05 April 2013
When he started college four years ago, he had every intention of being a police officer. So as part of his criminal justice curriculum, Slusher took L201 – Intro to Business Law.
He had no clue that this course would be a turning point that took him down a new path.
"This is the most influential course I've ever taken, and what helped guide me to pursue a career in law," said Slusher, a senior preparing to graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a minor in psychology.
He buckled down, prepared for and applied to law school, and was recently accepted to the Robert McKinney School of Law, located on the IUPUI campus. However, he will be there a little longer than most law students because he will pursue his Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), too.
"My favorite thing about the law is that it is so dynamic and nothing is black and white," Slusher said. "I can't even begin to explain how excited I am to learn more."
Slusher has spent the last few years working to learn as much as he can. In summer 2011, he received an internship with the Howard County prosecutor's office. He handled criminal prosecution cases, drafted criminal charges and victim letters, and dealt with impact cases. He communicated with victims on the status of their cases and observed trials, hearings, and other court procedures involved with those cases.
"When you're in law school, you learn about the theories and practices," Slusher said. "It will be easier for me to understand the concepts and relate what I'm learning in school to the work I have already done."
His internship at the prosecutor's office landed him an internship, which turned into a part-time job, at Pate Law Office in downtown Kokomo, a private firm that practices personal injury and family law.
"Pate really showed me the ropes with a lot of things I hadn't learned, and to now work there and get a taste of my future career is truly amazing," he said.
Slusher had the opportunity to assist with a discovery, a mutual exchange of legal evidence between the defense and prosecution.
"I got to look at all of the evidence, audio, video, everything," Slusher said. "It was an awesome experience."
In addition, he has the freedom to draft documents, such as motions, petitions, and warrants. Slusher went from working with criminal to civil cases to gain a better understanding of different areas.
"Having knowledge in multiple areas is crucial to my success, and the success of anyone practicing the law."
His work outside of IU Kokomo speaks leaps and bounds about his determination to be successful, but he's no stranger to holding leadership positions and serving the campus. He's previously been involved with Student Union Board and Psychology Club, and is the current president of Alpha Phi Sigma, the national honor society for criminal justice, and vice president of the Criminal Justice Association. Slusher serves as chief justice of the Student Government Association, where he served as a previous senator and senate review committee chair.
"Being involved has made me feel great about being a student at IU Kokomo," he said. "I feel accomplished to know that I volunteered my time and efforts to things that are important to me, met great people, and had fun."
At the end of the day, Slusher enjoys researching different areas of law and different subjects on his own time. The intricacies, exceptions, and rules fascinate him.
"I love it, it's my life, and it's what I want to do," he said.
Story written by Mary Olk. Mary is a student writer for the Office of Media and Marketing.
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