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Judge Durkin offers tips to new grads at commencement

Judge Thomas M. Durkin (JD '78), commencement keynote speaker and honorary degree recipient in 2014. (Photo courtesy of Thomas Durkin)
DePaul College of Law graduated 313 law students at its commencement on May 18, 2014. The Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., president of DePaul University, conferred degrees at the ceremony and Larry R. Rogers Sr. (JD '83) inducted the new alumni.

Dean Gregory Mark presented an honorary degree to Northern District of Illinois Judge Thomas M. Durkin (JD '78), who also delivered the keynote address offering his best advice to the new law graduates.

Judge Durkin's 10 Tips for DePaul Law Graduates:

1. Remember the habits you learned at DePaul, among them — concentration and excellency.

2. Keep up your health and happiness.

3. Be nice.

4. Be agile, don't limit yourself, embrace the unexpected.

5. Be thankful. As long as your mind works, you can still be a lawyer.

6. Get over yourself!

7. Don't ever regret the choice you made to go to law school.

8. Run a little scared. Excellence and effort will be rewarded, hard work is rewarded with opportunities.

9. Never give up dreaming about your dream job.

10. Remember why the legal profession exists: to help those in need.

Adapted from Durkin's 2014 commencement address.