Julie Spain was admitted to several Top 14 law schools, but she’s confident that Indiana Law was the right decision.
Why I chose Indiana Law: Bloomington is a beautiful city, and my classmates are more collegial than what I observed at other schools. And the experience of our professors is outstanding. Professor Shreve clerked for the court where Roe v. Wade was first decided. He drafted the per curiam opinion striking down the Texas law that criminalized most abortions. Professors David and Susan Williams’s work on constitutional democracy in Burma and other countries is another of many examples. Although I’m interested in a career in advocacy for social justice, I’m taking copyright as a 2L and finding I enjoy transactional courses also.
Any surprises? Almost everything was a surprise in the first year! I worked as volunteer coordinator for a science museum in Columbus and volunteered as a guardian ad litem before coming to law school. As a young professional, I operated from a model of networking and community involvement. As a first-year law student, I had to balance those interests with making time to keep up with my class load. It was a bit of an adjustment.
The Maurer community: The school has a lot of student organizations, which provides you with a chance to observe other substantive areas of the law and give back to the Law School community. I am vice chair of the Student Bar Association, which has been a great experience.
Advice for students looking at law schools: If everything else is equal, go somewhere where you’ll enjoy being around your classmates, professors, and surroundings. Remember that you’ll be here all day, every day for three years. Your environment is important!