For the Aspiring Lawyer
3 Tips from Paul Ray, ’08
Interview by Sarah Chavey
Hillsdale Alumnus Paul Ray clerked for Justice Alito in the Supreme Court for a year. He provides three pieces of advice to students interested in a law career.
- Read Leisure: The Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper. It emphasizes the significance of a contemplative, receptive, and unhurried attitude—vital components in a lawyer.
- Don’t go to law school unless you’re committed. It’s a lot of money and school if you’re going to back out.
- Don’t spend undergraduate years committed to law. Think deeply about poetry, history, and theology, because while they are all important to law, you might not get a chance to think about them so deeply once in the career.
Sarah Chavey is a music major from Ann Arbor, Michigan. She hopes to pursue journalism when she graduates in 2017.