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Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD)

Jia Li, JD'14
Shenzhen, China
Previous Education:
LL.B.’06, Southwest University of Political Science and Law, Chongqing, China; LL.M.’08, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

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Different voices, different viewpoints
Jia Li, JD’14

Jia keeps active at the IU Maurer School of Law. She is a member of the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies and a competitor in the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition. She is also the President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, the Special Events Chair for the Black Law Student Association, and a member of numerous organizations, including Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity, Business Law Society, Latino Law Student Association, Public Interest Law Foundation, Intellectual Property Association, and International Law Society.

Jia spent her 1L Summer as a Summer Associate at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., a national law firm that specializes in labor and employment law, and she will return to the firm in her 2L summer. During the school year, Jia works as a law clerk at Indiana Legal Services, Inc.

Having already been admitted to the bars in China and New York, Jia had a good idea of what she wanted from a law school.

Global perspective and reputation. IU Maurer is located in the quintessential college town of Bloomington, Indiana, where the people are hospitable and friendly. The School is one of the top law schools in the United States and is well-known in my home country of China. Because of its great academic reputation and idyllic setting, Maurer attracts students from all over the country and world. And so I have had the privilege to hear different voices and different viewpoints as a student at Maurer.

Things to consider. Deciding on law school is a big decision. Don’t rush; check out schools in person, and think about things like the library, quality of the faculty, and where you want to practice. Also ask about the school’s career services resources. Maurer’s Office of Career and Professional Development is professional and helpful and connects you with alumni located all over the country and world. And don’t overlook the first-year legal research and writing course. It’s extremely important because it develops your writing and analytical skills, which employers value highly.