Jacqueline  hollis-george

Jacqueline Hollis-George

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Law

English Writing

Macon County Assistant State’s Attorney

August 17, 2018 2:08 PM

I graduated from Millikin in 2013 with a major in English Writing and a minor in Political Science. During my time at Millikin, I was an active participant in Moot Court. After graduating from Millikin, I attended Northern Illinois University where I graduated Magna Cum Laude and was awarded the Francis G. Mays Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Criminal Law, Procedure, and Evidence. While at NIU I was an Assistant Editor for the Northern Illinois University Law Review and the Vice President of the Women’s Law Caucus. After graduating from NIU, I passed the July 2017 bar exam. I now work for the Macon County State’s Attorney’s office as an Assistant State’s Attorney prosecuting DUI and Domestic Violence Crimes.

I love the Millikin pre-law minor. Having help narrowing my focus and having a group of people – students and professors – to work with during the process of working toward law school and applying, etc. is wonderful. I think it is also an excellent way to develop the necessary skills. Ethics and philosophy have such a direct tie to law and legal reasoning that it makes perfect sense. Appellate legal reasoning is a WONDERFUL resource for anyone even slightly interested in law. In fact, it’s why I became a lawyer. It’s a wonderful way to get your feet wet and decide if diving into these sorts of issues is something that you might want to spend the rest of your life doing. Looking back on my time at Millikin, it was without question the philosophy courses and the writing courses I took that prepared me most for law school. Being a good writer is critical both to being a good law student and to being a good lawyer. Considering the vast majority of law school and practice is just that – writing a philosophically constructed argument often under time constraints.