“Environment is important”

Julie Spain, JD’14
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Previous Education: BA’09, Political Science, The Ohio State University

Julie Spain was admitted to several Top 14 law schools, but she’s confident that Indiana Law was the right decision. While in law school, she was elected chair of the Student Bar Association and was a guardian ad litem through Monroe County's CASA program. She is now an associate at Allen, Yurasek, Merklin & Owens-Ruff in Marysville, Ohio, where she practices civil litigation, family law, estate planning, and corporate advising. She is a member of the Law School's Young Alumni Steering Committee.

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.

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 with my class load. It was a bit of an adjustment.

The Indiana Law 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!