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Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD)

Junqin Li
Hometown:
Dallas, Texas
Previous Education:
BA’12, Government, History, and Rhetoric, University of Texas &@8212; Austin

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Law school as liberal education
Junqin Li JD’15

The personal touch. I looked at several schools and could have stayed at the UT Austin for law school, but I was impressed by Maurer’s personal touch. They assigned a law student from Dallas to help recruit me and answer my questions, and I got a handwritten note from Dean Motley. The whole recruiting experience was personable and warm.

Why law school? In a way, law school is a continuation of my interest in liberal scholarship. I’ve always wanted to know more about a lot of things, and law school is a way to help demystify something I’ve been interested in.

Favorite courses. I’m enjoying legal writing and research. It’s a lot of work, but the course reinforces the importance of good writing. I worked at a writing center in college and thought I was a fairly good writer, but this class has been a humbling experience! You’ll be dazed and confused at times, but you’ll be a better writer for it.

On choosing a law school. You can spend a lot of time looking at websites and reading brochures, but it’s even more important to visit the school in person, attend a class, and meet and talk to current students. And when you visit, don’t just stay in the law school. Walk around the entire campus and get a feel for what it would be like to spend the next three years there.

On life in Bloomington. There’s lots to do here. During my first month, I’d gone camping and attended a performance at the Jacobs School of Music. And because of our graduate legal studies program, I’ve had the chance to practice my Mandarin three or four times a week, which has been a great surprise.

Figure out what's important. Law school is a time to bolster your core values. If you can figure out what they are, and what you want to accomplish in life, versus trying to reinvent yourself while you’re in law school, the experience will be more rewarding.