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Catherine Clements
Hometown:
Originally from South Bend, Indiana; now lives in Indianapolis, Indiana
Previous Education:
BA/BS’96, music and psychology, Indiana University; MS’03, education, Indiana University

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Scholarship Recipients

Medical Writer Develops a Passion for Law
Catherine Clements, JD’09

Catherine Clements discovered her passion for law when she was working at Eli Lilly and Company as a regulatory medical writer. “I realized that the attorneys were really doing the kind of work that I wanted to do,” she says. “So I decided to come to law school.” She was no stranger to Indiana University—she received bachelor’s degrees in psychology and music and then earned a master’s degree in elementary education here. Prior to working at Lilly, she had taught elementary school students, worked as a “matcher” at a dating service (“I got 10 couples engaged or married!”), and was a clinical research coordinator at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Indianapolis. Now, with the help of a scholarship, she’s on the path to a legal career.

Why I chose Indiana Law: “I love Indiana University, and I’ve always respected the Law School. When I started looking at law schools, Indiana’s admissions office was the friendliest and most accommodating one. I also found that I fit in better with the students at Indiana Law. Many students at Indiana Law have significant past experience and are able to contribute unique perspectives in our classes. I value that, and I’m glad Indiana Law does too.”

Family matters: “Another huge factor in my decision to come to Indiana Law was my family. My husband works at Lilly, and we have a daughter who is almost three. When I decided I wanted to come to law school, we had just bought a house in Indianapolis. I was so happy that such a high-quality law school was within commuting distance for me and I didn’t have to disrupt their lives too much. I was honored to receive a scholarship. It certainly made my decision easier on my family.”

After I graduate: “Because of my background in the pharmaceutical industry, I’m interested in supporting the life sciences and hope to work in that area.”

The Indiana Law experience: “The classes are challenging and the professors are happy to answer questions and meet with you one-on-one. Most of the students are down-to-earth and the atmosphere is very collegial. If you want to get involved in research projects with professors, all you have to do is ask.”