The Importance of Public Interest Law

Scholarship Entrant: R. Steve from Moorhead, MN
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for R. Steve: 1

As a young person, I realized that I would have to cope with Legg-Calve-Perthes, a disability related to hip formation. However, I did not want my disability to define my life. Therefore, I found something that I could accomplish—academics. I worked exceedingly hard and became an Advanced Placement scholar.

My education made me aware of the many challenges that disadvantaged people face. Consequently, I decided to help others in my community who also had life challenges. Therefore, I volunteered at local agencies where the clients face various life issues, such as: physical and mental disabilities, academic failure, and poverty, etc.

As I listened to their stories, I resolved to become a public defender who would represent the legal rights of society’s most vulnerable people, those who suffer discrimination because of race, poverty, or disability. By pursuing a career in law, I believe that I can make a difference in their lives by providing needed legal assistance. They face social disadvantages that impede their pursuing an education, finding gainful employment and adequate housing; therefore, I want to advocate for their individual rights, by advancing justice and equality in the legal realm.

Even though disabled students are less likely than their peers to attend college, my dream has allowed me to defy the odds by earning an undergraduate degree, graduating magna cum laude. In 2015, I will earn a Juris Doctor degree; and then will begin my life’s goal of making a legal difference in the lives of the disadvantaged.

Vote for R. Steve: 1

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