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Planning Corporate and Public Interest Law Careers - Julia Green

Sample 1st 2 Paragraphs for the JD Degree, Tax Attorney, Forensic Accounting, White Collar Crime, Civil Rights, African-American Woman and Married Mother of 4.

As a married mother of four who works a full time job and will complete my MBA early next year, I have become an expert at time management. My meticulous nature and dedication to the business world led me to complete my undergraduate studies with a major in accounting. My primary interests lie in the area of forensic accounting since I take special delight in the quest to catch white color criminals. As a volunteer, I have distinguished myself in particular with AIMS, the Association for the Improvement of Minorities.

I have a secondary but equally passionate interest in the area of civil rights. This is largely because I am an African-American woman and mother who is concerned with the issues faced by black America. While MLK was certainly one of my heroes, I have never been an activist myself. Nevertheless, especially now as a mother, I think of what it would be like to lose one of my children to racial profiling. I spend a lot of free time studying the Innocence Project and supporting them to the extent to which I am able. I want to move further in this direction. This aspect of my career will be my pro bono contribution, as I hope to earn my living as a tax attorney.

a. Briefly describe either an important issue in your field of interest or a current legal problem facing a particular country, region, or the world, and then propose a theoretical framework or a legal analysis or strategy to address this issue.

Mexico`s war on corruption has been one of the major challenges in the past decade. The Government has developed many programs in an effort to reduce corrupt transactions. Financial corruption usually involves money laundering and so, in 2010, Mexico introduced some of the toughest restrictions in history on dollar cash transactions but other types of transactions remain undetected. Although regulators across the globe have stepped up enforcement of anti-bribery and corruption regulations, Mexico still needs to develop more wide-ranging provisions to halt the trends.

In my opinion, bribery and corruption have caused money laundering transactions to increase exponentially. One of many factors is that the banking industry lacks compliance programs that are both comprehensive and effective. I believe that there is insufficient liaison between the government and those international organizations that are working hard to prevent money laundering related to corruption. It is known that Latin America is considered a very high-risk region for these transactions where many international industries conduct business and where regulation is currently unsatisfactory.

It is my understanding that by conducting proper research into the effects of corruption and more specifically money laundering, will allow me to understand how the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and other regulations can be applied to the industrial field.

One of my proposals to address this matter would be a detailed revision of incoming thresholds from offshore. Most of the funds that are eventually laundered are received from Countries where bank secrecy is guaranteed, and Mexican banks are only used as intermediaries. Implementing a strict and effective surveillance program would allow banking institutions to monitor any high threshold transactions. Additionally, banks should develop a detailed KYC (“Know Your Customer”) to fully understand client transactions and behavior.

Another solution to this problem is to develop prevention programs rather than taking corrective action. Many of the money laundering penalties in Mexico are applied only after fraudulent crime is proved. However if regulators anticipate these issues by introducing effective preventive policies then the costs of prosecution would be significantly reduced. If adequate programs were to be created internally, many financial institutions would avoid paying large fines for not reporting suspicious transactions, such as Wells Fargo & Co whose compliance unit failed to monitor and report suspected money laundering related to corruption.

The reality is that, in most of the cases, proactive tracking of money laundering resulting from corruption is non-existent. It is important that Government and financial institutions work together to fight this situation. It still amazes me how billions of dollars are wired annually from Mexico into the global finance system undetected. Blaming corruption is not the solution but in discouraging it. Implementing an adequate compliance program to detect nefarious transactions will result in a boost to the Mexican economy ultimately as companies begin to perceive it as relatively ‘clean’.

While every American has the basic right to a public education, the inflation of private school and higher education costs has made it more difficult for many American students to advance their studies without accruing considerable debt. Theoretically, education law mandates should also protect underserved populations, providing them with equal access to the resources they need to succeed in their studies, such as library books, information technology services, and after school support. Education law, in theory, should also protect teachers and educators by additionally providing them with the resources they need. While costs continue to be a problem, the unequal distribution of school funding remains an issue: just and fair funding should be provided in relativity to students' needs. Funding plays an important role when it comes to providing a sustainable salary for teachers. Within the past decade, teachers’ salaries have remained stagnant on a national level, creating hostility among teachers and parents. As a result, many teachers are leaving their schools to seek jobs with higher salaries, which, in turn leaves schools with either a shortage of teachers, underqualified educators, or both.

Mahatma Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is widely recognized as one of the twentieth century’s finest political and spiritual leaders. Honored in India as the father of the nation, he pioneered and practiced the principle of Satyagraha; resistance to tyranny through mass (nonviolent) civil disobedience.

Leading nationwide campaigns to ease poverty, expand women’s rights, build religious and ethnic harmony and eliminate the injustices of the caste system, Gandhi applied the principles of nonviolent civil disobedience to free India from foreign domination.

He was often imprisoned for his actions, sometimes for years. But he accomplished his aim when India gained its independence from Britain in 1947.

He is referred to as Mahatma, meaning “great soul.” World civil rights leaders—from Martin Luther King, Jr., to Nelson Mandela—have credited Gandhi as a source of inspiration in their struggles to achieve equal rights for their and all people.

What a wonderful thing to be. A public interest lawyer. What will you do with your training, your knowledge? Who would you love to represent? We are excited that you may be thinking about moving in this direction.

