Paying attention to detail as a paralegal is a very important and essential skill in everyday paralegal work. All the annoying and tedious editing that was taught in the Policy Studies program is helping me out. The skills I obtained through my TA experience helped me even more. Correcting modules, looking for errors, and adhering to the APA style. Getting points off your papers is nothing compared to some of the work that is carried out in a law firm.
Of all my courses at SU, the required courses for the Policy Studies major were by far the most challenging and practical. My writing skills improved tremendously, in large part because the Policy Studies major emphasizes the importance and effectiveness of writing in a succinct, technical manner. This has proven to be an invaluable skill in my career as an attorney.
Policy Studies gave me a background that set me apart from my peers in my first year of law school. I learned to master skills like writing concisely, being attentive to detail, and researching thoroughly. Those skills are why I excelled in legal writing - while everyone else had to spend the first semester learning how to stop writing "like English majors," Coplin broke me of that habit years before and I had a huge advantage on everyone else.
During my interview process with the several law firms I applied to, Syracuse (the Maxwell School in particular) and my Policy Studies major were always topics of discussion. A lot of the skills I learned were beneficial in me getting the job I decided to take. The work I did in the major, especially the internships were so helpful and tended to be the focus of my interviews.
I am confident that without the skills learned in and around the Maxwell School, I would not be in the position that I am today.