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Benjamin Allee  | Assistant United States Attorney | Graduated in 1999

I graduated from Geneseo in ’99 with dual majors in English and Philosophy. When I found out there was no English factory to go work in, I decided to go to law school, with the hope that I might work as a prosecutor or in some other rare job where I could be intellectually challenged and productive and useful to the community all at once. I graduated from Fordham Law in ’03. After law school I worked in two judicial clerkships for federal judges in Manhattan, assisting them with legal research and drafting opinions.

Sarah Brancatella  | Attorney  | Graduated in 2004

I didn’t start at Geneseo planning to be an English major or a lawyer. In fact, I planned on being an orthodontist.  But I liked reading, writing and analyzing.  Scratch that, I loved it.  So I took English course after English course, did well and was happy.  Dreams of orthodontia slipped away, and on the last day you were required to declare a major I boldly claimed English as my own.   I had no plan, and I was okay with that.  I was too busy enjoying myself crafting arguments about the portrayal of spinster women in American Romantic literature.

Jennifer Estleford  | Attorney | Graduated in 2010

     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:

Julie Nociolo  | Law Clerk, NYS Court of Appeals, Central Legal Staff | Graduated in 2009

I graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 2009 with a degree in English Literature, a minor in Philosophy, and as a member of the Edgar Fellows Honors Program. My goal was to attend law school and I thought that an English degree would be the best training knowing that I would need to read critically and quickly as a law student. And I was right. My English major helped me develop writing skills that I later refined in law school.

Danielle Sicari  | Attorney | Graduated in 1996

I graduated from St. John's University School of Law in 2000, and since then, I have worked with various offices across Long Island.

My experiences writing and editing — and even interviewing — while at Geneseo have helped me in my practice, which focuses heavily on writing. My advice would be to take different opportunities to develop the skills you'll need. I worked for the administration and student newspapers, as well as the radio station. And stay in touch after graduation —  school loyalty runs deep in the world of job hunting.