[ 1 Degree, 10 Careers ]
Larry R. Thompson ’76
Christian Spears ’02
Amanda Compton ’10
President Ringling College of Art + Design
Deputy Director of Athletics Northern Illinois University
Development Officer for Major Gifts Ohio Wesleyan University
How I use my J.D.: I find myself using the skills learned in law school at Moritz almost every day. Although I do not practice law (I’m a “recovering” lawyer), I repeatedly am confronted with policy questions that have legal ramifications, whether it is risk management, contracts, negotiation strategies, regulatory compliance, or employment law. Greatest lesson learned in law school: The greatest lesson learned in law school was the ability to think through issues from all perspectives and understanding the arguments that others will put forth as we decide major policy and implementation questions that will benefit the college and its students.
T H E O H I O S TAT E U N I V E R S I T Y
How I use my J.D.: I use my J.D. when I work with our general counsel on a variety of issues (legal and otherwise) that affect our intercollegiate athletic program; when negotiating contracts with agents and apparel companies as well as other business vendors; when I interpret regulations and bylaws that impact how we serve and support our student-athletes, coaches, and staff. Greatest lesson learned in law school: How to present my ideas clearly, logically and (most importantly) persuasively. Naturally, understanding the dynamics of a situation or issue and being able to discuss all sides of the issue using critical thinking through quick analysis has been extremely valuable as well.
How I use my J.D.: My legal education taught me, above all else, to be strategic, analytical, to consider all factors, and to look at a situation from different angles. In my work each day, I must consider many elements simultaneously (the interests of the university, the ideal timeframe for a gift, the realistic timeframe for a gift, how a gift can be composed, the history of interaction with a donor, and the interests of the donor, among others); I must be strategic with how to achieve the university’s needs and goals; and I must be flexible and switch to a different plan when new information reveals itself. My J.D. also trained me to be extremely sensitive and thorough when handling gift agreements and details. Greatest lesson learned in law school: The answer to almost everything is, “It depends!” Also, not to reach a high level of stress because what is in front of you is not the most difficult challenge you will face, and you can get through it!
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