Indiana University Maurer School of Law and the IU Wells Scholars Program announced a program Friday enabling IU students who are Wells Scholars to earn a bachelor’s degree and a Juris Doctor degree in six years instead of seven. The program includes full scholarship and living stipends of more than $175,000 for Indiana residents and $300,000 for nonresidents.
Students accepted to the Maurer-Wells 3+3 Program will be able to complete their first year of law school during their fourth and final year of undergraduate education. Eligible students will receive scholarship funding and living stipends from the Wells Scholars and IU Pathways programs, along with a tuition scholarship from the Maurer School of Law. These students are expected to incur no college or law school tuition expense and will receive other substantial assistance to offset the cost of their education.
“The Maurer-Wells 3+3 Program is another way for the law school to attract the best and brightest students, while enabling them to meet their educational goals at little or no expense,” said IU Maruer Dean Austen L. Parrish. “IU’s Wells Scholars have honored the university with distinguished careers in nearly every profession, and we look forward to welcoming them into the law school community.”
Parrish plans to teach a course, International Law in a Changing World, as part of the Wells Scholars freshman seminar in the spring of 2018. At the conclusion of the course, the entire class will visit Berlin, including the university’s Global Gateway there. The most recent class of 20 Wells Scholars, 16 of them from Indiana, was inducted Sunday.
“This program builds upon the goals of our former longtime president and chancellor, Herman B Wells, in creating one of the most prestigious and competitive awards offered by any university to attract the most talented students to Indiana University,” said Christoph Irmscher, director of IU’s Wells Scholars Program and Provost Professor of English.
Additional support for the program is being provided in the form of a $50,000 scholarship gift from Bonnie Gibson, a 1975 recipient of the Herman B Wells Senior Award. Gibson, who graduated from IU in 1975 and earned a law degree at Bloomington in 1978, is a retired partner of Fragomen, a Phoenix, Arizona, law firm.