Ryan Rowan got his B.G.S. at KU in political science and African and African-American studies in 2008.
What do you do and what’s your current title?
As Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Porter County, Indiana, I represent the State of Indiana for criminal cases. This includes conducting pre-trials hearings such as bond hearings and jury trials. Additionally, I conduct depositions of witnesses, prepare witnesses for pre-trial and trials, perform legal research, negotiate and draft plea agreements.
Where did you earn your law degree?
Valparaiso University School of Law
Where do you live now?
How do you use what you learned as a KU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences student in your career?
Well, the curriculum in the African and African-American Studies and Political Science Departments, allowed me to sharpen my critical thinking and communication skills. Critical thinking and communication skills are both fundamental for a long and successful career as an attorney.
The ability to help others and be an advocate for those in need appealed. Lawyers have the unique ability in both the public and private sector to become champions for legal causes for the greater good of society.
Favorite KU memory?
From Liberal Arts to Law
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Henry T’s wings on game night (Basketball) and Traditions Night during Hawk Week
What’s your advice for aspiring law students?
Research, research, research. Majority of students enter into the legal professional for the earning potential and the prestige of becoming a lawyer. However, many underestimate the investment and burden law school and the practice can place on your time, finances, and relationships. My advice make you write down and consider your pros and cons for going to law school and becoming an attorney.