My Father Is A Lawyer

1111 WordsFeb 15, 20175 Pages
“Now listen to me Jessica, when you become a lawyer, you will be amongst the most underrepresented minority in the field. Don’t let this hold you back.” These were the parting words of wisdom I received on the final day of my law firm internship this past summer. Those words got me thinking about why I wanted to pursue law in the first place. My mother is a teacher and my father is a lawyer and graduate of the University of Houston Law Center. My father has been practicing law more years than I have been alive, and exposed me to the “real practice of law” as I have watched him over the years not only as a practicing attorney, but through his efforts to mentor and hire minority lawyers and more specifically when I interned with him two…show more content…
Finally, she reached my table and in large bold letters it read “JOIN STUDENT COUNCIL!” All of a sudden, a rush of adrenaline went through my veins and I knew something was calling me to sign up. At the end of the day I ran over to the teacher in charge of student council to join. From that day forward, I knew that I wanted to lead and embolden those around me. At first, it wasn’t apparent how I would be able to impact the lives of others, but it seemed that the law and politics would certainly help me to achieve this goal. During my first student council meeting, I came to realize that there were many, many people in need and seemingly endless opportunities to assist those in need. So, I began volunteering at a local church to serve food to the homeless, I helped out with fundraisers and charity drives, and was able to encourage my peers to join me. These efforts revealed that there are a plethora of obstacles that make it very difficult to succeed in life. My junior year of high school, I befriended a girl named Vivian. A Nigerian immigrant being raised by a single mother. For all intents and purposes, we seemed very similar. We were both black females that held considerable dreams for our future. She wanted to become a nurse and I a lawyer. As we became closer, I soon realized that we were far from alike. Our upbringing was substantially different and she didn’t receive the encouragement to succeed as I did. To
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