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Press release: Proposed change to bar eligibility

For Immediate Release | March 21, 2023

Comments sought for rule amendments that would change who can take Indiana bar exam

Proposed changes to Rules 6, 13, and 17.1 of the Indiana Rules for Admission to the Bar and the Discipline of Attorneys are now online for review and comment. The proposed amendments would allow graduates of certain non-ABA accredited law schools to sit for the Indiana bar exam. Purdue University submitted the requested rule changes to expand legal education opportunities across Indiana in recognition of our state’s critical shortage of lawyers.

Under Purdue’s proposal, the law school must be (1) accredited by one or more state, regional, or national bodies that specifically accredit law schools and (2) operated by or affiliated with an Indiana-based educational institution whose legal education program/degree has been approved by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

The Indiana Supreme Court created the Purdue University Concord Law School Working Group to consider the request. The working group, led by Court of Appeals Judge Nancy Vaidik, submitted recommendations to the Court. The working group’s report and Purdue’s response are available online.

The Court seeks public comment on the proposed rule changes. The deadline to submit feedback online is 12:00 p.m. (Eastern) on Friday, April 21.


Kathryn Dolan, Chief Public Information Officer