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Sharon Cruz, J.D., '13

Sharon Cruz, J.D., '13

It turns out that litigation is very much like putting on a show. There’s a live audience and a predetermined script you should follow. I love that every litigator I’ve met has had a sense of the theatrics necessary in litigation.

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A career in the law made sense for Sharon Cruz, ’13, for a variety of reasons.

Working her way through her undergraduate studies at IUPUI, Cruz switched her major to sociology when she discovered her “passion for studying society’s problems and trying to find ways to solve them,” she said. “I decided the best way to go about the latter part was to get a J.D.” Her specific interest is in criminal law, which “in many ways is like applied social sciences,” she adds. Her work during all three years of law school in the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office gave her that insight.

Her love of theater also can be found in her career choice. “It turns out that litigation is very much like putting on a show,” Cruz said. “There’s a live audience and a predetermined script you should follow. I love that every litigator I’ve met has had a sense of the theatrics necessary in litigation.”

Cruz was in the September 2012 Carmel Community Playhouse presentation of Breaking Up is Hard to Do, a play featuring the songs of Neil Sedaka. She has worked backstage at a number of theaters, and her onstage credits include Jewtopia at Theatre on the Square and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Civic Theater.

Born in Los Angeles, Cruz grew up on the Indianapolis south side, and she recently moved to Chicago for a job with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. She began working on this particular job offer in August 2012, when she attended a luncheon put on by the law school’s alumni network. “It was very encouraging to know I could come to a new city and still have many fellow IU McKinney Law graduates,” Cruz said.