Some of my schools I'm looking at for next cycle and applied to this past cycle require essays in addition to PS, and I'm not sure if this... thing I put together in a couple of days this cycle works better as a PS, essay, or furnace fuel. I'd guess 2 or 3.
Please be honest. I know it's sub-par, and I'm perfectly willing to take advice.
The successful practice of law is contingent upon a fundamental willingness to understand what humanity, with all its triumphs and flaws, truly is. The human element of legal philosophy is intrinsic; mankind creates law so to govern and regulate mankind. Cold retention of procedure and substance is certainly a superlative aspect of law, but prospective attorneys can all too easily lose sight of the importance of the very people who grant it context.
With this reality in mind, I became a student of philosophy, eager to observe and contemplate the nature of humanity through both coursework and life experience.
Such a concentration dictates that I continuously transcend my own beliefs to better comprehend those of others. Though, for example, I am not a person of faith, I have in great measure studied and come to understand many philosophies of religion.
However, the classroom is limited in its ability to teach; human study can only offer sociological analysis, data that assigns numerical value to that which cannot and should not be quantified. Even in-depth, thoughtful philosophical study can only form a foundation of beliefs and cannot hope to compare to the wisdom afforded by true first-hand experience in what the world has to offer.
I have held a wide array of jobs since high school, and my five years in various retail positions, especially the half spent as a designer in a copy center, has granted me precious insight into the origins and mindsets of people from all walks of life. My current job entails working closely for protracted hours with emphatically diverse customers on a daily basis, and the experience has bestowed me with unique sagacity.
Perhaps, with regard to people, the most formative juncture of my life was my semester spent with the Cookeville Police Department. At the time, I sought a potential career in law enforcement and had even taken the NYPD entrance exam, but the reality of what police encounter on a daily basis truly opened my eyes and mind. During my time with the CPD (and later a state-appointed defense attorney's firm), I saw some of the best and worst of what society has to offer, from paragons of citizenry to stomach-churning scourge. However, this exposure taught me that people predominantly do not fall into any rigid category or label, but instead, for better or worse, defy expectation and all at once balance between selfless and selfish, brilliant and stupid, unflinchingly steadfast and constantly hypocritical.
These experiences molded and shaped the core values instilled by my studies into tangible, yet flexible principles--principles that I intend to carry into law school.
If admitted to XXX, I will strive to continue not only my education in law, but my journey of self-discovery that is ultimately crucial to understand and practice that law.