Law with International Relations Personal Statement
Submitted by Priya
Recent court cases, including Charlie Gard's battle for experimental medical treatment involving UK courts, the US President and the Pope and the McLibel case that involved a breach of Article 6 of the ECHR has inspired me to delve deeper into the worlds of Law and International Relations. Initially, I first began to consider Law two years ago where I was examining the case of O.J Simpson at school. The case appeared to be a foregone conclusion but, it was the unexpected use of racial issues that had changed both the outcome and American culture on a larger scale. In addition to this, the 1991 Factortame case was one my biggest reason to take on International Relations because it had confirmed the priority of the EU over UK's Acts of Parliament. Through this course, I would like to understand how UK's withdrawal from the EU would impact UK's position in legislation.
During my research, I learnt how law and politics is a vital branch of our culture today, serving as a guideline for the conduct which is acceptable in society today. To gain a better understanding I organised work experience independently in local law firms, spending a week with a Senior Litigator and a week in a solicitors firm. I observed the practice of law such as giving legal advice to clients, collecting witness statements first hand and drafting legal documents for clients. Through my visit at the local Magistrate's court and the Supreme Court, I witnessed court proceedings such as a personal injury claim and gained an understanding of the challenges of being a Justice.
By looking into the exhibition at the Supreme Court, I was able to gain a insight into the history of the UK's highest court. During my placement at Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, I improved my understanding of commercial law where I observed the advisory service they provide on legislation such as employment law and the international links provided to the members. through their close relationship with their European branch. I am proud to consider myself as an adaptable and well-rounded individual who is able to work with people of all ages. My visits at a care home for the elderly allowed me to realise that small gestures like making conversations can ease people of stress.
Also ,my voluntary work as a peer mentor and prefect at school helped me to develop a sympathetic and understanding nature towards others. I helped to lead a debate club which allowed me to express myself confidently in front of a larger audience. This developed my ability to construct logical arguments, which were helpful in my studies because I was able to criticise texts by analysing language in English Literature. I enjoy reading a variety of texts such as 'The Book Thief' however, to gain a further understanding I read 'Media Law' , which presented plagiarism of popular songs, which I may never have thought about before.' I also began reading 'The Power' which gave a subversive vision of what the world will look like if millennialism or feminism went the other way,showing how legislation and political stability is important to create a balance in the world.Through Government and Politics, I particularly enjoy researching the judiciary system in both the UK and the USA. This allows me to examine their past development and analyse the impact of the two different systems on the functioning of the state such as USA having a constitution and UK having statute law. By studying Business, I am able to look into government legislation and how it affects both businesses and consumers around the UK. By studying legislation as a module, I am able to analyse the effects on businesses of consumer protection and employee protection.
At University, I would like to expand my knowledge on foreign affairs and my main interest: European Law. In return, I wish to provide sheer determination and be inspired by challenges.