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Ian Patterson

Ian Patterson

2L  |  Minneapolis, MN  |  University of Minnesota  |  i799p508@ku.edu

Hi! My name is Ian Patterson, and I’m a 2L from Minneapolis, Minn. I graduated from the University of Minnesota in May 2012 with degrees in political science and chemistry.

My interest in law is a direct result of my love for science. I’ve always loved to know how things worked and enjoyed learning about chemistry in the classroom. The problem was I never particularly enjoyed lab chemistry. So the question I was faced with was how does a chemist contribute to his field if his skills rest in communication and argumentation?

The answer came late one night when I was studying for an organic chemistry exam. I was with a group of people trying to hammer down the last confusing details of a chemical process before the morning exam. I realized what I enjoyed about chemistry was finding clearer ways to explain old concepts. It was at that point it hit me: Being a scientist isn’t a solo competition, it’s a team sport. I may not be the proverbial quarterback at the CERN supercollider who makes the paradigm-shifting discoveries, but without me working as the linebacker to block contract disputes and intellectual property claims, the CERN researcher never would have been able to make his Hail Mary pass.

Elaborate supercollider analogies aside, one of the big things I wanted to find in a law school was an intellectual community that was supportive. KU Law has delivered beyond what I imagined. There are so many people with different perspectives, and everyone has been ready and willing to help others along the way. Having moved from Minneapolis to Lawrence, finding a supportive community was critical to me succeeding in the rigorous environment of law school. Lawrence has not disappointed, and I’m grateful to call it home for the next three years.

Come take a look at KU and see for yourself the camaraderie in the student community.

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