Law Personal Statement
When I inform people of my intentions to study law at university, they tend to look at me with a look of shock, horror & dismay. I , however cannot comprehend why it is a “weird” for a unique & diverse Muslim male who happens to fashion green hair cannot have a profound interest in law.
There was a time, when I thought Law was about Ally McBeal & Order, after conducting extensive research for law I come to the conclusion that a) I watched too much television and b) Law is a powerful....
I live in an area where crime has increased rapidly over the years. Cases such as a 2 year old girl getting stabbed by her mother have been a subject of community gossip instead of shock. Shootings & stabbings have become nothing of a surprise as society has seemingly become desensitized to the law.
I have given up trying to understand why people commit these acts; a successful year of Psychology AS has taught me the mind is a perplexing construction. Instead I'm adamant to do something actively than just SAY that I'm doing something & for me law is the way forward
Law acts as an intricate theoretical & practical system, which has a great effect in our everyday lives. Specific areas of law I anticipate studying include Criminal law & also Tort law as reading, Brian Heap's, “Law Casebook” has stimulated my mind. Human Rights law also became an interest of mine when media coverage of the ongoing Terri Schiavo case intrigued me.
A topic which interests me is the evolving subject of history, much like the developments in the legal world.
On completion of my GCSE year, I was presented with the prestigious Historian of the Year award, an accolade that I greatly accepted. My dedication to my studies, particularly my interest in History had proven itself & I continue to strive for the same success in my important A-Level year.
Studying English literature is an appreciative art. As a reader the possibilities are endless for what you can extract and analyse from strings of words and decipher different perspective. What I find fascinating about sociology is that, whatever the topic, there are different explanations from different theoretical perspectives.
One viewpoint has led me to value law as a component that is crucial to society, to maintain social solidarity & the well-being of a community, rules & regulations must be a main element. Developing competent research skills & fine tuning by ability to critically analyse texts, skills will, I believe support my future in law.
To preparing myself for a career in law, I've involved myself in debating/mooting, on topics such as gun crime & homosexuality. Researching the topics extensively allowed me to appreciate both sides of the debate, put aside my personal feelings & like legal professionals, geton with the job.
Being selected as Prefect & subsequently Senior Prefect built my confidence whilst proving myself as a trustworthy and reliable individual. I've recently been voted in as Deputy Head Boy, a title which encourages my confidence to grow & as an individual to mature & develop. [[Add in speaking publicly]]
Be it independently or within a team, I have had to organise talent shows, yearbooks and interview potential prefects.
Having secured a mini pupillage, which was awarded on a competitive basis by the Social Mobility Foundation, I had the opportunity of shadowing barristers and working in 2 Bedford Row Chambers.
Being able to spend days in court, consulting witnesses, clients, overlooking litigations & case notes ignited my interest into the English legal system, witnessing stimulating trials or even trivial hearings,
[[Court proceedings such as hearings & trials]] allowed me to realize that Law is the right degree for me, whilst the eclectic atmosphere within not only the courtroom but chambers cemented the fact that this was what I wanted to do with my life.
As I have familiarised myself with the intricate admissions of a Barrister career, to gain a further understanding of the life of solicitors, I have secured clerking work for the company Shepherd, Harris & Co, to allow me an advantage into both professions of law.
I consider myself to be quite a unique individual. The word, “Normal”, doesn't exist in my vocabulary, instead distinctive & different replace it. I dare to be different, not for attention, but to show people that if we all were imitations of each other, then society would be a dull place.
Defined as an individual who is not afraid to speak up for himself, a strong belief of using my right to freedom of expression where it is appropriate. I keep myself organised, balancing my social life with my education.
To relax, I have a keen interest in photography, considering myself as a amateur photographer and as a result, my camera has now become an extra limb.
Whenever time permits, I volunteer at the charity shop, “Help the Aged”, something which is rewarding in itself. Being part of the summer charity, “Envision”, I've contributed to raising money for CAFOD via creative decisions & partaking in workshops.
At some point in my studies, I plan to study abroad, favourably at an American institution. The English Legal System I'm sure will provide enough to stimulate my mind, yet I hope to experience a structure of law which is completely different to those in Europe and England. I intend to either study abroad via my course scheme or apply & partake in summer internships.
Every solicitor and barrister I have met has warned me that extensive reading is essential for a successful career. Luckily I am an avid reader, “To Kill A Mockingbird”, is a strong favourite of mine, while crime thrillers by Tess Gritisen also interest me.
This personal statement was written by FHNFredrick for application in 2008.
Very long at the moment. Need to shorten it down quite a bit. Some bits are brackets etc since I'm not sure whether to include them or not etc. I'm gonna move sections are too. Constructive criticism always welcome.
I'm not 100& on my choices yet but the ones i've got listed so far are:-
& a few others
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