I have always dreamed of becoming a lawyer. I must admit that at I was initially after the money that lawyers make but certain experience in my life have shown me the other side of the law. My family traveled a lot when I was younger. This experience has exposed me to all sorts of cultures and societies; from the poverty of families in Jamaica to the wealth of families in California. Yet what these travels revealed was that regardless of race or creed or financial standing, the law applied equally to all of them. While there are some who are arguably able to prolong the execution of justice, nobody really escapes from the law.
There was a time however when the practice of law was considered a noble profession, when lawyers were not influenced by media publicity and the value of the retainer fee. I am not saying that this is no longer the case but simply saying that these negative perspectives regarding lawyers should not even surface in the first place. The practice of law is indeed a noble profession. I may have not recognized it at first for I myself am guilty of having criticized the justice system and lawyers as well, but a certain experience of mine has led me to see that there is much more to the practice of law than what the media depicts.
During one of my summers I found myself in the employ of two lawyers in my community. One of them was a lawyer in the field of criminal law while the other one was a lawyer in the field of immigration law. I must admit that neither of them had the fancy cars or the huge houses that lawyers usually have. Yet there was something about them that made them very successful from my point of view. The fact that they knew the cases of their respective clients by heart and even the names of their children and family situation made me see them and the practice of law in general in a different light.
These were lawyers who were in a position to make millions of dollars yet they chose not to and instead devoted their lives to uphold the justice system of the state and of this great country. They could have just as easily drummed out enough media publicity to vault their careers not even for money but to use the publicity for a higher, greater cause, the welfare of people but they never did; instead they chose to live the unglamorous life of serving the needy, the poor and the underprivileged.
The example that these two upstanding lawyers have shown me has changed my perspective of the practice of law and of being a lawyer. I want to be lawyer. No, not simply a lawyer, but the greatest lawyer that I can become. Thanks to my experience, I have realized that the practice of law is the noblest of all professions and it is something that I want to do and be a part of. While I am not reciting my vow of poverty and humility by telling the story of my experience, what I am making is a clear statement of my goal in life, to become a great lawyer and uphold the true meaning of what it means to become a member of this noble profession.
I realize however that this dream is not for everyone. It takes a certain type of person with a certain type of passion to be able to become a great lawyer. I believe that I am this type of person. I have never been one to give up on a dream or sell myself short on anything. I am driven by ambition. I know what I want and I know how to get what I want.
These things have made me realize that I have come to a point in life that many people have not. I have made a firm decision to recommit myself to pursuing my dreams. While there are those who believe that with an ounce of luck and a ton of persistence anything can be accomplished, I believe that there is no reason to expend so much energy and rely on luck. Life is simply too short and too precious to be left to luck alone. After serious investigation and reflection I am convinced my educational goals will be far better achieved at this prestigious educational institution
I have learned from my parents two “laws”: the law of learning and the law of giving. I believe the more you learn the more open you become for learning. I am convinced this University is a great fit for “the law of learning.” That is why I believe that this move is a crucial step for me. My success and my accomplishments here will herald the beginning of the fulfillment of my personal and professional goals.
It is said that the one thing that nobody can ever take away from you is your education and that is the one thing that I plan to not only gain for myself but for others as well. I have learned from my parents the critical importance of the law of giving, and I am both attracted and committed to this model of community service, particularly that “students apply skills to effect social change.”
I bring to this campus a variety of assets and commitments. I have benefited from a multi-cultural mentoring program in high school. As an open-minded student, I believe I am able to contribute to not only the cultural diversity, but also the global views of the learning community. My experience and perspective will greatly benefit those that I will be able to interact with on campus. I look forward to the rich academic and cultural experience that this fine University has to offer.
I have also always been committed to community service and campus government, and plan on continuing these important activities. I will bring to the campus what others have considered in me an infectious “joy of learning, excitement for the future, and need for world contribution.” That is in essence my philosophy and I believe it will be able to contribute to the campus community if given the opportunity to do so.
I am fully aware of the significance of being considered for acceptance, and I am sincerely grateful for your time and consideration of my application. While I personally believe that “there is no such thing as a free lunch” and that everything a person has in life must come from hard work and perseverance, I also believe in charity. I believe in helping others who do not have much in life. I believe in helping people regardless of their nation, race or creed. I believe in being a better person so I can best help myself and others around me. This is why I want to be a lawyer, not just a lawyer but a great lawyer and I firmly believe that (enter name of law school here) is the best place for me to pursue this dream.