When the Indiana Law School opened in 1894, Downtown, Indianapolis was already a key to its success.
I had an opportunity to review a course catalog from the late 1800s. And that course catalog talked about the benefit of being in the state's largest city, of being close to the capitol, of being within walking distance of the courthouse, of have the ability to interact with lawyers while studying to become a legal professional. And I'll tell you that language and the course catalog from 1895 could have been lifted out of something that I wrote today.
In 1944. The school became affiliated with Indiana University, and the next year moved to the historic Manor Core building, renamed the Indiana University School of Law Indianapolis in 1968. Groundbreaking for a new law school building on the IUPUI campus. In 1970, was interrupted by a minor earthquake, but it stood firm as Indiana's largest law school for more than 30 years. Our new building, Inlow Hall, was completed in 2001. And in 2011, the school became the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, upon an exceptional gesture of giving back by Robert H. McKinney.
We have an incredible alumni base doing remarkable things not just throughout the city in the state, but across the country, indeed, across the globe.
Today, nearly half of the judges and lawyers in the state are graduates, and the National Law Journal has called IU McKinney, a pipeline to Congress for the number of grads who have served as us representatives and senators. Plus governors, attorneys general, a head of TSA, Director of National Intelligence and two vice presidents. It is among the nation's leading schools for health law and legal writing, intellectual property, environmental, international and criminal law. While it's thousands of hours in clinic and pro bono work annually changes lives for countless indigent clients across Indiana. And the IU McKinney building is ranked among the top 25 most impressive law school buildings in the world.
We have a rich legacy of leadership. We have a rich legacy of collegiality. We have a rich legacy of experiences and opportunities for all.
As we look back on 125 years of empowerment and advancement. We look forward to our students of today and tomorrow, achieving even more.
More than any other institution in the state. The IU McKinney School of Law creates intellectual capital for our community. That's been true for 125 years, and I'll bet you it's true for the next 125 years as well.
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, empowering people to make a difference for 125 years.