Christopher J. Lee

Litigation Associate, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Professional Background

After graduating with an English degree from Duke, I attended Northwestern University School of Law and am currently working in the complex commercial litigation department at a law firm in Silicon Valley, CA.

How has your English degree from Duke shaped your work life?

While reading Chaucer or Milton may not strike people as the most practical way to prepare for a career, the close reading skills I developed as an English major at Duke have become invaluable to me as an attorney who spends his days reading for detail. Studying English also helped cultivate in me a writer's touch when drafting briefs and memoranda. The legal field is rife with dense, convoluted material–the ability to produce truly good writing is rarer than one might think. I am grateful to the English department for providing me with a strong foundation in the written word and thereby helping me to discover my voice.


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