Haley Carr

Haley Carr

12

Law

Philosophy

Board member in the Environmental Law Society

August 17, 2018 2:08 PM

I graduated summa cum laude from Millikin in 2012 with a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in Political Science. I received the Alice Ambrose Lazerowitz Philosophy Award in 2012. I took a few years after graduation to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up, and it was thinking back to my time studying Philosophy and Law at Millikin that motivated me to go to law school. I am currently in my second year at James E. Rogers College of Law (University of Arizona) and will graduate in 2019. I am in the Distinguished Scholars program at the law school and have received a full ride for all three years. I’ve received CALI awards for earning the top grade in Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Intellectual Property, Federal Courts, and both of my first year Legal Writing courses. I am currently a Writing Fellow for 1L writing courses. I am a member of the Arizona Law Review, and I am also an active board member in the Environmental Law Society. I spent my last summer as a judicial extern with the Honorable John J. Tuchi at the U.S. District Court in Phoenix, AZ. This upcoming summer I will be a summer associate at Fennemore Craig, P.C.—a southwestern law firm—in Phoenix, AZ.

This program gives any student remotely interested in law school a good taste of what they will experience should they choose to go that route. While I think Logic should be a high school graduation requirement, anyone interested in law school should take it. It helps tremendously on the LSAT, but it will also get students thinking about basic argument structure. Knowing how to communicate complicated concepts in a clear, logical way makes for a great philosopher and attorney. Appellate Legal Reasoning strikes me as one of the most “law school-ish” of any course I took as an undergraduate. The legal mindset and legal writing skills that course teaches you directly translate into skills that are required to be successful in law school. I came into my first year with a huge advantage over my fellow students—my writing and critical thinking skills. That course contributed to those skills greatly. I loved my Philosophy of Law course so much, I still own the textbook. That course is what bridged philosophy and law for me. It made me see that my love for philosophy could translate to law—this INCREDIBLY important thing that structures society and affects my life on a daily basis. I think any philosophy student who may be considering law school could have the same epiphany while taking this course. I think any potential courses that require students engage with judicial opinions would be a great option. Not only does it develop concrete skills, but the class discussion that type of course offers is very similar to the type of discussion a student will see in a typical 1L class.