Department of Rhetoric & Writing
Department of Rhetoric & Writing

Perfectly Legal: Congratulations, Eric Ormsby!

Mon, April 29, 2013

If law really is just a branch of rhetoric, as Charles Boyd Wright asserts, it’s not surprising that rhetoric and writing majors like Eric Ormsby find themselves heading to top-tier law schools. What looks better on an application than undergraduate coursework in rhetorical history, theory, and practice? Maybe a perfect LSAT score. Fortunately, Ormsby could claim both. He starts at Columbia Law School this fall.

A 2013 Distinguished College Scholar at the University of Texas, Ormsby developed his interest in law as a sophomore, thanks to a degree-required course in constitutional law and politics. He now anticipates a career in the field, though he’s open to other possibilities. “After all, you never know what you’ll like until you try,” he explains. “A lesson gleaned from my first experience with higher education, I suppose.”

Eric grew up in Austin and attended Kirby Hall School just north of the UT campus. For the past two years, in addition to being a full-time student, he has worked as technical writer for a search engine company. He spends his spare time watching movies, reading books, and enjoying Austin’s many amenities.

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