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LLM Public Interest Law Personal Statement, Applicant from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

I hope to earn the LLM Degree in Public Interest Law from UXXX because I feel strongly that the greatest possible contribution that I could make to my society, would be to practice law in my local, highly international community, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. I was born and raised in Jeddah and I could not be more pleased with the increasingly international character of my city. Jeddah is the international face of Saudi Arabia, the second city but the ‘Mecca’ of commerce and international interaction in a host of areas including business, technology, communication, education, the arts, etc. Thus, it is important that legal services are made available in Jeddah by attorneys with international training and experience along with cultural sensitivity, appreciation for diversity, and the ability to understand and empathize with the legal necessities of people from all over the world who for one reason or another find themselves living, studying, and/or doing business in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Because Jeddah is my home, where I am most comfortable, and the legal system and culture that I know best, this is where I am convinced that I will be able to have my greatest contribution as a legal professional. I earned my LLB Degree from the College of Law at King Abdul Aziz University in April of 2014. From August of 2014 through November of 2015, I learned a great deal as a lawyer in training with the firm of Ahmed Zaki Yamani in Jeddah. I particularly appreciated the vast diversity of this experience, immersed in civil, administrative, labor, and criminal litigation matters in the court system. I wrote first drafts of legal memoranda in response to questions from supervising attorneys and prepared documents for arbitration sessions.

I hope to return to academic life and have been awarded a full scholarship from the Saudi Ministry of Education in order to pursue a Master’s in Law in the USA. This scholarship covers living expenses as well as tuition. In preparation to excel in your program, I have been living in Los Angeles California for more than a year studying at the International Academy at UCLA and will complete my Master’s Preparation Program this coming April, 2017. Last December, 2016, I completed my Intensive English Program, also at UXXX.

I have always been a diligent student throughout my education and I have enjoyed very much bringing up my English abilities from beginning through advanced levels as part of a full-time immersion experience in the English language at UXXX. I am now well prepared to take full advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the social as well as academic aspects of university life.  I have always been driven to achieve the best grades that I can and I am confident that my intense passion and determination to excel will lead me to excellence in your LLM Program.

Public Interest Law is the area of our profession that I am most excited about and the area of specialization for which there is a great need for creative legal professionals in Saudi Arabia. I have a number of qualities and a range of practical experience and skills that I believe make me especially compatible with the goal of lifetime professional development in the area of public interest law. UXXX is my first choice for law school because of its sheer excellence and the fact that I have developed a social network and mutual support base here at UXXX that will help me to distinguish myself as a law student.

I have also my heart set on attending the LLM Program at UXXX because of your outstanding accomplishments in teaching as well as research. I appreciate the diversity of UXXX and look forward to the opportunity to continue to connect with people from diverse backgrounds.  I believe this will be an enriching experience and one which I will carry with me for a long time after my university days are over

Upon successful completion of your LLM Program, I hope to establish my own law practice in Jeddah, perhaps as part of an international legal team.  Earning my Master’s Degree in Public Interest Law from an especially distinguished program such as yours at UXXX will provide me with the optimal foundation for continuing my education in law and eventually teaching in this area as well as publishing in increasingly creative and innovative ways.

I feel strongly that I am an energetic and ambitious candidate to your program with much to offer to the academic and social life of the university. I am looking forward to being part of a close-knit department and achieving academic success whilst forming great and lasting relationships with my professors, lecturers and fellow students. Fully dedicated to lifelong learning, I seek engagement with efforts to ultimately make the world a better place to live for generations to come. I look forward in particular to learning everything that I can about the American legal system since I see it as a role model for progressive legal developments that await us in the future in Saudi Arabia.

I thank you for considering my application to UXXX.

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Sample 1st Paragraph Environmental Protection Law, Sri Lankan

A lawyer from Sri Lanka and the daughter of a Magistrate and social reformer, I feel that I have much to contribute to your LLM Program at XXXX University as a young woman with a solid foundation in human rights law. A professional with a great passion for social justice, especially with respect to Sri Lanka, I also seek a solid academic foundation in environmental protection law since our survival as a species depends on our endeavors in this area.

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I get started each day, often before sunrise, drafting on behalf of my clients on their way to Law School. I only do my best, taking the time to reflect on your story as well. Generally speaking, my clients who are seeking to build a career in the area of Immigration Law, are themselves immigrants, or from immigrant families for whom the experience of immigration was in many ways most funamental to their lives, the challenges that they faced, and also their hard-won triumphs.

I apologize for the fact that I am not usually able to talk and I need your information in text form so as not to confuse the stories of the many clients that I am assisting all at the same time. I usually work with the client's rough draft as well as the information provided on my interview form - along with the resume or CV for reference.

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While my PHD is in the area of Religion, I like to think of myself as more of a historian than a theologian. My focus has always been on moral theory and thinking as it relates to politics and international relations; yet, I have always been aware of how all of this invariably takes place on the foundation of Law. It is our legal system and its enforcement that makes moral thinking, dialogue, and, subsequently progress possible.

For the past 30 years, I have labored to stay current on most of the news coming out of the Developing World, Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East. I have studied world religions and cultures extensively for decades. Fluent in Spanish, I am published in that language in the areas of history and gender studies.

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