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Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD)

Tara Maloney, JD'12
Hometown:
Floyds Knobs, Indiana
Previous Education:
BA’09, history and biology, IU Bloomington

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The IP program ties together my passions for law and science
Tara Maloney, JD’12

Everyone was happy to be here: I went to Indiana University for my undergraduate education and knew that I already loved the campus and all that Bloomington has to offer. However, before making my decision, I wanted to make sure that remaining in Bloomington for law school was the right decision for me. So I visited the Law School. After visiting Indiana Law, I decided immediately that this was the Law School for me. The students were friendly, and the faculty members all seemed genuinely interested in the subjects they teach and in the students. I also noticed that people at Indiana Law were happy to be here. I wanted to attend a school that would be academically challenging and collegial.

Science and law: I am interested in intellectual property law because of my passion for science. I knew when I entered law school that I wanted to find a way to combine my interest for science with law. During my first semester, the Office of Career and Professional Development made it possible for me to shadow an IP litigator, who is an alumnus of the law school. I learned more about the field from him and thought his job sounded really interesting.

Catching up: Almost every Monday, my friends and I have dinner together at one of our houses. It allows us a chance to catch up and unwind before we spend time reviewing the material we covered in class the previous week.

My opinion counts: I currently serve on the university-wide educational policies committee so I jumped at the chance to also serve on the law school educational policy committee. Within the first few minutes of the start of my first meeting, the chair turned to the other student on the committee and me and asked our opinions on the issue. I realized then how much this Law School values students' feedback and comments. I felt really fortunate to be at such a Law School.

In the morning: I study best by creating a block of time each day where I focus my complete attention on studying. During my time as an undergraduate, I would study late into the night. However, when I started law school, I started studying early in the morning because my mind is fresh and there are no other commitments to distract me at 5 a.m.