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All four Indiana law schools had commencement ceremonies in May recognizing more than 800 graduates around the state.

Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis awarded 312 J.D. degrees May 8; Indiana University Maurer School of Law – Bloomington gave 197 J.D. degrees the same day; Notre Dame Law School gave 172 J.D. degrees May 16; and Valparaiso University School of Law awarded 162 J.D. degrees May 22.

Those numbers include students who will likely be eligible to receive their degrees later this summer and were eligible to participate in their respective graduation ceremonies. These numbers don’t include those who received an LL.M. or other legal degrees.

The numbers don’t reflect how many of these students will actually take the bar exam, or plan to stay in Indiana to practice law. Those numbers are typically officially released at least nine months after graduation to give career services offices enough time to gather job surveys from alumni.

Distinguished speakers addressed the graduates, including Richard Lewis “Dick” Thornburgh, former U.S. attorney general, former governor of Pennsylvania, and former under-secretary general of the United Nations, who spoke at I.U. School of Law – Indianapolis. John Hoehner, who received both his undergraduate and law degrees at Valparaiso University and served as the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, spoke at Valparaiso University School of Law. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge John D. Tinder spoke at his alma mater of I.U. Maurer School of Law – Bloomington, and Notre Dame Law School professor Michael Kirsch and Dean Nell Newton addressed graduates in South Bend.•

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