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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.

Planning Corporate and Public Interest Law Careers - Julia Green

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’.

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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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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.

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.

LLM, Fighting Corruption in Georgia, Personal Statement Constitutional Law, Public Interest

An experienced lawyer from Georgia (former USSR), for the past several years my husband and I have been making our home in the United States and I would like very much to now resume my career in Law. I was unable to do so previously because our first few years here in America were a difficult battle to achieve financial stability. As a result of a lot of hard work, however, I am now in a financial position to be able to return to my studies.

Dreaming of an American education, I participated in the Diversity Visa Lottery in Georgia, was selected, and granted an immigration visa in 2011. Since that time, I have very much missed working in the legal field and I am anxious to return. XXXX University’s two-year LLM Program with a Certificate in Legal English designed especially for foreign-trained lawyers is for me the ideal program to enable me to re-start my legal career here in America. I hope to develop a special focus on good governance, so that at some point in my career, when I return to Georgia, I will be able to help my country by teaching law and serving as an advocate for progressive legal changes resulting in increased democratization.

I also appreciate very much how XXXX’s LLM Program is rigorous and thoroughgoing at the same time that it is flexible. I appreciate Georgetown’s long history and sterling reputation. Earning the LLM at XXXX will enable me to attain my long as well as short term goals. My long-term goal is to return to Georgia to make my contribution to the advancement of the rule of law, transparency, and accountability. My first love is constitutional law and focusing much of my studies in this area will enable me to prepare for the contribution that I hope to make upon my return to Georgia. I hope to teach in Georgia at some point and I would like to focus on this area as a professor so as to promote good governance in my country. I also hope to serve as a judge at some point after returning to Georgia.

I graduated from high school in 2001 at the top of my class and was admitted into one of the top-ranked law schools in Georgia. These were exciting times since Georgia had only recently declared its independence from The Soviet Union. I studied history and the development of jurisprudence and watched intently as our country changed, replacing the old laws of communism with new legal frameworks. In my second year, I received an offer from my professor of constitutional law to join a group of young constitutionalists at the university.  As a member of the group I debated legal issues and possible changes to the law with my professors and fellow students. I also wrote articles for the University’s Law Journal concerning changes to the constitution of Georgia, especially as concerns basic individual rights and freedoms. I studied all constitutional updates in detail, the purposes of the changes, and possible interpretations and results. Some of these articles were collected and later published in the book, “Chronicles of the Constitution of Georgia”. In this same period, I also completed an internship in the Parliament of Georgia. I experienced all the steps involved in passing a new law. I learned a great deal about the legal systems of many countries not just Georgia, especially that of Russia. I have always been the most fascinated, however, with the American legal system and studying American Law in depth has always been my dream. I see the American system as a model of what we need to implement in Georgia to the extent to which it will be possible to do so in the future.

I look forward to returning to Georgia to again practice law and teach after spending at least several years studying in the USA and graduating with knowledge of legal systems stretching across the globe, along with international and human rights as well as constitutional law. This will greatly enhance the degree of sophistication to which I will be able to interpret law creatively for the balance of my career.

I look forward to sharing my experiences as a student at XXXX with my friends and colleagues back home in Georgia who also are interested in improving our legal system in Georgia, so that we will one day have an adequate foundation for the social and economic development of our society. I am especially interested in how the system of checks and balances works in the US since I see this as something that is especially sadly lacking in Georgia.

I thank you for considering my application to XXXX Law.

The Humanitarian Side of Public Interest Law

 In the late 1960s and 1970s, large numbers of American law school graduates began to seek more meaning in their work — wishing to work on the social issues that were so visibly and hotly debated within American society at that time. They defined themselves as public interest lawyers in order to distinguish themselves from the “corporate adjuncts” described by Brandeis.

Public interest law does not describe a body of law or a legal field. The term was adopted to describe whom the public interest lawyers were representing, rather than what matters they would work on. Instead of representing powerful economic interests, they chose to be advocates for otherwise underrepresented individuals and those in need of protection.

Consequently, public interest lawyering has always emphasized the need to provide legal services to those living in poverty. The term has grown, however, to encompass a broader range of activities of lawyers and non-lawyers working toward a multitude of objectives: civil rights, civil liberties, women’s rights, consumer rights, environmental protection, and so on.

Nevertheless, a common denominator for public interest lawyers in the United States and in a growing number of countries remains to be an ethic of “fighting for the little guy”—that is, representing the underrepresented and vulnerable segments of society.

The humanitarian side of public interest includes human rights, naturally. There are many famous and inspiring human rights advocates that have lived during our times. They have been the voices and the champions of human rights.

Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu is one of South Africa’s most well-known human rights activists. He won the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in resolving and ending apartheid.

Tutu was born in 1931 in Klerksdorp, South Africa. He was a teacher first, and later studied theology, becoming the first black Anglican Archbishop of both Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Through his lectures and writings as an outspoken critic of apartheid, he was known as the “voice” of black South Africans. When the students’ rebellion in Soweto escalated into riots, Tutu supported the economic boycott of his country, but he also constantly encouraged reconciliation between various factions associated with apartheid.

When South Africa’s first multiracial elections were held in 1994, electing Nelson Mandela as the nation’s first black president, Mandela appointed Tutu as chairperson of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

In his human rights work, Tutu´s objective was to build “a democratic and just society without racial divisions”. He set forth minimum demands for the accomplishment of this, including equal civil rights for all, a common system of education, and the cessation of forced deportation.

In addition to the Nobel Prize, Tutu has received numerous awards, including the Pacem in Terris Award, the Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award, the Lincoln Leadership Prize and the Gandhi Peace Prize.

Desmond Tutu still travels extensively, championing human rights and the equality of all people, both within South Africa and internationally.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been a major voice for human rights and freedom in Burma (Myanmar). Burma is a country that was dominated by a military government from 1962.

Born in Rangoon and later educated at Oxford University, she became politically active in 1988 when the Burmese junta violently suppressed a mass uprising. Thousands of civilians were killed.

At that time, Suu Kyi wrote an open letter to the government asking for the formation of an independent committee to hold democratic elections.

Defying a government ban on political gatherings of more than four persons, Suu Kyi spoke to huge audiences throughout Burma as secretary-general of the newly formed National League for Democracy (NLD).

In 1989 she was placed under house arrest, but despite her detention, the NLD won the election with 82% of the parliamentary seats.

However, the military dictatorship refused to recognize the results. Suu Kyi has been in prison almost continuously since that time, rejecting the government’s offer of freedom as it would require her to leave Burma.

In 2003, she was moved from prison and placed under house arrest once again. This has been repeatedly and illegally extended by the junta. Suu Kyi remains a living expression of her people’s determination to gain political and economic freedom.

Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, she calls on citizens around the world to “use your liberty to promote ours.”