Sarah Thielen first became interested in law school during her junior year of college, when she enrolled in a business law course to complete her Business Administration Degree at Coe College.
Though she initially didn’t know what to expect, Thielen says she was quickly “hooked.”
“I found the law to be so exciting and challenging and I really enjoyed going to class every day,” Thielen says. “During the summer between my junior and senior year I ended up participating in Coe’s Spellman Summer Research program and began working on a business law project that later turned in to my senior honors thesis.”
After graduating from Coe, Thielen took a year off to work as a legal assistant, which helped her solidify her interest in pursuing a law degree.
Now a second-year student at Iowa Law, Thielen volunteered as a secretary for the International Law Society, a student ambassador for Iowa Women Lead Change, a first-year representative and Conference Co-Chair for the Organization of Women Law Students and Staff (OWLSS), and a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Society and the Admitted Student Outreach Program.
Thielen is also a student ambassador, global ambassador, Student Representative on the Student Honors & Awards Committee, Equal Justice Foundation Auction Co-Chair, and research assistant for Iowa Law Professor Sheldon Kurtz, who specializes in property law.
After spending the first five weeks of her summer participating in Iowa Law’s France Study Abroad Program in Arcachon and Paris, France, Thielen returned to Iowa where she worked as a summer clerk at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll in Cedar Rapids.
Though she isn’t sure what she’d like to specialize in after completing her studies in May 2018, Thielen says she is most looking forward to enjoying her next two years at Iowa law and seeing where her education will take her.