[brother's name] had [name of disease] an inherited muscular disorder which results in gradual muscle degeneration and eventual death. He was forced to drop out of school at the age of thirteen as he lost mobility in his legs, I was four years old at the time. When he left school he became my tutor, he ensured that my home work was completed on time, that I got up early for school on mornings and that I was fully prepared for every exam.
When I was eleven years old, [brother's name] and I decided that I should become a lawyer. At first, our decision was superficial and based on frivolous characteristics and traits that I exhibited such as my penchant for arguing with my older siblings or my ability to successful negotiate with my usually unwavering mother. As I grew older, I became more interested in the law. I would immerse myself in the details of popular international cases. Often, I would use my basic understanding of the rulings on those cases to attempt to resolve disputes between my friends and family to their amusement.
With my family’s support, in 2009 I became the first member of my family to graduate from University. I graduated from the [name of school] with a Honors degree in Management Studies with minors in Economics and Finance.
Over the past few years, my life has changed drastically. I completed [name of qualification], a professional finance qualification and worked at [name of company]. During my time at [name of company], I witnessed firsthand the collapse of several banking and insurance institutions due in part to a lack of internal compliance policies and regulation and a general lack of accountability. My work experience thus far has shown me that there is a great need for lawyers with investment and financial backgrounds that can assist companies and ultimately help mitigate risk that can, in the long run prove detrimental.
Although my brother passed away in January 2010, I am sure that he would be proud of me for pursuing my dream of attending law school. I believe that [name of school] is the ideal place for me, with courses such as
- I can gain the necessary knowledge required to successfully merge my passion for law with my background in finance. Additionally, with experienced professionals such as [name of head of faulty/well known lecturer], I would gain hands on knowledge from leaders in the industry. I look forward to the opportunity of starting my legal career at [name of school].