A longtime dream has become a tingling reality for University of Southern Mississippi senior Jansen Owen, who will enter the Tulane University Law School in August.
Owen, a Poplarville, Miss., native, is set to receive his undergraduate degree in political science during the Spring 2016 commencement ceremony next month. A $20,000 academic scholarship will help pay for approximately half of the tuition required to secure his Juris Doctor Degree at Tulane.
“Tulane Law has been one of my dream law schools for as long as I can remember,” said Owen, who owns a 3.86 GPA. “The school’s national and international reputation opens doors for me across the globe, especially if I want to focus on maritime and international law.”
Owen transferred to the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus in Long Beach after earning his Associate’s Degree from Pearl River Community College in 2014. He has worked full-time throughout his college career – working an 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. job at the Circuit and Chancery Clerks offices in Pearl River County.
“The flexibility offered by USM with night classes has really been incredible,” said Owen. “I have been able to earn my degree in the normal four years. USM has just been awesome to me.”
Once he completes law school Owen said his goals are to practice law for several years before ultimately pursuing a career in public service.
He is the son of John Owen Sr., and Kendra Owen, of Poplarville. He is married to Colbie Marshall Owen.