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Sam Atkin

Sam Atkin

I graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Philosophy in 2013.  A year later, I returned to the University of Windsor to pursue my Juris Doctor and graduated in 2017.  As a practicing litigation lawyer, I can confidently say that my philosophy background has allowed me to flourish in the legal field.

Philosophy has played a major role in both my professional development and personal life.  Professionally, it has enabled me to develop skills that are integral to a successful legal career, such as critical thinking, literacy, and logical reasoning.  The University of Windsor’s focus on argumentative logic was particularly helpful, as I learned the mechanics of syllogistic reasoning and the role of rhetoric in argumentation and persuasion.  Studying the mechanics of sound argumentation and reasoning allowed me to seamlessly transition into law.  This educational experience galvanized my ability to recognize strengths and weaknesses in every day argumentation while offering a creative perspective to legal and factual issues.  Naturally, this ability suited me well in my development as a young legal professional, and continues to guide my decisions in practice.  

While Philosophy has paid dividends to me professionally, the influence it has had in my personal life is just as profound.  Philosophical thought has allowed me to better empathize with other perspectives during debate and discussion, while allowing me to understand ethical issues more thoroughly and logically.  As a result, Philosophy has played a role in maximizing my potential both professionally and personally.