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Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD)

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BE’06, Bachelors of Engineering, Vanderbilt University

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I remember leaving the class energized, wanting to know more...
Tearra Vaughn, JD'13

Tearra Vaughn isn't your typical law student. With a degree in computer engineering, you might expect to find her at IBM or Hewlett-Packard. Instead, after a few years in the workplace, Tearra decided a law degree would give her a diverse and powerful tool to eventually use in the intellectual property field. And after a visit to Bloomington, and seeing the Law School's emerging IP program, she knew Indiana Law was the perfect fit for her.

Engineering a change: My desire to attend law school does not date back to childhood or even to my undergraduate years. I always knew that I wanted to pursue a professional degree. After gaining a few years of work experience and taking a course entitled, “Legal Issues for Managers,” I realized a career in the legal field would be a great fit as I was always passionate about legal topics and issues. Like all project managers who govern their lives by a schedule, I created a two year plan and timeline to transition my life into being a student again. 

An instant attraction: After meeting Dani Weatherford, the Law School's director of recruitment, at a law fair and researching various law programs, I was immediately attracted to the IU Maurer School of Law. Last fall I had the opportunity to visit the Law School. During the visit, I became inspired as I watched the interaction between the students and Professor Ryan Scott as they discussed mens rea. I remember leaving the class energized - wanting to know more about the concept. Following the tour, I met with Professor Mark Janis who informed me about the exciting direction of the Intellectual Property program. I left the Law School feeling like the IU Maurer School of Law was the place for me. I soon discovered the feeling I had last fall felt right because it was right.

As I reflect on my admissions offer, I am still thankful for the opportunity to study the law at such a distinguished institution. Attending the IU Maurer School of Law is a privilege, blessing, and one of the best decisions I have ever made.  

Walking into my first class at Indiana Law, I was... Excited about the scholarship to be learned, the friendships to be formed, and the opportunities to be explored!

Previous work experience: After graduating from the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering, I began a career as a business systems analyst and eventually landed in project management consulting on various Enterprise Resource Planner implementations. My responsibilities included monitoring cross work stream project status deliverabels and timelines, data conversion, and application design, integration, and security and workflow analysis. I have worked with clients that include the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, Baltimore County (Maryland) Office of Budget and Finance, and Wells Fargo Advisors.