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Kirk Nahra Discusses If Law Degrees Help Privacy Careers

The Privacy Advisor
August 31, 2015

Kirk J. Nahra, chair of Wiley Rein’s Privacy Practice and co-chair of the Health Care Practice, was quoted in an article published yesterday in The Privacy Advisor, discussing whether a law degree would help to advance one’s career in the data privacy industry.

Mr. Nahra said that while there’s not any requirement to have a law degree, it’s often easier when you do. “I think to be good at privacy, you need a variety of things, one of which is the abilities of a lawyer,” he said. “The main thing you get out of law school is the ability to think like a lawyer. If you have someone who’s smart and thoughtful and knows how the world works, they can succeed without a law degree.”

Mr. Nahra noted that going to law school won’t teach a person how to communicate well with people, which is an important skill in privacy. He also pointed out that while there are many good people in the field who don’t have a law degree, it does help people to advance their careers.  “It’s just like a college degree. Do you have to have a college degree to be a successful person in life? No. Does it help? Sure.” 

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