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Matt Harris, '08

Matt Harris, '08Matt Harris, ’08, began his postsecondary career at Muskingum University as a history and political science major. He went on to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Harris’ interest in the law stems from his commitment “to advocate on behalf of working men and women. I figured the best way to hone my advocacy skills was law school. And of course, without a law degree and a license, it's impossible to advocate on behalf of individuals who may need legal assistance.”

In law school, Harris worked as a TA for a legal writing professor. He also held internships with the U.S. Department of Education and Communications Workers of America (CWA), which is an international labor organization that represents hundreds of thousands of workers in many fields worldwide. Since passing the Bar Exam, Harris has been employed by CWA in their Cleveland office, “handling the legal matters affecting the rights of union members throughout the states of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.”

Harris believes that “having a liberal arts background helped me tremendously in understanding how to think analytically and better understand issues from multiple and varying perspectives.” He is thankful for “the devoted staff and faculty at Muskingum who are entirely committed to their profession and to assisting students.”

For students considering law school, Harris said, “While the legal field can be very stressful at times, it's a very rewarding career path. It also gives you the freedom to represent diverse individuals and entities, and practice in any number of fields, from labor law to environmental law. Plus, as a Muskingum graduate with a liberal arts background, you already have the proper foundation.”