Jennifer Estleford | Graduated in 2010
Posted on Wed, 2 Oct, 2013
I have known since a young age that I wanted to be a lawyer, but I wasn't sure what I wanted to major in for undergraduate school. When I was in high school someone told me the best thing to major in before law school is something you are good at and enjoy; this turned out to be the best advice! I had always enjoyed reading, but one of my English teachers senior year of high school made me remember how much I loved literature by allowing us to choose many of the novels we read. Thanks to her, I chose English literature as a major. (Sidenote: Mrs. Day may have created a monster, because I am constantly reading while I long for the days I was an English literature major — when books were constantly thrown at me!)
After I left Geneseo, I spent three years at SUNY Buffalo Law School. In May 2013 I graduated with a J.D. and a criminal concentration. I now live in Charlotte, North Carolina where I sat for the July 2013 bar exam and passed!
Being an English major allowed me to pursue a passion but also has helped me in my career. Writing and analysis are important in law school and in work as an attorney; grammar and brevity are highly valued in the legal field. The most important thing I learned as an English major was to manage my time.
My advice to current English majors is to make connections and enjoy being an English major!