Student Stories

Carlos Gonzalez

J.D., Program on Law and State Government

After an 11-year career as an Oakland Police Officer in California, Gonzalez became a student at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the California State University Sacramento, and a master’s degree in public administration from the California State University Hayward. Gonzalez was a soldier in the United States Army Reserves and he was deployed to Southern Iraq in 2004 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Gonzalez is a day student and plans to graduate in May 2015. During his time as a law student, he has had externships with the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of California and the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, in Indianapolis. Gonzalez has also participated in the Wrongful Conviction Clinic and is a member of the Hispanic Law Society. He was chosen to be a Program on Law and State Government Fellow. Students chosen to take part in the program as Fellows plan and present a day-long symposium. After law school, Gonzalez will pursue a career as a city prosecutor where he envisions applying his law enforcement background to his new career as an attorney.