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Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD)

Tiffany Coleman
Shelbyville, Ind.
Previous Education:
BA’12, Political Science and Criminal Justice, Indiana University — Bloomington

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A commitment to serve — on many fronts
Tiffany Coleman, JD’15

A non-traditional path. When I was a sophomore at IU, my husband and I gained custody of two of my young siblings. Then we had our own baby shortly before my husband left for the military. I was able to maintain full-time status at IU while raising three children alone because the university and Bloomington were very supportive. I was admitted to Maurer via the Direct Admit Program without having to take the LSAT. Shortly before school started, my husband was deployed to Afghanistan, where he’s serving as an Army medic.

On school/life balance. With three children between two and 17 and a fourth on the way this spring, it helps to be organized. I work hard all day on school matters and reserve time outside of school for my family. I am also involved with several non-profits in the community — Bloomington was good to me, and I want to give back. My 12-year-old told me recently that she can’t wait ‘til she’s old enough to volunteer, and I was happy about that.

After graduation. My husband and I both have a commitment to serve. I hope to join the JAG corps after I finish school because that branch of the military works hard to keep couples together. My husband wants to attend medical school and become an Army physician, so my ultimate destination depends on where he goes to school. I’m also looking at government positions.

You’re accountable for your results. Although demanding, my undergraduate studies were more conceptual. Law school is more rigorous, and you’re accountable for your work every day. But it’s interesting, and Bloomington is a great place to live and raise a family.