The Difference Between an English Major and a Large Pizza

Published on May 16, 2013 by arothstein

As the joke goes, the difference between an English major and a large pizza is that a large pizza can feed a family of four. English majors get teased all the time with jokes like this, yet so many of them end up pursuing law degrees.

Broadview University-Orem’s new paralegal program chair, Sean Nobmann, did exactly that. After earning his bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University, he went on to enroll at Duke University—one of the most prestigious universities in the nation, with an acceptance rate of a mere 14 percent—to earn his Juris Doctorate.

When asked how his English degree helped him in his career, he said, “An English major actually prepares you more for writing legal briefs than for writing novels.”

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Sean Nobmann, Paralegal Program Chair

Sean went on to explain that literary analysis is more like legal analysis than literature itself, which is why so many English majors go on to law school.

So, where did it all begin for Sean?

Born and raised in Washington State on Mercer Island near Seattle, Sean loved reading about U.S. history and about the lives of America’s founding fathers. He never considered law school until his father gave him a book in college that contained several articles written by famous attorneys who described their careers and their love for the law. That book helped Sean understand the significant connection between law and our nation’s founding.

After receiving his J.D., Sean became a first year associate at a law firm. His experience both in corporate litigation and in personal injury cases allowed him to work closely with the firm’s paralegals (assistants to attorneys). This helped lay the groundwork for his current position as Broadview’s paralegal program chair, because he was able to observe the skills that made paralegals great assets to lawyers and court cases. Today, Sean strives to help his students see the value they can add to the workforce.

Sean’s number one goal for the Broadview University paralegal program is to have all of his students placed in job positions before they graduate. He knows that by just being enrolled in the program, his students are already more employable and their chances of being hired are greatly increased. He also looks forward to creating more awareness of the paralegal program in hopes that it will grow in Utah County.

Future students interested in the paralegal program—with inclinations toward reading, writing, strategic thinking, or with interests in politics, history, or government—should seriously consider enrolling in the paralegal program.

By Amanda Black

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