Alumni profiles

Finney Abraham (B.A., 2015)

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I am currently in my last year of law school at Vanderbilt University. After graduation, I will be working as an associate at a law firm in New York City. As a Philosophy major, the coursework often required parsing dense writings, understanding the author's position, and arguing either for or against that position. Similarly, law school requires that students be able to analyze and evaluate complex arguments, while also explaining the reasoning behind that evaluation. Because of my Philosophy training, I had already engaged in this type of intellectual exercise multiple times.

My Philosophy major proved invaluable to me over the course of my law school career...

I sincerely believe that this experience prepared me for the unique challenges that law school presented. My Philosophy major proved invaluable to me over the course of my law school career, and I am certain that it will similarly aid me as a new attorney.

Tiffany Redies (M.A., 2012)

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I graduated from the University at Albany in December of 2012 with a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy. This Master’s degree was my third graduate degree, after my Juris Doctor and Master of Laws and Letters in International Law from Albany Law School. As a practicing lawyer, this degree represented a dramatic divergence in my career objectives and an embrace of my lifelong passion for philosophy. After receiving my Master’s degree, I continued to practice law and began teaching as an adjunct instructor of philosophy courses at various community colleges. Today, I am a full-time Professor of Business Law and Ethics in The W.A. Franke College of Business at Northern Arizona University. I utilize my law degrees and my philosophy degree simultaneously by teaching and researching in the field of Business Ethics.

Without my Master’s degree, I .... would not have been able to successfully become an interdisciplinary scholar and university professor.

My legal research agenda is also significantly enhanced by my Master’s degree in Philosophy. In fact, my current research agenda combines my interdisciplinary interests in business law with international law and ethical theory. Specifically, my research agenda seeks methods in which to explore the relationship between business ethics industry norms, underlying ethical theory, and the development of international business stakeholder theory within the constraints of existing international law.