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Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD)

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Hometown:
Brownsburg, Ind.
Previous Education:
AB’11, Political Science, Wabash College

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“Maurer is adapting the curriculum to prepare us for today’s challenging legal market”
Michael Nossett, JD’14

Why I want to be a lawyer: Early in high school, my mother signed me up for a government immersion course at the Indiana State House. I did not want to go, but once I got there, I fell in love with law, politics, and government. I’ve wanted to be a lawyer ever since.

Why I chose Indiana Law: I’m from the Indianapolis area, and I want to practice there after I graduate. Maurer’s ranking and reputation convinced me that it was the best choice. And because about 60% of Maurer students are from outside Indiana, I’m not competing for the same jobs with them. The geographic diversity also suggests that I could find a job outside the state if I choose to move elsewhere.

What has surprised you so far? The number of opportunities to get involved in the law, right from the beginning. Maurer has afforded me several ways of putting my skills to work—more than I could ever have time for. Legal fraternities and organizations, law journals, clerkships during the summer and semester, etc.—the variety of ways to transfer classroom skills to real-world applications, and how quickly one can get involved with them, has been excellent.

Advice for students looking at law schools: Do your homework. Look at which schools have the best alumni networks and the strongest connections to where you want to practice. Check out the quality and reputation of the faculty. And ask yourself what the school is doing to adapt to a tough economic climate.

Maurer’s legal profession course, career choices series, and other programs show that this school is doing everything possible to prepare lawyers for entry into today’s challenging legal market. Research your options, reflect on them carefully, and then, like me, you’ll be quite happy with your choice.