Indiana University has approved a new program of study that enables law students to build a foundation in education policy.
Beginning in the fall 2012 semester, the Indiana University Maurer School of Law will offer an education policy minor as part of its regular J.D. program. Coursework in education policy will come from the IU School of Education. To earn a J.D. with an education policy minor, law students will complete 12 credits at the IU School of Education.
The education policy minor was developed due to the number of law students seeking education policy credits and pursuing education policy doctorate degrees after finishing law school.
“There are a healthy number of students in the law school who have been former teachers, or if they haven't, are just interested in education policy,” said Suzanne Eckes, associate professor in educational leadership and policy studies at the IU School of Education. Eckes is also an attorney and former classroom teacher.
“We are pleased to collaborate with the School of Education in making this minor available to Maurer School of Law students,” said Hannah L. Buxbaum, interim dean and John E. Schiller Chair in Legal Ethics. “The minor will be useful for law students who hope to practice school law or to conduct other work in the education policy arena. And it will also prepare students who may choose to pursue further graduate work in this field.”