Philosophy News

2012 Philosophy Major Doug Vanston Kicking Torts and Taking Names

Penn State Law School

[Student News]

After finishing his second year of his three-year law program, philosophy major Doug Vanston, Marywood class of 2012, is looking forward to a career in law.

On his experiences with the Philosophy Department at Marywood, Doug has this to say: "I do not think I would have been able to survive, let alone succeed, in the competitive shark tank of law school if it had not been for the Philosophy Department at Marywood. I find it difficult to take credit for my acceptance and subsequent success at law school because of how helpful the Philosophy Department was when it came to improving my writing skills and helping me understand difficult concepts. The term "Philosophy" appears to many undergraduate students as one of great mystery, difficulty and novel interest. However, underneath that appearance lies an amazing tool set of skills: critical thinking, concise writing, patient and careful reading and, most importantly, a profound argumentative confidence tempered with a skeptic's doubt."

Doug began his first year at the Penn State University Dickinson School of Law in the Fall of 2012. While at Marywood, Doug took courses in Metaphysics, Philosophy of Art, Philosophy of the Mind, Epistemology, Symbolic Logic and many others. Doug has a strong interest in criminal law and hopes to become a public defender. He is currently an extern at the Cumberland County Public Defender.

Doug, if wishing you well is a crime, sue us! We're all proud of you!