Law School's LARC Program Ranks 5th Nationally
IU School of Law - Indianapolis' legal writing program, known as Legal Analysis, Research and Communications (LARC), was ranked 5th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2010.
"The increase in the ranking of our legal writing program to fifth in the nation is a tribute to the excellent quality of our legal writing faculty and their dedication to preparing our students to be superb lawyers from the day they graduate," said Gary R. Roberts, the Gerald L. Bepko Professor of Law and dean of the IU School of Law-Indianapolis.
The law school’s LARC program has a core of required courses focusing on research and predictive analysis and communication, persuasive writing, giving oral arguments to a court, and drafting. Many of the full-time law professors teaching in the legal writing program are actively involved in the legal community, both nationally and internationally. In 2008, the IU School of Law –
U.S. News & World Report added legal writing programs to its annual rankings of special law school programs in 2005. The rankings are based on a survey submitted to those law professors across the nation teaching in their schools’ legal writing programs. In 2009, the IU-Indianapolis legal writing program ranked 8th.
The school’s program has gained national attention through research and writing by faculty on legal writing issues. Faculty members have also given multiple presentations at regional, national, and international conferences, taken on board memberships and chairmanships with national and international committees, and brought the spotlight to the law school by hosting conferences.