The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and Anderson University are partnering to create the Anderson University Law Scholar program. Starting in the fall of 2016, Anderson will nominate one student or alumnus each year for admission to IU McKinney.

May 28, 2015

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and Anderson University have entered into a partnership to create the “Anderson University Law Scholar” program. It’s an opportunity for an Anderson student to follow the same educational path as Anderson University’s president and IU McKinney’s alumnus, John S. Pistole, ’81.

Pistole became Anderson’s fifth president in March 2015, and he is a 1978 graduate of the university he now oversees. Prior to taking on this role, Pistole was head of the Transportation Security Administration from 2010 until his retirement in January 2015. Before leading the TSA, Pistole had a long and distinguished career with the FBI. He began there as an agent in 1983, and became deputy director in 2004. He served as head of the Counterterrorism Division in Washington, D.C., following the 9/11 attacks.

“I’m very pleased to announce our new agreement with Anderson University,” said IU McKinney Dean Andrew Klein. “The Law Scholars from Anderson will have an excellent opportunity to follow in the footsteps of their alma mater’s President, John Pistole, who also combined his Anderson degree with a J.D. degree from IU McKinney Law and has gone on to be a superlative leader first in public service and law enforcement, and now in higher education. We look forward to the great things these students will achieve.”

“The critical thinking skills I learned in both my undergraduate and law school studies, honed by outstanding faculty, have been instrumental in leading large, complex organizations,” Pistole said. “I hope to apply those same skills to my new and different work in academia.”

Each year, Anderson will nominate one student or alumnus for admission to IU McKinney, following the university’s nomination procedures. The first student or alumnus from Anderson University will be chosen and begin his or her legal educations at the law school in Fall 2016.

Applicants must be nominated by Anderson, and the university’s representatives will review academic performance, letters of recommendations, volunteer and leadership experience, and areas of interest in the legal profession. Scholars will receive a minimum of a half-tuition scholarship, will be designated a program fellow in the student’s chosen area of study with a chance to meet with faculty during the first semester for help in determining a course of study should the student wish to seek that kind of guidance, paid employment as a research assistant after completing 30 hours of law school, and guaranteed experiential learning opportunities. Nomination deadline is February 1, 2016. Contact the IU McKinney Office of Admissions for more information.

About IU McKinney

Located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, IU McKinney School of Law has enjoyed great success in preparing students for legal careers for more than 100 years, as evidenced by the presence of alumni in the judiciary and other branches of government, business, civic leadership, and law practice. The school’s 11,000 graduates are located in every state in the nation and several foreign countries. More information is available at

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