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Yikes. I am one of those artistic types. I even majored in English. Still, I have to take the author's words with a grain of salt. I'm about 12 years past my undergrad years. I've had a career—well, I've had a series of jobs that have been pretty much in the same vein. I'm married; or as married as I legally can be, without moving to Massachussets. I have a kid. I think I'm in the category of "non-traditional" when it comes to potential law students. So, I'll take his words into consideration, and leave it at that.


Terrance: Since it doesn't make much sense to be scared away from a career decision by a blog post, that sounds like a good plan. I was thinking, though--probably a topic for another post, but what the hell--that in my experience, the people who rise to the top of any profession (at least the two I've had experience with, law and fundraising) are those who write better than their peers. Aren't people with liberal arts background generally better writers? That's what I've always been led to believe.


Well, I don't know that I'd say people with liberal arts backgrounds are better writers for sure. But my background as an English major did teach me a lot about how to write. I am, of course, still learning. It probably helped that I enjoy writing. I've been told that I write well, and I've written some things that I ended up being proud of. So, there may be some truth to that.

I think there's another side of the coin, though. If you do it right, a liberal arts education not only can teach you how to write, but how to think critically; how to read something, criticize it, come up with a thesis or an argument, and then support it. I think that perhaps that's a skill that comes in handy during law school and after. Of course, I'm just guessing since the closest I've come to law school thus far is reading about it.

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