Apply to the Supreme Court

  • Justices must be Indiana University - Bloomington students.
  • Undergraduate student Justices must be enrolled in at least six credit hours of classes; graduate and professional student Justices must be enrolled in at least three credit hours of classes.
  • Justices must maintain good academic standing with the University, as defined by their school or department.
  • Justices may not serve in any non-judicial position in the Indiana University Student Association or in any other position that would conflict with their duties as Justices of the Court.
  • Justices must agree to uphold the Code of Judicial Ethics as presented in the Bylaws of the Supreme Court, all standing rules of the Court, the Indiana University Student Association Constitution and Bylaws, and the Indiana University Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.
  • Justices must fulfill all duties of their office, including attendance at Court meetings, hearings, and events, and serving on university hearings and committees as requested by The Chief Justice.  The time commitment required by the Court is between two and six hours per week; students are discouraged from applying to the Court if they can not articulate how they will be able to fulfill these obligations.  
  • The Supreme Court Justice Application includes a mandatory release of academic and disciplinary records for all applicants and a required confidentiality agreement for all candidates.
  • Candidates selected through the Court's application and interview process will be forwarded to the Student Body President, who must then nominate the candidates for appointment by the Indiana University Student Association Congress.  Supreme Court Justices must be confirmed by a majority vote of the legislative body.  Applicants should note that the Associate Justice appointment process is highly competitive, typically involving ten to fifteen times the number of applicants than the number of positions available. 
  • Associate Justices are appointed to three year terms, subject to reappointment.  There is no minimum term for Justices.  


  • The Supreme Court typically begins accepting applications in either February or March. This year's application period is open, and the deadline is February 22nd.
  • The interview and selection process traditionally occurs in the middle of the spring academic term each year. This year's interviews will be held March 8th-9th.
  • Selected candidates will be nominated for approval at the end of the spring semester or at the beginning of the following fall semester to replace Justices retiring due to graduation. Under normal circumstances, the Court uses alternate candidates from the previous round of the interview and selection process if a mid-term vacancy occurs.
  • Please follow all directions on the application form.  The Court prefers electronic, Adobe PDF format applications submitted by e-mail to Specifically, the Court asks that you use one of the following versions of Adobe Acrobat when filling out the application forms electronically:  Acrobat Pro Extended 9.0, Acrobat Pro 9.3, and Acrobat X Pro. You may download this program for your computer from IUWare’s website at, or, alternatively, you can access these programs through almost any computer on campus.
  • Download the IUSA Supreme Court Application as a PDF document (.pdf format)