LLB Law Personal Statement
Submitted by Sofia
What attracts me to Law and Politics the most is the potential they have to both drive and hinder social progress when hand in hand. What I admire most about the subjects is the way every ruling and piece of legislation engages with endless other factors in order to reach a just conclusion - the subjective nature of which only motivates me to study them further, in greater depth.
Each of my subjects has enhanced my ability to make coherent arguments and articulate reasoned judgements. History has enabled me to support these with relevant evidence but also to evaluate sources and evidence for credibility. Analysis and evaluation are consistent throughout my A-Levels just as they are in Law and Politics which further confirmed my compatibility with the subjects. Justice as a concept has always engaged me and I explored the Law and possibility of studying it in great depth through the Pathways to Law programme at LSE, attending a series of lectures including one on Jurisprudence where insight into the principles and philosophy of Law led me to fall further in love with the subject and what it entails. I grew certain of this through attending other lectures and one regarding Brexit during the National Law Conference in particular. This lecture discussed the role Law is expected to play in these relations and the complex relationship between Law and Politics is an area I’m excited to expand my understanding of.
I was eager to explore this relationship further during a summer school at University of Nottingham where I studied the intergenerational perspective of Brexit more closely alongside the Donoghue v Stevenson case which both highlighted that there are so many parties, liabilities and considerations when it comes to Law and this limitless nature is something which makes the subject so engaging to me and drives me to want to study it further. I have also grown familiar to the style and format of studying at university as a self-motivated individual who is flexible in my learning. In addition to this, I’ve engaged with many university-style projects closely married to my subjects such as Brilliant Club with the focus of EU Health Policy and my EPQ where I researched modernisation of football with a social, political, legal and commercial focus both of which have required me to write, read and reference independently to a degree-level which I feel confident in my ability to continue.
Through further reading and my engagement with current affairs, I noticed the significance of influence which prompted me to explore the factor in various different avenues of Law and Politics. Whilst I had completed placements in Hardwicke and Quadrant chambers and attended numerous court hearings in The Old Bailey, Royal Courts of Justice and The Supreme Court - my first real account of influence was during my placement at Allen and Overy where I was able to delve into legitimate cases and respond to them as a Lawyer which I found especially rewarding as a first-hand experience of a career in a magic circle firm and this enabled me to envisage my future in Law. I was able to compare this experience by exploring an entirely different avenue of influence during my placement at Resolution Foundation where I attended meetings in Treasury and carried out research drafts to influence Government directly on social issues. I was captivated by both avenues and their role in social progression - their work was inspiring and has led me to become certain of a career within these areas in my future.
Outside of studies, I enjoy socialising and thrive on being part of different communities which range from philosophy society to being an avid football fan. My studies and part-time job are responsibilities which have prepared me for independence in continuing my studies and my passion for the past, present and future of Law and Politics has driven me to apply for this course in particular.