Growing up, science was always my favorite subject in school. Although majoring in biology seemed like the natural choice when I enrolled in college, I quickly realized that I did not want to pursue medical school. More importantly, while I knew that learning about fungi and bacteria is certainly important, I craved the humanity aspect. Fortunately, my chemistry lab partner—and fellow Human Biology alumna—enlightened me about a new major where I could focus on the biology of humans from a variety of scientific and humanities disciplines.
Uncertain of my future plans at the time, I converted to a HUBI major. I was intrigued by the idea of law school. I thought that my background in science would enable me to practice patent law or health law. Little did I know that my Human Biology experience would prepare me to excel in both law school and as an attorney, regardless of my area of practice.
Much like our HUBI courses, case-based learning, problem solving, and ethical reasoning are at the core of the legal profession. By dissecting the court decisions of prior cases, we are able to define the issues, understand how to apply the law to the particular facts of the case, and craft arguments accordingly.
I am very fortunate to be working as a judicial law clerk for a judge on the Indiana Court of Appeals. Every day, I get to work on cases that address, on some scale, the challenges of humanity and the world we live in.