Law Personal Statement

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Law has always been of great interest to me. My curiosity of the subject stems from younger years which consisted of frequent visits to the Courthouse in Dublin to see my Uncle and Aunt, a barrister and high court judge respectively, in action. Since then I have felt drawn to a life of in the legal system. Information I received at a careers open day I attended in fifth year outlined the new skills I would acquire and vast career opportunities available following a degree in law. This confirmed for me that a career in law was imminent.

Clinical Law (BCL Clinical) was my first preference on my CAO application. I was offered my second choice and accepted Bachelor of Civil Law in UCC (BCL). Throughout my degree, I have been exposed to a wide range of law modules. Certain aspects of my course e.g. welfare law, human rights law, public international law steered my interest toward the human rights and justice aspect of law. I was particularly interested in diplomatic immunity for example, how the Centre for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to bringing former President Bush to justice for the torture of two victims who filed criminal complaints against him. My interest in these subjects is followed up by reading journals and articles as well as attending various conferences. Last October, I attended the 10th Annual Human Rights Conference organised by the Law Society of Ireland and the Irish Human Rights Commission in Dublin. Anna Austin of the European Court of Human Rights spoke of recent cases in the ECHR in relation to human rights in prison. I realised the challenges and rewards of a life in the field of human rights and transitional justice and it was at this point that I began to consider a career in the field.

In February 2011, I went on an EU trip with eleven of my classmates. We travelled to Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and France visiting the European Parliament, European Court of Justice, United Nations European Headquarters and the European...
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