding a job when I get out will be tough. I did my due diligence and knew this before I even started classes, and so did most others. If you had no clue until you graduated then you shouldn't be a lawyer.

      I am being proactive about it. I setup a few jobs OUTSIDE OF LAW that pay well. It might not be partner pay, but at least its interesting and it beats waiting tables and crying about how there are no jobs for people with advanced degrees.

      I found investors and already setup a small business that already more than covers what my student loan payments will be after graduation. I thought about my situation and figured out a way to fix the problem before it became a problem. If you don't have that skill then you shouldn't be a lawyer.

      If you had half of a brain you would have seen it coming and would have cut your losses or done something about it. It is not the schools fault, it is your fault for being an uninspired brat that wants the world handed to you. You are the only person responsible for your stupid decisions. Maybe you will learn something from your experience and figure out how to get YOURSELF out of the situation you are in. If you can't figure out how to do that then you shouldn't be a lawyer.

      It is not about the grades, anyone can go to law school and get good grades. I am proof of that. It is about how you approach real life problems. If you think that your class rank is indicative of your potential for success you probably SHOULD be a lawyer, at least until big law lets you go for a fresh new crop of peons that aren't suicidal yet.

      Trust me though, I won't be calling you when I need legal services for my business that has thrown off enough cash to pay partner rates. Maybe you should look into a clerkship or academia. Maybe you can replace Jegan in a few years.

    • No education received
      I graduated in May in the top 5% of my class. Still no prospects, and I'm absolutely not qualified to solo practice.
    • Refunds and Suggestion
      To Mike Williams and Sven, school's charge for education. Are either of you saying that you didn't receive an education? Or are you just trying to blame the school for your job prospects and the economy in general? I'm sure such stellar logic was rewarded with an appropriately high class rank.
      • Refunds?
        Maybe they're announcing refunds for the jobless students they swindled.
      • Suggestion
        I hope their announcing the closure of this law school, the jailing of Dean Roberts, and the investigation into fraud of the entire faculty and administration. Less than 3% of graduating students this year have jobs lined up. These students were advertised a 97% employment rate when they enrolled.

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