Rebecca Deucher (’14) originally didn’t want to attend Christendom. Her older sister had attended, but she thought she wanted to branch out and do something else, somewhere else. But after visiting for herself, talking things over with the admissions team, and experiencing the high-quality education coupled with the vibrant Catholic culture, she was hooked.
Still not sure what she wanted to do post-graduation, she took advantage of all that Christendom had to offer — to build her resume and to gain life-changing experiences. She served as an Experience Christendom Summer Program counselor, a student ambassador and representative, the student body vice president, the president of the senior philanthropy board, and as the Rome reporter for the Chronicler. And yet, by the time she approached graduation with a philosophy degree, she was torn as to what field to go into next for a career. With her background in philanthropy, leadership, organization, and public relations, she considered a number of fields. But something about the field of law was enticing to her.
After graduation, she began work in an administrative position at the Thomas More Society in Chicago, Il., getting a first-hand look at the legal battles for Catholic moral issues in the public square. While she was there, her office worked hard on a variety of issues, including Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. The case, which received national attention, eventually went the way of Hobby Lobby in the Supreme Court decision, marking a landmark opinion in defense of religious liberty. Such experiences encouraged Deucher to take her interest in law the next step.
Despite not having an undergraduate background in pre-law, Deucher was convinced that she would still succeed in law school. After taking the LSATs, she enrolled at the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law in 2016. With her first semester now in the books, Deucher is proud to say that her belief in the strength of her undergraduate education was well founded. Even without pre-law, or perhaps because of that fact, Deucher found herself well equipped for the academic challenges in law school.
“When first considering law school, I was tempted to think that I was behind most other students with B.A.s in political science or pre-law. However, talking to other attorneys and mentors, I was informed that of all the ‘preferred’ degrees for law school, liberal arts in general, and philosophy in particular, are considered the best preparation for intense legal reading and analysis. I have certainly found that to be true. My Christendom education has been an advantage in the classroom and in the library. Every day I am thankful for the skills I was able to cultivate at Christendom.”
As she continues to progress through law school, Deucher is following in the footsteps of other Christendom grads who have attended the Columbus School of Law, such as alumna Laura Scanlon (’03) who graduated first in her class.
Some will continue to say that you need pre-law to succeed in law school. Thanks to the example of alumni like Rebecca Deucher, people can rest assured that the liberal arts is more than enough to find success in school, the court room, and beyond.