The Artful Lawyer

Deanna Hayes ’10


The University of Pennsylvania Law School
Philadelphia, Pa.


When I started at Ursinus as an art major, I never envisioned that several years later I would be in law school preparing to work for a prestigious Philadelphia law firm.

I had considered one day operating a gallery, so I had a second major in business and Economics. After graduating from Ursinus, I participated in weekend art shows and held a job in corporate human resources that piqued my interest in law school. Now I am a senior editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and a Littleton Fellow, teaching a portion of the legal writing class for first-year law students.

My experiences at Ursinus as both an art and business and economics major have been very valuable. The challenges presented in sculpture class taught me to focus on creative problem-solving. My art history writing assignments helped me become comfortable discussing a problem without knowing all the answers.

I feel that my liberal arts education helped me learn to evaluate information, analyze a problem and, more generally, to think. This is something that is all-important in law school.

My Path


Art, Business and Economics

Undergrad Passions:
  • Student Art Show
  • CoSA Presenter
  • Lantern Cover Artist
  • Resident Assistant
  • Tour Guide
  • Tutor
  • Berman Museum of Art Award Winner

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