Why law school? I had always been interested in public service, and my experience in college as an Intern Investigator at the DC Public Defender Service proved to me that I would enjoy legal work. Working at the Public Defender allowed me a chance to help people who felt they had never been listened to before. Also, working for the government can put you in new cities, where you get right into the practice and absorb the local culture quickly.
Why Maurer? I cast a wide net when looking at law schools, including the East and West coasts and the Midwest. I chose Indiana Law based on its reputation — my uncle attended another law school but always spoke highly of Maurer. The tuition fee waiver was a plus because it saved me $50, and Maurer offered scholarships to help defray the cost of tuition. The campus is beautiful, and it’s nice to go to another Big Ten school like Michigan. I don’t have a car, but everything I need is easily walkable, which is another plus.
Favorite classes. I came into law school interested in litigation, and my time in Professor Dau-Schmidt’s labor law class and employment law class made me interested in that particular area. I also enjoyed Prof. Broughman’s Corporations class. Professor Broughman make the subject interesting, and it made me interested in the transactional side, which I had not considered before.
Advice for prospective students. If you can, try to get some experience in a law-related area and see if you really enjoy legal work — without thinking about the income potential. Law is a unique profession that looks at issues in a particular lens. Effective advocacy is more than zealously representing your client. You have to make sure that the law agrees with your position, and if it doesn’t, then you have to work to change the law so it does. If you’ve thought through that, you’ll be in a better position to evaluate whether law school is right for you.