Professors are very understanding of evening students."
Paul Babcock is a 3L evening student, originally from Chesterton, Indiana. He studied political science and communications as an undergraduate student at Butler University, and then spent two years in the Peace Corps, working in HIV education in Uganda.
“Saying it was life changing sounds like such a cliché, but it was,” Babcock says of his Peace Corps work. “It made me appreciate the things I have, and put me on a path toward law school.” Living in Uganda showed him where and how the law can make a difference.
After the Peace Corps, Babcock moved back to Indianapolis and took a position in the Marion County Health Department (MCHD) doing HIV education. After a position working in emergency preparedness at MCHD opened up, Babcock applied and was accepted. He continues his work there while attending law school in the evenings.
IU McKinney was the “only best choice for me” for law school, Babcock said. “I like working, and wouldn’t have taken a break from the work environment. As a night student, you still have the opportunity to network and interact with your classmates and be involved. I would argue that you have an advantage managing disparate tasks and a large amount of work successfully.”
“Professors are very understanding of evening students,” Babcock said. “They know you have a day job and they have respect for that.”
He was able to take summer 2013 off from work, in order to spend a month in the Republic of Georgia and two months at The Hague doing externships through Professor George Edwards’ Program in International Human Rights Law. During his time in Georgia, he was “on the ground every day, doing research and writing; doing lots of advocacy,” he said.
At The Hague, Babcock worked on a defense team doing appellate work for an individual accused of war crimes in the former Yugoslavia. “I enjoyed both, but I really enjoyed working at The Hague and being involved at the international level doing day-to-day work,” he said. “It’s so geopolitically important. I would love to be able to practice internationally.”
He’s been a part of the International Law Students Association, served as president of the Democratic Law Society, and has been a member of the Indiana International & Comparative Law Review.