Law Personal Statement
Currently, I think of myself as a writer and a journalist. My next goal is to be an attorney. As a writer I like delving into abstract ideas and trying to wrap my mind around complexities that are neither black nor white.
During this past semester I have been in a literature class called "Women in the South." We read literature that is written by Southern women that focuses on race and gender relations. The reason I mention this particular course is because I feel like my fellow classmates and I grapple with countless thoughts and ideas about the novels we read, yet we never reach definite conclusions. We constantly throw our opinions at each other, but no one ever wins the debate. There are no clear answers to the questions we seek. Much like the law, decisions cannot be made without examining the grey areas. However, I so enjoy the struggle and the search that I want to continue exploring complex issues that involve the law
On the other hand, as a journalist I am good at bypassing the abstract and getting straight to the facts. My undergraduate degree is in journalism and I have learned how to be a good journalist through practical experience with three daily newspapers and Y'all magazine, as well as in the classroom. I observe everything around me, from the exciting to the mundane, and pinpoint the newsworthiness. This ability comes from working on a deadline, and knowing the words I write will convey the story to the reader
I love being a journalist. I have covered everything from Oxford, Mississippi's Board of Alderman meetings to profiles on local women entrepreneurs and country superstars. Each story I write gives me a chance to learn something new and interesting and essentially teach this information to my readers
I think I am well suited to pursue a legal education because I can weed through cloudy details to get to the main issues. I am good at extensive research, listening, interviewing, taking good notes, and simply being keenly aware of the world around me. The tools I have acquired as a journalist will help me communicate concisely and clearly in law school
I am especially interested in Mercer Law School because of the highly regarded Legal Writing Program. Although I have my own writing experience to offer Mercer, I also have much to learn about legal writing. I want to find myself in a career that is continually stimulating, and I believe a career in the law will be demanding and rewarding. I always envisioned myself in a profession of service to my community. This sounds like a lofty, if not a very general goal
However I am a very practical person, and I know I cannot save the world single-handedly, and I think being a lawyer is a noble way to serve the community
Currently I work as a runner for a law firm, and I see the work that attorneys do for their clients, and how it affects their lives
Whether it is worker's compensation or drafting a will, I see them assisting their clients by performing a task they could not do on their own. The work they do makes someone else's problem or situation simpler and more manageable. I see them leave the office late in the afternoon or evening, and they look tired, but they look content. I know that I will be successful in law school and in the legal profession. I am a driven student, and I will push myself through law school in order to make myself into a trusted and respected attorney.
While I do know that I want to be an attorney, I have yet to decide what area I want to be my focus. As a journalist I have become very civic-minded and I know that I want to continue my community involvement. I think Mercer's Woodruff curriculum will be perfect for me because it will help me find my focus and learn about all aspects of the law.
While I am a natural blonde, my decision to attend law school was in no way influenced by Reese Witherspoon, or her character Elle Woods from the movie Legally Blonde. My decision to pursue a legal education is not to chase down an ex-boyfriend; I have always known I would go into the field of law.
As a journalism student at the University of Mississippi my study of law to this point has been as a steward of the media. The last year has provided great opportunity for me to learn how the media covers legal affairs. While I realize that the high-profile legal battles like the Scott Peterson trial or class action law suits against pharmaceutical companies may have lured other people my age to pursue a career in the legal business I am drawn to the profession for a different reason
The reason, I simply want to help others. I am more interested in aiding families secure their futures, and helping small businesses, like my fathers, operate without the fear of legal repercussions
I don't want to be famous; I don't want to have a trial on court TV. I just want to help honest people operate within the legal boundaries of our society.