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Emily Thomas

EMILY THOMAS

Why Law?

"Why law?" is a question that resonates deeply with me. Throughout my life, I've been drawn to the power of advocacy, the pursuit of justice, and the role of law in shaping societies. Growing up, I witnessed how legal decisions could either uplift marginalized voices or perpetuate inequality. This ignited a passion within me to be a catalyst for positive change. I believe law is a vehicle through which we can channel our commitment to fairness, ethics, and accountability. It's a mechanism to protect individual rights, resolve conflicts, and create a more just world. Ultimately, the question of "Why law?" is a question of purpose for me. It's about dedicating my efforts to a field that aligns with my values and offers the opportunity to make a meaningful impact. I am committed to the pursuit of justice, the advancement of equality, and the exploration of the complexities that the legal realm presents. This is why law isn't just a career path for me – it's a calling that I'm eager to embrace and contribute to with unwavering dedication.

How will you change the field/industry with a Law degree?

With a law degree, I intend to drive positive change within the field and beyond. I believe in leveraging the law as a tool for transformation on both a micro and macro level. On a micro level, I aspire to make a difference in individuals' lives by providing legal assistance and advocacy to those who might otherwise lack access to justice.I aim to empower marginalized communities, ensuring their rights are protected and their voices are heard. On a macro level, I am committed to addressing systemic issues and contributing to legal reforms. By actively participating in legislative processes, collaborating with advocacy groups, and engaging in public interest litigation, I aspire to influence the development of laws that promote social justice, environmental sustainability, and equitable access to resources. In addition, I believe in the power of education and raising awareness. By contributing to legal scholarships, publishing articles, and participating in seminars and workshops, I hope to foster a greater understanding of legal issues and promote informed discussions on matters of societal importance. Ultimately, my goal is to be a catalyst for positive change, using my legal education to tackle pressing challenges, rectify injustices, and contribute to a more equitable and just society. Through a combination of hands-on advocacy, strategic policymaking, and education, I am determined to leave a lasting impact on the field of law and the broader community.

What are your short-term career goals?

In the short term, my career goals in law are focused on building a strong foundation and gaining practical experience that will contribute to my long-term aspirations. Some of my short-term career goals include exploring different practice areas to identify my strengths and interests. By gaining exposure to diverse legal matters, I can make informed decisions about the areas in which I want to specialize. This may involve working closely with mentors and senior attorneys who can guide me in my career choices.

What are your long-term career goals?

My long-term career goals in law revolve around making a significant and lasting impact on the legal profession, society, and the pursuit of justice. One of my overarching objectives is to play a role in shaping and influencing policy changes that address systemic issues within the legal system. By engaging in public interest litigation and collaborating with advocacy organizations, I hope to contribute to the creation of a more equitable and just legal framework.

Lauryn Simpson

LAURYN SIMPSON

Why Law?

I chose Law because of the intellectual challenge and the opportunity to engage in critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving. The law is a multifaceted and intricate field that addresses a wide range of concerns. In a world of centuries of injustice, I am drawn to the study of law. As an African-American young woman, I carry the resilience and strength that my heritage has instilled in me. The study of law is not merely an academic pursuit for me; however, it is a path of empowerment. It is a way to amplify voices that have been silenced or not able to speak up for themselves.

How will you change the field/industry with a Law degree?

Armed with a law degree, I envision myself bringing diverse representation to the field. My unique perspective will challenge norms and integrate a more inclusive legal domain. I will be entering the legal realm with a mission to advocate for equity and reshape legal narratives. Having experience, resilience, and an understanding of challenges that are faced by marginalized communities, with my degree, I want to seek and learn how to shatter those barriers and redefine the norms.

What are your short-term career goals?

My first objective is to successfully graduate from law school, equipped with all the necessary skills and a strong foundation to practice law. With my degree, I aspire to gain experience, network and receive exposure. As I accumulate experience, I envision establishing my own law firm as this goal reflects my entrepreneurial interest in helping others in need.

What are your long-term career goals?

With a steadfast vision for my future, I aspire to ascend to the honorable position of Judge, where I can shape justice with wisdom, fairness, and a commitment to upholding the rule of law. My long-term career goals also encompass a desire for travel as I engage with diverse legal systems, cultures, and perspectives.