earning degree in two years, graduate going for two more
Segal combining bioethics and law
By Ida Lee Wootten
the thousands of people earning degrees May 20 from the University,
no undergraduate has earned a degree faster this year than Erin
Leslie Segal. Although she wont be walking down the Lawn
that day, she is following in the footsteps of another graduate,
Tillman Breckenridge, unbeknownst to Segal.
earned undergraduate degrees in two years, and like Breckenridge,
who receives his J.D. this year, Segal will go right on to U.Va.
an Eschols scholar, will earn a bachelors degree in bioethics
after only being at U.Va. two years, having started with two years
worth of advanced placement credits earned in high school.
year there are a number of students who finish their undergraduate
degrees in three years, but it is unusual to have someone finish
in two years, said Robert D. LeHeup, assistant registrar.
whose parents both went to U.Va., decided to complete her degree
requirements quickly to help lighten her parents financial
burden, since her 17-year-old brother and 14 year-old sister have
yet to enter college.
Planning a career in health care policy, she will pursue a masters
degree in bioethics plus a law degree.
for the traditional walk down the Lawn at graduation? It
doesnt feel like its time to graduate. My joint M.A./J.D.
program will take three-and-a-half years. When I finish that,
I expect to walk down the Lawn because it will seem like the end