Personal Statement Sample for studying Law

I was excited at first to help out with things at our family-owned restaurant when my dad who has been in the restaurant business since the 70s opened one in Fort Lauderdale. Let’s just say I have one of those dads who feel that all their kids must devote their lives to building a family business empire. While three of my elder brothers had no problem with following dad’s footsteps, I had misgivings about my dad-chosen career path. I wanted a thing of my own, and I knew that I would be able to contribute to the family business regardless of the career I chose. “You guys, at some point will need a lawyer.” I remember telling our eldest brother. “What will happen if you get in trouble? I asked them. Although my dad was opposed to the idea of my pursuing a career in law, my brothers managed to convince him. I could go on and on about why I chose law over simply going under my dad’s wings, but the biggest reason was inspired by the impact law has on the every-day lives of people across the social divide. It is for this among other reasons that I am applying to to pursue a degree in law.

When I went back to Florida International University to complete by Bachelors in Broadcasting, it had not occurred to be that I might fall in love with law. I am an avid reader, and I read newspapers a lot. It struck me during one of my readings that most pieces are law-related, or somehow touched on legal aspects. From universal human rights law, intellectual property law to, to corporate law we encounter law in every major news event. While I had never given this much thought, I always knew that law was one of the biggest equalizers out there. It is this egalitarian belief in the law that captivated me. “With the law, I will have the power to change someone’s life: rich or poor, young or old.” I thought to myself.

The thing about the law that fascinated me the most was that the spirit of the law could be pursued from two angles: enforcement and interpretation. “Since law enforcement has never been in my family, I might as well be an interpreter.” I figured. I believe I will become a great lawyer not only because I am passionate about the law but also because I am both an eloquent speaker and a prolific debater. While the law is not based on logic and one’s ability to defend their position, debating skills, I believe will help me argue out in a court of law.

Ever since my newfound love for law, I have made it a habit to read interesting cases that have set precedence for the current practice. I remember reading about O.J Simpson when I was little. The title was as captivating as it was consuming. It read: The Trial of the Century. Although I could not make much of it at the time, it was an interesting read. Several years later, I revisited the story with a more informed mindset, but the nature of the case, the hours of manpower, and resources put into the case continue to fascinate me. Switching from broadcasting to law is a huge step. It is a huge challenge on my part, but I am not the type to shy away from challenges. Pursuing a different career path than that which has been established by my family is me moving out of the comfort zone. I am going to to not only siphon knowledge but also contribute to the faculty by sharing my wealth of ideas and experiences from my other degree with fellow students. My goal is to become a corporate lawyer so I can go back to my hometown and make a difference and also offer legal counsel to our family business.

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