Oct. 21, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Maurer School of Law has announced a scholarship program that will reduce the cost of legal education to certain former Indiana residents.
The law school's “Back Home Again” program offers a guaranteed minimum annual scholarship of $20,000 to nonresident students who have lived in Indiana for at least 10 years, even though they might not meet the state’s residency requirements for in-state tuition. Because the school’s nonresident and resident tuition is currently $48,626 and $29,820, the scholarship effectively reduces qualifying students’ tuition to in-state levels.
Applicants to the program must also meet certain LSAT scores that will be set each year and otherwise meet the school’s admissions criteria. The scholarship is a guaranteed minimum; exceptional applicants may be eligible for additional aid.
“At a recent Evansville Bar Association event, I met a lawyer who grew up and spent her entire life in Indiana but moved to Illinois right after college,” said Austen L. Parrish, dean and James H. Rudy Professor of Law. “She lost her Indiana residency as a result, and we lost a fine student to the University of Illinois because she couldn’t afford nonresident tuition. This program is designed to attract students like her who want to come back home to go to law school.”
Parrish added that he hopes the Back Home Again program will encourage students to stay in Indiana. “Our state has many wonderful opportunities for lawyers, both as practitioners and in business and public service. This program should further strengthen students’ ties with their home state and cause them to call Indiana home for good.”
Parrish noted that given the high quality of students and undergraduate institutions in Indiana, it’s common for students to spend a few years away from home during or after college. “As one of the top public law schools in the nation, we attract students from all over the United States and the world who understand the advantages of an IU education. As the state’s flagship law school, however, we also have an enduring commitment to educating Indiana’s best and brightest. This program is designed to advance and further that strong commitment that goes back to our founding.”
“As an alumna and employee of an Indiana-based company, I am delighted that the law school has established this program,” said Kathleen St. Louis, JD ’84, vice president and general auditor at Eli Lilly and Co. and president of the law school’s board of visitors. “It will go a long way toward making a Maurer School of Law education accessible to students who want to attend a great school in their home state -- and maybe even stay here after they graduate.”
“One of the key challenges facing Indiana law firms is attracting top-flight graduates to stay, work and live here,” said Andrew B. Buroker, JD ’89, a partner at Indianapolis-based Krieg DeVault and president of the law school’s alumni board. “This program will encourage prospective law students with ties to Indiana to consider the Maurer School of Law and help increase the talent pool for law firms throughout the state who are recruiting at Maurer.”
The program is named for the iconic 1917 Tin Pan Alley song, “(Back Home Again in) Indiana,” by Ballard MacDonald and Rensselaer, Ind., native James F. Hanley. Although the state’s official song is “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away,” by Terre Haute native Paul Dresser, “Indiana” is perhaps more closely associated with the state and performed regularly at the opening of the Indianapolis 500.