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No. 39 - Indiana University Maurer School of Law—Bloomington: Turns out John Mellencamp isn’t the only one with a soft spot for Indiana. Large firms hired 18 of the Bloomington law school’s graduates last year, for a total of nearly 11 percent of the class. That hurts so good!

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Leigh Jones

Leigh Jones is editor-in-chief of Law.com and senior editor, culture desk, ALM Global Newsroom

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