IU McKinney joins ABA in $250,000 education diversity pilot

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law has been tapped by the American Bar Association to test a one-of-a-kind online program designed to get underrepresented students interested in pursuing a career in the legal profession.

The Pathway to the Law online program is being co-launched by IU McKinney and the ABA’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. It will be a three-year pilot project intended to help undergraduate students develop their skills in critical thinking and reading comprehension along with study and test preparation techniques.

The program, funded with a $250,000 grant from the ABA, will begin next spring and will be based at IU McKinney with an initial class of 50 students. Following the pilot, the program could be expanded nationally.

“I am very proud that the IU McKinney School of Law is at the forefront of national efforts to achieve greater inclusion and diversity in the legal profession,” IU McKinney dean Andrew Klein said. “We are excited to work with the ABA, utilizing both online resources and a personal approach to introduce a new generation of talented students to the field of law.”

The curriculum will include four online courses that will be designed and taught by law school staff and one or more partner undergraduate institutions. Also helping to develop the class will be E-Learning Design Services, the primary online design arm of the Indiana University Office of Online Education.
Along with the classes, students in the pilot program will be mentored by attorneys, current law students and law school faculty. The ABA said in a statement that depending on the success of the program, it could expand nationally.

Students interested in the program can apply here.

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