Personal Statement 07/14/14
All my life I have wanted to make a difference and help others, through the education and experiences I have had working in the public service industry. When that ability was taken away from me, when academically dismissed from law school, I came to a crossroads. I had to make a decision whether to give up on all my legal education thus far and pursue a career in another industry or go back to law school. I chose to go back to law school, and have enrolled in a Masters Program at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
As a Law Student at West Los Angeles School of Law, I have had the privilege of attending classes that both challenged me and pushed me beyond my limits, and what I though myself capable of accomplishing. Spring 2011 I peaked academically in Law School, in my Advanced Legal Research and Writing Course. I scored high marks on all assignments, and received the highest grade in my class, an “A,” and received the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence. The study of law requires tremendous discipline and focus, and challenge that I have gradually been preparing myself for throughout this academic year a student online at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
With each new step I take, a new door opens, and applying for a Masters at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, has been a positive step towards my future, both academically and professionally. After applying and being admitted to Thomas Jefferson School of Law I was able to apply and obtain a position as a paid law clerk, a job that I would have otherwise not been offered had I not had this added credential to my LinkedIN resume.
Finishing my JD has always been my main objective since beginning my legal education. I hope that this statement is well received, given my history of prior hospitalizations and medical leaves while a student at University of West Los Angeles School of Law. Despite my learning disability and personal setbacks, I have continued to adjust to the rigorous academic standards required by law students. Given my current standing, I hope that careful consideration is made in regards to my present progress, when deciding whether to accept my application for transfer.
By: Leslie Fischman
The end of my senior year marked the most significant growth in my academic career and personal life. At that point I finally recognized the importance of helping myself before assisting others. I learned that in order to help influence change in the lives of others, I would have to develop the capacity to overcome personal setbacks preventing me from reaching my academic potential.
In Spring of 2007, I started the semester two weeks late, extending my winter vacation, and put on a medical leave of absence. It took me two weeks to make the most important decision of my life, to go back to school and not give up and withdraw.
Despite my 3.236 overall GPA from University of Colorado at Boulder, and my less than average senior year grades, I rallied: writing and researching my honors thesis, and graduated cum laude with Departmental Honors in Sociology, in December 2007.
As a law student I faced similar difficulty maintaining a GPA above the required 2.0. My grades dropped, I was academically dismissed from my law school, and I got a DUI a few months later. It was then I came to a turning point in my career, instead of giving up I enrolled part-time as an LLM student at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. I realized that in order to succeed as a law student it is important that I work no more hours than I am able to study each week. I am now taking one course at a time at Thomas Jefferson School of Law (online) and working part-time on an as needed basis, 0-20 hours per week.
For a long time I have struggled to maintain a balance between school, volunteer work, and other extracurricular activities, but I have since found that balance. I hope that the information provided in my personal statement, resume, addendums, application, and letters of recommendation will attest to the positive changes I have made in my life and the commitment and dedication I will apply to my work as a student at your law school.