« on: August 20, 2004, 12:08:02 AM »
"Nationally known for our clinical programs, concentrations, and interdisciplinary approach; you will graduate with the skills to work in all facets of the law."
Again with the misused semi-colon.
Not exactly -- The semicolon is used to shift the focus of the sentence. It also prevents the sentence from being misread.
If a semicolon is being used, both sides of the semicolon should be grammatically complete sentences. An exception would be the list example I gave earlier. In the UB sentence, a list precedes the semicolon, and it is not a complete sentence. A comma would not cause the sentence to be misread because of the "and" symbolizing that the list is coming to a close with that last item (in this case, the "interdisciplinary approach").
You cite the rule that is applicable to semicolon use 90% of the time. In case you're wondering, I can support that statistic by citing numerous case studies. As you can see from my other posts, there are exceptions. I swear that I'm not some grammar-obsessed troll. I just recognized a fellow type-A in you, and wanted to be sure that you could always be right in the future.