Syed AsifPersonal statement I satdown today to write a personal statement which undoubtedly would have followedthe same format that you have seen a thousand times before, but after the lastfew months I don’t think that would be appropriate.
All mylife my father impressed upon me the need to go to college and earn a degree.Though my parents are business owners, it was emphasized that this was not thelife they wanted for me. As a small business owner, my father faced many issuesin an economy that still certainly looks and feels as if it’s suffering arecession. From legal ramifications of alleged discrimination to unintentionalcopyright and patent infringement, our family businesses suffered many legalheadaches that took us by surprise. One recent case in particular involved thedeath of our employee, who was shot and killed during a robbery at ourconvenience store. We shared the emotional stress with the victim’s family anddid everything we could to support them in their time of struggle. However, wedid not expect to be served with a notice of legal action taken against us.
Iworked along side our lawyers and always found myself helping my parentsunderstand what was going on with our case. As this frequently occurred, Ibegan to realize that there is legal literacy lacking with many small businessowners from all walks of life. Perhaps, I acquired this skill from my timeworking alongside certified public accountants at a tax firm, the many hoursinvested seeking legal advice from attorneys or simply from the never-endinglitigations my parents’ businesses have endured. Duringmy academic career, I was always very well organized, approached projects in asystematic way, and managed my time effectively. Gathering information andproducing quality documents were instrumental to my success as an undergrad. Ipossess an excellent grasp of the English language and display effectivewriting and editing skills through my work. I am able to speak two otherlanguages besides English, which are Spanish & Urdu.
This skill enabled me tohelp others, not speaking English as a first language, to navigate the legalsystem. This has given me a broader base in analyzing law and matters relatingto the legal system. Ittakes passion, motivation, and perseverance to rise above the hardships and anenduring objective continually acts as a light at the end of a seeminglyendless tunnel.
My target is rather simple: intellectual enrichment. My lifeexperiences have aided me to appreciate the value of this goal, and I lookforward to reaching it. I originally pursued a career in medicine because Iimagined it would be intellectually stimulating and it most certainly is. As Ipracticed science in classrooms and labs, I became familiar with how to beethical in my research and experiments. Honesty is vital to being a scientist,and integrity is a must when it comes to reporting data. From doing group workand writing scientific reports, my mind was trained to give credit where it isdue, take initiative, practice humility, constructively respond to criticism,and analyze objectively. However, I have learned that regardless which industryI wished to pursue, not a single aspect of it was without acknowledging thelegal importance brought with it.
Myinvolvement in several legal cases have opened my eyes to view the world in anew and genuine perspective as well as undergoing the hardships ofunderstanding legal issues at the expense of an attorney. This has helped meattain in-depth knowledge on how legal systems operate in the course ofadministering justice. This gave me the confidence to become a role model andaid in lifting disadvantaged groups in the society. In the last two years, Ihave worked, alongside my lawyer, with the needy in the community as I helpedthem traverse the legal system while providing them with empowerment and guidancetowards engaging with affordable attorneys. I devoted myself tirelessly inlegal cases to ensure that my deeds resembled my intentions.
Mysincere desire to help people navigate the legal system has led me to apply tolaw school. I have seen the difference I could make if given the opportunitywith a Juris Doctor. My goal currently is to pursue a career in patent law. Ifeel that my successful work experience and rigorous scientific training willallow me to debate with the best attorneys. Since medicine and the law in thisarea are developing rapidly, I am also confident that this field will beconstantly challenging.
I want my legal education to make a bigger differencethan I can as a medical practitioner, coupled with a strong family to draw upon.My initial perseverance and drive has evolved with every barrier I overcame. Ican confidently say that Law School will be a welcome challenge, one that Iplan to face with my arsenal of experience, passion, dedication, anddiscipline.