When I started at King’s I had no idea where I was going to end up; my career path seemed obscure to me. By about my third year I started to contemplate going to law school. This seemed like an excellent option – I could put my English degree to good use and help address real needs in the world, that is, the crisis of access to justice.
"The strong writing, editing, and research skills that I honed under my professors’ watch provided me with an invaluable foundation to enter law school."
I began law school at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in the fall of 2019. I was awarded an entrance scholarship – The Law Foundation of Saskatchewan 25th Anniversary Scholarship – and, upon starting my second year, I was selected to be an editor on the Saskatchewan Law Review. I have also been volunteering, through Pro Bono Students Canada, with the YWCA and the John Howard Society, providing plain language presentations and information on legal issues.
Immediately upon starting law school I knew my experience as an English major prepared me well. The strong writing, editing, and research skills that I honed under my professors’ watch provided me with an invaluable foundation to enter law school. Not only was I given the practical tools that I needed to succeed, but I also gained the ability and confidence to be able to express my ideas thoughtfully and forcefully, with precision, tact, and fearlessness. I owe so much to King’s, and specifically the English department, for instilling me with confidence, for challenging me, for frustrating me, and for forcing me to recognize my talents and shortcomings.
Besides teaching me the highest level of critical research skills along with concise and persuasive writing skills, my degree taught me how to be more empathetic and altruistic. An English degree teaches the ability to read, understand, and live in another’s perspective. This is an invaluable skill, one that makes me more human, more understanding, more empathetic, and less judgemental. What other degree teaches this?