Nora Kocher

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Law

Philosophy

February 1, 2021 12:02 PM

I graduated from Millikin in 2014 with a B.A. in Philosophy and I am currently a second year J.D. candidate at the University of Illinois College of Law. During my first year, I was an intraschool finalist in the ABA’s Negotiations Competition, and a semifinalist in Client Counseling. I am currently a teaching assistant for a first year torts class and a member of the University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy. I’ve had opportunities to gain experience through substantive pro bono projects related to criminal records and environmental law. This past summer, I externed for a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Studying philosophy at Millikin prepared me for success in law school in so many ways. The Logic class I took in my first semester gave me a strong foundation in analytical reasoning that I continued to apply in every philosophy class I took. I was out of school for several years when I started preparing for the LSAT, but this background was extremely helpful. Since beginning law school, I have found that the process of analyzing a legal problem is very similar to analyzing a philosophical one. Having developed and practiced these skills in undergrad significantly helped soften the law school learning curve.

I would strongly encourage any Millikin student at all interested in law school—regardless of major—to consider Moot Court. I participated all four years, three as an attorney and once as a judge. The competition is an excellent experience and a valuable “resume line” for law school and legal jobs. But far more importantly, the class (Appellate Legal Reasoning) provides in-depth experience in legal reasoning, oral argument, and legal writing. It’s the best opportunity you’ll have in undergrad to explore your interest in law.