Jacob Freeman '05
Minor: Publishing and Printing Arts
(J.D., Harvard Law School, 2011)
- Associate, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York
- Clerked for Chief Judge Sandra Lynch on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston
“My job as an attorney requires first and foremost the ability to think critically. Not only must I be able to counter opposing parties’ arguments, I must also be able to objectively analyze and find the weaknesses in my own clients’ positions in order to present their cases most effectively.
“In addition, the ability to write and communicate clearly, attention to detail, and a willingness to change gears quickly are all important. The most rewarding part of my job is working with intelligent and hardworking people. The time commitment required of lawyers at my kind of firm can be challenging.
“Although I never considered going into law until after I graduated from PLU, my time there certainly helped prepare me for both law school and my career. As an English major, I learned how to write clearly and effectively, how to make cogent arguments, and how to critically analyze others’ and my own points of view. In particular, my classes in the Publishing and Printing Arts program taught me editing skills that I used as an editor of the Harvard Law Review and continue to use as a practicing attorney.”