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Get to know…Betsy Souer, 3L

Betsy Souer, 3L
Coralville, Iowa

Betsy Souer had always been interested in the legal field, but decided to go back to school to earn her JD as a nontraditional student a few years after she completed her BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa.

“I have always been interested in the law, and with my technical background I became interested in how the law can be used to protect inventions and company goodwill,” says Souer.

Now a third-year student at Iowa Law, Souer has served as the online presence manager for the Equal Justice Foundation, and serves as a student ambassador for Iowa Law admissions and the alumni reunion weekend.

But she has also gained valuable hands-on experience in the legal field. During the spring semester of her first year, she worked as an intern with the in-house counsel at HNI Corp in Muscatine, where she previously worked as an engineer. The following summer, Souer was a summer clerk at Nyemaster Goode in Des Moines, and during the spring semester of her second year, she completed an externship with the UI Research Foundation, which assists faculty with patenting new inventions yielded in research. Last summer, Souer worked as a summer clerk at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll in Cedar Rapids.

Now, Souer says she’s looking forward to applying what she’s learned from her work experience, her industrial engineering background and her Iowa Law courses to specialize in intellectual property law after she graduates in May 2018.

“My work and out-of-classroom experience has probably prepared me best for actual practice,” says Souer, adding that she’s gained valuable writing skills during her Iowa Law education. “Working in law firms over the summer has been invaluable in learning what practice is really like.”


Betsy Souer