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Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD)

Chelsey Hackman
Brownstown, IN
Previous Education:
BS’10, Chemistry, Indiana University—Bloomington

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The road less traveled
Chelsey Hackman, JD’15

Already admitted to the patent bar — and a high school volleyball coach — Chelsey Hackman found Maurer's Center for Intellectual Property Research ideally suited to her professional interests.

Why I chose Indiana Law: I live about an hour from Bloomington, and I had three or four options for conveniently located law schools. Maurer offered the greatest number of IP courses, and they’ve established Center for IP Research, which shows that the school is interested in this field. So Maurer seemed to be the logical choice.

What has surprised you so far? Law school is really different from what I’d thought — in a good way. There’s a lot of reading and studying, but my background in chemistry prepared me for the workload. And I love Bloomington! I live in the country, and Bloomington has all the advantages of a big city without the hassles of traffic and noise. It’s a nice mix between city and country.

Advice for students looking at law schools: Do your research. I talked to friends in law school and practicing attorneys before deciding to apply. And don’t look for easy ways out in college. Earning my chemistry degree was a lot of work, and I think I took the (hard) road less traveled. I’m glad I did now, because it’s made law school more manageable.