Law Personal Statement

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Law has always been of great interest to me. My curiosity of the subject stems from younger years which consisted of frequent visits to the Courthouse in Dublin to see my Uncle and Aunt, a barrister and high court judge respectively, in action. Since then I have felt drawn to a life of in the legal system. Information I received at a careers open day I attended in fifth year outlined the new skills I would acquire and vast career opportunities available following a degree in law. This confirmed for me that a career in law was imminent. Clinical Law (BCL Clinical) was my first preference on my CAO application. I was offered my second choice and accepted Bachelor of Civil Law in UCC (BCL). Throughout my degree, I have been exposed to a…show more content…
The trip was one of the first times when textbooks no longer mattered and was an opportunity for me to see the law in action in a variety of contexts. In August 2011 I organised a week’s work experience in Naughton &McGrath Solicitors in Tralee followed by a week shadowing Chief Justice Elizabeth Dunne in Cork Courthouse. In summer 2012, I spent the summer as a legal assistant in Toher Vincent & Co Solicitors in Cork. I completed a Moot Court project in my final year. I represented the applicant in a fictional case, in a mock court, in front of two lecturers and a High Court Judge. These opportunities allowed me to put the skills and knowledge I had learnt on paper to practice in reality and I worked well on my own and as part of a team. Overall, I think these academic experiences enhanced my critical thinking abilities and practical skills and will contribute to my future graduate research work. As a member of Ceoltas na hEireann and a gold medallist in Irish dancing, I have learnt the importance of hard work and discipline in order to get results. Having worked as a waitress in a busy hotel for six years, I possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills as well as the confidence to deal with difficult customers effectively. I was also an active member of the UCC Law Society. Through taking part in debates, I gained confidence in public speaking and enhanced my presentation skills. I feel these attributes gained from my extra-curricular
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