The American Bar Association (ABA) recommends that students considering a law degree “seek courses and other experiences that will engage them in critical thinking about important issues...and that will give them experience in structuring and evaluating arguments.”
At Dordt College, we offer classes that develop this skill across a broad spectrum of disciplines. We emphasize theory that is plugged into practical application; that is, we discuss how we as Christians should live our lives in obedience to our divine calling. At Dordt, you will not only learn the “why” and “how,” but also the “so what” aspects of your discipline. These “so what” questions will give you greater appreciation for the many answers out there and for the importance of thinking discerningly about what you do—in other words, we will engage you in critical thinking.
Dordt’s emphasis on discernment grows out of a Core Program that will help you develop the excellent speaking, writing, and reading skills that make up much of what lawyers do.
While the public’s perception of lawyers is often the heated courtroom drama of shows like Law & Order or the high-powered deal-making of corporate lawyers, the reality is that any area that involves regulation or a significant investment of money needs lawyers who dedicate their entire practice to dealing with that issue. So you don’t have to make the choice between law school and pursuing your passion in a specific field; law can be a means to finding a fulfilling job in almost any field.