The world is full of inequalities which has always frustrated me, from large scale issues such as gender discrimination, down to less significant everyday issues. I have always wanted to improve the equality and the lives of others and aimed to make a difference with my actions.
I am also drawn to the multifaceted nature of law and how there are so many different aspects of it; I enjoy looking at situations from different angles and believe this is a valuable skill, particularly in the legal world.
When I became interested in studying law at university, I began reading “What about Law”, by Barnard, O’Sullivan and Virgo. Whilst reading this book I learnt about many different elements of the law, including exclusion clauses in many different types of law. I these found particularly interesting because I suddenly noticing these clauses in all aspects of my life and they made me begin to appreciate just how much of a role the law plays in underpinning a modern society.
Through studying Sociology at A Level I have been able to consider the sociological aspects of law and how the scale of legal impact ranges from whole countries and huge corporations down to individuals and their personal relationships. One situation where law has personally affected me is regarding my parents’ divorce, where I discovered first-hand how family law works and became interested in discovering how it affects different people. Although my own experience was comparatively positive, seeing other people suffer has fostered a particular interest in this area of law and a desire to see more people gain positive outcomes.
In order to further educate myself in legal matters I have read a variety of law books which have helped give me different perspectives on the profession. One of the most significant for me was ‘In Your Defence’ by Sarah Langford, as it highlighted the personal effects the legal system has on different people and the individuality of each case, as everyone is affected by the law different...