Two Trine University students will get an early start on their law school education
Thanks to an agreement between Trine and the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
in 2018, Jasmin Armstrong and Delaney Finderson completed their coursework at Trine this
spring after only three years. Their first-year courses at IU McKinney will complete
their Trine bachelor’s degree.
Finderson, a general studies major from Auburn, Indiana, said the university’s 3+3
legal program drew her to Trine. Her father, a personal injury attorney in Fort Wayne,
inspired her to pursue a career in law.
“I chose to pursue law to follow in my father’s footsteps, and because I want to make
improvements in the lives of others,” she said.
Armstrong, a psychology major from Fort Wayne, Indiana, decided on a law career after
taking Introduction to Criminal Law.
“I fell in love with the legal jargon, the responsibilities and roles of an attorney,
and the fact that a position as an attorney would grant me an opportunity to change
the course of someone’s life,” she said.
Both said Trine’s program has prepared them well for law school. Finderson said she
appreciated the university’s criminal justice offerings, the opportunity to develop
a customized schedule with advisor John Milliken, and the expertise of multiple Trine
faculty who are attorneys.
“The program has offered me the ability to save a great deal of money, has helped
me to establish a better relationship with the law schools of my choice, and allowed
me to experience small-town life with a big future perspective,” she said.
Armstrong said she has learned time management, improved her social skills, and has
been given leadership opportunities that have helped her feel more than prepared for
law school. She said Trine also helped her make contacts at IU McKinney who have helped
her navigate the process of applying, getting accepted, and looking for scholarships.
Finderson hopes to specialize in family or human rights law, while Armstrong said
she would like to specialize in criminal and civil rights law. Armstrong said she
would like work as a civil rights and criminal defense attorney.
Both hope to eventually serve as judges.
“Anywhere I can impact lives will be my aspiration,” Finderson said.
Photos: Top, Delaney Finderson; bottom, Jasmin Armstrong.
Last Updated: 04/12/2021