IU McKinney School of Law listed among top 20 law schools serving as 'pipeline into Congress'

  • Jan. 28, 2015


INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law serves as a "pipeline into Congress," according to a recent article in a leading national news publication for legal professionals.

IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law is among the 20 law schools with the most alumni in the 114th Congress, according to figures reported in the National Law Journal.

Located on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus, IU McKinney has four lawyer-lawmakers in the nation's capital: one in the Senate and three in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to the Jan. 19 article titled "From Law School to Congress: These campuses excel at producing lawmakers."

IU McKinney's four graduates currently serving in Congress are Sen. Dan Coats, ’71; Rep. Susan Brooks, ’85, Indiana's 5th District; Rep. Todd Rokita, ’95, Indiana's 4th District; and Rep. Todd Young, ’06, Indiana's 9th District.

The National Law Journal article, written by Karen Sloan, quotes Brooks, who also serves on the McKinney School of Law's board of visitors, and  IU McKinney Dean Andrew Klein. Brooks comments on the law school's strong ties with alumni and a plethora of internship opportunities for law students, including working in her office. Klein comments on McKinney's ideal position as the only law school in the capital city of Indianapolis and on the school's law and state government program that places 40 to 50 students in externships annually.

"Our location in downtown Indianapolis -- and our position as the only law school in the state’s capital -- provide McKinney law students and alumni with a real advantage," Klein said in a campus interview. "Our students get early exposure to the halls of government, including through externships facilitated by our Program on Law and State Government. It also helps that our alumni are very loyal to the school, whether they work in government, the judiciary or the business community. It’s a great thing for all of us that McKinney law students graduate so well-prepared to lead.”

IU McKinney is seventh on the list led by Harvard Law School, which has 18 alumni in Congress; followed by Georgetown University Law Center and University of Texas School of Law, with 13 and seven respectively; and University of Virginia School of Law and Yale Law School with six each. McKinney is one of seven law schools with four alumni in Congress.

The McKinney School of Law alumni represent more than one-third of Indiana's Washington delegation.

Forty-five percent of the current sitting members of Congress are lawyers, according to the National Law Journal article, which cited data compiled by law librarians at Georgetown University and verified by the journal.

'Pipeline into Congress'

'Pipeline into Congress'

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