Jim Svajgl

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Trial Lawyer at Foley & Mansfield, Chicago

Jim Svajgl

I majored in the study of religion, and now I'm a trial lawyer in Chicago.

I currently practice law as a partner at the Chicago office of Foley & Mansfield. I’ve been a litigation attorney for twelve years, practicing in state and federal court. I graduated from UNI in 2001 with a major in the Study of Religion. In my experience, the best lawyers need sharp analytical skills, must be able to think on their feet, need to be able to understand an adversarial viewpoint and find common ground, and be a good writer. Majoring in Religion will help you cultivate all of these traits and set you apart from your peers both during and after law school. Statistically, Religion majors fare better on the LSAT than most other majors. While law and religion directly intersect on a daily basis in courtrooms throughout the country, majoring in Religion will give you a broad set of skills that I still rely on today no matter what type of case I am working on.