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Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD)

Alex Simpson, JD'11
Hometown:
Detroit, Michigan
Previous Education:
MSW’08, Eastern Michigan University

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My best experience at Indiana Law has been the sense of community
Alex Simpson, JD’11

From a Master’s in Social Work to Social Justice: I actually caught a lot of grief about this from my friends because I knew I wanted to go to law school before I entered the Master's of Social Work (MSW) program and actually researched the MSW and JD programs at the same time. Some asked me, 'Why the law degree?' I believe the JD is the most powerful tool that one can obtain to fight for social justice. Having the social work and legal education will make me better prepared to manage an organization that consists of both professions.

Getting involved: I'm a member of the Black Law Student Association, the Student Bar Association, and Phi Alpha Delta. I'm also the Law School's representative in the IU Student Association, which is the campus student government body. I volunteered as a moot court bailiff and actually had the opportunity to baliff the final round, which was exciting. I'm currently training in the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program.

Favorite professor: Professor Don Gjerdingen. He is always available to speak with students even if it isn't related to the course that he is teaching. While I was searching for summer employment, he provided me helpful guidance and even took a considerable amount of time to assist me with identifying appropriate attire for my interview. I also enjoyed Professor Craig Bradley's Criminal Law class because of his Socratic teaching style.

A sense of community: My best experience at Indiana Law has been the sense of community that I have felt from the start. I have been in touch with many people since Spring Law day and I have grown close to many of my classmates.

Best advice received before coming to law school? Network as much as possible. I've received scholarships as a result of networking and I've also obtained a competitive summer clerkship for this summer by talking to as many people as I can.

Study secrets: I'm not a library person, so when I was looking for an apartment, it was important to me that it would have space for me to study. I found one with an office that has worked out perfectly for me. It allows me to come home and study in a relaxed environment. I think it is also important to have a consistent study schedule. It's just as important to know your limits and not overdo it. I have found that quality over quantity works best. Just because you spend a long time studying doesn't mean you're being effective.

Career goals: I want to start a child advocacy/welfare organization in my hometown of Detroit. It would implement an interdisciplinary approach by bringing together attorneys, social workers, and possibly psychologists to provide the children a 360-degree advocacy service.