I returned to the University of Windsor in 2015 for the sole purpose of attending law school. At the time, I didn’t even know what philosophy was; I chose it entirely on the basis of its reputation for producing successful law students.
As luck would have it, I chose correctly. Over the next three years, I learned how to identify, develop, and critically assess arguments; how to read, write, and understand complex language; and how to logically explain, connect, and present ideas. All of these skills helped in directly preparing me for the LSAT, and they have translated perfectly into law school.
However, the real value of philosophy runs much deeper. I learned about consciousness, human nature, and the foundations of justice, ethics, and logic; how and why societies exist and interact as they do; different perspectives and strategies for solving both small- and large-scale problems; and, most importantly, not what to think, but how to think.
The true utility of philosophy is immeasurable, as these skills extend both to and far beyond legal education and practice. Law may be my profession, but philosophy will always be my passion.